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Truro, NS
Engineering
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Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada's leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region's intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,800 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that's celebrating 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.

The Faculty of Agriculture, Dalhousie University is a small research-intensive campus located in Truro, NS. Offering technical, undergraduate and graduate programs in agriculture, environment and related life and social science disciplines, the Faculty of Agriculture educates future leaders and generates knowledge and innovative solutions for healthy, sustainable societies. Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Research Assistant I will maintain and build technologies for precision agriculture systems to improve fruit yield and quality in wild blueberry fields throughout Atlantic Canada.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain, build and improve programming for precision agriculture hardware and software systems (e.g. sensing and control systems), including prototypes and working models.
  • Assist in the review of developed precision agriculture systems in workshops and in experimental fields; test, evaluate and adjust system components as directed.
  • Assist with training and coordinating activities associated with undergraduate and graduate students, and day-to-day research.
  • Carry out field experiments per established instructions, including basic data collection and entry. 
  • Liaise as required with industry personnel, other researchers and machinery manufacturers in the Atlantic region regarding technology improvements.

Note: This position will require extensive travel through the Atlantic region throughout the growing and harvesting season (April to November) and may require work outside of regular office hours. This position requires as well the ability to tolerate field conditions such as heat, inclement weather and insects. 

Qualifications: Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology or Industrial Engineering Technology as well as experience in the operation of relevant equipment, including agricultural equipment (or equivalent combination of training and experience) is required. Undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering will be considered an asset. Must have demonstrated skill in computer programming, electronics, and instrumentation. Demonstrated skill in machinery development, ideally in agricultural machinery, is required. Demonstrated understanding of machine design, sensing systems and/or other aspects of precision agriculture techniques is also required.

Dalhousie University supports a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Our total compensation package includes a defined benefit pension plan, health and dental plans, an employee and family assistance program and a tuition assistance program.

Apply online by July 23, 2018 to competition N77-18056.

Salary Range: $19.80 - $21.75 per hour (32.5 hours per week, $33,455 - $36,764 annually). This is a one year term position. (RE 01)

This position is part of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union Local 77 (NSGEU).

Bargaining unit employees for NSGEU local 77 are given first consideration and will be notified regarding the status of their application. All other applicants will be considered when there is no qualified internal candidate. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. 

Dalhousie University is committed to fostering a collegial culture grounded in diversity and inclusiveness. The university encourages applications from Aboriginal people, persons with a disability, racially visible persons, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and all candidates who would contribute to the diversity of our community. For more information, please visit www.dal.ca/hiringfordiversity.

A little bit about us

Dalhousie University

 Dalhousie University is Atlantic Canada’s leading research-intensive university and a driver of the region’s intellectual, social and economic development. Located in the heart of Halifax, Nova Scotia, with an Agricultural Campus in Truro/Bible Hill, Dalhousie is a truly national and international university, with more than half of our 18,500 students coming from outside of the province. Our 6,000 faculty and staff foster a vibrant, purpose-driven community, that’s celebrating 200 years of academic excellence in 2018.