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Job Posting: Dept. of Rural Development, Brandon University

The Department of Rural Development offers one of five graduate degree programs at Brandon University and also delivers three- and four-year undergraduate degree programs in Rural and Community Studies.

Brandon University invites applications for a one-year term position in Rural Development. The University seeks an individual with a PhD in a rural-focused field of study (e.g., Geography, Sociology, Economics, Political Science, and International Development). Doctoral candidates with requisite teaching and research experience will also be considered.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and the master’s levels, including thesis supervisions. Areas of particular interest include sustainability, international development, rural economies, and globalization. An academic specialty or research focus outside of the North American context would be considered an asset. In addition to regular teaching responsibilities, the candidate will be expected to carry out an active research program and contribute to a collegial environment within the Department of Rural Development. Further information about the Department can be found at:

Rank and Salary: commensurate with qualifications and experience

Deadline for applications: July 18, 2014, or until the position is filled.

Start Date: August 1, 2014, or as mutually agreed.

Applicants should provide a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of teaching philosophy, and student course evaluations (where available), citizenship status, and the names, addresses and e-mails of three referees.

Dean of Arts Office
Brandon University
270-18th Street
Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9

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Graduate Research Assistant, Land, Food, and Community I, II, and III

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems at the University of British Columbia invites applications for Graduate Research Assistant.  This position supports a curriculum enhancement project that includes incorporating pedagogical tools and flexible learning strategies into a series of courses LFC I, II and III.

Background / Context

The Land, Food, and Community (LFC) Core Series courses in the Faculty of Land and Food Systems integrate community engaged scholarship approaches, community-based experiential learning (CBEL) and community-based action research (CBAR) with flexible learning strategies to enhance student learning, including the application of theoretical knowledge in hands-on activities. The project will incorporate flexible learning strategies into the core series (LFS 100, 150, 250, 350 and 450) to deepen and increase CBEL and CBAR initiatives, as well as develop flipped classroom approaches that both foster interactions among students and instructors and enhance skill development. The project team will integrate the experience of ongoing flexible learning initiatives in the faculty, incorporate community partner feedback, blend current flexible learning strategies from online to face-to-face versions of courses, and create online repositories of resources for the Core Series. This will be the first year (grant funded) of an expected three-year project (pending future successful grant applications).

The Position

We seek a part-time Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) for a total of350 hours (approximately 8-10 hours/week for 9 months, starting in August). The successful candidate for this grant-funded position will assist the LFC Flexible Learning Initiative research, design, create, and maintain the architecture for a web-based communication platform. Rate of pay will be $850 monthly, which includes 4% vacation pay.

Organizational Status

The successful candidate will report to the LFC Series Coordinator, Will Valley and the Assistant Dean of Learning Technologies, Dr. Cyprien Lomas.

Work Performed

  • Research, design, create, update and maintain the architecture for a web-based communication platform for students, instructional team, and/or community stakeholders
  • Research, identify, and create resources to support Core series courses
  • Work in collaboration with Core Coordinator as well as Core series instructors, CBEL Officer and other stakeholders
  • Work independently to search for and identify recent peer-reviewed journal articles, secondary and tertiary references, online videos and other material
  • Carry out other duties as required in keeping with the qualifications and requirements of the positions in this classification.

Specific Skills

  • Experience using UBC WordPress blog  or similar web-based platforms
  • Experience in fields of digital media and communications design
  • Experience using content management systems such as Connect
  • Experience with basic multimedia tools such as video production and photo/graphics editing

To Apply

Please submit a resume of relevant skills and experience and a cover email explaining your interest in the position to Will Valley ( and Dr. Cyprien Lomas ( with the subject heading ‘GRA LFC Core Series ’ by July 10, 2014.

Include the names, phone numbers and email addresses of 2-3 references who can speak to your experience in the above-described kinds of work.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities.

Master’s Student Position in Grapevine Physiology/Functional Genomics

One M.Sc. student position is available starting September 01, 2014 in the laboratory of Dr. Simone Castellarin at the University of British Columbia, Wine Research Centre in Vancouver, BC.  The student will be enrolled within the Plant Science program at the University of British Columbia. The research program will focus on the control of fruit ripening and the role of environmental factors on determining fruit quality in grapevine (Vitis vinifera L.). The laboratory adopts a multidisciplinary approach that considers open field and greenhouse experiments, transcriptome (RNA-seq) and metabolome (GC/MS, LC/MS) analyses.

Graduate student qualifications: Applicants must hold a degree in Plant Science, Biology, Biochemistry or other related area with a strong academic record. Applicants must have previous lab experience and good communication skills in English. A stipend will be provided.

