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Student Research Assistant - Biology Department - Faculty of Science

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Date of Posting: 
April 20, 2015
Biology Department - Faculty of Science
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week


$10.74 (vacation pay included)

The Biology Department is seeking one undergraduate Student Research Assistant to contribute to an NSERC and NSF (National Science Foundation, USA) funded research project with Dr. Karen Samis. This summer project is part of a larger endeavor called unPAK, or Undergraduates Phenotyping Arabidopsis Knock-outs, a collaborative experience running out of the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

The student will assist in a project to phenotype lines of the model genetic plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, that have had genes associated with salt stress mutated. The experiment will involve growing plants in a common environment, exposing plants to various salinity treatments and recording their phenotypes. This project will contribute to the unPAK project with comprehensive genotype to phenotype data for these unique lines under our unique experimental conditions; hence contributing to our growing knowledge of the genetic basis to variation in phenotypes observed in the wild.


• The student will be required to germinate, grow, care for and manage the experimental population taking great care to follow unPAK growing conditions and administer treatments.
• In addition, the student will be expected to keep meticulous and careful notes on plant phenotypes at all stages of development and to communicate findings on a regular basis.
• The student will also have the opportunity to interact with other students working on unPAK projects, and participate in lab meetings with researchers at the College of Charleston via Skype.


• Successful completion of Bio223, and preferably with success in more than one genetics course, although not required.
• A demonstrated strength in science writing and communication, and/or strong academic performance in Bio331.
• The student must be a current UPEI Biology Majors student and have completed at least two years of the undergraduate degree with a strong academic standing.
• Must be available for the full summer term, with minor exceptions to the schedule and willing to work full-time.
• The student should have a demonstrated interested in research.

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 reference list, to be received no later than the closing date, via the link below. 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.

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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