Faculty/Staff positions

The Pulse Crop Breeding and Genetics Program in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan is looking for a Post-Doctoral Fellow who will work as part of a team to support a large lentil genomics project funded by Genome Canada and industry partners.

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH: This goal of this lentil genomics project is to develop and apply genomic tools in the lentil breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan to improve the productivity of Canadian lentils. Extensive genotyping and phenotyping will be conducted to characterize the secondary gene pools of genus Lens and interspecific mapping populations between wild lentil species and the domesticated L. culinaris.  The information will then be used to gain a better understanding of the domestication process of lentils, and to develop breeder-friendly markers for tracking beneficial traits such as disease resistance and drought tolerance.  It is anticipated that resources and tools arising from this project will allow breeders to better use wild relatives to expand the genetic diversity of the Canadian lentil breeding program.

TERM:  2-year term appointment with the possibility to extend.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:  The successful candidate will pursue research activities relating to objectives of the lentil genomics project (http://knowpulse.usask.ca/portal/project/AGILE%3A-Application-of-Genomic-Innovation-in-the-Lentil-Economy).  Working closely with the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators, the candidate will identify, develop and implement experiments to characterize wild relatives of lentils and to integrate genomic resources into the lentil varietal development process.  The candidate will work closely with other members in the research team to develop suitable data collection methods and data analysis strategies.  The candidate will also be expected to prepare scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and to assist in the supervision of research activities of students and technicians associated with the projects.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful candidates must hold a recent PhD (within the last 5 years) in Plant Sciences, Biology, Genetics or other relevant discipline.  Must demonstrate excellent proficiency in the English language (oral and written), be highly motivated and be able to demonstrate an ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve timely research and publication goals.  Willingness to work in the field is essential. The ideal candidate has experience with analysing large genotypic and phenotypic datasets, and has a good knowledge of field experiments and plant genetics analysis (quantitative and qualitative). Experience in programming and scripting (Perl/Python/R) would be a definite asset.  Candidates must possess strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary research team.

START DATE: January 2018 (negotiable)

SALARY: Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Submit your curriculum vita, a one-page statement of research experience and interests, names and contact information for three (3) references to Dr. Kirstin Bett (c/o: Crystal Chan, crystal.chan@usask.ca).  Applicants with incomplete application package will not be considered.

The Pulse Crop Breeding and Genetics Program in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan is looking for a Research Officer who will work as part of a team to support a large lentil genomics project funded by Genome Canada and industry partners.

SUMMARY OF RESEARCH: This goal of this lentil genomics project is to develop and apply genomic tools in the lentil breeding program at the University of Saskatchewan to improve the productivity of Canadian lentils. Extensive genotyping and phenotyping will be conducted to characterize the secondary gene pools of genus Lens and interspecific mapping populations between wild lentil species and the domesticated L. culinaris.  The information will then be used to gain a better understanding of the domestication process of lentils, and to develop breeder-friendly markers for tracking beneficial traits such as disease resistance and drought tolerance.  It is anticipated that resources and tools arising from this project will allow breeders to better use wild relatives to expand the genetic diversity of the Canadian lentil breeding program.

TERM:  2-year term appointment with the possibility to extend.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:  The successful candidate will pursue research activities relating to objectives of the lentil genomics project (http://knowpulse.usask.ca/portal/project/AGILE%3A-Application-of-Genomic-Innovation-in-the-Lentil-Economy).  Working closely with the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigators, the candidate will identify, develop and implement experiments to characterize wild relatives of lentils and to integrate genomic resources into the lentil varietal development process.  The candidate will work closely with other members in the research team to develop suitable data collection methods and data analysis strategies.  The candidate will also be expected to prepare scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and to assist in the supervision of research activities of students and technicians associated with the projects.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful candidates must hold an advanced degree (MSc or PhD) in Plant Sciences, Biology, Genetics or other relevant discipline.  Must demonstrate excellent proficiency in the English language (oral and written), be highly motivated and be able to demonstrate an ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve timely research and publication goals.  Willingness to work in the field is essential. The ideal candidate has experience with analysing large genotypic and phenotypic datasets, and has a good knowledge of field experiments and plant genetics analysis (quantitative and qualitative). Experience in programming and scripting (Perl/Python/R) would be a definite asset.  Candidates must possess strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary research team.

