Search for new Winnipeg microbiology lab leader worries scientists

TORONTO – The top job at Canada’s National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg is vacant — and some of the few who know are deeply concerned about the effort afoot to fill it.

While the laboratory’s website still lists him as scientific director, Dr. Frank Plummer quietly ended his nearly 14-year tenure as head of the Winnipeg lab at the end of March. In equally low-key fashion, the federal government posted his position on a government jobs website, giving would-be candidates scant time to submit applications.

Some scientists and public health leaders around the country who are aware of the events are worried about the way the search for Plummer’s replacement is unfolding, seeing troubling signs in the job posting itself and the way the government has advertised the position.

“To me all the indications are that they’re not serious about finding outstanding people,” says Dr. Henry Friesen, one of the scientific leaders who is concerned about what will happen to the Winnipeg lab in the post-Plummer era.

The short time frame, the lack of attention drawn to the opening, and the salary scale listed — starting at $132,600 — suggest to Friesen and others that the federal government, which is not seen as a …read more

Global News Winnipeg: Search for new Winnipeg microbiology lab leader worries scientists

Search for new Winnipeg microbiology lab leader worries scientists