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Postdoctoral fellowship in Crop Physiology and Synchrotron Radiation

The Department of Plant Sciences is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher (PDF) interested in heat stress physiology to explore leaf and pollen traits in crop plants.  This position requires a PhD with a strong quantitative background in subjects such as analytical chemistry, biochemistry, biostatistics, physics or spectroscopy, and preferably a prior degree in plant science / agronomy / applied biology.  This is a great opportunity to obtain experience in imaging technology including Mid Infrared Spectromicroscopy and X-ray Computed Tomography, and apply such state-of-the-art techniques to help make more heat resistant crops.

Research objectives: The research will characterize the pollen coat lipids and leaf cuticle lipids of two grain crops, pea (Pisum sativum) and canola (Brassica napus).  We will be verifying lipid species and content, and its precise location in tissues of control and heat stress treated plants, through a combination of lipid chemistry and imaging.  Saskatoon is home to two globally leading crops, pea and canola, and we have access to good genetic plant diversity.  The goal is to seek heat resistance traits by associating specific lipid species in the pollen coat and leaf cuticle with drought / heat resistance properties during organ development and stress exposure.

The position is 1 year, with an extension dependent on funding availability, based in the Department of Plant Sciences and at the Canadian Light Source, University of Saskatchewan.  Preference will be given to individuals with plant experience and a proven track record of meeting deadlines and publishing research in International peer reviewed journals.   Salary is competitive with federal government PDF rates at $55,000.   While preference will be given to Canadian applicants available to work immediately, non-Canadian applicants must be eligible to work in Canada.  Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to provide a certificate of English proficiency.  Spouses of PDF fellows are eligible for a work permit in Canada.  This position is available immediately, and applications will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply:

Interested candidates should e-mail a cover letter, current CV or resume outlining relevant research & work experience, contacts for three references, and copies of degree transcripts in pdf file format only to    

Dr. Rosalind Bueckert                                                               
Department of Plant Sciences                                                    
University of Saskatchewan                                                        
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8                                                                  
+1- 306-966-8826                                                                             

Dr. Chithra Karanakuran
Canadian Light Source Inc.
44 Innovation Boulevard
Saskatoon, SK S7N 2V3
 +1- 306-657-3749  

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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.