START DATE: January 2018 (negotiable)

SALARY: Salary commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY: Submit your curriculum vita, a one-page statement of research experience and interests, names and contact information for three (3) references to Dr. Kirstin Bett (c/o: Crystal Chan, crystal.chan@usask.ca).  Applicants with incomplete application package will not be considered.

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018 or soon thereafter.

A Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics or Economics with demonstrated expertise in regional or development economics or a closely related field is required for this position. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of microeconomic theory and quantitative methods. Evidence of the potential to become a high quality post-secondary teacher-scholar and to operate as a team player in a collegial environment is also required.

The candidate will be expected to establish a successful and well-funded program of research and teaching in regional or development economics. The appointee will deliver three courses per year at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Specific teaching duties will be assigned according to the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant and needs of the program. The incumbent will provide leadership and mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students, and engage with relevant stakeholders to identify issues, obtain research funds, and effectively communicate research results.

The University of Saskatchewan recently approved a new joint Ph.D. program in Applied Economics, hosted jointly by the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Department of Economics, Edwards School of Business and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. The successful applicant will actively participate in this program through course delivery and graduate student supervision and will hold a primary appointment (70%) with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and a secondary appointment (30%) in the Department of Economics.

The Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics offers both a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in agricultural economics, as well as undergraduate programs in agribusiness, agricultural economics, and renewable resource management. With internationally recognized faculty, the department has a strong history of research excellence in agricultural economics, policy and agribusiness management.   The department is situated within the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, an international leader in applied research and scholarship with expertise in, and integrated across, four primary themes: Food, Feed and Bioproducts; Environment and Ecology; Business and Applied Economics; Plants and Animals. The college has a century-long reputation for teaching, research, and outreach and has been a consistent strength for the university. The college has played a pivotal role in the development of the agriculture and food industries in Saskatchewan, and continues to build on a legacy of public engagement and cooperative partnerships. Our faculty is committed to providing an exceptional learning experience and preparing graduates for leadership in the bio-economy.

Salary bands for this position are as follows: Assistant Professor: $93,293 to $112,109; Associate Professor: $112,109 to $130,925; and Professor $130,925 to $152,877. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. A letter of application, CV (including list of publications, teaching experience), a job market paper, academic transcripts and letters from three external referees should be submitted electronically through Econ Job Market, available at www.econjobmarket.org.

The University is committed to employment equity. Members of Designated Groups (women, aboriginal people, people with disabilities and visible minorities) are encouraged to self-identify on their applications.

Enquiries about the position should be directed to: Dr Ken Belcher, Professor and Department Head, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. ken.belcher@usask.ca.

FTE: 1.0

Status: Permanent

Open Date: 9/29/2017

Closing Date: 10/12/2017

Salary Information: The salary range is CAD $47,386.00 - 74,042.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 1). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Description: There is 1 opening(s) for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: To provide and leadership in department administration, and management of day-to-day issues and inquiries, and planning and support with strategic priorities.  This position provides oversight of the services and work flow of the Animal & Poultry Sciences Operational Assistant and Utilities Supervisor.  This role also provides administration leadership and support to the Animal Units on campus.

Animal & Poultry Sciences is a large and diverse department, with both academic and research programs, including the Rayner Dairy Research & Teaching Facility, the Canadian Feed Research Centre, the Poultry Research and Teaching Unit and the Prairie Aquaculture Research Centre.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Department Head, the Administration Coordinator works closely with the Department Head, faculty and Farm Unit managers to provide administrative coordination and support.  This position is the first point of contact with various stakeholders in regards to various concerns and challenges that arise with the department, and will manage and deal with issues as needed, and/or raise them to appropriate stakeholders as required.

