The Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) is a human-scale institution performing activities primarily in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Nord-du-Québec regions, in the Hautes Laurentides RCM and with Aboriginal communities. For more than a quarter of a century, UQAT has distinguished itself at several levels: teaching, research and creation, and service to the community. Thanks to its recognized expertise, UQAT plays an increasingly significant role at the regional, provincial, national and international scales. Its unique development model builds on partnerships in all its areas of coverage, thus ensuring accessibility to university education. It has developed a wide range of fields that today makes its reputation: creation and new media, human and social development, education, forests, engineering, management, mining and the environment, health and First Peoples.

Research in the agricultural sector at UQAT is being developed at the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Agri-food Research Station. Research professors working in this sector are affiliated with the Research Institute on Mines and Environment (RIME). The vision of agricultural research development is to acquire the scientific and technical knowledge that is necessary to ensure the sustainable development and expansion of agriculture in the Barlow-Ojibway Clay Belt. The main agricultural production on the territory is beef production, mainly cow-calf production. From 2018 to 2028, research will develop around five axis: 1) carbon sequestration in agroecosystems and the roles of plant roots in soil functioning; 2) forage crops and pastures (grazing systems, forage management and conservation to support livestock farming in a northern environment); 3) cash crop production systems in northern environment; 4) environmental footprint and greenhouse gas emissions of northern agroecosystems; 5) regional agricultural development: economics, social acceptability and ecosystem services. The research Station is located on the shores of Lake Temiskaming but work activities are carried out throughout the territory. Analytical chemistry, chromatography and microbiology laboratories can support the deployment of multidisciplinary research projects in agriculture.

The Research Institute on Mines and the Environment (RIME) is seeking to fill a position of:


Research Professor under grant in Agronomy Specialized in Ecosystems using Forage Crops


FUNCTION:

The person sought will have to conduct research and development activities in the field of ecosystems using forage crops and pastures to support livestock farming in northern environments. Topics that can be addressed are: pasture management and grazing strategies, species and complex mixtures used in forage production, forage systems productivity, nutritional value of forages, silage preservation and their chemical and microbiological properties. The successful candidate will also contribute in teaching and mentoring the students enrolled in graduate programs at UQAT.

The person sought will have to be open to work in partnership with agricultural businesses and government agencies. He or she will have to be able to work in a small university in a region whose mission, among other things, is to contribute to the socio-economic development of its environment. He or she will also have to continue the work begun on ongoing research projects at the Abitibi-Témiscamingue Agri-Food Research and Development Unit (URDAAT) and develop an innovative research program in the field.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • • Doctoral degree (PhD) in agronomy, specialized in ecosystems using cold climate forage plants. Knowledge of grazing systems, forage production and conservation would be an asset;
  • • Demonstrate the ability to develop an innovative research program that can be integrated within the Station's research areas, particularly in the field of cold climate forage plants;
  • • Have a good scientific productivity;
  • • Demonstrate the ability to supervise graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and research staff;
  • • Proficiency in speaking and writing in French and in English. However, the application of a candidate who is not proficient in French may be considered subject to specific conditions.

Note: The hiring of a candidate whose doctorate is not completed may be considered. The candidate will have to present an official letter, from his thesis supervisor, confirming the date of submission of the thesis.

OTHER CRITERIA CONSIDERED AS AN ASSET:

  • • Have relevant postdoctoral experience.

PRIMARY WORK LOCATION: Notre-Dame-du-Nord, Québec
START DATE: August 1st, 2018
DURATION OF CONTRACT: 3 years
SALARY: Salary is established on the basis of each candidate’s qualifications and experience and the current collective agreement.

In compliance with Canada’s immigration requirements, this job offer gives priority to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. UQAT is an equal opportunity employer (targeted groups: women, visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities).

APPLICATION: An application file includes a detailed resume, a letter of motivation in which you describe in particular your teaching philosophy and the main orientations of your proposed research program, two letters of recommendation, the doctorate degree or a letter from the thesis director mentioning the submission date of the thesis.

SPECIFIC CONDITION: For your application to be considered, you must enclose a duly completed employment equity form. Please print it from www.uqat.ca/emplois.

All applications will be treated confidentially. Interested candidates must submit their full application file (make sure to indicate the competition number) together with a copy of their doctoral degree by June 4th, 2018, at 12 p.m., to the attention of:

Mr. Vincent Cloutier, Director
Research Institute on Mines and the Environnement (IRME)
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
445, boul. de l’Université
Rouyn-Noranda (Quebec) J9X 5E4
Telephone : 819-732-8809, extension 8228
Fax: 819-732-8805
Email: vincent.cloutier@uqat.ca

posted: 03 May 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.