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The Pulse Crop Pathology Program is integral part of 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.


We are currently seeking highly qualified applicants for an MSc positions to study mating type genes in the fungal pathogen Colletotrichum lentis, an economically important foliar pathogen of lentil.

Qualifications: Minimum requirement is the completion of a Bachelor-of-Science program in Plant Science or related discipline with demonstrated knowledge in plant science and plant pathology. Knowledge of and hands-on experience in molecular techniques are an asset. Candidates need to have good communication and writing skills, and the ability to work in a team environment. 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.

Starting Date: September 2018 Stipend: $24,000

How 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)

Other 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.

This project focuses on the interface between plant science and soil science, and evaluates how different agricultural practices have influenced various indices of soil health. The project will identify key soil attributes most important in determining soil health, and will amass a soil health database for Prairie Canada – from which soil health scoring functions will be developed. The project will engage a MSc student in field work (soil sample collection from unique set of long- and medium-term trials across Saskatchewan), lab work (analysis for various soil attributes such as nutrients, organic matter, aggregate stability, active carbon, etc.), data integration and interpretation (soil health scoring). The candidate will have opportunities to interact with 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. This research is funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, Western Grains Research Foundation, SaskCanola, and the Saskatchewan Wheat Development Commission. 

Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 80% in the last 2-yrs of study, and strong background in natural or agricultural sciences. Expertise in agriculture, plant and soil science is desired.

The MSc student can expect a minimum stipend of $21,000 per year, for two years. Notably, there are scholarship and teaching assistant opportunities to supplement the stipend beyond this base level.

The position is available starting Sept 1, 2018. To apply, please send your unofficial transcripts, CV and names of two references to: Dr. Kate Congreves, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan. Email: kate.congreves@usask.ca

ORGANIZATION/LOCATION: The Entomology and 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 Entomology Research Group and the Pulse Crop Research Group at the University of Saskatchewan are unique in scope and expertise in entomology and pulse crop research.


SUMMARY OF RESEARCH: This is a short-term research project with a primary focus on the sequencing of viral pathogen(s) in faba bean and pea, marker development and screening of faba bean and pea germplasm for virus infection. The candidate may also be involved in marker validation of other pathogens.

TERM:  This is a 1-year appointment as a postdoctoral fellow.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:  The successful candidate will be responsible for sequencing the genome of viral strains in infected faba bean and pea lines, based on which markers will be developed. These markers will be used to screen seeds and seedlings of faba bean and pea particles for viral infection.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful candidates must hold a recent PhD (less than 5 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. In addition to demonstrated skills in molecular biology, the ideal candidate has experience in RNA isolation and marker development. Candidates must possess strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary research team. Expertise in virology, plant pathology, vector biology and/or entomology is an asset.

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. Sean Prager

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

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 Vanessa Young, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, or by email to vanessa.young@usask.ca .