Faculty/Staff positions

The bread spring wheat breeding program at the Crop Development Centre, College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan is seeking a skilled, highly motivated individual to contribute to the expanding breeding activities of the program. 

ROLE:  Reporting to the CDC Bread wheat breeder as part of a management team, the successful candidate will support cultivar development and plant breeding associated research and support strategies to develop field ready cultivars.  In particular, this position will focus on making field-based disease nursery selections. The successful candidate will be expected to implement strategies for crossing, marker assisted breeding, germplasm selection and advancement.  The successful candidate will also assist in processing, planting preparation, data acquisition, harvest, data analysis and reporting of results to the Bread Wheat breeder.  Although not a large part of the position, the Program Coordinator is expected from time to time to contribute to grant and scientific manuscript writing.  He or she will work as part of a large interdisciplinary team, and is expected to co-supervise a large group of technical support staff. 

Educational Requirements/Salary:   A M.Sc or Ph.D in plant breeding or related discipline in crop science is required.  Applicants lacking field-based breeding experience will not be considered for the position. The candidate must have proven supervisory experience in addition to excellent written and oral communication skills in the English language. The position is for a three year term; salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  The University of Saskatchewan offers a comprehensive benefits package. Reasonable costs associated with relocation to Saskatoon may be negotiable.  After hours work is required during critical periods. 

HOW TO APPLY:   Please submit complete application (1) Cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae including research experience, and (3) three references including: names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses.  In your cover leader, please state clearly how your experiences fit with the role of this position. 

Please submit via email, in PDF format, a cover letter, CV and contacts for at least three references no later than May 15th, 2019  to: 

Dr. Pierre Hucl, Professor, Crop Development Centre, University of Saskatchewan.   pierre.hucl@usask.ca.  Please, no telephone calls. 

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace, applications are welcome from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates may apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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Primary Purpose: To work in molecular breeding lab as part of the durum wheat breeding and genetics research group at the University of Saskatchewan’s Crop Development Centre. The incumbent will work in the laboratories of Dr. Curtis Pozniak.

Nature of Work: The incumbent will be involved in a range of research projects with plant breeders, geneticists, molecular biologists and greenhouse personnel. Under the direction of our Laboratory Manager, the duties will include, but are not limited to, marker-assisted selection, sample preparation from leaf tissue for downstream DNA analyses, PCR, cloning, sample preparation for next generation sequence analyses, and data analysis. Experience with KASPAR assays, and gene expression analysis would also be an asset. The successful applicant will be familiar with next generation sequencing strategies, and must possess a working knowledge of basic bioinformatics, including BLAST searching, DNA sequence alignments, and primer design.  Demonstrated experience in marker-assisted breeding is preferred with at least two years or more of laboratory research experience in plant molecular genetics and marker-assisted breeding. Participation in greenhouse and growth chamber experiments will sometimes be required. The work will be planned and conducted in close coordination with senior research scientists, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, other research technicians, and visiting scientists. Overall supervision will be provided by Dr. Curtis Pozniak.

Term: The Research Technician for molecular breeding is a full-time term position, with an initial three-month probationary period. There is the possibility of the term being extended based on satisfactory performance and availability of research funding. Located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada. 


Education: A Bachelor’s degree in plant science or related field, or a diploma in BioScience technology is required.  Prior experience working in a molecular lab is desired. Experience working in greenhouse or growth chambers will be considered an asset.

Those with a Ph.D. will not be considered.

Skills: The successful candidate will have the demonstrated ability and desire to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented, multidisciplinary research environment and computer proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook. Demonstrated experience in basic bioinformatics platforms would be considered a strong asset.  They will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills in the English language, attention to detail and willingness to learn. They will be highly organized, and able to handle multiple simultaneous research projects.

This position is an out-of-scope, research position.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Raelene Regier at Raelene Regier

Applicants should send ONE document containing their cover letter, CV, and three references to:

Raelene Regier
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK, S7N 5A8
Email: Raelene Regier

Applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  Please no phone calls or follow up emails.

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

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.

