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Student Research Assistant - School of Sustainable Design Engineering (Up to 3 Positions)

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Date of Posting: 
March 27, 2017
School of Sustainable Design Engineering
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

25 to 40 hours per week 

$11.70 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 1, 2017 to August 31, 2017 

The School of Sustainable Design Engineering is seeking applications for up to three (3) temporary student research assistant positions.


• These positions are required to work in lab and field environments (potato fields in PEI and New Brunswick) under the direction of Dr. Aitazaz Farooque, Assistant Professor, to collect soil, crop and yield data over the production season
• The incumbents are required to assist with data interpretation, entry and analysis using statistical tools
• The incumbents are required to help in soil and crop sample preparation, lab analysis, sensor data (ultrasonic, yield monitoring, electromagnetic induction, NDVI, etc.) collection and field/crop mapping using the differential global positioning system (DGPS) and the geographical information system (GIS)
• The students will be trained in developing precision agriculture technologies for potato cropping systems. The students will be encouraged to participate in industry field days and meetings to present research results


• The student must have good computer, sensors and software skills
• good academic record, a strong work ethic, capability to work in a team and independently, and willingness to work in lab and field environments

Priority is given to University of Prince Edward Island students in accordance with Recruitment, Selection, Hiring and Employment Policies and Procedures manual.

Application Instructions: 

Please submit electronically a cover letter, quoting the competition number, a resume and reference list to be received no later than the closing date via the link posted on the UPEI Human Resources website (www.upei.ca/hr).

If you are unable to apply online, you can drop off your resume to the Human Resources Department, Kelley Building, University of Prince Edward Island, 550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PEI C1A 4P3, Fax Number (902) 894-2895.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and full-time international students with a valid study permit will be given priority. The University of Prince Edward Island is committed to gender equity in employment.

Only those applicants who are invited to an interview will be acknowledged.

UPEI encourages all qualified applicants to apply for job openings; however, in keeping with the terms and provisions of the university’s various employment and collective agreements, first priority will be given to internal candidates.
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