Department: Global Inst for Food Security
Status: Term with the possibility of extension
Employment Group: Research
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $35,000-$50,000 annually. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Salary Phase: Salary Band 2-4
Posted Date: 12/9/2020
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1


Primary Purpose: The Research Technician position is part of the Root-Soil-Microbial Interactions research group, which is led by Professor Leon Kochian, the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Food Systems and Security. The approximate start date of the position is any time from April 1, 2021 on, with an initial six-month probationary period. The standard initial length for positions of this type is two years, with the possibility of the term being extended based on satisfactory performance and availability of research funding.

Nature of Work: The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) is recruiting for a Research Technician in the area of crop improvement based on research on root biology and function. The incumbent will be working on an ADF-funded project focusing on improving seed germination tolerance to cold soils, in order to extend the growing season for crops grown in the prairies The incumbent will provide plant germination, growth and phenotyping, and molecular biology and/or bioinformatic support for research groups in the laboratories of Dr. Leon Kochian, Associate Director of GIFS and CERC.    

Typical Duties or Accountabilities:

  • Plant seed protein extraction and purification, 1D SDS-PAGE seed protein assays, and LCMS seed protein sample preparation
  • Germination screening assays of canola and soybean seed under various hormone treatments and environmental conditions
  • Data analysis of germination screens and comparative proteomics assays

The work will be planned and conducted in close coordination with research associates and postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, other research technicians, and visiting scientists. Overall supervision will be provided by Dr. Leon Kochian.

The position will provide a chance to learn:

  • Research on germination and growth of crop plant species (canola and soybean) under abiotic stress
  • Hands-on training in comparative proteomics techniques

Education: A Master’s degree in plant molecular biology, plant biology or biochemistry, or a combination of a Bachelor’s degree in a comparable field and at least two years of professional experience in biochemistry or plant molecular research, are preferred.

Experience: Prior experience in biochemistry and/or plant molecular biology, along with biotechnical lab tasks such as plant protein extraction and purification, SDS-PAGE, proteomic sample preparation, and plant growth and maintenance, is desirable.

Skills: The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented, multidisciplinary research environment and computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. They will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language, as well as superb organizational and record keeping ability, and exhibit attention to detail and willingness to learn.

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