Research Assistant in Wildlife Disease Research - 1 year term position

The Research Assistant, based at the Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre and University of Saskatchewan, will support research studies conducted by our multidisciplinary team, which specializes in examining
ecological determinants, risk factors, impacts, origins, and spread of emerging infectious diseases of wildlife (primarily wild birds), using a variety of techniques from molecular to population-based studies.

 The Research Assistant’s
responsibilities will include laboratory
(70%), field (10%), administrative (15%) and writing/reporting
activities (5%)  including,
but not limited to: development/validation
of diagnostic methods;  analyzing
animal
and environmental samples using molecular (e.g. real-time and
conventional PCR
and PCR-based genotyping techniques) and basic bacteriological
techniques;
processing of feathers for stable isotope and hormone assays
(e.g., ELISAs);
logistics associated with local and remote field work; field
work including the
capture, handling, banding, and sampling of wild birds; data
entry; data
management; writing reports; and working closely with graduate
students, summer
students, and collaborators within the Canadian Cooperative
Wildlife Health
Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Environment Canada, and
other
universities/organizations.

The successful candidate will be
competent, industrious, collaborative,
and enthusiastic, must work well independently, be willing to
take direction and
learn on the job, and be a good team player with excellent
interpersonal
skills. This position will require a significant level of
independence and good
judgment.

 

Minimum qualifications: MSc in
relevant science field, or
BSc with minimum two years relevant experience. Previous
laboratory
experience is essential. Field experience is preferred. Please
highlight in
your application how you meet these qualifications.

 

Stipend will be commensurate with
level of training and
experience (range $18.96-26.00/hr).

 

The position is available
immediately and will remain open
until a suitable candidate is found. Please email your resume,
cover letter,
and names and contact information of three references to:

 

Dr. Catherine Soos, BSc, DVM,
PhD

Wildlife
Disease Specialist/Research Scientist, Environment Canada

Adjunct
Professor, Dept of Veterinary Pathology, Western College of
Veterinary
Medicine, University of Saskatchewan

Professional
Associate, Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre

tel: 306.975.5357

fax: 306.975.4089

catherine.soos@ec.gc.ca