Research Scientist - Plant Production

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre - Vineland Station, ON (30+ days ago)

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Research Scientist – Plant Production
Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Research Scientist – Plant Production who combines superb technical, research, and analytical capabilities with a demonstrated ability to get the right things done swiftly and effectively. Vineland is an uniquely Canadian results-oriented organization dedicated to horticulture science and innovation. We deliver innovative products, solutions and services through an integrated and collaborative cross-country network to advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

We are looking for people who can apply an industry-focused, economic and sustainable lens to the development and uptake of innovation. This person embraces uncertainty, thrives in an energetic matrix organization and will bring forward new research opportunities and lead projects in support of Vineland’s Innovation Goals. Cross-functional collaboration will be key; whether it is technology development, performance evaluation of new plant varieties or helping to implement new practices to recognize efficiencies in operations, the successful candidate will be agile in their support across programs. The ideal candidate will have a background in horticulture research, plant biology, or plant physiology, with preference towards individuals with combined experience in both research and commercial farm and/or greenhouse operations.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Vineland welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Reporting to Senior Research Scientist, Environmental Horticulture, the Research Scientist, Plant Production will conduct high quality scientific research that advances Vineland’s Innovation Goals. This will include:

  • Preparing and executing experiments with cross-functional teams that support the goals of Vineland’s Programs
  • Work collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams that may include other researchers, business development, marketing staff, clients and industry stakeholders
  • Take direction from program leaders and be accountable for assigned research targets
  • Secure external funds from granting agencies and industry partners to support research activities
  • Managing the day‐to‐day activities associated with different projects, including monitoring and documenting progress, managing and interpreting data
  • Advising Vineland’s Science, Farm and Greenhouse teams on implementation of plant production practices and biosecurity protocols
  • Preparing quotes and budgets for contract research opportunities and tracking project costs to meet budget
  • Reporting findings internally and communicating to external stakeholders/ clients
  • Preparing agronomic and financial reports to support commercialization of new crops
  • Communicating research findings and other technical developments to stakeholders and the wider scientific community
  • Securing external funds from granting agencies and industry partners to support research activities
  • Developing and managing detailed project schedule and work plans
  • Contribute to publications of research in scientific journals and industry trade magazines
  • Lead, train and manage permanent and contract staff, co-op and graduate students


  • 5+ years of research experience in areas of plant science and/or biological science, greenhouse production, or environmental horticulture science
  • PhD in Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Sciences, or Plant Physiology
  • 4+ years interacting with cross-functional teams
  • Experience managing and overseeing multiple on-going initiatives simultaneously
  • Strong communication skills that facilitate clear, confident interactions and knowledge exchange with technical and non-technical teams
  • Passionate about the intersection of plant, product, technology, and experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Certification in agronomy and/or certification as a crop advisor
  • Experience growing in controlled environments
  • Preferred experience with woody fruiting crops
  • Experience working/collaborating on cross-disciplinary teams
  • Experience doing research to support the commercialization of products

You are:

  • A decisive decision-maker - able to prioritize and make the tough-calls when needed
  • A self starter. Highly self motivated to act independently in a small start-up environment, ready to drive product explorations, empowered to call meetings, and has the intuition to escalate issues when appropriate
  • Naturally curious and empathetic - able to project yourself into other people's shoes and see the world through their eyes
  • Able to quickly understand, internalize, and communicate complex or technical concepts
  • Very organized, thorough, and generally on top of things
  • Capable of collaborating with and leading a diverse team of scientists, designers, engineers to achieve a product vision
  • Familiar with automation technologies for the production of crops

Application Deadline: 2020-09-13

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Dental Care
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Extended Health Care
  • Life Insurance
  • On-site Parking
  • Paid Time Off
  • RRSP Match


  • 8 Hour Shift
  • Day shift
  • Monday to Friday

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19