Faculty/Staff positions

Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and Economics at the University of Saskatchewan, with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2016 or soon thereafter.

The Department of Bioresource Policy, Business and 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 (resource economics and policy major). The department also hosts a diploma in agribusiness.

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources is 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.


The candidate will be expected to establish a successful and well-funded program of research and teaching in the area of agricultural marketing and risk management or a closely related field.  The appointee will be expected to deliver three courses per year at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.  Teaching duties will be assigned according to the qualifications and experience of the successful applicant and needs of the program. The incumbent will be expected to provide leadership and mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students in their research and studies, and to engage with relevant stakeholders to identify issues, obtain research funds, and effectively communicate research results.


Candidates will have a Ph.D. in Agribusiness, Agricultural/Resource Economics, Marketing, or a closely related field. Evidence of high quality post-secondary teaching, the ability to establish an in-depth program of research and the ability to operate as a team player in a collegial environment will be considered strengths. 


Consideration of applications will start September 1, 2015 and continue until an acceptable candidate is identified. A letter of application, CV (including list of publications, teaching experience), a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample of relevant written work, academic transcripts and contact information for three referees should be submitted electronically to: Prof. Bill Brown, Professor and Department Head, Department of Bioresource Policy Business & Economics, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8, Canada Email: bill.brown@usask.ca.

The  Department also expects to send representatives to the 2015 AAEA meetings in San Francisco for pre-screening interviews with suitable candidates.

This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program and flexible health and wellness spending program. The wage range for Assistant Professor is:  $90,796 - $109,108.

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 individuals are invited to apply, but Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Research/Graduate Student positions

ORGANIZATION/LOCATION: The Pulse Crop Research Group at the Crop Development Centre (CDC), Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. The Pulse Crop Research Group at the University of Saskatchewan is unique in its scope and expertise in pulse crop research, and is home to one of the largest pulse crop (lentil, pea, chickpea, common bean, faba bean) breeding programs in the world.


RESEARCH AREA: This research project is focused on molecular host-pathogen interaction investigating the interaction of lentil with several pathogens of economic importance.

TERM:  This is a 2-year appointment as a postdoctoral fellow.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:  The successful candidate will be responsible for RNA-Seq analysis of fungal pathogen-infected lentil RILs, identification and verification of candidate resistance genes with the potential to also assess gene function. The successful candidate will also be expected to collate, organize, systematically store and analyse data, prepare reports and eventually draft scientific manuscripts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful candidates must hold a recent PhD (up to 2 years since award) in Plant Sciences or Biology, must be fluent in English (oral and written), be highly motivated and be able to demonstrate an ability to work both independently and collaboratively to meet milestones and achieve timely research outputs. This position requires a candidate with theoretical and hands-on experiences in bioinformatics including RNA-Seq data analysis as well as in RNA/DNA-based techniques (e.g. DNA & RNA extraction, RT-qPCR pathogen-infected CR, DNA manipulation), and microscopic skills to complement molecular with phenotypic data. 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: Immediately

SALARY: Salary to 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. Sabine Banniza (sabine.banniza@usask.ca).

Ph.D. students are sought to carry out research in lentil genetic improvement.

START DATE: July or September 2017

ORGANIZATION/LOCATION: The Pulse Crop Research Group at the Crop Development Centre (CDC), Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada. The Pulse Crop Research Group at the University of Saskatchewan is unique in its scope and expertise in pulse crop research, and is home to one of the largest pulse crop (lentil, pea, chickpea, common bean, faba bean) breeding programs in the world.


SUMMARY OF RESEARCH: The NSERC Industrial Research Chair (IRC) Lentil Genetic Improvement (LGI) Program aims to make use of genetic and genomic resources developed by this Research Program and other parallel projects to improve the genetic potential in Canadian lentil varieties.  The PhD student is expected to develop research projects in one of the research areas:

1. Effects of selected biocontrol agents on the root uptake of micronutrients in lentil   
2. Characterization of drought tolerance mechanism(s) in wild lentil species and their inter-specific hybrids

Gathering specific phenotypic information about the different lentil species (cultivated and wild) and inter-specific hybrid populations, and linking those with the genotypic information, will be the key focus of this Research Program.


Applicants should have (or expect to soon complete) a M.Sc. degree in plant biology, genetics, or crop physiology.  Publication record is a definite asset.  Successful applicants should have a strong academic background on genetics and plant breeding, and will be expected to apply for scholarship funding if selected for a position.   A strong commitment to pursue a research career, good communication and writing skills, and the ability to work in a team environment are essential qualities. A successful application to the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saskatchewan will be required. Information on College admission requirements and application forms can be obtained at www.usask.ca/cgsr

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please refer to http://agbio.usask.ca/students/graduate/index.php for additional information regarding graduate programs at the Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources.

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. Albert Vandenberg (c/o: Crystal Chan, crystal.chan@usask.ca)

