Working at GIFS

Research Assistant
February, 2018

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.

This position will support research in the areas of plant development, quantitative image-based  phenotyping methods, genetic and molecular analyses towards gene discovery for crop  improvement. The position will support the generation and analyses of large phenotyping datasets from the model plant Arabidopsis and defined populations developed in crop species including canola and wheat. The position provides the opportunity to conduct high-throughput plant  phenotyping at the internationally renowned Jülich Plant Phenotyping Centre. The Research Assistant will also assist in the application of genetic and genomics analyses to evaluate performance associated traits including crop architecture, photosynthesis, water and nutrient use  efficiency. The research activities and responsibilities of this position also include the generation and analyses of transcriptome datasets and their application in QTL mapping and discovery of  associated gene targets. This involves evaluating current software for the integration, storage,  analysis and interpretation of next generation DNA sequence data and where necessary assisting other researchers and collaborating scientists to achieve project goals.

A PhD from a recognised university in plant biology. Experience in plant physiology or genetics; experience with the application of quantitative plant imaging, and phenotyping is desirable.Extensive experience working with model and crop species and the application of advanced  molecular genetic and genomic studies in these systems is advantageous. Experience with analyzing next generation sequence data is essential. Candidates must demonstrate strong attention to detail, the ability to make sound technical decisions, and the ability to adapt to new  challenges. This position requires a motivated, reliable and well-organized person able to work both independently and in a multi-disciplinary group environment. The candidate must be able to travel and live for abroad for short periods. Candidates must possess excellent oral and written  communications skills in the English language.

This position is supported by research funding. Initial term is two years with possibility of extension.

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applicants should send one document containing their CV, cover letter, and of three references

Raelene Regier
University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive
Saskatoon SK, S7N 5A8

Applications are due Tuesday February 27th, 2018. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please no phone calls.