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Research Scientist – Plant Pathologist

Reference number: AGR22J-020302-001146
Selection process number: 21-AGR-MBSK-EA-STB-007326
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch
Saskatoon Research and Development Centre
SE-RES-01 - SE-RES-02, SE-RES-03, SE-RES-04, SE-RES-05
for a Term position from April 1, 2022 until March 31, 2023
$60,333 to $155,950 (The classification level and salary will be determined by the qualifications of the candidate)

For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

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Closing date: 28 January 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

AAFC is committed to diversity and inclusion and is proud to be recognized as one of Canada’s best diversity employers. We welcome all applicants and strongly encourage candidates to self-declare if they belong to an Employment Equity designated group (i.e. Aboriginal Peoples, Persons with Disabilities, Visible Minorities or Women).

Duties

The position is designed to carry out research on canola diseases, including host-pathogen interactions and genetic resistance under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP)-Canola Science Cluster program. The work involves some discretion in conducting assigned experiments that include the accurate collection and statistical analysis of data, as well as monitoring a variety of situations. The work contributes to the results and objectives set by the CAP program. The work requires organizing data from each experiment assigned and drafting reports and manuscripts based on the information obtained. The scientific information and technology developed may be used in studies of AAFC research networks. The work also involves using a laptop/desktop computer and various types of laboratory instrument with mid-ranged values. The preparation and upkeep activities include upgrading software and monitoring equipment uses. It may be required to assist a Study Leader to identify the need for supplies to be used for the implementation of experiments.

Work environment

The candidate will work in a team-work environment, involving a group of research and technical staff members with a range of experiences and expertise. The work is performed in laboratory/greenhouse/field conditions and may occasionally experience noise, odor and/or adverse weather conditions. The work also involves the use of a range of chemical reagents and occasionally fungicides, therefore, personal protective equipment including lab coat, gloves and safety goggles are regularly required.

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified and partially qualified candidates may be established and may be used to staff similar positions with various tenures as well as various linguistic requirements.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

EDUCATION
Graduation with an acceptable doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in the field of plant pathology, microbiology, crop science, plant biotechnology or a relevant discipline.

IF YOU HAVE FOREIGN CREDENTIALS, please follow the link below for information on how to obtain a degree equivalency. You must obtain an equivalency, at your own expense, in order to be considered for appointment into the public service.

Degree equivalency

EXPERIENCE
Recognized achievement in the form of authorship and editorship of published or unpublished reports, books, papers, peer-reviewed scientific journals, or other communications resulting from:
a) Research, experimental development, or tasking associated with operational equipment and problems; OR
b) Operational research and scientific analysis; OR
c) Planning, analysis and evaluation of Canadian and foreign programs in research and development; OR
d) Developmental work leading to the issue of patents, copyrights, or the creation of improved varieties, functions, or designs, and/or recognition by the professional community of the research environment.

Research experience related to plant-pathogen interactions and disease resistance mechanisms
Experience working in a team setting and interactions with other team members
Experience analyzing data using commercial software
Experience using basic molecular/omics tools for plant pathology research

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

EXPERIENCE
Research experience on canola diseases.
Experience using qPCR, transcriptome, proteome and/or metabolome analyses.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

KNOWLEDGE
Knowledge of current plant pathology, including disease resistance and management.
Knowledge of experimental design.
Knowledge of microscopy.

COMPETENCIES
Adaptability
Teamwork
Intellectual Leadership
Written Communication

ABILITIES
Ability to plan and implement research projects.
Ability to present scientific information to various audiences.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

Agriculture and Agri-food Canada recognizes that the diversity of its employee population contributes to its strength and integrity. We are committed to achieving employment equity and developing a highly capable workforce that is representative of Canadian Society. We encourage women (especially in non-traditional occupations), Indigenous peoples (Aboriginal peoples), persons with disabilities, and members of visible minority groups to apply and declare themselves as part of one or more of the Employment Equity groups as selection may be limited to candidates belonging to one or more of the groups.

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Reliability Status security clearance.
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
Ability and willingness to work in laboratory, greenhouse, and/or various field environments for extended periods of time.
Ability and willingness to control allergies, through the use of personal protective equipment and/or medication without impinging on the duties to be performed.
Ability and willingness to work with chemicals and reagents.
All employees of the core public administration are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground for discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

ASSESSEMENT INFORMATION

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

Various assessment tools may be used, such as, standardized tests, interviews, references, board member knowledge, etc.

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

A random or top down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team.
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed.
- Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
- Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.

A test may be administered.

An interview may be administered.

Reference checks may be sought.

You must provide proof of your education credentials.

Asset qualifications may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

APPLICATION & CORRESPONDENCE INFORMATION

Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through www.canada.ca/en/public-service-commission/jobs/services/gc-jobs.html.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under "Contact Information".

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).


On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced details of its plans to require vaccination across the federal public service. The details can be found on this site: https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/news/2021/10/backgrounder-covid-19-vaccine-requirement-for-the-federal-workforce.html

As per the new Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the Core Public Administration Including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, federal public servants in the Core Public Administration and members of the RCMP must attest to their vaccination status. The requirement for employees to be fully vaccinated applies whether they are teleworking, working remotely or working on-site. This is a condition of employment and it applies to indeterminate (permanent), determinate (term), casual, and student hiring. Should you reach the point in the selection process where it is necessary to verify terms and conditions of employment then the hiring manager or a human resources representative will contact you in order to complete an attestation. The Policy can be found on this site: https://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/pol/doc-eng.aspx?id=32694

Preference

Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Lynn Cowan - Human Resources Coordinator
aafc.hrstaffingcoordinationdotationrh.aac@agr.gc.ca
Date modified:
2022-11-15