This role partners effectively with central college resources to succeed in meeting accountabilities with respect to finances and resource allocation.  As an important resource to faculty and staff, the incumbent must work effectively and collaboratively with a variety of contacts, both within the university and externally as required.

This position requires strict attention to detail, discretion, confidentiality, a high level of integrity and independent judgement. The position must deal with emerging and unpredictable events in a sensitive and timely manner.

This role is responsible for the supervision of an administrative support staff member and Utilities Supervisor.

Typical Duties/Accountabilities:

  • Provides input into strategic priorities and planning with the Department Head.
  • Effectively communicates to various internal stakeholders on behalf of the Department Head.
  • Provides general day-to-day administrative support and leadership to staff and faculty across multiple functional areas.
  • In support of the Department Head, this role partners effectively with central college resources to succeed in meeting accountabilities with respect to finances and resource allocation.
  • Acts as the first point of contact for the department in regards human resources related inquiries, requests, questions, etc. and forwards inquiries to the appropriate resource as needed.
  • Provides administrative support around purchasing requirements and needs, and connects with appropriate subject matter experts as needed to resolve inquiries.
  • In coordination and support of the Department Head, manages various inquiries and issues that arise and ensures an effective resolution is achieved.
  • Provides administration leadership and support to animal units within the department, as well as coordination and support to external units as needed (i.e. LFCE, Prairie Swine Centre).
  • Liaisons with central college resources for facilities and space requirements.
  • Under the direction of the Department Head, monitors administrative policies and provides inputs into policy and procedure changes and improvements.
  • Participates in faculty and management meetings as required, including scheduling, setting an agenda, minutes and follow-up actions.
  • While partnering with central college resources, provides support for the department’s rental houses on university grounds.
  • Provides guidance and direction to the Livestock Research Building, as well as to the technical support position that currently serves that facility and crops unit.
  • Recruits, trains and effectively outlines expectations to direct reports, provides quality coaching and monitors staff performance to ensure the success of direct reports.
  • Leads towards creating an inclusive work environment, while understanding and appreciating diversity. Demonstrates sensitivity to and knowledge of cultural differences.
  • Accepts responsibility for self-development and personal career development. Maintains awareness of developing trends and methodologies.
  • Contributes to the work of the college and university through participation on committees as appropriate.
  • While partnering with central college resources, provides oversight to the Rayner Dairy Gallery upkeep and facility’s needs.
  • Provides other administration support within the college as needed.

Qualifications

Education: A relevant post-secondary degree is preferred; however, a combination of applicable education and experience will be considered. 

Experience: A minimum of 3 years of proven successful experience in providing administration leadership within a large, complex organization is required.  Experience providing administrative support within multi-functional areas is preferred.  Previous supervision experience is preferred.  Experienced working within a post-secondary educational institute is an asset.

Skills: Ability to work independently; proven effective interpersonal and communication skills in the English language both oral and written, including the ability to effectively communicate with faculty, staff and students.

Proven ability to work independently and as a team member; proficiency with computer applications, including spreadsheets, a working knowledge of common office software, including spreadsheets and presentations; direct knowledge and experience with the University of Saskatchewan systems and functions is an asset.

Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement of knowledge and skills, and the ability to accept and embrace change; ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities; supervisory, decision-making, organizational and time-management abilities; attention to detail; creative problem solving abilities; and the proven ability to ensure deadlines are met.  Proven ability to effectively keep information confidential as required.

This position is in scope of ASPA.

Research/Graduate Student positions

FTE: 1.0

Status: Term, maternity leave replacement of up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension.

