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Postdoctoral Associate in swine nutrition, physiology and health

The University of Saskatchewan

The Prairie Swine Centre is seeking a passionate, bright, and highly motivated individual interested for the position of Postdoctoral Associate in the disciplines of swine nutrition, physiology, and health. The successful candidate will join a strong, multidisciplinary academic and research team with expertise in non-ruminant nutrition, feed processing, management, welfare, metabolism, and physiology. 

The successful candidate will lead and assist with projects involving both classical swine nutrition (growth performance, nutrient utilization) and advanced (metabolomics, proteomics, disease challenge, PCR) techniques.  Our current nutrition research program focused on the impact of early-life nutrition on growth, impact of nutrition on health, and factors affecting nutrient requirements and utilization.  The Postdoctoral Associate will also assist with the training and supervision of both masters and doctoral graduate students.  Pursuit of independent project funding is encouraged.

Qualifications: The desire and ability to lead research projects and work within a team of other highly motivated individuals are of critical importance to this position. A vehicle and driver’s license is required. Candidates must hold, or will have completed, a PhD in a related discipline such as animal science, animal physiology, nutrition, or veterinary science. Previous experience with livestock, especially swine, and knowledge of nutrition and immunology, nutrient utilization, protein metabolism, and feed formulation is required. Experience in bioinformatics, disease challenge (biosafety-level 2), and meta-analysis and a track record of peer-reviewed publications will be considered an asset. 

Position start date is negotiable with earliest start of January 2022.  Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Prairie Swine Centre (www.prairieswine.com) is a non-profit swine production research corporation affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan and located 10 km southeast of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. It offers a nationally and internationally recognized program in research, technology transfer, and education all directed towards the efficiency and sustainability of pork production. 

The University of Saskatchewan (www.usask.ca) is located in Saskatoon, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The Department of Animal and Poultry Science is well-recognized nationally and internationally as a research-intensive department. The department’s highly-trained and enthusiastic faculty members and adjunct professors have extensive, high-quality applied and basic research programs that cover a wide range of topics in animal science and related areas.

For more information please contact Dr. Dan Columbus:

Dr. Dan Columbus 
Prairie Swine Centre 
Box 21057, 2105-8th Street East 
Saskatoon, SK, S7H 5N9 
Tel: 1-306-667-7432 
Fax: 1-306-955-2510 
Email: dan.columbus@usask.ca

Interested candidates are asked to include in their application package a cover letter including their career interests, their curriculum vitae, and copies of transcripts.  Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Department: Prairie Swine Center
Status: Term
Employment Group: Post-Doctoral Fellows – PSAC
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1
Salary Information: The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 8/19/2021
Closing Date: Until Filled.
Number of Openings: 1


The University believes equity, diversity, and inclusion strengthen the community and enhance excellence, innovation and creativity. We are dedicated to recruiting individuals who will enrich our work and learning environments. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We are committed to providing accommodations to those with a disability or medical necessity. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirm our relationship with one another. Together, we are uplifting Indigenization to a place of prominence at the University of Saskatchewan.
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