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Graduate Research, X-ray Crystallography

Re: Graduate Research Opportunity in Food & Bioproduct Sciences

The opportunity: The Department of Food & Bioproduct Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan seeks a highly qualified candidate to conduct M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree research in the X-ray crystallography of proline-specific peptidases. 

Project description: Proline is a unique amino acid and the peptides involved with proline resist to the general proteolysis enzymes.  Proline-specific peptidases are, therefore, unique from other peptidases.  In this project, Pro-Xaa dipeptidase is studies in order to reveal the difference and similarity to general peptidases and Xaa-Pro dipeptidase.  The enzyme has been characterized in our previous research, and this position is concentrating on X-ray crystallography and its applications in protein engineering.  

Qualifications: Applicants must be highly motivated to pursue a research career. Applicants should have a strong background in molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or related life sciences. Furthermore, interested individuals holding a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields ought to have a minimum average of 75% before considering submission of an application. Some laboratory experience would be highly beneficial. The ability to work independently is necessary as are good oral and written communication skills. A successful application to the College of Graduate Studies at the University of Saskatchewan will be required. A covering letter stating how the applicant’s background and qualifications match the position is required. Please quote position #2017tt.01.  For further information, contact Dr. Takuji Tanaka (, ph: 306-966-1697, fax: 306-966-8898).

Stipend: The standard University graduate stipend for the successful candidate is available: M.Sc. $16,500~ /year or Ph.D. $19,800~ /year.  

Starting date: The student is to commence as soon as possible.  The position will be open until a suitable student is identified.  

How to apply: Follow the application link on the University web site ( The details of procedure are also found at

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