Faculty/Staff positions

Department of Plant Sciences

FTE: 1.0

Status: Permanent

Competition No.: 17103-M

Salary Information: The salary range is $60,410 to 94,391 (Specialist Professional, Phase 2) per annum. The starting salary will commensurate with education and experience.

Primary Purpose: In conjunction with faculty and course instructors, this position will prepare, co-ordinate, instruct and assess undergraduate and graduate laboratories in the Department of Plant Sciences, Renewable Resources Management and Environmental Sciences classes; as well; as, support research and outreach activities within the plant ecology and rangeland resources discipline within the Department of Plant Sciences.

Nature of Work: Reporting to the Department Head, the Department Assistant, cooperating with faculty and course instructors, will prepare, teach, supervise and administer laboratories. There will be a requirement to ensure that program goals are met to the satisfaction of students and faculty. The Department Assistant will organize and supervise off-campus field trips throughout the academic year. Under the guidance of faculty and course instructors, the Department Assistant will implement laboratory goals and ensure the smooth delivery of all a laboratory classes.

The Department Assistant, under the direction of faculty and course instructors, will be responsible for revising laboratories and manuals as necessary, presentation of the material in the labs, student assessment and student management. Productive and positive relationships will be developed and maintained with faculty, students and colleagues. Some situations may be stressful, requiring tact and diplomacy.

Accountabilities:

  • Administrative Resources
  • Class laboratories and field trips are effectively planned, coordinated, supervised and executed, ensuring that program goals are met to the satisfaction of students and faculty
  • Teaching laboratories and preparation rooms are well-maintained and equipment is fully functional
  • Emerging issues are prioritized and problem solving is applied in consultation with the department head, and faculty, as necessary
  • Effective participation as an active member of the Plant Sciences instructional staff, and representation on assigned college committees is active, effective and collaborative
  • Deadlines are routinely met
  • Enabling Research and Scholarly Work
  • Ensure successful evolution of the teaching program through recruitment, coordination, delegation of responsibilities and supervision of graduate teaching assistants
  • Timely research and development of new lab materials with inclusion of new research into course content; development of teaching methods based on best practices to meet student learning needs; development of course materials and evaluation methods to ensure students are able to grasp concepts and utilize information correctly
  • A high level of knowledge/expertise is developed and maintained in all areas of the teaching curriculum, as well as, awareness of current advances in the academic area
  • Students receive accurately marked assignments, projects and examinations in a timely manner
  • Faculty are consulted and supported in ensuring a high standard of teaching

People Resources

  • Train and effectively outline expectations to teaching assistants, provide quality coaching and monitor performance
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with faculty and instructional staff to support a high standard of teaching and research
  • Model a high standard of performance and outcomes; ensure positive, diverse and inclusive work environments

Risk Management

  • Knowledge of University safety protocols and policies is applied appropriately and communicated to others
  • The safety and well-being of students participating in field trips is ensured
  • Provision of training for safe use of equipment
  • Ensure appropriate safety training of teaching assistants and others involved with lab instruction
  • Identify, assess and manage risk in planning projects and ongoing operations

Qualifications
Education: MSc in a plant sciences or related area preferred. Lesser qualifications will be considered with substantial relevant experience.

Experience: Several years of teaching or related experience in plant sciences. Supervisory experience is an asset.

Skills:

  • Ability to work independently
  • Proven effective interpersonal and communication skills in the English language, both written and oral, including the ability to effectively communicate with faculty, staff and students, with sensitivity to cultural differences
  • Tact, diplomacy, good judgement and conflict resolution skills
  • Strong technical knowledge of all areas of plant agriculture
  • Excellent public speaking ability
  • Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement of knowledge and skills, including the ability to accept and embrace change
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and priorities
  • Supervisory, decision-making, organizational and time-management abilities
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as well as internet and email software applications
  • Attention to detail
  • Creative problem solving abilities
  • Proven ability to ensure deadlines are met

A valid Saskatchewan driver's license is required.

This position is in scope of the Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association.

Please apply no later than February 28, 2017 at 4:30pm.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Marlene Freeman at 306-966-4957.

Be sure to apply online as emailed applications will not be accepted.

