Faculty/Staff positions

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, 2019, or soon thereafter.

A completed Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics or Economics with demonstrated expertise in agricultural and applied economics or regional economics is required for this position. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of microeconomic theory and quantitative methods with an ability to contribute to the undergraduate agribusiness program and the new Joint Ph.D. program in Applied Economics. 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. The appointee will typically 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.

The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.  The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 24,000.

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.


Review of applications will begin September 1, 2018 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.

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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.

Research/Graduate Student positions

The position: We are looking for a highly motivated graduate student interested in gaining an MSc (or PHD) in Plant Sciences, in the developing area of phenotyping.  This position requires a BSc (or MSc for the PHD) in plant science / agronomy / applied biology.  This is a great opportunity to obtain experience in field imaging technology and apply state-of-the-art techniques to canola to help make stress and seed shatter-resistant crops.  Saskatoon is home to the globally leading crop and Saskatchewan is the heartland of canola production.  The project is in collaboration with AAFC (Saskatoon- Canola Genetics and Breeding) and the University of Saskatchewan (Department of Plant Sciences) on a project funded by the Global Institute for Food Security.    

Research objectives: The research will characterize a 51-member canola (Brassica napus) diversity panel collection known as the NAM Founder in the field.  We will be measuring changes in biomass, pod development and progression of harvest index through old fashioned crop physiology and pairing these measurements with state of the art phenotyping techniques.  The phenotyping methods use both moving platforms (tractor mounted) and drones (aerial): light interception, spectral reflectance, biomass estimation and biomass partitioning.   The goals are to 1. estimate biomass potential and yield development, harvest index development and pod maturation and to 2. specifically develop techniques to dissect traits associated with pod drying and pod shattering.  Tools that result from this project will be used to: i) study stress resistance; ii) investigate pod shatter resistance; and iii) further genetic analysis and fine mapping of imaged phenotypes of the spring B. napus Nested Association Mapping (NAM) population, which is based on the panel of 51 diverse founder genotypes studied in this project. 

To apply: Funding is up to 2.5 years for MSc (3 for PHD), based in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, and at AAFC Saskatoon.  AAFC Saskatoon is housed on the University of Saskatchewan’s campus, in immediate proximity to Plant Sciences.  Preference will be given to individuals with plant and field experience, at least one or more of the following areas (physiology, genetics, big data), and a proven track record of meeting deadlines /publishing research.   The stipend is competitive at federal rates, currently $25,000 CAD for MSc ($ 27,000 for PHD).   Preference will be given to applicants available to start in May. Non-Canadian applicants must be eligible to study in Canada.  Candidates whose first language is not English and whose degrees are not from a university that instructs in English must provide a certificate of English proficiency (TOEFL of 86 or more with 19 or more in each category, or IELTS of 6.5 or more in each category).  The MSc position is available now, and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Interested candidates should e-mail a short (1/2 page) cover letter, current CV /resume outlining relevant research & work experience (2-3 pages), contacts for three references, English proficiency, and copies of degree transcripts as a single document in pdf format.   This pdf file will be named “PHENOCAN and your name”.  Send the file as an e-mail attachment to rosalind.bueckert@usask.ca , with the e-mail subject line “PHENOCAN and your name”  We will contact the best qualified applicant/s to proceed to an interview and formal application.


Dr. Rosalind Bueckert, Crop Physiology, Dept. Plant Sciences, University of SK, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
Email: rosalind.bueckert@usask.ca (+1- 306-966-8826)


Dr Sally Vail,  Canola Breeding, AAFC Saskatoon, 107 Science Place, Saskatoon, SK S7N 0X2
Email: Sally.Vail@AGR.GC.CA      (+1- 306-385-9482)           

Undergraduate Student and 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