Student Assistant - Department of Biology

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Date of Posting: 
April 18, 2013
Department of Biology
Student Assistant
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week

$11.51 per hour (vacation pay included)

May 6, 2013 to August 23, 2013

 The Giberson/Lacroix group in the department of Biology is seeking a motivated summer student to work on a project on insect/plant relationships in the purple pitcher plant in PEI bogs. The successful applicant will have an interest and background in insect and/or plant ecology and be comfortable working in the field and the lab on insects and plants.
• assist in field studies in bogs in PEI collecting data on plants, insects, and water chemistry. Occasional long days in the field will be required, and working conditions may include inclement weather and biting flies.
• assist in sample processing in the laboratory, including sorting insects from debris using a stereo dissecting microscope, identifying insects and aquatic plants, analyzing for water chemistry using various laboratory analysis techniques
• work in the greenhouse helping with planting, plant maintenance, and collecting data
• assist in computer data entry as data are collected
• there is potential to carry out a small independent project (to be developed)
• assist as required in other laboratory duties
• minimum qualifications: at least two years of university biology with courses in botany, zoology, and ecology; some experience using Excel or QuattroPro spreadsheets; valid PEI drivers license.
• some combination of the following would be assets for this position: experience and training in identifying aquatic invertebrates and/or aquatic plants (especially to the species level), and in sampling invertebrates or plants from bogs; experience collecting and analyzing water samples chemically and/or for microscopic algae; experience using a dissecting microscope; experience using mapping software such as MapInfo.
• Preference will be given to a student wishing to carry out a research project that would be acceptable to the Biology department as an Undergraduate Research Project (Biology 440 or 441) at UPEI.
Priority 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 references to be received no later than the closing date to Please ensure that your first and last name and the competition number are included in the email subject line. You can also apply in person 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 and permanent residents 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.

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