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.

DUTIES

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

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. 

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

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.

Relevant websites:

The Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in the area of range and forage utilization. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the area of rangeland ecology and management at the undergraduate level, develop a  graduate course in his or her area of expertise, supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, and perform outreach duties as required. The successful candidate will also be expected to lead a vigorous, independent research program which will involve applied research of direct interest to industry and producers, as well as basic research that would be eligible for Government of Canada Tri-Council funding.

QUALIFICATIONS
This position requires a Ph.D. in rangeland sciences or a related discipline, demonstrated ability and interest in range and forage field research and teaching, and the potential to participate in outreach activities aimed at the beef-cattle industry. Relevant post-doctoral experience in research involving  rangeland ecology and management and utilization of native forage is essential. Candidates should be eligible for membership in the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to establish effective working relationships are essential. The university values diversity and experience in teaching and in creating positive working relationships with Indigenous and culturally diverse students, staff and faculty.

The Department of Plant Sciences is a centre for teaching, research and outreach related to the development, production and management of field and horticulture crops and to the ecology and management of non-arable grasslands on the Canadian prairies. The department is currently composed of 29 faculty members.  To support their research activities, the faculty within the department have access to more than 1000 hectares of native fescue and mixed grass prairie, a field crop land base of 1200 hectares for crop and forage research, 1100 square metres of modern greenhouse space on campus, along with field laboratories, a full fleet of plot equipment, Canada’s largest controlled environment phytotron, the Canadian Light Source (Canada’s only synchrotron) and the newly created Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources is an international leader in applied research and scholarship with expertise and integration across four primary themes: Food, Feed and Bioproducts; Environment and Ecology; Business and Applied Economics; and 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 is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, a city of 260,000 people 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 about 21,000. The university is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.

Applications, including a CV, academic transcripts, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three referees, should be submitted to Dr. Yuguang Bai, Head, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A8. Tel: (306) 966-4955. Email: yuguang.bai@usask.ca. For best consideration, applications should be received by Feburary 28, 2017. 

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 salary range for this position is $93,293 - $112,109.

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.

Relevant websites:
University of Saskatchewan (www.usask.ca)
College of Agriculture and Bioresources (www.agbio.usask.ca)
Department of Plant Sciences (http://agbio.usask.ca/departments/plant-sciences/index.php)
City of Saskatoon (www.tourismsaskatoon.com)

Research/Graduate Student positions

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 Project:

Recent research has demonstrated that temperature and humidity conditions during transportation can affect the physiology, welfare and subsequent meat quality of broilers. Although pullets and end-of-cycle hens (EOCH) are transported under similar conditions, there is very little evidence in the scientific literature regarding the relationship between transport conditions and hen physiology, welfare and meat quality. Therefore, the objective of this research is to investigate how extreme temperature (and humidity), and transport duration affect pullets and EOCH during simulated transport. Due to the scale of the project, it will be divided into two parts and will require two students (1 MSc and 1 PhD). Working with a team at the University of Saskatchewan including Dr.’s Karen Schwean-Lardner and Trever Crowe, the Doctoral student will investigate the relationship between blood parmeters (heterophil to lymphocyte ratio, corticosterone, blood glucose concentration) and welfare measures (behaviour) at different exposure conditons. The data from this project will start to support the development of transportation limits for pullets and EOCH.

Qualifications:

  • Masters of Science degree in animal and/or poultry science (or related field), with at least 70% cumulative weighted average over the last 2 years of study
  • An understanding of poultry welfare and stress physiology measures
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Stipend:

A competitive graduate student stipend commensurate with the U of S College of Graduate Studies and Research guidelines is available to the successful candidate. More information is available at: https://agbio.usask.ca/Programs/graduate/index.php. The candidate would also be eligible to compete for internal and national scholorships.

Start Date: September 1, 2017

How To Apply: Please email your cover letter describing your educational and career goals, resume (or CV), undergraduate transcripts and contact information for 3 references to Catherine Vermette: cjv425@mail.usask.ca. Any questions or requests for additional information may be submitted to Ms. Vermette at the same coordinates.

