Senior Research Technician, Plant Pathology

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Senior Research Technician, Plant Pathology to work in an industry-driven research environment. Vineland is a uniquely Canadian results-oriented organization dedicated to horticulture science and innovation.

Vineland is situated on treaty lands. These lands are steeped in the rich history of the First Nations including the Hatiwendaronk, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from across Turtle Island live and work in Niagara today. Vineland stands with all Indigenous people, past and present, in promoting the wise stewardship of the lands on which we live. As treaty people, residents and caretakers, we are committed to continuous learning and a deep respect for Indigenous people, culture and history.

Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions addressing the needs of the horticulture industry and advancing Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a five-year, federal-provincial-territorial initiative.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Vineland is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and others. In accordance with all applicable provincial accessibility standards, accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

This is a 12-months contract.

Duties & Responsibilities

The Senior Research Technician, Plant Pathology is responsible for project design, execution and reporting under the supervision of the Research Scientist, Plant Pathology. The role involves coordinating, planning and leading greenhouse and field pathology research to enable and accelerate the introduction and use of biological plant protection strategies and reduce the negative impact of pathogens in horticultural crops. This position will collaborate closely with other scientific and technical staff at Vineland, as well as external partners to enable a multidisciplinary approach to research and project delivery.


(*A more comprehensive position outline is available upon request.)

  • Lead the technical staff in the Plant Pathology laboratory, ensure the delivery of multiple research projects
  • Work together with the Research Scientist, Plant Pathology to build and maintain the research program project pipeline with grant-funded and contract research
  • Work across Vineland’s programs and teams and contribute plant pathology, disease control and biosecurity expertise
  • Ensure proper management and overall organization of the laboratory, equipment and supplies, including equipment maintenance, SOPs, SDS and chemical inventory


  • BSc or MSc in biological science or equivalent
  • Minimum of two to three years’ related experience
  • Experience in plant pathology, microbiology, biopesticides required
  • Strong skills in scientific writing and related written communication skills
  • Project management skills and capability as a coordinator for project tasks
  • Experience managing and overseeing multiple on-going initiatives simultaneously
  • Solid experience in experimental design and statistical analysis
  • The following knowledge will be an asset:
    • Bioproduct registration process and regulations related to bioproduct research
    • Disease resistance phenotyping assay design for marker-assisted plant breeding
    • Environmental DNA and metagenomics

We offer:

  • Flexible work arrangement
  • Competitive salary
  • Comprehensive health benefits
  • Paid vacation
  • Employee perks
  • Company events


  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position
  • Résumé
Contract Position
Closing date: Open until filled
Location: 4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, ON L0R 2E0

Apply Today

Please fill out the online application for this position. You will receive confirmation that your application has been received. Only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship.

Our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing all set against a backdrop of natural beauty.

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