Assistant Professor, Forage Crops

The Plant Sciences Department in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of forage crops breeding/genetics. The successful applicant will be expected to initiate a vigorous independent research program in the breeding and genetics of forage crops adapted to the prairie region of western Canada.   The main focus of the position is to develop improved cultivars of important forage species for livestock and forage producers, with research projects supporting the cultivar development.  The research conducted would be eligible for Government of Canada Tri-Council funding. The incumbent will also be expected to work with the forage and cattle industries in an extension capacity, teach one three credit unit class per year in the Department of Plant Sciences, and supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students.  This position is a component of the Ministry of Agriculture’s Strategic Research Program and its terms of reference defined by an agreement between the University of Saskatchewan and the Government of Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Qualifications: This position requires a Ph.D. in plant breeding and genetics or closely related discipline, demonstrated ability in teaching and field and laboratory research related to plant breeding, and the potential to participate in extension activities aimed at livestock, forage and seed producers. Experience in a forage crop breeding program would be an asset.  Relevant post-doctoral experience is desirable. Candidates should be eligible for membership in the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and an ability to establish effective working relationships are essential.

The Department of Plant Sciences is a centre for teaching, research and outreach related to the development, production and management of field and horticulture crops and to the management of non-arable grasslands on the Canadian prairies. The department is currently composed of 27 faculty members, nine of whom are in the Crop Development Centre. 

To support its research activities, the Department has access to a land base of 3,000 acres, 12,000 sq. ft. of greenhouse space, field laboratories, a full fleet of plot equipment, Canada’s largest controlled environment phytotron, the CDC Grains Innovation Lab, seed management facilities, and the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s only synchrotron.

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources at the University of Saskatchewan is an international leader in applied research and scholarship with expertise in, and integrated across, three primary scientific and social domains; food and bioproduct sciences; environment, ecology and community; and sustainable production systems.  It 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 new bio-economy.

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, 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 about 20,000. The university is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.

Applications, including a CV, academic transcripts, and contact information for three referees, should be submitted to Dr. Bruce Coulman, Head of the Plant Sciences Department, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A8. Tel: (306)966-1387. Email: bruce.coulman@usask.ca.  Email applications should be copied to Ms. Kendra Panko (Kendra.panko@usask.ca).

More information about the University of Saskatchewan, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, and the Department of Plant s and the Crop Development Centre can be found at http://www.agbio.usask.ca

For best consideration, applications should be received by November 8, 2013.

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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.

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