Research Assistant

University of Northern BC Published: August 27, 2020
Prince George, British Columbia
Salary range
$15-20 per hour
Hours per week
Start Date
End Date


The research assistant will be responsible for collecting and analyzing plant samples from the agricultural and forest industries, to be used in research studies. The successful candidate will carry out experimentation and process the samples, learning new, hands-on, laboratory techniques and utilizing sophisticated equipment. Once analyzed, the intern will work with the data generated to get meaningful results.

Examples of potential projects that the intern will be involved in and their environmental importance, include:

  1. hemp seed and fibre analysis to determine the success of hemp crops in northern BC as potential food and fibre sources,
  2. aspen density analysis to determine the viability of aspen fibre in wood fibre production which may lead to less removal of this valuable species from the forest environment of BC,
  3. subapline fir cell-level measurement to determine the effects of climate change on this alpine species, and
  4. the efficacy of decomposition of plant residues by wine cap fungi, which may potentially reduce the need for the application of fertilizers to these crops.

The intern will gain experience in microscopy, densitometry, and/or image analysis; techniques that are important for agricultural and forestry related sciences.

Duties and responsibilities

Carry out scientific experimentation

Collect samples and measure samples for anatomical traits, among other

Use a microscope, with image analysis software

Analyze plant samples collected using various lab equipment

Statistically analyze data


Knowledge and skills

The successful candidate will have at least 3 years of post-secondary education in a natural science related field, and have experience with biological laboratory techniques and quantitative analysis. Preference will be given to candidates with strong plant biology backgrounds.

Education required

At least 3 years of post-secondary education in natural sciences.

Certification required

WHMIS certification


Eligibility criteria

Career-Launcher Internships are funded by the Government of Canada under the Youth Employment Strategy. For program criteria information visit their website.


Qualified interns are:

  • Between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive) at the start of the internship
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada*
  • Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
  • Available to work for at least six months
  • Not previous participants of a federal youth employment program
  • Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)

*Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.

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