Post-Doctoral Positions in Plant Ecology

The Bennett, Lamb, and Kelln labs in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Saskatchewan are recruiting multiple post-doctoral positions to start between February and September 2023. Our labs study rangeland ecology and management with an emphasis on plant-soil interactions, fire ecology, grazing ecology, forage production systems, and grassland community ecology.

We are looking for ecologists with strong publication records and strong quantitative skills. We are particularly interested in researchers with a background or interest in grassland fire ecology, plant-soil interactions, soil greenhouse gas production, and grazing ecology, but will consider individuals with backgrounds in related plant ecology, soil ecology, and range management fields. Each position is tied to a project with specific research goals and deliverables; there will be substantial scope for each PDF to develop independent and collaborative lines of research.

One position is available for a start as early as February 2023. Pending confirmation of funding, additional positions will become available for starts in spring or summer 2023. Depending on the position you will be primarily supervised by one of Lamb or Bennett or co-supervised by two of the three PIs. Links to our individual lab webpages are here:


Minimum qualifications:

  • Have received a PhD in a relevant discipline within the last 5 years, or have a defense scheduled prior to July 2023.
  • Lead author on at least one paper published or in review at a peer reviewed venue.
  • Willing to relocate to Saskatoon, SK. All of the positions involve fieldwork in Saskatchewan. We welcome international applicants; see the link to the appointment process below for information about work permits.


A minimum of $55,000 CAD per year plus benefits. This is a unionized position with a range of health and other benefits paid by the employer. For more information on the appointment process and benefits please see this link: https://cgps.usask.ca/postdocs/appointment-info/future-postdocs.php

Application Procedure

Send a cover letter including a description of your research interests and your CV to Eric Lamb (eric.lamb@usask.ca). There is no deadline for application, but we expect that the first positions could be hired as early as February 2023.

The University of Saskatchewan (USask) is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River, a city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure activities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and is a member of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities.  It offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 20,000. 

The College of Agriculture and Bioresources is an international leader in applied research and scholarship with expertise in, and integrated across, three primary scientific and social domains; food and bioproduct sciences; environment, ecology and community; and sustainable production systems.  It has a 110-year reputation for teaching, research, and outreach and is a pillar of strength for the University of Saskatchewan. The College has played a pivotal role in the development of sustainable agriculture and food industries in Saskatchewan and continues its mission to advance the responsible use of land, water and bioresources to provide products and services that enhance the quality of life for the people of Saskatchewan and around the world.


Graduate Student Positions

There are no currently open graduate student positions in the lab. If you currently hold or are eligable to apply for a Tri-Agency scholarship there may be opportunities to build a position. Please contact me.

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