Research Scientist - Tree Fruit Physiologist

On behalf of the Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) provides leadership in the growth and development of a competitive, innovative and sustainable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. Within this context, the Summerland Research and Development Centre (SuRDC) invites applications for a Research Scientist position with specialization in tree fruit physiology.

The focus of the incumbent's research will be on apple and cherry tree fruit ecophysiology and developmental physiology. The incumbent will apply his/her expertise in woody plant physiology, biochemistry and production systems to help resolve challenges impacting sustainable agriculture in British Columbia's interior valleys. Expected outcomes of the incumbent's research will be new knowledge concerning climatic conditions, cultural practices and other abiotic factors that influence tree performance and fruit quality.

Work Environment:
Within the AAFC context described above, the Centre, located in Summerland, British Columbia, conducts world-class research in the area of sustainable tree fruit and wine grape production, breeding, protection, storage and processing.

The incumbent will be part of a multidisciplinary team of plant breeders, postharvest physiologists, plant pathologists, soil scientists, and entomologists, and will have access to state-of-the-art laboratories and research field sites. The incumbent will have the opportunity to collaborate with stakeholders in industry as well as academia. Research Scientists have access to significant core and competitive funding opportunities, and are well supported by technical and administrative staff. Research Scientists are encouraged to seek university affiliation and co-supervise graduate students.

Intent of the process:
The intent of this process is to fill 1 indeterminate full time position. A pool of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar permanent and temporary employment for the location indicated for this process.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide:

  • Your résumé.
  • Contact information for 2 references.


You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

  • Graduation with an acceptable doctoral degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in the field of whole plant physiology of woody plants, stress physiology of woody plants or other relevant discipline.
  • IMPORTANT: Proof of education will be required. Please review the 'Degree equivalency' link below for important details.
  • Degree equivalency
  • Experience in the design and conduct of scientific research specifically as it relates to whole perennial plant physiology or other relevant discipline.
  • Experience in commercial tree fruit or other woody-perennial fruit crop production research with emphasis on ecophysiology or whole-plant stress physiology modulation with a goal to enhance production of high quality fruit.
  • Experience in plant biochemistry and developmental physiology.
  • Documented scientific productivity/recognition in the form of authorship/editorship of research results in plant physiology in recognized scientific journals, and published reports, books, papers, or other communications resulting from scientific research.

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

  • English essential
  • Information on language requirements
  • Knowledge of whole plant physiology with particular emphasis on fruit tree physiology.
  • Knowledge of integrated management strategies for woody perennial crops.
  • Knowledge of molecular or biochemical mechanisms involved in responses to environmental conditions.
  • Adaptability, Initiative, Interactive Communication, Teamwork
  • Ability to present scientific information.

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

  • Experience writing grant applications.
  • Experience interacting with industry and other stakeholders to garner support and research direction.
  • Experience in whole-plant physiology and assessment of plant growth, stress status and/or metabolic pathways and measures of resulting effects on fruit quality.
  • Experience in agro-ecosystem ecology (soils, water, groundcover vegetation) and environmental stress physiology (e.g. drought and cold stress).
  • Experience working collaboratively in studies with plant breeders, plant pathologists, entomologists, postharvest physiologists or other complementary researchers.
  • Experience managing multi-year projects with associated human resource, budgetary, and planning functions.
  • Experience conducting research on apple, cherry or other Rosaceae tree fruit crops.
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Knowledge of resource management, scion and rootstock cultivars and innovative tree architecture systems that optimize canopy microenvironments and modulate environmental stresses.
  • Selection may be limited to members of the following Employment Equity groups: Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, women
  • Information on employment equity
  • Placement of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) employees affected by work force adjustment.

Conditions of employment

  • Reliability Status security clearance
  • Possession of a valid driver's license or personal mobility to the extent normally associated with the possession of a valid driver's license.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.
  • Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Ability and willingness to control allergies, through the use of personal protective equipment and/or medication without impinging on the duties to be performed.

Other information

The classification level and rate of pay on appointment is commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications.

Salary ranges:
SE-RES-01 - $53,161 - $69,942
SE-RES-02 - $66,010 - $98,880
SE-RES-03 - $83,421 - $109,760
SE-RES-04 - $99,904 - $121,834
SE-RES-05 - $109,390 - $133,410

Applications submitted by email will not be accepted. You must apply on-line through

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

Preference will be given to Canadian citizens. Applications submitted by persons who are not Canadian citizens are accepted.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required. Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence, may be used in the assessment of qualifications.

Appointment decisions may be based on one or more of the following criteria:
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the strengths and weaknesses of the work team.
- Matching of the individual's experience or qualifications to the specific duties of the position being staffed.
- Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
- Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.

Reference checks may be sought.

An interview may be administered.

A test may be administered.

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada thanks all those who apply.

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce reflective of Canadian society. As a result, it promotes employment equity and encourages candidates to indicate voluntarily on their application if they are a woman, an Aboriginal person, a person with a disability or a member of a visible minority group.

The Public Service of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise the Public Service Commission or the departmental official in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

Preference will be given to veterans and to Canadian citizens, in that order.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.
Contact information
Julie Boyer, Human Resources Coordinator

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tree fruit physiology
Summerland, BC (Canada)