SUMMER EMPLOYMENT 2023: Student Research Assistant, Bio Agriculture – Verschuren Centre, Sydney, NS

  • Location: Sydney, NS
  • Deadline: March 31, 2023

Job Title: Student Research Assistant (Summer Intern) – Bio Agriculture Location: Sydney, Nova Scotia
Salary: Depending on experience
Anticipated Start Date: May 2023

The Verschuren Centre for Sustainability in Energy and the Environment is an independent clean technology development and deployment facility. We offer client tailored services to support companies in developing sustainable solutions that meet industry needs.

Our Bio Agriculture team supports clients in commercializing their products, such as bio stimulants, biofertilizers, and biocontrol agents, by evaluating their potential effects on plant bioassays in a controlled chamber or greenhouse conditions. We are seeking a student research assistant to support plant bioassays/product development activities and do so within a collaborative environment.

We invite you to help our Bio Agriculture Team shape the future of cleantech in the global bioresource sector. At the Verschuren Centre, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely developing products for people, animals and the world while taking care of our planet. To support this challenge, the Bio Agriculture Team is currently seeking a student research assistant to support product/process development activities and do so within a collaborative team environment.

Qualifications – An ideal student research assistant will:

  • Be working towards an undergraduate degree in agricultural science/ plant sciences/life sciences or similar fields.
  • Have hands-on laboratory experience including some basic training in handling different crop species under green house and controlled conditions; experimental design; monitoring plant growth conditions such as temperature, humidity, light conditions, sample collection and analysis.
  • Experience in hydroponic settings is considered as an asset.
  • Be organized, and able to record, analyse and present experimental data.
  • Willing to work in a small team in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrate ability to work independently, responsibly and manage time efficiently, whilemuti-tasking.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist in setting plant trials including seeding, transplanting, irrigating, harvesting, data collection and clean up.
  • Assist in development of bio-product laboratory methodologies and procedures related to specific projects.
  • Independently plan and perform analytical characterization, coordinate, and compile data for various projects.
  • Perform primary literature or patent search as required for project.
  • Book and operate specialized equipment and instruments for internal and external projects.
  • Data acquisition, analysis, rigorous documentation as well as preparation reports for internal and external communications.
  • Complete assigned tasks independently in a timely and organized manner, following reporting procedure to supervisor.
  • Work collaboratively with team members and supervisor to ensure timely completion of deliverables for SME and corporate clients working with the VC.
  • Maintain a clean and safe laboratory and workstation. Observe and promote all lab and occupational health and safety practices in the laboratory environment; and
  • Other duties as assigned.All interested and qualified candidates are asked to submit their cover letter and resume to Please reference the job title in which you are applying for in your cover letter and email subject.