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Graduate Student

Graduate Student Opportunity - Department of Plant Sciences
Multiple positions available

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.

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.

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Please refer to 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,

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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.