Cargill Plant Pathology Technician – Aberdeen, SK Full Time in Aberdeen, SK


Branch Aberdeen SK CA

Plant Pathology Technician – Aberdeen, SK
Aberdeen, SK

Manage daily lab activities including supply organization, general lab and equipment organization and maintenance, growth-chamber monitoring, laminar flow hood…

Cargill Specialty Seeds & Oils (CSSO) is an industry leader in the development, production and marketing of high oleic oil – a trans fat-free alternative for the food industry known for its superior nutrition, improved stability and excellent taste. Research and plant breeding, certified seed production, contracting, crushing and marketing are also included. Cargill’s Specialty Seeds & Oils Production Program offers farm businesses high-performing VICTORY and Invigor Health Hybrids and unique advantages, such as an attractive prime basis, risk management solutions and grower-selected delivery periods.

Position Overview:
As the Plant Pathology Technician, you will be working in the plant disease program in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan and is responsible for pathology support to achieve high level disease resistance breeding within the Victory hybrid breeding program. Under the direction of the Plant Pathologist, you will concentrate on execution of laboratory maintenance and research experiments including plant and pathogen management, media and inoculum preparation, plant disease assays and data organization.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Plant disease pathogen management and production. This includes sterile media production, single spore blackleg isolations, production and maintenance of pathogen cultures, inoculum production used in disease resistance screening.


  • Execute plant disease screening both indoor and outdoor for blackleg resistance including inoculation, disease rating, data organization and reporting to pathologist.


  • Plant management including sowing, watering and fertilizing, preparation for disease resistance screening, general plant maintenance through to the end of the experiment.


  • Manage daily lab activities including supply organization, general lab and equipment organization and maintenance, growth-chamber monitoring, laminar flow hood and autoclave use and maintenance. Active participation in location safety program and leadership for pathology lab safety. Any other duties as assigned.


Technical certificate in biology and laboratory practice skills

Minimum 1 year experience in a research laboratory program

General knowledge of biological lab practices and plant management

Familiar with various Microsoft Office Software

Ability to work on multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize work effectively

Demonstrated excellent teamwork, interpersonal and organizational communication skills

Must possess a valid Canadian driver’s license with a clean driving record

Must be legally entitled to work for Cargill in Canada

Bsc. in biology, plant sciences or a related field

Experience with blackleg disease of canola or other canola plant pathogens

Well-developed knowledge of canola plant pathology

General knowledge of canola crop production and plant breeding

Highly self-motivated and detail oriented

Cargill is an equal opportunity employer.


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Employment Type: Full Time
Location: Aberdeen, SK, CA
Posted on: 2015-09-24
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