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Research Scientist, Plant Production (Field Specialty Crops)

Research & Development

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre (Vineland) is recruiting for a Research Scientist, Plant Production (Field Specialty Crops) to work in an industry-driven research environment.  Vineland is a world-class research centre dedicated to horticultural science and innovation.

Vineland is situated on treaty lands. These lands are steeped in the rich history of the First Nations such as the Hatiwendaronk, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Many First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from across Turtle Island live and work in Niagara today. Vineland stands with all Indigenous people, past and present, in promoting the wise stewardship of the lands on which we live. As treaty people, residents and caretakers, we are committed to continuous learning and a deep respect for Indigenous people, culture and history.

Vineland’s mission is to deliver innovative products and production solutions that address the needs of the horticulture industry and advance Canada’s research and commercialization agenda. We are an independent, not-for-profit organization, funded in part by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

Our people are the most important asset in achieving our goals and are known in the world for excellence in science and entrepreneurship. Our staff enjoys an exciting and challenging work environment noted for collaboration and knowledge sharing.



Reporting to the Director, Plant Responses and the Environment, the Research Scientist will conduct high-quality field trials and scientific research for the specific benefit of applied learnings related to plant growth; improved yields; and the overall ecological health of the agri-system including orchard fruit, vineyards and vegetable crops.   The Research Scientist will have the knowledge of a crop advisor and the ability to dissect key market production challenges into high-quality research.



(*A more comprehensive position outline is available upon request.)

  • Develop the Plant Responses and Environment Team’s specialty crop field research program.
  • Work with key crop advisors, researchers, and growers to identify research needs related to plant growth and yield benefits through improved production practices.
  • Preparing and executing experiments with cross-functional teams that support the goals of Vineland’s Programs.
  • Work closely with the Lab Supervisor, Soils & Substrates to develop nutrient management needs for key Canadian crops.
  • Develop and undertake research trials to improve the overall ecological sustainability of specific crops including orchard fruit, vineyards, and vegetable crops.
  • Working collaboratively on multi-disciplinary teams that may include other researchers, business development, marketing staff, clients and industry stakeholders.
  • Taking direction from program leaders and be accountable for assigned research targets.
  • Developing and managing research trials with detailed project schedule and work plans.
  • Managing the day-to-day activities associated with research projects, including monitoring and documenting progress, managing and interpreting data.
  • Advising Vineland staff on implementation of specialty crop, orchard and vineyard practices using conventional and organic methods.



  • 5+ years of research experience in areas of crop science, crop advising, plant science and/or biological science, or environmental horticulture science
  • PhD in Horticulture, Plant Biology, Plant Sciences, or Plant Physiology
  • 4+ years interacting with cross-functional teams
  • Established network connections within Canadian horticulture sector
  • Experience managing and overseeing multiple on-going initiatives simultaneously
  • Strong communication skills that facilitate clear, confident interactions and knowledge exchange with technical and non-technical teams
  • Passionate about the intersection of plants, products, technology, and experience
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible, adaptable and open-minded.
  • Working knowledge of budgeting and financial management
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a small team
  • Certification in agronomy and/or certification as a crop advisor
  • Experience with field horticulture, tree nurseries, turf, vineyards and orchard crops
  • Experience working/collaborating on cross-disciplinary teams
  • Experience doing research to support the commercialization of products



Vineland Research and Innovation Centre*

4890 Victoria Avenue North, Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada, L0R 2E0

(*Please note that this location is not accessible by public transportation.)


  • A cover letter stating how your experience qualifies you for the position
  • Résumé
  • Contact information of three references

Vineland is committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.  We welcome applications from all qualified candidates including women, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities and racialized groups, persons with disabilities, persons of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, and others.  In accordance with all applicable provincial accessibility standards, accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online below. We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

We invite you to submit your application in confidence to:

Website: www.vinelandresearch.com

E-mail:  careers@vinelandresearch.com

Vineland Research and Innovation Centre

4890 Victoria Avenue North, Box 4000

Vineland Station, Ontario, Canada, L0R 2E0


For more information on Vineland Research and Innovation Centre visit us at www.vinelandresearch.com

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