Faculty/Staff positions

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)           

Employer: University of Saskatchewan, Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Closing Date: When filled Position start date: Immediately, for a 3-year term of employment

Job description A postdoctoral research opportunity, to be filled immediately, is available at Department of Food & Bioproduct Sciences, University of Saskatchewan.  The position will be in support of an antimicrobial research (AMR) research program on how removal of antibiotics from the animal production chain (i.e., hog production) impacts the prevalence of AMR associated with production facilities. The position will involve molecular (q-PCR, digital-PCR, MiSeq high throughput sequencing) and culture-based microbial techniques for assessing the prevalence of key genetic markers or indicator organisms in these settings. Funding for this project is provided by the Agriculture Development Fund of Saskatchewan, and NSERC. Highly-motivated, self-starting individuals are invited to apply for this postdoctoral position, which offers a unique research opportunity with relevance to the agricultural sector, as well as public health. The candidate will possess a Ph.D. with relevant experience in molecular techniques, as well as some background in bioinformatics, along with a strong microbiological foundation.  Knowledge of high throughput sequencing and data pipelines would be an asset in assessing the microbial diversity associated with different hog barns. Good hands-on skills to support the safe cultivation and analysis of potential hog/human pathogens (while work in a biosafety level 2 facility) is necessary. Also essential to this position will be: strong organizational and multi-tasking skills, good oral and written communication abilities, strong technical writing for drafting reports and manuscripts, the ability and desire to train and mentor graduate students, and evidence of successfully publishing research as first author. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, the largest city in the province of Saskatchewan. Saskatoon is a dynamic and culturally-diverse city located along the Saskatchewan River, with a rich cultural environment including symphony, opera, dance, theatre, and ethnic festivals. For more information about Saskatoon visit and the University of Saskatchewan, check out www.saskatoon.ca and www.usask.ca Application Instructions

Applications should include a curriculum vitae, along with a short statement of research interests and career objectives. The names and addresses (including phone, fax and e-mail addresses) of three referees should be sent to:


Dr. Darren R. Korber Food & Bioproduct Sciences University of Saskatchewan 51 Campus Dr. Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8 Telephone: 306.966.7786 (DRK) Email: darren.korber@usask.ca Website: http://homepage.usask.ca/~drk137/drk/index.html

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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