Biometrician (SOG/ST 7)

Reference
VAC-42914
Contract Type
Full-Time
Industries
Government & Public Sector, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation
Location
Kingston
Salary & Benefits
Date Posted
10/11/2022
Expiry Date
05/12/2022
The Biometrician (SOG/ST 7) is responsible for planning, designing, monitoring and implementing agricultural research experiment, analyzing and providing interpretation of experimental data.

The incumbent is also responsible to ensure that experimental designs and field plans are properly adhered to by giving guidelines and supervising the layout of experiments in the field. 

 

KEY OUTPUTS

  • Experimental designs produced and submitted 
  • Statistical advice given 
  • Publications of scientific papers made 
  • Experimental site visited 
  • Experiment monitored 
  • Analysis of experimental data 
  • Interpretations and reports produced 
  • Research database maintained 
  • Research staff trained 
  • Technical advice given 

 

Key Responsibilities 

Management/Administrative Responsibilities 

  • Advises the Principal Research Director and Chief Technical Director on statistics and research. 
  • Represents the Ministry and Government of Jamaica at International Conferences, Seminars and Workshops. 
  • Collaborates with local and international researchers to exchange information as it relates to agricultural research work. 
  • Evaluates the capacity of the Biometry Unit to effectively provide statistical advisory services.
  • Provides guidance in the development of a framework to assist the implementation of agricultural research. 
  • Develops procedures for priority setting for the Biometry Unit 
  • Assists the Principal Research Director to set Divisional priorities and to lead in the formulation of research policy guidelines and schedules. 

 

TECHNICAL RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Provides statistical service to researchers 
  • Trains researchers in statistical techniques 
  • Designs data collection and recording systems 
  • Designs and presents experimental plans 
  • Visits, inspects and provides guidance in choice of experimental sites and experimental design layout. 
  • Prepares scientific papers for local and international publications 
  • Reviews scientific papers emanating from within the Ministry and other allied agencies for statistical soundness. 
  • Inspects experimental sites and advice accordingly. 
  • Monitors the adherence of researchers to prescribed research plan.
  • Analyses and interprets experimental results and prepares report for researchers.
  • Designs and maintains database of research results. 

 

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES 

  • Any other related duties as directed by the Principal Research Director and the Chief Technical Director. 

 

PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • Statistically sound experimental designs produced within the agreed timeframe.
  • Sound statistical advice given as requested. 
  • Publication papers produced are of peer review standard. 
  • Effective implementation of experimental plans within the agreed timeframe.
  • Sound statistical data analyses presented within the agreed timeframe.
  • Sound statistical interpretations and comprehensive reports produced within the agreed timeframe. 
  • Consistently maintained databases according to the established standard.
  • Researchers are competent and productive. 
  • Accurate, timely and current information given as requested. 

 

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Core 

  • Good interpersonal and people management skills 
  • Good customer and quality focus skills. 
  • Good oral and written communication skills 
  • Good analytical thinking skills 
  • Good problem solving and decision-making skills 
  • Good planning and organizing skills 
  • Strong integrity 
  • Excellent ability to use initiative 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills 
  • Managing partners 
  • Managing the client interface

 

Technical 

  • Excellent knowledge of Ministry’s policies and procedures. 
  • Proficient in applied statistical data analyses. 
  • Proficient in the use of relevant computer applications. 
  • Technical, business and scientific writing skills. 

 

MINIMUM REQUIRED QUALIFICATION AND EXPERIENCE

  • MSc in Biometry or Applied Statistics along with two (2) years applied Agricultural Research. 

 

SPECIAL CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE JOB 

  • Exposure to environmental elements 
  • Rough terrain 
  • Required to travel for the execution of duties 
  • Visits to experimental sites 

 

AUTHORITY

  • Signs off on experimental research designs and implementation. 

 

Please note that we thank all for responding, but only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

 

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