Requisition: req1285

Open Date: 10/20/2017

Salary Information: The salary range is CAD $61,618.00 - 96,279.00 per annum (Specialist Professional/Phase 2). The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Description: There is 1 opening for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: The mandate of this position is to provide operational and strategic support to the research enterprise of the college through; identification and initiation of strategies that will increase the overall submission and success rate for grant applications, with an emphasis on Tri-Council agencies; direct support to faculty in development of research grant applications; support the Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies and Director, Strategic Research Initiatives (Office of the Vice President Research) through effective participation on planning forums, mentorship committees, and development of interdisciplinary grants; increase the profile of faculty research.

Nature of Work: Reporting in the first instance to the Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies, and secondarily to the Office of the Vice-President Research, the Research Facilitator will establish procedures, develop work plans and carry out strategies. The incumbent will exercise effective decision making within the scope of job duties. Effective working relationships will be built and maintained within the college and university, and externally with funding agencies and partners. U of S success is dependent on research; there will be pressure on the research facilitator to drive further scholarship within the college. Complete discretion is required, and the work requires innovative thinking and sound judgement. The consequences of errors are significant to the reputation of the college. Flexibility is required in order to meet tight deadlines; the work environment is dynamic, often hectic, with competing priorities. Travel and work outside of normal business hours may be necessary.

Accountabilities:

  • Assigned projects are successfully managed.
  • Complex, specialized information on national and international funding opportunities are effectively communicated.
  • Faculty are effectively supported in their relationships with funding agencies and industry.
  • The quality, quantity and success rate of college Tri-Agency grants is increased through collaboration with principal investigators and the Office of the Vice-President Research staff.
  • The success of strategic funding opportunities is supported through leadership of cross-disciplinary linkages, partnerships and networks between colleges and external partners.
  • Collaborative and effective working relationships are established with college faculty, colleagues and the Office of the Vice-President Research.
  • Meaningful research metrics are maintained and accessible. Appropriate follow-up is addressed through adherence to timelines and identification of action items.
  • All confidential information and materials are treated in a confidential manner.
  • Sets priorities for own work and meets deadlines.
  • Demonstration of a commitment to remain current in professional expertise and competencies through effective participation in the Research Facilitator Forum and other committees, communicating outcomes as required.

Representative Duties (including but not limited to):

  • Identify research funding opportunities and inform investigators about specific programs and assist in application development.
  • Provide a critical review of funding applications, and suggest ways to improve application content and presentation.
  • Facilitate the submission of large interdisciplinary team grant applications.
  • Provide advice regarding guidelines for key granting agency application processes.
  • Provide assistance with technical aspects of grant applications.
  • Advise investigators regarding budget requirements for granting agencies.
  • Identify and act as a liaison with academic and industry research partners.      
  • Assist in preparation of nominations for major research awards.
  • Prepare presentations that highlight college research impacts and develop content for the research section of the AgBio website.
  • Provide information on research results, funding success, and research projects that can be featured in various media and on the AgBio website.

Qualifications:

Education: Completion of a Masters degree in a research discipline.

Experience: A minimum of three years’ experience in building collaborative research teams and multi-disciplinary proposals for national and international funding agencies.  Related experience in the preparation of research proposals, grant applications and contracts, including budget development. Demonstrated experience in fostering effective professional relationships, communication within and among groups. International experience would be considered an asset.

Skills: The position requires superior organizational skills with the ability to work independently and establish priorities; exceptional communication and negotiation skills; strong editorial skills; knowledge of project management principles; a working knowledge of common office software applications, including spreadsheets and presentations.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Dr. Bob Tyler 306-966-6940. 

This position is in scope of ASPA.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

An opportunity is available immediately for a highly motivated individual interested in pursuing a MSc degree in the area of applied swine nutrition. This is a unique opportunity for a student who enjoys working with animals and is interested in animal nutrition and environmental sustainability of livestock production. The project is designed to examine the role of diet and management on greenhouse gas output of pork production and is a collaboration between the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan, the Prairie Swine Centre (Saskatoon, SK) and the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) in Humboldt, SK.

