Research Scientist – Plant Pathology

Closing Date: 

Apr 10, 2017


4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, Ontario

General Outline: 

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Research Scientist - Plant Pathology. You will be joining a highly-skilled research team, with oversight from an independent Board of Directors, engagement from an international Science Advisory Committee and collaboration with more than 160 global partners.

Vineland’s goal is to enhance Canadian growers’ commercial success through results-oriented innovation. We are an independent, not-for-profit horticulture research organization funded in part by Growing Forward 2.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

The scientist will lead a research program in plant pathology that will provide solutions for the management of key diseases in greenhouse (floriculture, vegetable) and selected field crops. Working knowledge of plant resistance mechanisms (constitutive and induced) and the ability to devise high throughput methods to test and phenotype these will be important assets. Practical experience in molecular and conventional plant pathology techniques, the ability to apply these techniques in greenhouse and field trials, and an ability to work with commercial partners in a diverse range of crops is highly desirable. Good communication skills, both written and verbal, and an ability to effectively transfer technologies to end-users are essential.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop a research program to identify and characterize new methods of disease management, including host plant resistance, in horticultural crops
  • Develop robust, high throughput disease resistance screening methods to characterize disease resistance in Vineland breeding germplasm
  • Participate in genetic mapping of disease resistance in vegetable crops using segregating or association mapping populations
  • Investigate plant/microbe interactions to enhance the use of microorganisms and other bioactive molecules for plant disease control, and apply appropriate methods to improve our understanding of the role of the microbiome in plant health and performance
  • Establish and characterize collections of prevalent races of pathogens important to the horticulture industry in Canada
  • Provide advice to ongoing production research projects at Vineland, in the development of new technologies for early disease detection in greenhouse crops
  • Work collaboratively with researchers, clients, industry stakeholders and the internal business development team to ensure delivery of research and business outcomes
  • Communicate research findings and other technical developments to stakeholders and the wider scientific community


  • PhD with specialization in plant pathology, preferably in horticultural crops
  • Experience in plant host resistance testing
  • Experience with collecting and isolating races of pathogens followed by race characterization
  • Ability to use both conventional and molecular techniques to detect and diagnose plant diseases and monitor plant responses
  • Experience with both quantitative and qualitative disease resistance detection methods and appropriate statistical analysis of disease infection data
  • At least two years post-doctoral or other relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funds to support research activities
  • Developing publication record in scientific journals and industry trade magazines
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • Leadership skills and ability to manage and train permanent, contract and seasonal staff

Additional Desirable Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • Be self-motivated with well developed organizational skills
  • Experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Have well developed interpersonal skills and leadership qualities that enable an open, productive and collaborative work environment

Additional Info: 

This is a permanent full-time position starting as soon as possible.

How to Apply: 

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