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The University of Saskatchewan values diversity, and Aboriginal engagement is a strategic priority.

Research Technician, Crop Development Centre (Spring Wheat Breeding)


Department: Crop Development Centre

Requisition: req787

Open Date: 7/7/2017

Closing Date: 7/28/2017

Description: There is 1 opening(s) for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

A full-time Field Research Technician is required in the Spring Wheat Breeding Program in the Crop Development Centre, Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

Job description and duties: The technician will work as part of a research team to support breeding and development of improved spring wheat varieties. The successful candidate will be responsible for breeding nursery and field plot establishment, maintenance and harvest, herbicide application, sample organization, crossing, and green house management, as well as predictive quality analysis.  Operation of small plot equipment including tractors, plot seeders, sprayers, and plot combines is required.  Overtime work, including evenings and weekends will be required at certain times, particularly during planting (May) and harvest (August/September).  The successful candidate will report to the head technician of the breeding program, and will assist in training and supervision of junior staff and graduate students in field and field laboratory activities. 

Qualifications and Experience: Candidates must hold an undergraduate degree or diploma in agriculture with a good understanding of plant care and plant health; and have at least two years related experience working in a plant-breeding and/or field based research environment including experience in operation of small plot equipment. Applicants with a M.Sc. or Ph.D. will not be considered. Must have experience with data collection and management including the use of MS-Excel®, MS-Word®, and related database software as well as a good working knowledge of desktop and handheld computers and software. The successful candidate must possess good mechanical skills, be willing to work outdoors, work flexible hours during planting and harvest, and be willing to travel outside of the Saskatoon area. Must be able to lift and carry up to and including 25 kgs.  Candidates must hold a valid class 5 license and should hold or be willing to obtain a pesticide applicators license.  The position requires a 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: Two-year term position. Start date August 7, 2017.  Salary to 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 one pdf document by July 28, 2017 to:

Mr. Mike Grieman
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
Email to: m.grieman@usask.ca

Please Include “Breeding Field 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.