Successful applicants will have a B.Sc. in animal science, nutrition, physiology or a related discipline and meet all requirements to be enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saskatchewan. They require strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills and are able to work as a member of a research team. Competitive financial assistance is available in the form of a stipend (Graduate Research Assistantship).

Further information about the College of Animal and Poultry Science is available at: http://grad.usask.ca/programs/animal-poultry-science.php

Prairie Swine Centre is located about 10 km East of Saskatoon. A description of the Centre can be found at www.prairieswine.com.

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Denise Beaulieu, Assistant Professor, Monogastric Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan. denise.beaulieu@usask.ca or 306 966-4104.

Department: Agricultural and Resource Economics

FTE: 1.0

Status: Term, two years

Requisition:

Open Date: 5/4/2017

Salary Information: $62,000 per annum plus benefits

Description: There is 1 opening(s) for this posting. Located in Saskatoon.

Primary Purpose: The Technical Education Development for Modernizing Agriculture in Ghana (TEDMAG) project is being carried out by a Consortium of the University of Saskatchewan (UofS), the University of Missouri (UM), and the University of Missouri Assistance Program (UMAP) office in Accra, Ghana.  The primary responsibility of the UofS is to update and modernize the agribusiness orientated curriculum at the certificate and diploma level for the five Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MOFA) colleges of Ghana.  The finalized curriculum must be market orientated, agribusiness focused, gender sensitive and promote environmentally sustainable practices. The final curriculum should also include several value chain analyses for the key agricultural crops and livestock types produced in Ghana.  The UofS is also responsible for training a sample of the current instructors in the revised curriculum material at the UofS.  

The Research Officer develops the required materials for the curriculum, works with the Consortium team to adjust the materials for training extension agents in Ghana, and trains a sample of the current instructors.

 Nature of Work: Reporting to the TEDMAG Project Co-director in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department, the Research Officer’s work will entail compiling curriculum material from other institutions, selecting appropriate material, and developing new material as seen fit. 

The duties will also include compiling material, assembling it and creating documents that discuss the value chains of major agricultural crops and livestock types produced in Ghana.  The incumbent must also have the ability to teach the assembled material to a sample of the current instructors.  The volume of the work will include 4-6 complete courses, and 5-7 value chain analyses.

The incumbent is responsible, along with the team, to make decisions with regard to the appropriateness of the academic level of the material produced.

The incumbent will provide support to various related activities, and must be comfortable and capable of using various computer applications and software (i.e. Microsoft Office Suite).  The majority of the work will be performed in an office environment; however, periodic travel to Ghana (once or twice per year for durations of up to 1 month) will be required.  This role will work a 37.5 hour work week.  In addition, the role will require the ability to train current instructors and extension agents from Ghana in the material created.

Accountabilities: The key accountabilities include:

•Communicates and collaborates with various stakeholders within the UofS team, the Consortium, and stakeholders in Ghana as required. ◦Surveys the literature with respect to the appropriate agribusiness training and education subject matter and academic levels for certificates and diplomas. ◦Develops an outline of the appropriate agribusiness subject matter needed for the five Agricultural Colleges in Ghana. ◦Organizes the subject matter into 4 – 6 courses with each one being of the appropriate academic level and duration so they can be taught successfully in a term/semester at the Colleges. ◦Ensures that the subject matter is organized to reflect gender sensitivity and environmentally sustainable agricultural practices.  ◦Surveys the literature with respect to value chain analysis theory and application.  ◦Surveys the literature for past studies of value chains for the major crop and livestock types produced in Ghana. ◦Adapts and updates past value chain studies and/or create new one for 5 – 7 of the major crop and livestock types produced in Ghana. ◦Reviews the proposed curriculum and value chain analyses with the Consortium and stakeholders in Ghana. ◦Provides a set of electronic and/or printed manuals of the agribusiness curriculum and value chain analyses. ◦Trains a sample of instructors and extension agents from Ghana with the material created.

