Research Assistant II (Department of Geography & Environment)

Brandon University

Brandon, MB, CA


  • Prepare equipment and materials for research.
  • Perform academic research, standard tests and experiments.
  • Monitor and document research status and findings.
  • Assist with duties related to the production of articles, publications, reports and presentations.
  • Prepare literature reviews.
  • Assist in data collection, data entry, analysis and interpretation.
  • Assist in the acquisition of research materials and supplies.
  • Perform data/word processing, routine computations, and record keeping.
  • Perform routine clerical and administrative duties to support research activities.
  • Perform other relevant duties as assigned.


The overall aim of the research project is two-fold 1) to investigate the watershed processes, at a range of spatial scales (field- and watershed-scale), as it relates to the generation, transfer and deposition of sediment and sediment-associated nutrients and contaminants; 2) to improve the utility and robustness of the sediment fingerprinting technique. This project will focus on identifying the sources of sediment in the Wilson Creek watershed located on the eastern slopes of Riding Mountain National Park.


The candidate will work closely with an MSc student assisting with soil and sediment sample collection (fieldwork), laboratory preparation (including grinding, sieving, and weighing) and analysis (including grain size, organic matter, and spectral reflectance measurements). The candidate will also be responsible for data entry, summarizing and reporting. This is an excellent opportunity for a student to acquire advanced training in soil science, watershed science and geomorphology research.


The ideal candidate will have experience in:

  • Laboratory analysis of soils, sediment, vegetation, and water
  • Field collection of soil, sediment, vegetation, and water samples
  • Traveling and working in remote areas
  • Strong organizational skills
  • MS Excel, R, or other suitable software for managing data and data analysis
  • GIS and remote sensing data
  • Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) GPS
  • Math, statistics and writing skills

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree (or close to completion) in physical geography, environmental science or other Earth science discipline
  • Canadian driver’s license
  • First aid training

To Apply:

Please send your cover letter and resume clearly outlining how you meet the qualifications and experience to Dr. Alex Koiter, Department of Geography and Environment, Brandon University at [email protected]

Brandon University is committed to equity, welcomes diversity, and hires on the basis of merit.  All qualified individuals who may contribute to the diversification of the University, especially women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous persons, racialized persons, and persons of all sexual orientations and genders are encouraged to apply.  Canadian citizens and permanent residents are given priority.  Evidence of citizenship must be provided.

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment. This starts with the hiring process. If you require an accommodation during any phase of the evaluation process, please indicate it in your cover letter. All information received related to an accommodation is kept confidential. To ensure this employment opportunity is accessible to all interested individuals, this posting is available in an alternate format upon request.





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