Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada are seeking a research scientist with expertise and experience in the field of physical soil science to develop and lead a research program. The position requires scientific innovation and leadership in the area of Soil Conservation and Land Resilience in agriculture at the farm and landscape level, including the impact and mitigation of drought or excess moisture. The research program would require cross-disciplinary research approaches and would contribute to issue-driven research. Creative thinking will be required to open new lines of investigation such as the effect of soil physical properties on carbon sequestration, and strategies to manipulate them. This leadership will contribute to achieving Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas emission reduction targets and carbon neutrality by 2050.
The successful candidate will be part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre working on developing beneficial management practices for agricultural systems with the objectives of achieving high outcomes, of further increasing resilient soil ecosystems and carbon sequestration, and good economic returns; and will be part of a national team of experts developing knowledge, science capacity and advising AAFC management.
The incumbent will lead an established science program, will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories, research support units, and research field sites and will have the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders in academia and industry. Research Scientists have access to competitive core and external funding opportunities, and are supported by technical and administrative staff. Research Scientists are encouraged to seek university affiliation and co-supervise graduate students.
The researcher is expected to manage multiple projects in a multidisciplinary setting requiring collaboration with other scientific teams. They will be expected to seek internal and external funding and collaborators to support the research program and to effectively manage resources to achieve the desired outcomes. The scientist will directly supervise staff, and may mentor and train post-doctoral fellows and graduate students.