Qualifications Education: The position requires an MSc in Agricultural Economics.  Knowledge about agriculture education in Ghana is an asset.

Experience: A minimum of 1 to 2 years of related experience developing materials and/or curriculums.  Experience utilizing Microsoft Office is required.  Experience working with international organizations and entities is preferred.

Skills: Candidates should have effective interpersonal, communication, collaboration and organizational skills along with an ability to work independently.  Individuals must have a valid Saskatchewan driver’s license and be able to travel internationally.

Please apply via email to Professor William J. Brown at bill.brown@usask.ca

This position is in scope of Research.

The Opportunity: The Department of Food & Bioproduct Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan seeks a highly qualified candidate to conduct M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree research in the enzymatic modification of chickpea proteins. 

Project Description: Chickpea is the third largest legume crop produced in Saskatchewan behind pea and lentil. We will investigate the potential for enzymatic treatments to enhance chickpea protein isolates as the functional food ingredients. Considering the success of soybean ingredients as food materials and other purposes, chickpea has significant potential to generate high-value processed materials (i.e., enzyme-modified, milled fractions).

Qualifications: Applicants must be highly motivated to pursue a research career. Applicants should have a strong background in food science, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology and related areas. Furthermore, interested individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields ought to have a minimum average of 75% before considering submission of an application. Some laboratory experience would be highly beneficial. The ability to work independently is necessary as are good oral and written communication skills. A successful application to the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Saskatchewan will be required. A covering letter stating how the applicant’s background and qualifications match the position is required. Please quote position #2017tt.02.  For further information, contact Dr. Takuji Tanaka (takuji.tanaka@usask.ca, ph: 306-966-1697, fax: 306-966-8898).

Stipend: The standard University graduate stipend for the successful candidate is available: M.Sc. $16,500~ /year or Ph.D. $19,800~ /year.   

Starting date: The student is to commence as soon as possible.  The position will be open until a suitable student is identified.  

How to apply: Follow the application link on the University web site (http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/how-to-apply.php #Beforeyouapply). The details of procedure are also found at http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/index.php 

Project description: Proline is a unique amino acid and the peptides involved with proline resist to the general proteolysis enzymes.  Proline-specific peptidases are, therefore, unique from other peptidases.  In this project, Pro-Xaa dipeptidase is studies in order to reveal the difference and similarity to general peptidases and Xaa-Pro dipeptidase.  The enzyme has been characterized in our previous research, and this position is concentrating on X-ray crystallography and its applications in protein engineering.  

Qualifications: Applicants must be highly motivated to pursue a research career. Applicants should have a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or related life sciences. Furthermore, interested individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields ought to have a minimum average of 75% before considering submission of an application. Some laboratory experience would be highly beneficial. The ability to work independently is necessary as are good oral and written communication skills. A successful application to the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Saskatchewan will be required. A covering letter stating how the applicant’s background and qualifications match the position is required. Please quote position #2017tt.01.  For further information, contact Dr. Takuji Tanaka (takuji.tanaka@usask.ca, ph: 306-966-1697, fax: 306-966-8898).

Stipend: The standard University graduate stipend for the successful candidate is available: M.Sc. $16,500~ /year or Ph.D. $19,800~ /year.  

Starting date: The student is to commence as soon as possible.  The position will be open until a suitable student is identified.  

