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Student Research Assistant - Department of Biology

Competition Number: 
Position Type: 
Student Position
Closing Date: 
Friday, June 9, 2017
Date of Posting: 
June 2, 2017
Department of Biology
Student Research Assistant
Hours of Work: 

37.5 hours per week 

$11.70 per hour (vacation pay included)

June 12, 2017 – August 31, 2017 (with potential for part-time extension into the fall term)

The Biology Department is seeking one undergraduate Research Assistant to contribute to an NSERC and NSF (National Science Foundation, USA) funded research project with Drs. Karen Samis and Christian Lacroix. 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 run a common garden experiment in the UPEI greenhouse to phenotype knockout lines of the model genetic plant, Arabidopsis thaliana. The student will set-up the experiment, sow the seeds, take care of plants as they grow and record data following standardardized methods. This experiment will contribute to the unPAK project with phenotyping data for these unique lines under our unique garden 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 schedules
• 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 working on unPAK projects via video chats


• 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 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. Students interested in a senior research project or Honours thesis work are strongly encouraged to apply

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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