Working at GIFS

P2IRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship

in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging of Plants

December, 2016

The Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC) is an agricultural research centre managed by the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) and located at the University of Saskatchewan. P2IRC was established thanks to funding awarded to the University of Saskatchewan by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund award, Designing Crops for Global Food Security.

GIFS ( was founded in 2012 to perform research that will help deliver transformative innovation to agriculture in both the developed and the developing world. Research at GIFS can be divided into three pillars; seed and developmental biology, root-soil-microbial interactions, and digital and computational agriculture. The latter pillar is occupied by P2IRC.

P2IRC’s seven-year transdisciplinary program will transform crop breeding through research in phenometrics, image acquisition technologies, computational informatics of crop phenotype data, and societal and developing world impact. P2IRC is a major research centre with partners located on campus, across Canada, and internationally.

We are a newly formed interdisciplinary group from the Departments of Biology, Computer Science and Physics, based at the University of Regina and are looking for candidates who will help propel our emerging research program in nuclear imaging of plants centered on developing nuclear detector technologies and non-invasive, plant imaging methods. Our groups have a strong history of detector construction for nuclear physics, data mining and image processing, as well as microbial systems and pathogens at the human-plant interface, and are now applying our collective expertise in digital agriculture. Specifically, we will be investigating microbial influences of nitrogen uptake and carbon transport in plants by employing the newest generation of solid state photo-detectors and microcontroller electronics with open source hardware and software, aiming to develop techniques that will further advance our understanding of plant-microbe interactions and promote the discovery of novel microbial inoculants.

Salary Information: $55,000 per annum, for up to three years

Primary Purpose: A three-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging of Plants will be available jointly in Physics and Biology at the University of Regina starting February 1, 2017.

Nature of Work: We have Canada’s only dedicated PET imaging system for plants, and we have developed micro-counters for studying plant root and shoot systems. The successful candidate will be expected to work productively within our interdisciplinary group.

This research has been undertaken thanks in part to funding from the

Canada First Research Excellence Fund


  • Imaging algorithm development and analysis
  • Software implementation
  • Evaluation of experimental data
  • Preparation of research articles


Education: Candidates must have a doctoral degree in medical physics, physics, applied mathematics, computer science or a related field.

  • Experience: Preference will be given to candidates with experience in quantitative image reconstruction, image processing, advanced mathematics, Monte Carlo simulation, MATLAB, STIR (, as well as to those who can demonstrate experience and passion in applying physics techniques to biological systems.


  • Proficiency in C++, Linux and Windows environments
  • Good command of spoken and written English

How to apply:

Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, research vision, and the names and email addresses of three professional references. Review of applications will begin January 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be addressed to the chair of the search committee, Aram Teymurazyan (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University’s employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

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