How to apply: Follow the application link on the University web site (http://grad.usask.ca/admissions/how-to-apply.php #Beforeyouapply). The details of procedure are also found at http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/index.php 

Project title #1: Understanding soil health in horticultural and agricultural soils
Co-supervisors: Dr. Kate Congreves and Dr. Melissa Arcand

Project description: The proposed research will examine how different horticultural & agricultural practices have influenced soil health, and will identify which key soil attributes are most important in determining soil health. This project will focus on a unique set of long-term trials at the University of Saskatchewan, which have produced vegetables, fruit, or grains for the past several decades. The project will engage a MSc student in field work (soil sample collection), lab work (analysis for numerous soil attributes such as nutrients, organic matter, aggregate stability, etc.), data integration and interpretation (soil health scoring). The candidate will have opportunities to interact with horticultural producers, provincial and federal government researchers, other graduate students and researchers within the Dept. of Plant Sciences and the Dept. of Soil Science at the University of Saskatchewan.


Project title #2: Understanding nutrient dynamics in diverse vs simple crop rotations
Co-supervisors: Dr. Kate Congreves and Dr. Richard Farrell

Project description: The proposed research will examine crop residue decomposition and soil nutrient dynamics in simplified vs diversified crop rotations. This project will employ 15N tracer techniques to understand nitrogen transformation and loss from above- vs below-ground crop residues over time, and will focus on a ~30yr field trial located at the University of Guelph. The project will engage a MSc student in field work (plant sampling, soil sampling, and greenhouse gas sample collection), lab work (analysis for plant nitrogen, soil mineral nitrogen, organic nitrogen, and nitrous oxide emissions), data integration and interpretation. The candidate will have opportunities to interact with agricultural producers, government researchers, other graduate students, and researchers within the Dept. of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan, and also at the University of Guelph (Dept. of Plant Agriculture & the School of Environmental Sciences).


To apply for either position, please send your unofficial transcripts, CV and names of two references to: Dr. Kate Congreves, Assistant Professor with the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan. Email: kate.congreves@usask.ca 

Qualifications: Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree with a strong background in natural or agricultural sciences. Expertise in agriculture, horticulture, soil, and plant science is desired.

Annual MSc stipend: $21,000 per year, for a maximum of two years. Additionally, there are scholarship and teaching assistant opportunities to supplement the stipend beyond this base level.

Department of Animal and Poultry Science

The Project:

The Department of Animal and Poultry Science, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, is seeking applicants for a PhD position in the area of medical and synchrotron imaging/diagnostics.

The goal of this research is to develop improved diagnostic and treatment tools for prostate cancer in humans through the use of a canine (dog) model and a synchrotron-based x-ray source for imaging and therapy at the Canadian Light Source (CLS). Our multi-disciplinary research team, involving researchers and clinicians from the College of Medicine, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, Saskatoon Cancer Centre and Saskatchewan Health Region is investigating prostate disease using synchrotron x-ray based imaging at the CLS Biomedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beam line and conventional imaging methods. We hope to identify diagnostically useful imaging markers through the use of synchrotron imaging that may provide earlier detection of precancerous and cancerous changes compared with conventional imaging technologies.

Qualifications:

The successful applicant will have a MSc degree in physics, medical imaging, animal science, physiology, biology or a related discipline. They will be self-motivated, possess strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, and have the intent to work as a member of a diverse research team.

Starting Date:

Available now.

Stipend:

A University of Saskatchewan Devolved Graduate Scholarship is available. Please note the successful applicant must have a minimum grade average of 80% in the last two years of completed study or last 60 credit units in order to qualify for this scholarship.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit a resume, unofficial transcripts and names of three references to: Murray Pettitt, PhD, Professional Research Associate

Department of Animal and Poultry Science College of Agriculture and Bioresources University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK Canada murray.pettitt@usask.ca

 Other Information: Further information can be found at:

http://words.usask.ca/news/2013/11/12/researchers-explore-novel-prostate-cancer-imaging-techniques/

http://words.usask.ca/news/2013/11/21/u-of-s-researchers-develop-new-imaging-technology-for-prostate-cancer/

http://news.usask.ca/2012/01/31/u-of-s-prostate-research-team-receives-funding-from-canadas-motorcycle-ride-for-dad/

http://words.usask.ca/wcvm/2012/10/synchrotron-shines-light-on-prostate-cancer/

Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences.  The position will support research in the area of protein quality, specifically investigating the effect of processing (physical, chemical and enzymatic) on the functionality and digestibility of blended flours from pulses and cereals.  This project is part of a much larger research initiative focused on developing a variety of therapeutic food products that could be used to treat moderately acute malnutrition within high-risk communities. 

