Graduate Student Position in Livestock Environment Engineering

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Prairie Swine Centre is an affiliate of the University of Saskatchewan

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Graduate Student Position in Livestock Environment Engineering

The Prairie Swine Centre Inc. (PSCI), a non-profit corporation affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan and located near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, is inviting applications for one M.Sc. or Ph.D. graduate student to conduct research on developing an innovative air cleaning system for swine production buildings. The research work will build on completed and on-going activities in this project which include initial design and testing of an air treatment unit based on biotrickling filters, and optimization and scale-up of the prototype model to a commercial-scale unit. The selected applicant will be involved with the evaluation of the operating characteristics of the commercial-scale unit in an actual swine barn as well as its impact on levels of gases, odour, and dust emissions, and animal performance.

The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual committed to pursuing a post-graduate degree and a subsequent research career. Applicants must have: a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree in agricultural, biological, environmental, mechanical, or chemical engineering or related field, strong oral and written communication skills, demonstrated willingness or ability to work effectively as part of a research team, and ability to thrive in an environment that values hard work and creativity.


The candidate must meet requirements for admission to the graduate program of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan. Research work will be conducted within the Engineering Research program at PSCI. Graduate Research Assistantship amounting to CAN$17,500 to $20,000 per year (plus benefits) is available to the successful candidate; this can be supplemented by competing for existing scholarships within the Department and the University.

PSCI is a unique non-profit corporation, engaged in research, technology transfer and education. With a 300-sow farrow-to-finish swine unit, recently expanded and upgraded office facilities, and access to outstanding laboratories at the University of Saskatchewan, the Centre offers a modern, dynamic research environment for graduate studies. Our facilities were further enhanced with the opening of a new sow research barn in June 2008. With a complement of 38 highly trained technical staff and students at the Centre, including 6 Ph.D.’s, our graduate students are assured of excellent technical support throughout their graduate program.


Interested applicants should send or attach a letter of application, updated resume, copy of transcripts, and any other evidence of academic and research accomplishment by applying below or mailing or faxing to the address below for preliminary evaluation. Screening of applications will commence on August 29, 2011. Applications will be received until the position is filled.

Dr. Bernardo Predicala
Research Scientist – Engineering, Prairie Swine Centre Inc.
Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Univ. of Saskatchewan
P.O. Box 21057, 2105 – 8th Street East, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, CANADA S7H 5N9
Phone: 1(306) 667-7444; Fax: 1(306) 955-2510

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