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- On July 8, 2019
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University of Winnipeg
Research Assistants are students, normally in a University of Winnipeg undergraduate program, employed to assist with tasks related to research in the student’s area of study. Work is performed within defined guidelines and under supervision of a more senior researcher or faculty member.
Working under close supervision the candidate will prepare wood samples for tree-ring analyses. The candidate will also measure tree-ring width and other anatomical characteristics using a measuring stage linked to a microscope. Effective mental concentration, visual attention and manual dexterity are required.
- Prepares tree-ring cores and wood samples for crossdating (gluing and sanding, laboratory work)
- Prepares samples for dendroecological studies, as directed (laboratory work).
- Measures tree-ring width, as directed (laboratory work)
- Performs image analysis of thin sections using specific software (WinCell), as directed
- Operates various software used in dendrochronology, as directed
- Performs other duties as required or assigned (data entry on computer, detecting errors in data, etc.).
- GPA of 3.0 or higher (preferably in ESS, Geography or Biology)
- Enrolled and majoring in the Forest Ecology (or Forest Ecology and Management) program at the University of Winnipeg constitutes an asset
- Knowledge of forest ecology and dendrochronology constitutes an asset
- Experience taking various tree measurements constitutes an asset
- Experience operating a sanding machine (wood shop equipement) constitutes an asset
- Ability to work in a dusty and noisy room (sanding room) and wet laboratories (wood staining, microtome, etc.)
- Ability to stay concentrated and work under microscope for extended periods of time
- Ability to multitask and have a great sense of accurancy
- Excellent sensory skills (hearing, sense of observation)
- Ability to work within a team
- Ability to follow oral and written instructions
- Ability to follow standard safety procedures
- Ability to request information from supervisor when necessary and report issues (equipment, methods, etc.)
- Ability to stay concentrated and be patient
- Ability to demonstrate effective mental concentration, visual attention and dexterity
- Ability to work without cell phones
- Valid driving license and WHMIS Training
- Good working knowledge of standard software packages (eg: Microsoft Excel, Word, Powerpoint, ArcGis)
- Knowledge of Software (Excel, Words, PPT, ArcGis, etc.)
The period of work will be from July 15th to August 30th and the estimated total hours of work will be 35 – 245 HOURS.
Note: This position is represented by the Public Service Alliance of Canada – Research Capacity Unit.
The University of Winnipeg is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion and recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research environments, and is essential to academic and institutional excellence. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals and encourage women, members of racialized communities, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity to confidentially self-identify at time of application. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
To apply for this job please visit www.northstarats.com.