The project will partner with Mekelle University, located in Northern Ethiopia, to reach nutritionally vulnerable communities.  A minor percentage of time will be spent working to help coordinate the large, multi-disciplinary multi-institutional project.

The successful candidate will be highly motivated to pursue a research career.  Candidates will have a PhD degree in food science or a related field.  Key skills include the ability to organize, work independently and as part of a team, and excellent communications skills, both written and oral.

Stipend:  $40,000 - $43,000 per annum

Starting Date:  The project will commence once a suitable candidate has been identified

Applications should include a letter stating how your background and qualifications fit the position, academic transcripts, recent publications, and a full CV. Submit application to michael.nickerson@usask.ca.

For further information contact Dr. Michael Nickerson (michael.nickerson@usask.ca, phone 306 966-5030).

Undergraduate Student and Summer term employment

Evaluation of seed quality and nutritional traits of lentil

Reporting to Principal Investigator and under direct supervision of members of the pulse crop molecular breeding group, the student will perform a variety of experiments to evaluate seed quality and nutritional traits in lentil using digital imaging and grain quality analyses.  The student will also assist the molecular breeding group in conducting routine screening, including but not limited to DNA extraction from seeds/leaf tissues, PCR, and genotyping with Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP)-based assays.

Duration: part-time January – April 2018 and/or full time May- August 2018.

TO APPLY: Submit your resume to Dr. Kirstin Bett (c/o: Crystal Chan, crystal.chan@usask.ca). 

Each summer the department and the CDC will hire up to 60 University of Saskatchewan or other post-secondary students for various summer positions in either laboratory or field settings. 

Qualifications: University of Saskatchewan or other post-secondary students planning to attend classes in September. 

Requirements: Minimum one year of post secondary education.  Preference may be given to students with an agricultural background but it is not necessary.  The ability to do manual labor, ability to work as directed and to practice safe work habits and posession of a valid drivers license would be beneficial.

Applications forms cand be downloaded, or picked up in the Plant Sciences General Office located in Room 4D36 Agriculture Building.  Please attach a current resume. 

summer student application form

The AgBio Discovery Program is a non-profit, student-staffed enterprise offering field trips and summer day camps to elementary school children. AgBio Discovery Program provides children the opportunity to explore the world of resource science through interactive, “hands-on” learning activities. With this engaging educational experience at the university, students discover the importance of science, the natural environment and modern agriculture’s role in creating and maintaining good food systems. The AgBio Discovery Program consists of two components.

Field Trips: A field trip program is offered to elementary schools (grades 3-8) during May and June. Field trips are designed to provide teachers with a forum to reinforce or introduce applied life sciences concepts taught in the classroom.  

Day Camps: Week-long day camps are offered to children (grades 3 – 6) during July and August.  Through hands-on activities, students are exposed to natural resource systems, agricultural production and processing. The camps offer an exceptional experience in a post-secondary environment.

DUTIES: Leaders will develop curriculum, design activities, and teach children about applied agricultural and renewable resource concepts through hands-on activities. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Leaders will be students who have successfully completed a minimum of one year of a relevant U of S degree program.  Leaders must be responsible, enthusiastic and enjoy working with children; creative and innovative; able to explain ideas clearly; highly organized; able to work within a team. 

SALARY:  According to Board of Governors Student Rates of Pay. Submit your resumé along with names of three references and an unofficial university transcript to Kira Glasscock, Dean’s Office, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, or by email to kira.glasscock@usask.ca.