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Research/Graduate Student positions

Two M.Sc. and 1 Ph.D. positions are available immediately for work within the area of plant protein ingredients and food chemistry. The demand for plant-based protein alternatives around the globe is on the rise as consumers and the food industry search for non-dairy non-soy alternatives that are low cost, abundant, nutritious, functional and environmentally sustainable. However, significant ingredient innovation is required in order to bring new oilseed, cereal and pulse derived ingredients to the marketplace, and be competitive. The three research projects are as follows:

[1] Evaluation of the effects of germination on the physicochemical, functional and nutritional properties of Navy bean and red lentil flours.  This M.Sc. project examines changes to seed composition and morphology during germination overtime, and then accesses the functional attributes of their resulting flours (solubility, water/oil holding capacities and, foaming, emulsifying and pasting abilities). The project will also access changes to in vitro starch and protein digestibility.

[2] Examination of the impact of particle size on the wet extraction process for protein isolates from yellow pea, red lentil, Navy bean and Kabuli chickpeas, and their resulting physicochemical, functional and nutritional properties. This M.Sc. project examines the impact of particle sizes on the ability to extract proteins from a range of pulses for purposes of developing an isolate. The formed ingredients will be evaluated based on their composition, protein profile, interfacial properties functionality and nutritional value.

[3] Evaluation of the protein quality and functionality of flour and protein isolates from a variety of advanced pea breeding lines. This Ph.D. project examines the nutritional value, interfacial properties and functional attributes of flour and isolate ingredients derived from advanced pea lines bred for their amino acid profile and total protein content. Protein quality, will involve measuring amino acid profiles using multiple methods, and in vitro digestibility for determination of PDCAAS values).

Ideal applicants will: have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in Food Science or related discipline; have hands on experience in food chemistry or material science; have excellent oral and written communications skills; and have a publication record (in the case of Ph.D. applicants).

Funding for these opportunities is available at the University of Saskatchewan (Dr. Michael Nickerson) at a level of $20,000/yr for 2 years (M.Sc.) and $24,000/yr for 3 years (Ph.D.).

How to Apply*: Send your Curriculum vitae, transcripts, any recent publications, English test scores and a covering letter stating how your background and qualifications match the position to Dr. Michael Nickerson

*Only qualified matches will be asked to submit a formal application and interviewed.

The Lipid Quality and Utilization group at the University of Saskatchewan has openings for graduate students working on bio-based plastics. Canola is a high volume, premier crop in Canada. The crop is grown and processed for oil, and now attention is turning toward adding value to the defatted meal from oil processing, and thin stillage from ethanol processing. The high protein content of these co-products is of interest for new products like plastics, films, epoxies, and adhesives. We are accepting applications for PhD or MSc positions to contribute to the research of bioplastic synthesis and application.

Dr. Martin Reaney is the current holder of the Saskatchewan Agriculture and Food (SAF), Chair of Lipid Quality and Utilization. The Chair's mandate is the conduct of practically oriented research and development to enhance the lipid processing industry and the overall value of bioproducts. Lipid bioproducts primarily arise from oilseed crops. The chair works with significant networks including other researchers (at the University of Saskatchewan, other academic institutes, provincial research institutes, federal research institutes, nongovernmental organizations and corporations) and interested partners to maximize the output of research, minimize overlap and focus research efforts. Dr. Reaney has a strong track record in developing commercial technology and transferring it to industry. This experience has required considerable leadership and sensitivity to working with non-scientific disciplines involved in technology transfer.

The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request.

Background and experience:
Candidates should hold a B.Sc. or M.Sc. in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, or related disciplines. Experience with polymer or physical chemistry is an asset.

Send applications to: skp374@usask.ca and mjr997@usask.ca

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.

READ THE INSTRUCTIONS and FOLLOW CAREFULLY!! Failure to do so will result in your application not being processed!

  1. Print and fill in the PLSC summer student application form and email along with a current resume and unoffical transcript to: Plant Sciences Main Office

    OR
  2. Fill in the PLSC On-line summer student application form. In a separate email, send a current resume and unoffical transcript to: Plant Sciences Main Office
    NOTE: YOUR APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED IF YOU DO NOT SEND YOUR RESUME AND UNOFFICAL TRANSCRIPT IN A SEPARATE EMAIL!