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Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch

PhD Student, Soil microbiology – Research Affiliate Program Reference number: AGR22J-023788-000100 Selection process number: 22-AGR-RAP-38 Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Science and Technology Branch Harrow (Ontario) The projected start date is May 20, 2022 with an end date of December 31, 2026 (or depending on the candidate's availability or needs). It is expected that the student will work 22 hours per week. $26.72 to $34.59 per hour (Varies as per level of education and experience.) For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada For further information on the Research Affiliate Program (RAP), please visit: Jobs.gc.ca Closing date: 20 May 2022 – 23:59, Pacific Time Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad. To be considered for Research Affiliate Program (RAP) work opportunities, candidates must meet the following criteria: -Be recognized as having full-time student status by the post-secondary academic institution at which you are currently enrolled, pending approval of acceptance, or in the process of submitting your application. (Proof of enrollment will be required prior to start date) -Be the minimum age to work in the province or territory where the job is located. Apply online 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). 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). Duties The student will conduct research on soils from research fields in Southwestern Ontario that have shown the ability to suppress soybean Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS). Expected approaches include: 1) complete SDS suppression screening in controlled environment chambers, 2) comparison of the microbiome in suppressive vs conducive soils, 3) identify unique microbes that have the potential to be developed as biocontrol agents. Work environment The Harrow (Ontario) Research and Development Center is one of 20 Research Centres under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's national network. The facilities include a modern lab/office complex to house more than 100 full-time staff and two research farms for field studies. Harrow RDC is a lead contributor in soybean pathology and soil microbiology. The pathology and soil science programs combine pure and applied science that are used to develop soil management and disease mitigation strategies for the agriculture sector. Positions to be filled: 1 Information you must provide Your résumé. Contact information for 2 references. In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications) Education: Currently enrolled in a PhD program in South Western Ontario with a specialization in soil microbiology or related fields. Note: Applicants will need to reside near Harrow RDC to access labs, fields and facilities during the work period. Degree equivalency Experience: Experience* in soil microbiology. Experience* in plant microbe interactions. Experience* in conducting scientific research. *In the context of student recruitment in the Federal Public Service, the experience can be acquired through the studies, work experience, or volunteer activities. The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job) English essential Information on language requirements Knowledge: Knowledge of plant diseases. Knowledge of experimental design and statistics. Knowledge of molecular biology. Competencies: Interpersonal skills Planning and organization Initiative Abilities: Ability to communicate well orally and in writing. Ability to plan, design and conduct experiments. Ability to accurately collect, record and analyze data and summarize results. Ability to contribute to the development and preparation of manuscripts. 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 Reliability Status security clearance – Each student hired through the Research Affiliate Program (RAP) must meet the security requirements of the position as a condition of employment, and therefore will be asked by the hiring organization to complete security-relevant documents. 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. Ability and willingness to work in two locations (Student’s University and Harrow RDC). Ability and willingness to work in the laboratory and field for extended periods. Ability and willingness to travel for field work. Ability and willingness to work outside, sometimes in rain, heat or dust. 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 Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through https://www.canada.ca/en/services/jobs/opportunities/government.html. Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact the email referenced below under “Contact Information”. Candidates will be required to pay for their own travel related to assessment and successful candidates will be responsible for obtaining their own living accommodations. Successful completion of both a RAP work assignment and your educational program may lead to a temporary or permanent federal public service position for which you meet the merit criteria and conditions of employment. 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 Canadian citizens. We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted. Contact information RAP Team – Research Affiliate Program aafc.rap-par.aac@agr.gc.ca Apply online Date modified: 2021-08-10

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