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Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral Fellow - Department of Plant Sciences

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.

RESEARCH AREA: This research project is focused on molecular host-pathogen interaction investigating the interaction of lentil with several pathogens of economic importance.

TERM:  This is a 2-year appointment as a postdoctoral fellow.

JOB DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES:  The successful candidate will be responsible for RNA-Seq analysis of fungal pathogen-infected lentil RILs, identification and verification of candidate resistance genes with the potential to also assess gene function. The successful candidate will also be expected to collate, organize, systematically store and analyse data, prepare reports and eventually draft scientific manuscripts.

QUALIFICATIONS: Successful candidates must hold a recent PhD (up to 2 years since award) in Plant Sciences or Biology, must have excellent written and oral communication skills in the English language, be highly motivated and be able to demonstrate an ability to work both independently and collaboratively to meet milestones and achieve timely research outputs. This position requires a candidate with theoretical and hands-on experiences in bioinformatics including RNA-Seq data analysis as well as in RNA/DNA-based techniques (e.g. DNA & RNA extraction, RT-qPCR pathogen-infected CR, DNA manipulation), and microscopic skills to complement molecular with phenotypic data. Candidates must possess strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills, and have the ability to work as a member of a multidisciplinary research team.

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. Sabine Banniza (

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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.