Area: Metatranscriptomics of Sulfur Oxidizing Bacterial Consortia in Soil

A Master’s of Science position is available immediately for work on a project focusing on microbial sulfur oxidation processes for enhanced sulfur uptake by plants. Sulfur deficiency in soil is becoming increasingly common in Canadian prairie regions, and oilseeds, and particularly canola, have a higher S-requirement than cereal crops. The commercial demand for canola, along with increasing crop yields, causes a further depletion of bioavailable sulfur in these regions. Chemical oxidation of elemental sulfur into a plant-available form (SO42-) occurs slowly, thus S-limited soils may require direct application of sulfate fertilizers in order to maximize yields. Microorganisms that promote sulfur fertilizer oxidation through the various oxidation states to sulfate accordingly have potential biotechnical application in agronomic systems, and are the focus of this degree opportunity.

Accordingly, the successful candidate will employ transcriptomic/metatranscriptomic molecular techniques, in concert with chemical sulfur oxidation assays, to delineate sulfur oxidation pathways/potential of organisms of commercial importance. Application and use of bioinformatics tools and algorithms, as well as experience working with model systems, will be an asset. Applicants will be considered that ideally: have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in microbiology/geomicrobiology along with hands-on experience in biotechnology and molecular techniques, possess a strong interest in microbial ecology, have excellent oral and written communications skills, have a publication record, and are eligible and competitive for national and regional scholarship support. Working in close-collaboration with the industrial sponsor, the student will gain industrially-relevant theoretical knowledge and hands-on expertise for employment in the rapidly-evolving field of biologics, and particular, for microbially-enhanced plant growth promotion.   

Funding for this opportunity is provided by Lallemand Plant Care in conjunction with NSERC-CRD, and will be housed at the University of Saskatchewan (Dr. Darren Korber). Stipend support is $18,000/yr over 3 years.

How to Apply: Send your Curriculum vitae, transcripts, recent publications, and a covering letter stating how your background and qualifications match the position to:

Department of Food and Bioproduct Sciences
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive, 4E16
Saskatoon, SK
S7K 5A8
Attn: Dr. Darren Korber

For Further Information contact Dr. Darren Korber at Darren Korber (ph. 306-966-7786)

Undergraduate Student and Summer term employment

The Breadwheat breeding program in the Department of Plant Sciences/Crop Development Centre is currently accepting applications for summer student positions. The program hires students for various summer positions in field research related work.

Pay Range:   $14.95 to $19.26 per hour

Qualifications: U of S or other post-secondary students planning to attend classes in September. Preference is given to students with an agricultural background, but is not mandatory. Must be willing to do manual labor (including some heavy lifting up to 25 kg), work as directed within a group environment, practice safe work habits and possession of a valid driver's license would be beneficial. Previous experience in field work would be an asset. Must be able to work flexible hours, including some weekends, during seeding and harvest.

Duties and Responsibilities: Vary but could include: seeding, plot maintenance, field data collection, field work (weeding, hoeing), harvest help and other various field related duties.

To apply:      Send via email to Mark Halliday at mark.halliday@usask.ca include cover letter, resume including name and contact information of three (3) references, unofficial transcript of marks and application from the Plant Sciences General Office, 4D36 Agric).

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The Pulse Crop Breeding and Genetics Program in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan requires summer student research help who will work as part of a research team to support a large lentil genomics project. Students will have to opportunity to learn modern plant phenotyping techniques and participate in a range of research activities.

Job description and duties: Under the direct supervision of Research Staff, the student’s responsibilities will likely include: setting up seed for planting, planting, care and maintenance of plants in the field, data collection, harvesting, and sample processing. 

Qualifications:  Must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate program and eligible to work on campus.  Must be capable of physical tasks such as lifting and repetitive work in the outdoor environment.  Successful candidates should have a good working knowledge of computers (both desktop and tablet) and software such as MS Excel and Word.  Farm/greenhouse background and/or previous experience in a crop production/crop research environment would be a definite asset.  The successful candidate must be willing to work flexible hours when required and travel within Saskatchewan.  Overtime work is expected during critical times such as harvest.  Must be able to lift up to and including 25 kg and should have or be willing to obtain WHMIS training.  A valid class 5G driver’s license would be useful.  This position requires a motivated, reliable and well organized person, able to work in a multi-disciplinary group environment.  Candidates must possess very good oral and written communication skills in the English language.

Term:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience as per the Department of Plant Sciences summer student policy.

Submit a completed summer student application form (can be obtained at the Department of Plant Sciences office, Ag 4D36, or download from https://agbio.usask.ca/work-here.php#UndergraduateStudentandSummertermemployment), along with your resume and unofficial transcripts by February 18th, 2019 to: Ms. Crystal Chan (email: crystal.chan@usask.ca).

No phone calls. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

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