Application process: Interested candidates should apply by June 30, 2014. Applicants can submit their cover letter, CV and names of two referees to Dr. Simone D. Castellarin at Only qualified applicants will receive a reply.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We especially welcome applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

LFS 150 Teaching Assistant Positions – due April 30

Are you interested in improving learning experiences for first year students?  Do you want to actively contribute both in and out of class to a new and unique small class environment?  Would you like to develop skills and gain knowledge as a Teaching Assistant that will benefit you long after the course ends?

The Faculty of Land and Food Systems is offering a new core course starting in September 2014 – LFS 150 (Scholarly Writing and Argumentation in Land and Food Systems).  For 2014W we will be offering 4 sections;  2 in each term of winter session.  To review the job description for the position of Teaching Assistant, please refer to the following links:

For additional information, you can contact the course coordinator, Alice Cassidy, at

REMINDER:  The deadline for submitting an online application for a TA position within LFS is Wednesday, April 30th

Industry-Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle

McGill University’s Department of Animal Science invites applications for an Industry-Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle. The Chair will play a key role in the department’s growing group of researchers with international leadership in the area of dairy-herd management. The candidate should be internationally renowned with a strong record of academic excellence in a fundamental discipline such as dairy-herd management, animal welfare and behaviour, cow comfort, or animal health and longevity, with a view to improving the profitability of dairy farms while respecting industry and consumer concerns for animal well-being. The Chair holder is expected to develop and maintain an independent research program of the highest calibre, supported by external research funds (in addition to the program funding), while also playing a key collaborative role in many of the current academic endeavors such as assisted reproductive technologies, genetic selection studies, health management, agricultural engineering, farm economics, sustainable agriculture and food security. The Candidate would contribute to teaching programs in the Department of Animal Science, and supervise and train graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. A thorough understanding of, and interaction with, the local dairy industry is critical to a successful program; to this end, an ability (or a commitment to learn) to communicate in French would be a strong asset.

The successful applicant will fill the NSERC-Novalait-DFC Research Chair in Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle, with significant funding from both Provincial and Federal levels. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) is committed to keeping Canada at the forefront of the global race in science and innovation. Its national network and expertise with the research community is seen as a bridge to help access Canada’s wealth of R&D knowledge, people and facilities, and to use the academic research system as a competitive edge. Their Industrial Research Chairs (IRC) program assists universities in pursuing new directions, or in building on existing strengths to achieve the critical mass required for a major research endeavour in science and engineering of interest to industry. Novalait Inc. is jointly owned and operated by the Dairy Producers and Processors of Québec. Its goal is the promotion, development and furthering of knowledge and innovation with a view to ensuring the long-term growth and sustainability of the dairy industry in Québec. Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national policy, lobbying and promotional organization that strives to create stable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry, today and in the future. It works to maintain policies that both foster the viability of Canadian dairy farmers and promote dairy products and their health benefits.

McGill’s Department of Animal Science has solid links with industry, and is equipped with an array of laboratories and equipment to carry out fundamental research in cell and molecular biology, microbiology, immunology, nutrition, bioinformatics, and food safety. Depending on the individual’s research strengths, there is extensive potential for interaction with other units such as Agricultural Economics, Plant Science, Bioresource Engineering, Natural Resource Sciences, as well as the Institute of Parasitology, the School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, and the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain (comprising researchers from across the entire University – Medicine, Dentistry and Science). In addition, there is a strong history of collaboration with other Universities and Research Centres throughout Québec and further afield. The Macdonald Campus Farm, which includes an 88-tie stall Cattle Complex, is situated directly on Campus and offers exceptional opportunities for observational and experimental research in dairy cattle. In addition to its research mission, the dairy herd ranks among the highest in the Province of Québec for both production and reproductive performance. Valacta – Québec’s Centre of Expertise in Dairy Production – is also situated on Campus, facilitating excellent research opportunities.

The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located on the Macdonald Campus, 30 km from Montreal’s city centre and the downtown Campus. It is in close proximity to the Montreal life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. The Campus comprises 650 hectares which, in addition to the farm, houses the Morgan Arboretum, the Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre, experimental field stations, and modern student facilities (libraries and active-learning teaching laboratories). The Faculty has an exceptionally strong record in research, and graduate and undergraduate training in agricultural, environmental, food, and human nutrition sciences, as well as molecular biology, biotechnology and bioresource engineering. The Faculty actively supports inter-disciplinary teaching and research, and contributes to McGill’s global leadership position through numerous international research and field training programs. Additional information concerning McGill, its Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and the Department of Animal Science can be found on their respective web sites (,, and

The appointment is expected to be made at the senior level (although exceptional junior candidates may also be considered). Applications, including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, as well as the names of three references (who would only be contacted – with permission – in the final stages of the process), should be submitted to:

Dr. Kevin Wade, Chair, Search Committee
Department of Animal Science
McGill University Macdonald Campus
21111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, QC H9X 3V9 CANADA

or, preferably, sent electronically to

The closing date for applications is June 16, 2014 (or until filled).

McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.