The Project: Recent research has demonstrated that temperature and humidity conditions during transportation can affect the physiology, welfare and subsequent meat quality of broilers. Although pullets and end-of-cycle hens (EOCH) are transported under similar conditions, there is very little evidence in the scientific literature regarding the relationship between transport conditions and hen physiology, welfare and meat quality. Therefore, the objective of this research is to investigate how extreme temperature (and humidity), and transport duration affect pullets and EOCH during simulated transport. Due to the scale of the project, it will be divided into two parts and will require two students (1 MSc and 1 PhD). Working with a team at the University of Saskatchewan including Dr.’s Karen Schwean-Lardner and Trever Crowe, the Masters student will investigate the effects of transport conditions on the mechanical measures, including live shrink, core body temperature and meat quality measures (breast and thigh pH and color, mositure content, drip loss, and cook loss) at different exposure conditons. The data from this project will start to support the development of transportation limits for pullets and EOCH.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in animal and/or poultry science (or related field), with at least 70% cumulative weighted average over the last 2 years of study
  • An understanding of commercial livestock production and experience working with poultry
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English

Stipend: A competitive graduate student stipend commensurate with the U of S College of Graduate Studies and Research guidelines is available to the successful candidate. More information is available at: https://agbio.usask.ca/Programs/graduate/index.php. The candidate would also be eligible to compete for internal and national scholorships. Start Date: September 1, 2017 How To Apply: Please email your cover letter describing your educational and career goals, resume (or CV), undergraduate transcripts and contact information for 3 references to Catherine Vermette: cjv425@mail.usask.ca. Any questions or requests for additional information may be submitted to Ms. Vermette at the same coordinates.

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.

 “Crop Phenotyping using Aerial Imagery from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”

The Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, is seeking applicants for a two-year postdoctoral research fellow position in the area of Crop Phenomics. The successful applicant will be part of a large research team which will interpret UAV gathered image based phenological data to extract crop metrics for phenotyping wheat, canola and lentil. This is a highly integrated research program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund that involves many disciplines at the University of Saskatchewan.

The successful applicant will work collaboratively with researchers and students in plant breeding, crop genetics, computer science, engineering and agronomy.

Job Description and Duties: Conduct and publish research related to the defined research areas; assist in the coordination and daily operation of a field based aerially imaged research program.  The position will also be involved with the supervision and research activities of graduate students (both M.Sc. and Ph.D.), technicians and collaborators. The successful candidate will also take part in field phenotyping of crops during the growing season and supervise others conducting these activities.  They will also lead the preparation and publication of research reports and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as present findings at research conferences.

Qualifications:  Candidates must hold a recent Ph.D. in one of the following areas: crop phenology, remote sensing, image analysis, plant breeding, crop physiology, agronomy or directly related areas. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in data analysis of large datasets using advanced statistical techniques and be willing to learn new analytical techniques. Must also demonstrate an ability to work in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment with other investigators, support personnel and students. A demonstrated ability in publication of results in the scientific literature is required as are strong written and oral communication skills in the English language. The candidate will be required to work out doors during the field season. A valid Canadian driver’s license is required.

Experience with grantsmanship, manuscript preparation, supervising technical staff, undergraduate students and graduate students are an asset. Experience with data collection from small plot field experiments; in digital image based plant phenotyping; and working with a range of software including image analysis programs, geographic information systems, and a knowledge of programing languages such as PYTHON are also desirable.

Conditions: The position is for one year, renewable for up to two years (renewal dependent upon progress). Salary will follow the university standard for a PDF and will commensurate with experience.

Closing Date: Until position is successfully filled. Applications will be screened initially in early December.

How to Apply: Submit a covering letter stating how your background and qualifications match the position , a full curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your education, awards, publications, research experience, etc. and at least two letters of reference  as one pdf document via E-mail to:steve.shirtliffe@usask.ca   Dr. Steve Shirtliffe 51 Campus Drive Department of Plant Sciences College of Agriculture and Bioresources University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon SK S7N 5A8 Tel: (306) 966-4959 Screening of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Only candidates that are interviewed will be notified.

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.

http://agbio.usask.ca/departments/plant-sciences/index.php

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.

QUALIFICATIONS:

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 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).

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

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.