Position Title Research Assistant I
Department/Unit Plant, Food and Envir Sciences
Posting Number S260-21
Employee Group NSGEU Local 77
Position Type Term
Duration of Contract (if applicable) Eight (8) months
Employment Type Full Time
Full-time Equivalency (FTE) 1.0
Salary $21.06 - $23.15 per hour ($35,599 - $39,119 per annum, 32.5 hours
per week). This is an eight-month term position so annual salary will be pro-
rated to $23,732 - $26,080
About Dalhousie University
Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive
university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic
development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an
Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and
international university, with more than half of our 19,000 students coming
from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant,
purpose-driven community, that celebrated 200 years of academic excellence in
The Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University is a small research-intensive
campus located in Truro, NS. Offering technical, undergraduate and graduate
programs in agriculture, environment and related life and social science
disciplines, the Faculty of Agriculture educates future leaders and generates
knowledge and innovative solutions for healthy, sustainable societies.
Reporting to the Principal Investigator (PI), the Research Assistant will
support the economics component of a larger multi-disciplinary study
developing silage management plans for dairy producers across Canada.
Compile silage and related farm management data as well as publicly
available economics data, and organize into a spreadsheet database for
economic analysis. This includes working in collaboration with the PI,
larger project team and selected dairy producer groups to gather data.
Assist with calibrating and validating a dairy farm system model, and
using the model to evaluate selected farm management decisions and
Work with support and direction from project team members to plan and
conduct a critical literature review. Assist with scholarly literature
search and review.
Support project team members in the preparation of research project
reports, technical writing, publishable journal articles and other
resources intended to disseminate information.
Undergraduate degree in Economics or Agricultural Economics plus approximately
one year's relevant prior experience (or equivalent combination of training
and experience) is required. Must have experience in statistical and data
analysis as well as simulation modelling using agricultural decision-making
tools. Strong attention to detail, and organizational and communication (oral
and written) skills are required. Knowledge of Canadian dairy/silage
production systems is preferred.
Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total
compensation package includes health and dental plans, an employee and family
assistance program and a tuition assistance program.
Bargaining unit employees for NSGEU local 77 are given first consideration and
will be notified regarding the status of their application. All other
applicants will be considered when there is no qualified internal candidate.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected
for an interview will be contacted.
Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in
diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from
Indigenous persons, persons with a disability, racially visible persons,
women, persons of a minority sexual orientation and/or gender identity, and
all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For
more information, please visit www. dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.
Number of Vacancies One (1)
Open Date 08/04/2021
Close Date 08/11/2021
Open Until Filled No
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