Department of Animal and Poultry Science

The Prairie Swine Centre is seeking passionate, bright, and highly motivated individuals interested in pursuing graduate studies (M.Sc.) in the disciplines of swine nutrition, physiology, and animal health.  The successful candidate will join a strong, multidisciplinary academic and research team with expertise in monogastric nutrition, feed processing, management, welfare, metabolism, and physiology. 
The desire and ability to lead research projects and work within a team of other highly motivated individuals are of critical importance to this position. The proposed project will seek to examine the interaction between dietary ingredient composition and animal health status on nutrient requirements and animal robustness.   This research will use a combination of classical nutrition, physiology, and immune challenge.  Techniques in all of these fields will be used to further explain the mechanisms regulating nutrient utilization and metabolism.  Candidates will have completed a B.Sc. in animal science, animal nutrition, veterinary science, physiology or related field.
Prairie Swine Centre Inc. is a non-profit swine production research corporation affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan, and located 10 km east of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.   It offers a nationally and internationally recognized program in research, technology transfer, and education all directed towards the efficiency and sustainability of pork production.  The Centre operates a 350 sow farrow-to-finish research herd and currently employees 38 full and part-time staff and students.
The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The Department of Animal and Poultry Science is well-recognized nationally and internationally as a research-intensive department that offers advanced training in MSc and PhD degree programs. The department’s highly-trained and enthusiastic faculty members and adjunct professors have extensive, high-quality applied and basic research programs that cover a wide range of topics in animal science and related areas, including: sustainable management systems; genetics, molecular genetics and genetic resources; nutrition and metabolism, functional foods, feed ingredient development and evaluation; grazing and forage systems; feed processing; digestive, growth, and lactation physiology; gastrointestinal microbiology, pre- and probiotics, and animal health; aboriginal wildlife, land and resource management, human-wildlife conflict; animal behaviour and welfare; and aquatic toxicology in northern ecosystems.
Interested candidates are asked to apply by sending a cover letter of their career interests, their curriculum vitae, and transcript copies.
Dr. Dan Columbus
Prairie Swine Centre
Box 21057, 2105-8th Street East
Saskatoon, SK, S7H 5N9
Tel: 1-306-667-7432
Fax: 1-306-955-2510
Email: dan.columbus@usask.ca

Area: Diversity and potential activity of microorganisms present in natural clay and bentonite: Key components of deep geological repositories for used nuclear fuel.

Graduate student positions are available immediately for qualified individuals to become engaged in a project examining potential impacts of microorganisms on deep geological repositories (DGR) for used nuclear fuel. Quantifying the potential effects of indigenous and introduced microorganisms associated with high density clay under conditions and time frames relevant to DGRs is a component of safety assessments and predictive modeling exercises. Highly compacted bentonite clay is used in the DGR engineered multi-barrier system and is designed to inhibit microbial activity that can cause microbially influenced corrosion of used fuel containers.

 The successful candidate(s) will employ a variety of techniques for examining the effectiveness of the clay barrier system, including various experimental model systems, culture-based methods for isolation and cultivation of DGR-relevant microorganisms (such as sulfate and metal reducing bacteria), and culture-independent, genomic-based techniques. Application and use of bioinformatics tools and algorithms, as well as experience working with model bioreactor systems, will therefore be an asset. Applicants will be considered that ideally: have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree and a background in microbiology/geomicrobiology and molecular techniques, possess a strong interest in microbial ecology, have excellent oral and written communications skills, have a publication record, and are eligible and competitive for national scholarship support.

Funding for this project will be provided by Nuclear Waste Management Organization, NSERC-CRD and NSERC.

How to Apply: Send your Curriculum vita, transcripts, recent publications, and a covering letter stating how your background and qualifications match the position to:

University of Saskatchewan

Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences

Attn: Dr. Darren Korber

51 Campus Drive, 4E16

Saskatoon, SK

S7K 5A8

For Further Information contact Dr. Darren Korber at darren.korber@usask.ca (ph. 306-966-7786)

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.


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.


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

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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).

A PhD scholarship is available immediately for a qualified PhD student to study in the laboratory of Dr. Xiao Qiu. The project, funded by a NSERC Discovery Grant, involves molecular analysis of genes involved in the biosynthesis of bioactive lipid compounds in microorganisms.

Currently Dr. Qiu's research program focuses on the biosynthesis of: • very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids for dietary supplementation • unusual fatty acids for industrial uses • biological waxes for cosmetic and industrial applications • other bioactives for functional food.

The successful candidate should have a Master's degree and strong knowledge in molecular biology, biochemistry and related areas, as well as excellent hands-on experience in gene cloning and enzyme assays.  The English language requirements for a foreign candidate can be found at the CGSR website (http://www.usask.ca/cgsr/).

Interested candidates should submit a resumé, names and contact information of three referees by email to xiao.qiu@usask.ca.

Mapping, Modelling, and Communicating the Distribution of Feral Wild Boar in Canada

A post-doctoral position is available in the Wildlife Ecology and Community Engagement Lab of Dr. Ryan Brook, at the University of Saskatchewan.  Our research group is part of a larger North American collaborative effort to better understand and manage feral wild boar, which are highly invasive species.  Feral boar are destructive to natural ecosystems, cause considerable crop damage, harass livestock, have considerable potential for disease transmission, and are found extensively in many areas of Canada.   The research for this position will focus on documenting and modelling the spatial distribution of feral wild boar and overlap with domestic livestock. 

The philosophy of our research group is to recruit bright, mature, and most importantly, nice people and give them considerable latitude to develop the project in ways that best fit their skills and career aspirations, while achieving overall project goals.  The successful applicant will become an active partner in our larger research program, engaging with communities, the North American team of collaborators, other researchers, industry and government.  Methods will include using a social science survey of wildlife and agriculture professionals, as well as fine scale collection of trail camera data and GPS-satellite collaring of feral boar. 

Applicants must have completed their PhD at the time the position begins from a recognized university in a relevant discipline.  Most importantly, the candidate must have excellent interpersonal communication skills.  Experience with GIS, spatial modelling, and development and implementation of social science surveys would be a strong asset.  Funding is available for a minimum of two years, with the second year renewal subject to budget allocation and upon review of congress.  Salary will be $42,000-$48,000/year, depending on qualifications. 

Interested candidates should email Ryan Brook (ryan.brook@usask.ca) based in the Indeginous Land Management Institute, the Department of Animal and Poultry Science, and the School of Environment and Sustainability, along with a letter of interest, CV, and two recent peer-reviewed publications in which the applicant is senior author.  Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Summer term employment

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