Research Scientist - Pollination

Grand Prairie Regional College - Beaverlodge, AB (30+ days ago)

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Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) is a comprehensive community institution, established in 1966 in Grande Prairie, and our stewardship region includes campuses in Fairview and Grande Prairie, as well as learning centres in Edson, Grande Cache, Hinton and Jasper. GPRC offers a wide variety of credit and non-credit career certificates and diplomas, pre-employment and apprenticeship trades, university transfer studies, and several opportunities for on-campus degree completion through collaborations with four-year universities. As an educational facility in northwestern Alberta, GPRC helps meet the cultural, recreational, athletic and conferencing needs of the region in partnership with community and regional stakeholders. GPRC is dedicated to providing learners with access to high quality and diverse lifelong learning opportunities, and to the responsible educational, fiscal and environmental stewardship of resources.

The Department

GPRC Research and Innovation provides formalized supports for faculty and student scholarly work, including preparing successful grant proposals for major initiatives, contributing to regional innovation, and creating an institutional culture of scholarship. The department is dedicated to building faculty capacity for research, while developing new opportunities for student immersive learning and inter-institutional partnerships that are necessary to meet GPRC’s goals for degree granting. Community, government, and other stakeholders look to GPRC RI to provide subject matter expertise and advanced research facilities, such as the internationally recognized National Bee Diagnostic Centre.

National Bee Diagnostic Centre

The newly expanded National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) is the premier research facility at Grande Prairie Regional College. It provides diagnostic services for beekeepers and researchers, with the aim to contribute towards healthy, sustainable, and profitable apiculture in Canada. The NBDC has been designated a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Technology Access Centre (TAC) since 2013.

The Role

The research scientist will conduct and contribute to existing applied research projects, and will identify appropriate funding opportunities related to Pollination and Pollinator Health, including managed and wild bees. The research scientist will supervise a team of research associates, research assistants and student interns in applied research projects and contracts. In this position, the research scientist is responsible for experiment design, field testing, data collection and analysis. They are also responsible to write and develop proposals and to produce scientific and financial reports to meet funder requirements and/or as requested by industry partners and research collaborators. Other responsibilities include pursuing robust research relationships with internal and external partners; developing and delivering outreach activities and specialized training; and producing and contributing to scientific publications. This position will develop and contribute to the business functions of the NBDC-TAC to ensure access to enhanced research and learning.

What We Offer

GPRC offers lifelong learning opportunities through professional development/wellness programs, a competitive salary and compensation package and a student centered culture that is vital to our community. Join our team, grow with us and connect your skills and abilities to our vision, mission and values.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a thesis-based Master's degree in a related field such as, but not limited to, Agricultural Sciences, Biological Sciences or Medicine; a PhD in a field of study related to apiculture, animal science, entomology or pollination is preferred. At least five years experience in conducting a quasi-independent research within an academic or government setting actively engaged with industry partners. Other necessary skills and attributes to be successful in this role include:

  • A high level of integrity, professionalism and accountability.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills, and the ability to build strong relationships.
  • Aptitude for respectful client service and experience in building relationships inter-institution and industry/community research partnerships.
  • Understanding of the Canadian beekeeping industry and pollination services.
  • Understanding of federal and provincial research-specific funding streams.
  • Strong organizational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (full suite) and experience with analytical packages (eg: SAS, SPSS) is required; familiarity with grant reporting systems is preferred.
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