Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant Root Microbiome – Molecular Plant-Microbe Interaction Research


Department: The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) 
Location: Saskatoon
Status: Term, up to 3 years, with the possibility of extension
Employment Group: Post-Doctoral Fellows - PSAC
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The salary range, based on 1.0 FTE, is $50,000.00 - 60,000.00 per annum. The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 7/2/2019
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1


Primary Purpose: The Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) and the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Global Food Security at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada, is seeking a creative, highly motivated postdoctoral fellow in the area of molecular plant/microbe interactions with a focus on the root microbiome for a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal based on performance. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Incumbent will be part of a long-term collaborative project between Professors Leon Kochian (CERC) and Dave Schneider at GIFS. The overall CERC program focuses on root biology and the improvement of root traits through molecular breeding and biotechnology to enhance crop resiliency to climate change, increase crop mineral and water acquisition efficiency, and increase carbon sequestration in the soil.

GIFS and the CERC program at the University of Saskatchewan is establishing a world-class program to develop and transfer agricultural innovations to both developing and developed areas of the world for the purpose of ensuring food security. The CERC program involves a multidisciplinary research team consisting of 4-5 faculty positions and an additional 25-35 postdoctoral, graduate student, and research technician positions.  The team’s research disciplines span the biological and physical sciences, including plant molecular biology, physiology and genetics, microbiology and soil science and computer science, engineering, physics, and mathematics.  The discoveries from this multidisciplinary research are expected to both enhance agriculture in food production frontiers such as sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, as well as in Canada.

A proven and strong background in molecular/biochemical investigations of the plant microbiome and plant/microbe interactions is desirable, but we also will consider applicants with similar skill sets working in other research organisms/systems. The research program the applicant will be working in will involve investigations in one or more of these three areas:

1) Plant-microbe and especially root-microbe interactions with a focus on the plant’s role in assembling and modifing the composition and function of the associated microbiome.

2) Microbiology and/or soil microbial ecology with a focus on how especially beneficial microbes interact with plants to assemble into a functional plant microbiome.

3) Biochemical investigations into the chemical communications between microbes, and between microbes and the plant, and how this signaling plays a role in the composition and function of the plant microbiome to enhance plant resiliency to abiotic and biotic stresses and improve plant water and mineral nutrient acquisition under limiting conditions.

The position requires a Ph.D. in molecular pathology, microbiology, microbial ecology, or in a related area. Experience in metagenomic analysis of microbiomes is required and experience with studying the functional basis of the plant microbiome is desirable but not essential.

Inquiries regarding this position can be directed to Megan Paul at 306-966-3722.  

Interested candidates must submit a CV and cover letter to Megan Paul, stating the full title and or req# of the position: