Senior Biologist (Product Development)


Your core mission as part of the Product Development team is to lead the development and execution of bioassays and field trials as well as analysis and interpretation of results related to assigned tasks. This includes:

  1. Performing research and development activities with the expected scientific rigor and knowledge of an expert in the field.
  2. Ensuring the accuracy of calculations, completeness of data, and adheres to prescribed methods when applicable.
  3. Helping to develop strategies/methods/SOPs to test and achieve the deliverable of a project. 

This is a REMOTE role; the incumbent may be based anywhere in Canada.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads the Northern Region small plot field trial program with oversight from the Field Development Manager. 
  • Delivers technical protocols, agronomic summaries and/or detailed reports to Vive’s corporate clients, partner organizations, or team members. 
  • Maintains external contacts with customers/consultants involved in the projects, including project leads and other partner organizations, suppliers and independent researchers for joint and third-party research. Participates in professional meetings when required. 
  • Provides regular updates to team members and/or more senior staff on status of projects and/or scientific activities. 
  • Maintains up-to-date working records, such as lab notebooks and sample reports (sample data pages, data summary tables, etc.). 
  • Provides technical assistance to other functional groups as necessary and works with other scientists towards a determined goal/deliverable. 
  • May be involved with the hiring of new employees in the functional group. 
  • Involved in the preparation and review of annual budgets (with senior management) 
  • Maintains contact with all levels of staff, and collaborates with other scientists, team leads, managers and senior management. 
  • Recommends methods and equipment improvements as appropriate. Suggests new methods, method validation, and new equipment as appropriate. Develops new methods and SOPs for novel experiments and instruments and improves existing ones. 
  • Follows all applicable employment, health and safety legislation. Demonstrates corporate values in the performance of the work and interactions with others. Performs other job-related duties as necessary. 

Skills & Experiences

  • MSc. /Ph.D. in a related discipline such as Crop Science, Agriculture, Agronomy, Biology or related field. 
  • 5+ years related experience in a relevant field such as Crop Protection, Crop Science, Plant Physiology, Agronomy. Direct field research experience is an asset. 
  • Excellent literature and experimental research skills; data analysis and statistical skills; proficient in Office programs and applicable software applications such as ARM. 
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, creativity and innovation, organizing and planning skills, ability to work under pressure, good oral and written communication skills, very good interpersonal skills, team skills, propensity to continuous learning and experimenting. 
  • Personal attributes: sense of goal, self-motivation, pride in work, objectivity, cooperativeness, approachability, positive outlook, enthusiasm, and adaptability to changing business requirements.

Work Environment

  • The majority of the work can be performed in a remote office environment with 30% of time travelling to field trial sites, CROs and professional meeting. If working remote, travel to Head Office will be required on at least a quarterly basis. 
  • Some of the work is performed in a field environment where exposures to physical, chemical and biological hazards may exist. 
  • Potential hazards may include noise, temperature extremes, biohazards and hazardous chemical products. Standard safety procedures will describe personal protective devices that are mandatory requirements of performing the work. 
  • Is accountable to Vive’s Chief Technology Officer and senior management 
  • Can initiate new processes or take on additional responsibilities with the prior approval of their supervisor (ex. taking on additional project/experiments). 
  • Has some latitude to create and implement process improvements within the confines of achieving objectives of the role (ex. suggests new instruments or changes to methods that would increase productivity or improve data accuracy). 
  • Decisions beyond the scope of the role are generally validated or approved by their manager or more senior staff member. 

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