Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Plant-based Foods for Nutrition and Health

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Competitive salary and start-up package
December 20 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Plant-based Foods for Nutrition and Health

The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications for a tenured Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Plant-based Foods for Nutrition and Health. The Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program is the flagship of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development.

The successful candidate will lead an innovative program of research that responds to concerns about global diet trends and need for sustainable sources of protein and nutrient-dense foods to address the persistent problems of malnutrition, e.g., undernutrition, micronutrient deficiency, obesity, and diet-related diseases. The chair’s work will be of interest to multiple disciplines, sectors, and organizations and contribute to building research collaborations and partnerships locally, nationally, and internationally.

Canada is a world leader in food crop production and the University of Saskatchewan is at the heart of plant-based food research and development. The university is a vital research partner in a regional supercluster of agricultural and food science expertise and cutting-edge technology in plant breeding and value-added protein and co-product processing. The College of Pharmacy and Nutrition  has a proud tradition of collaborative research and practice innovation in pharmaceutical and nutritional care. There are opportunities to build on and enhance the college’s strengths in internationalization, team science, food security, nutrition education, and chronic diseases. The university is also home to leading-edge research infrastructure, the Canadian Light Source national synchrotron facility, a state-of-the-art Health Sciences Facility, including the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition’s food and nutrition research labs. There are opportunities for collaboration on campus with researchers at the Global Institute for Food Security, Crop Development Centre and Departments of Plant Sciences and Food and Bioproduct Sciences, College of Medicine, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, National Research Council, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada research centres. This makes it an ideal setting for a research program in human nutrition that emphasizes health outcomes while also contributing to nutrition-sensitive food system innovations.

The successful candidate will teach at the undergraduate and graduate level, contribute to service within the college, and supervise graduate students. They will lead an innovative, high quality research program and attract external research funding and excellent trainees.

The University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada’s top 15 research-intensive universities. Its main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River known for its quality of life, 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 over 24,000.


Candidates must hold a PhD in nutrition or other relevant field and be at the professor or associate professor level. They must demonstrate excellence, creativity, and leadership in research by the significance and quality of their contributions, record of peer-reviewed research funding, evidence of successful and varied research collaborations, quality in training and mentorship, and a commitment to knowledge translation, outreach, and exchange.

The successful applicant will be appointed as a tenured faculty member at the Professor or Associate Professor level in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition and will be nominated for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair.

Salary bands are as follows: Associate Professor: $112,109 to $130,925 and Professor: $130,925 to $152,877, with the possibility of merit-based additions. This position includes a comprehensive benefits package, which comprises a dental, health and extended vision care plan, pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit their application using the university’s online application portal. Please include the following information in your application:

  • A cover letter describing your interest in the position
  • A complete academic curriculum vitae, including record of training
  • A description of your most significant research contributions
  • A statement of the proposed research program
  • A description of your teaching interests and philosophy
  • Names and contact information of three references

As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to complete a voluntary employment equity survey. Review of applications will begin in February 2019. Applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019, but is negotiable.

The impact of leaves (e.g., parental leave, extended leave due to illness, etc.) will be carefully considered when reviewing the candidate’s record of research achievement. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to explain in their application how career interruptions may have impacted them.

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to supporting employees in need of accommodation in an employment context. For more information on the University of Saskatchewan’s accommodation policy, please contact Cristina Herman at, (306) 966-6278.

All qualified candidates, Canadian and other nationalities are encouraged to apply. The university encourages applications from members of the four designated equity groups (women, members of a visible minority, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities). Recruitment will be guided by the Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices and by the strong commitment of the University of Saskatchewan and the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

For questions related to this position or the selection process, please contact Dr. Kishor Wasan at

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

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