Biologist - Bee Pathology

Agriculture Canada
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada - Science and Technology Branch 
Lethbridge (Alberta) 
Temporary full time, 2 year term, with possibility of extension
$57,713 to $78,586 (Salary under review)

For further information on the organization, please visit Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Closing date: 26 January 2016 - 23:59, Pacific Time (more on closing date)

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada and Canadian citizens residing abroad.


A highly motivated biologist is sought to undertake research in apiculture with an emphasis on mitigating pesticide and pathogen transmission in bees. The biologist will be expected to provide leadership in an ongoing field- based research project examining key risk factors, such as nutrition, as determinants of bee colony survival. The biologist will evaluate a novel tool, prebiotics, to mitigate factors affecting bee survival in the field, but also assist in evaluating this novel technology in the laboratory using bee cell lines developed as model systems by AAFC and AAF. The biologist will also be expected to initiate independent research working in collaboration with industry and other members of AAFC’s apiculture research team in the area of bee health and disease mitigation strategies. Emphasis will be placed on objectives supporting the domestic and international competitiveness of the Canadian Beekeeping Industry through development of innovative tools for managing pesticide exposure, pathogen identification, novel management of diseases, as well as strategies to maximize colony survival and productivity. Demonstrated applied research ability integrating scientific principles into solutions for commercial apiculture, in addition to knowledge of the Canadian Beekeeping Industry and its current challenges, are highly desirable.

Work environment

The position, located in Lethbridge, Alberta, is supported by technical staff to conduct field experiments as well as facilities to utilize small-scale commercial beekeeping operations. The research program also actively collaborates with the National Bee Diagnostic Centre, located at AAFC’s Beaverlodge Research Farm, which operates a complementary design-purpose laboratory for molecular studies in bee research.

Intent of the process

Immediate staffing need : 1 full-time temporary position, 2 year term.

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 university in the field of apiculture. 

Persons enrolled in a relevant PhD program may also apply but must successfully defend their thesis by March 31, 2016.

Degree equivalency

Experience in the design and conduct of scientific research specifically as it relates to honey bee biology, management for honey production, products of the hive, hive pests. 

Documented scientific productivity/recognition in the form of authorship of research results in the area of bee health assessments, approaches to manage honey production, field experiments with hives, in recognized journals and/or published reports, books, papers, or other communications resulting from scientific research.

If you possess any of the following, your application must also clearly explain how you meet it (other qualifications)

Post PhD experience in apiculture.
Experience with evaluating bee health and recognition of hive pathogens/pests. 
Experience with field experiments to study interactions between bees and hive treatments.
Experience in the conduct of bee field experiments.
Experience writing grant applications.
Experience managing multi-year projects with associated human resource, budgetary, and planning functions.
Experience interacting with industry and other stakeholders to garner support and research direction.

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

English essential

Information on language requirements

Knowledge of honey bee production including diseases, parasites and pests.
Knowledge of statistical design and methods for summarizing and analyzing data sets.
Knowledge of season-round management of honey bee colonies under Canadian conditions.

Interactive Communication

Ability to effectively orally present scientific information to scientific peers and industry.

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

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.
Ability and willingness to work with chemical reagents used to treat honey bee diseases and hive pests.
Ability and willingness to work outdoors under various environmental and weather conditions.
Ability and willingness to tolerate bee stings.
Ability and willingness to lift heavy objects (filled honey supers) up to 27 kg.
Ability and willingness to work in a laboratory environment.
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

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.

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
- Depth, breadth, type of work-specific experience.
- Level/degree of one or more competencies/qualifications.

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

Tara Casey, Human Resources Coordinator
Shelley Hoover
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