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ADS - Research Assistant - School of Climate Change and Adaptation (Grant Funded)

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Position Type:
Staff Position
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School of Climate Change and Adaptation
ADS - Research Assistant
Full-Time Term Position (Grant Funded)
Hours of Work:
37.5 hours per week

$37,800 per annum, as per CUPE 1870 (Grant Funded) (Off Scale)


As soon as possible to August 31, 2023 (Term may be reduced or extended depending on performance, available funding, and departmental requirements)

The School of Climate Change and Adaptation at the University of Prince Edward Island is seeking applications from competent and eligible candidates for a Research Assistant position in climate change and related expertise including projection of meteorological parameters using artificial neural networks and statistical downscaling methods. The incumbent will be investigating the climate change effects on major agricultural crops of Prince Edward Island and will be devising strategical management practices to cope with climate change issues. The incumbent will report to Dr. Xander Wang, Associate Professor at the School of Climate Change and Adaptation.


  • The focus of this research program is to determine the impact of climate change on the major agricultural crops in Prince Edward Island. The incumbent should know downscaling and projecting the meteorological parameters by using different emissions scenarios
  • The incumbent will work with conventional and advanced downscaling techniques, including statistical downscaling model and machine learning modelling techniques
  • The incumbent will assist the graduate and undergraduate students of the group lead with research data collection and data analysis
  • The incumbent will assist in manuscripts and report writing for various projects and research trials of the group lead


  • A bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering or related disciplines. A masters degree in the relevant field of research will be an asset
  • The incumbent should have sufficient background and experience (conference proceedings and presentation skills) in climate change projections, downscaling techniques, statistical software’s, geographic information system, and differential global positioning systems
  • The incumbent should be familiar with necessary software skills such as statistical downscaling software, artificial neural networks libraries, geographic information system, and Microsoft Office
  • Must have a good academic record, scientific writing skills, preparation of scientific papers and a strong work ethic
  • Must be able to work in a team and independently, and willingness to work in lab and field environments
  • Demonstrated skills to design and conduct climate change studies
  • Clear understanding of calculating climate extremes using historical data and modelling skills to generate future climate extreme data
  • Strong communication skills with the demonstrated ability to present clearly, promote understanding through effective verbal, written, and listening skills, facilitate change and build consensus
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to drive within the Prince Edward Island


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. Applications will not be accepted via email.

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.

UPEI is committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation and believes in providing a positive learning and working environment where every person feels empowered to contribute. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups including women, Indigenous peoples, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

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.