Technician, Breeding

Aurora Cannabis - Vancouver, BC (30+ days ago)

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The Breeding Technician will play a key role in Aurora’s breeding program that will be located at a state-of-the-art research greenhouse in Comox BC. The candidate must have experience in a plant breeding program and will be involved in all aspects related to the genetic improvement of cannabis. The Breeding Technician is expected to complete breeding activities such as propagation, performing crosses, recording phenotypic data and assisting with the numerous ongoing breeding projects with direction from the breeding science team. The successful candidate will have exceptional organization skills, a high level of technical expertise and will actively participate with colleagues to complete projects in a timely and effective manner.


The major responsibilities for the role of Plant Breeding Technician will include, but are not limited to:

Carry out the daily operations of plant breeding and genetics experiments
Prepare and sow experimental seed lots
Sample leaf and flower tissue and coordinate testing
Monitor for plant diseases, pests and health issues
Organize plant cultivation supplies, including washing of pots and trays
Manage seed, plant and mother inventories
Prepare and follow schedules for growing, treating and crossing plants as well as conduct experiments with the breeding team
Collect phenotypic data and notes and record into databases
Harvest, clean, label, store and organize seed
Print plant labels, seed packet labels
Analyze data and compile research reports
Comply with safety and other regulatory standards
Contribute to overall organization and tidiness
Other related duties as assigned
Collect and prepare plant samples for analysis

Qualification Requirements

Minimum of a Bachelor's of Science in Biology, Genetics, or Horticulture, or a Bachelors of Agriculture or related discipline
Highly organized and detail oriented
Understanding of plant life cycle, plant health and care
Experience with experimental design and execution
Understanding of genetics and plant breeding
Ability and willingness to perform daily repetitive tasks
Excellent organizational, multi-tasking and problem-solving skills
Self-motivated, creative individual able to work in a team environment
Strong written and oral communications skills
Good computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office
Must be able to pass a RCMP Criminal Records Check Start date and location: The start date for this position is October 2019 (or earlier if possible). The Plant Breeding Technician will be located at Comox.