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Job Title: CSFS Research Support Technician
Organization: Centre for Sustainable Food Systems
Location: Vancouver, BC

Job Category: Non Union Technicians and Research Assistants
Job Profile: Non Union Salaried - Research Assistant /Technician 3
Department: Centre for Sustainable Food Systems at UBC Farm | Faculty of Land and Food Systems
Compensation Range: $3,905 - $4,612 CAD Monthly
Posting End Date: 11:59 p.m. Feb. 28, 2021

This position is P/T 70%. Please include a cover letter along with your resume.

Job Summary

Working in a dynamic and high-energy environment, the CSFS Research Support Technician will assist with the collection, management, and analysis of research and UBC Farm operational data associated with the CSFS research portfolio. The technician will also support the internal tracking of research activities conducted at the CSFS.

Organizational Status

The CSFS Research Support Technician will report to and work closely with the CSFS Research Manager. Collaborates with the CSFS Research management team, CSFS associates, the UBC Farm Operations team, and other researchers conducting research at UBC Farm. The incumbent may supervise up to 1 Work Learn student supporting CSFS data management.

Work Performed

1) Maintenance of CSFS/UBC Farm data infrastructure

  • Data cleaning, compilation, and statistical analysis of UBC Farm operations and on-site research data;
  • Monitors organizational data management policies and protocols to accommodate the evolving needs of CSFS researchers and staff, and supports the Research Manager in amending policies as needed;
  • Administers the CSFS public data repository (CSFS Dataverse and GitHub), including:
    • Ensures data and metadata is collected from UBC Farm and CSFS researchers and uploaded to Dataverse in a timely manner;
    • Writes and maintains R/Phyton coding scripts to develop metadata documents; and
    • Engages with UBC Research Library staff for technical assistance and support as needed;
  • Performs data harmonization, aggregation, and quality assessment for operational and research agricultural datasets
  • Engages with CSFS researchers to facilitate the process to make their data publicly available and ensuring data infrastructure continually reflects their needs, including planning and coordinating meetings
  • Coordinates assessment of all new software for CSFS/UBC Farm through various internal UBC protocols (e.g., PIA, PCI-DSS)
  • Coordinates with LFS Learning Centre, UBC Library, and other campus groups to advance CSFS data infrastructure.
  • Facilitates the development of web data-sharing and data-visualization platforms in collaboration with Work Learns of the CSFS Research management team.
  • Supports the CSFS Research Manager with the development of an Indigenous data governance strategy that encompasses Indigenous and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) data collected at the UBC Farm.

2) Administration of the CSFS Research portfolio

  • Assists with the internal tracking and monitoring of all active research projects within the CSFS Research portfolio and their annual outputs (i.e. funded research projects, published papers, project outcomes, research projects hosted at UBC Farm, etc.).
  • Provides annual indicators of CSFS Research program performance to support CSFS grant applications and reporting as needed.
  • Supports the monitoring of research project funding contributions to the CSFS (UBC Farm fees, research OH, etc.) in collaboration with the CSFS Research Manager and the CSFS HR & Finance Coordinator to support the development of a CSFS Research funding strategy.
  • Supervises and maintains the UBC Farm research fee monitoring platform. Performs other duties as required.

3) Administration and facilitation of special research projects:

  • Supports documentation and logistics for post-COVID graduate student fieldwork resumption.
  • Supports preparation of grants budgets, approvals, procurement, and reporting.
  • Supports research manuscript preparation.

Consequence of Error/Judgement

Maintains, implements, and informs further development of a data infrastructure for the CSFS/UBC Farm and administers internal records of the CSFS Research portfolio. Failure to meet these objectives could reduce the efficiency of the CSFS research protocols, potentially damage professional relations with researchers, students, and UBC Farm users, and potentially damage the integrity and reputation of CSFS research in larger academic community. Work performance is closely supervised by the CSFS Research Manager who will support decision making in coordination with the CSFS Academic Director.

Supervision Received

Works under the direction of Research Manager. Exercises a medium level of independent decision making. Works in close collaboration with the Research Manager through regular meetings and collaborates with the UBC Farm Field Manager, the CSFS HR & Finance Coordinator, CSFS research associates, and other researchers conducting research at UBC Farm. Work is reviewed in terms of achievement of medium-term goals.

Supervision Given

May supervise 1 seasonal student intern or Work Learn per year.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Completion of a relevant technical program or a university degree (MSc is preferred) in a relevant discipline and a minimum three years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Relevant disciplines include agriculture, environmental science, data science, computer science, and food system science.
  • Proven expertise: quantitative and qualitative data management and analysis, experience with data QA&QC, and visualizing agricultural and/or environmental datasets, protocol development, field experimental design, environmental long-term monitoring, academic and grant writing, and literature reviewing.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of UBC's organizational structures, relationships, policies, and protocols is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the current social, ecological, and economic issues affecting food systems both locally and globally is an asset.
  • Familiarity with the history and current operations of the CSFS/UBC Farm is an asset.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Capacity to prioritize and work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines. Ability to work quickly, efficiently in a highly multidisciplinary, dynamic and fast paced environment.
  • Ability to be self-motivated and work independently and work as a team member in a dynamic and creative team, while in close collaboration with a large and diverse group of researchers and other stakeholders. Ability to deal effectively with a diversity of people/cultures.
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion.
  • Computer experience at an advanced level - able to effectively use MS Office, data programing tools (R preferrable, Phyton is an option) and QGIS at an intermediate level. Comfortable learning new software and interested in developing data management skills.

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date posted: Feb 19 2021    ID: 58748