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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

 “Crop Phenotyping using Aerial Imagery from an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle”

The Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, is seeking applicants for a two-year postdoctoral research fellow position in the area of Crop Phenomics. The successful applicant will be part of a large research team which will interpret UAV gathered image based phenological data to extract crop metrics for phenotyping wheat, canola and lentil. This is a highly integrated research program funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund that involves many disciplines at the University of Saskatchewan.

The successful applicant will work collaboratively with researchers and students in plant breeding, crop genetics, computer science, engineering and agronomy.

Job Description and Duties: Conduct and publish research related to the defined research areas; assist in the coordination and daily operation of a field based aerially imaged research program.  The position will also be involved with the supervision and research activities of graduate students (both M.Sc. and Ph.D.), technicians and collaborators. The successful candidate will also take part in field phenotyping of crops during the growing season and supervise others conducting these activities.  They will also lead the preparation and publication of research reports and publication of peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as present findings at research conferences.

Qualifications:  Candidates must hold a recent Ph.D. in one of the following areas: crop phenology, remote sensing, image analysis, plant breeding, crop physiology, agronomy or directly related areas. The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in data analysis of large datasets using advanced statistical techniques and be willing to learn new analytical techniques. Must also demonstrate an ability to work in a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment with other investigators, support personnel and students. A demonstrated ability in publication of results in the scientific literature is required as are strong written and oral communication skills in the English language. The candidate will be required to work out doors during the field season. A valid Canadian driver’s license is required.

Experience with grantsmanship, manuscript preparation, supervising technical staff, undergraduate students and graduate students are an asset. Experience with data collection from small plot field experiments; in digital image based plant phenotyping; and working with a range of software including image analysis programs, geographic information systems, and a knowledge of programing languages such as PYTHON are also desirable.

Conditions: The position is for one year, renewable for up to two years (renewal dependent upon progress). Salary will follow the university standard for a PDF and will commensurate with experience.

Closing Date: Until position is successfully filled. Applications will be screened initially in early December.

How to Apply: Submit a covering letter stating how your background and qualifications match the position , a full curriculum vitae (CV) detailing your education, awards, publications, research experience, etc. and at least two letters of reference  as one pdf document via E-mail   

Dr. Steve Shirtliffe
51 Campus Drive
Department of Plant Sciences
College of Agriculture and Bioresources 
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon SK S7N 5A8
Tel: (306) 966-4959

Screening of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. Only candidates that are interviewed will be notified.

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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.