Department of Plant Sciences

A full-time Research Technician is required in the area of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Job description and duties: Under the direct supervision of the Research Scientist the technician will carry out standard lab protocols including DNA and RNA extractions, vector construction, recombinant protein expression, protein isolation, purification and characterization. Research also requires growing and care of plants in a green house, phytotron and in the field plots.  The research technician will be responsible for data collection and analyses and reporting of results to the supervisor.  The technician will be expected to trouble-shoot problems with protocols in conjunction with the supervisor, keep detailed notes on procedures used and results obtained and communicate effectively with all lab members and external collaborators to keep projects on time.

Qualifications and Experience: BSc in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Plant Sciences or a related discipline or biotech diploma and at least three years of experience of working in a biochemical or molecular biology laboratory.  Experience in molecular biology techniques including DNA extraction, PCR, gene expression studies, recombinant protein production and purification is expected.  The successful applicant will be also be familiar with next generation sequencing strategies, and possess a working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel, as well, knowledge of computer programs related to DNA sequence analysis, primer design, linkage mapping, QTL analysis.  Must be willing to work outdoors, work flexible hours at busy periods, able to lift up to and including 25 kg and be willing to very occasionally travel outside of the Saskatoon area. A class 5 Drivers license is needed. Experience in the operation of field equipment (tractors, seed drills) and small-plot field experimentation, will be an added asset.  Successful candidate will be highly motivated, reliable and well organized person able to work in a multi-disciplinary group environment. Candidates must possess excellent oral and written communications skills in the English language.

Salary and term: One-year term position with the possibility of renewal depending upon performance. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, please send application via email, including the following three components:  a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references as a single PDF document by January 16, 2016 to:

Dr. Monica Båga
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Saskatchewan 
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A8
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Please Include “Molecular Biology & Biochemistry Technician” in the email subject line.  Applications that do not include all requested information will not be considered.  Please, no phone calls.  We thank all applicants in advance. Only those who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.