Faculty Member in Plant Sciences (Range and Forage Utilization) University of Saskatchewan, Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources Canada

Faculty Member, Plant Sciences (Range and Forage Utilization)


The Department of Plant Sciences, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenure track position at the assistant professor level in the area of range and forage utilization. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in the area of rangeland ecology and management at the undergraduate level, develop a graduate course in his or her area of expertise, supervise M.Sc. and Ph.D. students, and perform outreach duties as required. The successful candidate will also be expected to lead a vigorous, independent research program which will involve applied research of direct interest to industry and producers, as well as basic research that would be eligible for Government of Canada Tri-Council funding.




This position requires a Ph.D. in rangeland sciences or a related discipline, demonstrated ability and interest in range and forage field research and teaching, and the potential to participate in outreach activities aimed at the beef-cattle industry. Relevant post-doctoral experience in research involving rangeland ecology and management and utilization of native forage is essential. 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 university values diversity and experience in teaching and in creating positive working relationships with Indigenous and culturally diverse students, staff and faculty.


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 ecology and management of non-arable grasslands on the Canadian prairies. The department is currently composed of 29 faculty members. To support their research activities, the faculty within the department have access to more than 1000 hectares of native fescue and mixed grass prairie, a field crop land base of 1200 hectares for crop and forage research, 1100 square metres of modern greenhouse space on campus, along with field laboratories, a full fleet of plot equipment, Canada’s largest controlled environment phytotron, the Canadian Light Source (Canada’s only synchrotron) and the newly created Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence.


The College of Agriculture and Bioresources is an international leader in applied research and scholarship with expertise and integration across four primary themes: Food, Feed and Bioproducts; Environment and Ecology; Business and Applied Economics; and Plants and Animals. The college 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 bio-economy.

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, a city of 260,000 people 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 21,000. The university is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities.


Applications, including a CV, academic transcripts, statements of research and teaching interests, and contact information for three referees, should be submitted to Dr. Yuguang Bai, Head, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan, 51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, Canada S7N 5A8. Tel: (306) 966-4955. Email: yuguang.bai@usask.ca. For best consideration, applications should be received by February 28, 2017.


This position comes with a comprehensive benefits package which includes pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), sick leave, travel insurance, death benefit, dental plan, extended health and vision care plan, employee assistance program, and flexible health and wellness spending program. The salary range for this position is $93,293 - $112,109.


Relevant websites:

· University of Saskatchewan (www.usask.ca)
· College of Agriculture and Bioresources (www.agbio.usask.ca)
· Department of Plant Sciences (http://agbio.usask.ca/departments/plant-sciences/index.php)
· City of Saskatoon (www.tourismsaskatoon.com)

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