PostDoctoral Fellow – Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives

University of Saskatchewan

Background: There is a growing body of evidence, and historical experience, showing that empowering local producers, particularly smallholder farmers, to make their own decisions over resource allocation, management, and marketing can generate sustainable agricultural, economic, nutritional, and societal benefits, as well as improved gender representation, relative to more traditional interventions focused on technology transfers or top-down solutions imposed by policymakers. The Empowering Smallholder Farmers: Scaling Up Collective Action Through Co-operatives project is funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF), University of Saskatchewan’s Office of the Vice-President Research, and Nutrien.

Primary Purpose: The Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) will critically evaluate two facets of this growing awareness about the importance of giving producers more say in how they use foreign aid, new crop technologies, and agronomic strategies while working within the bounds of the public policy environment. The first facet relates to food security, including notably food utilization and related nutritional concerns. The second relates to how co-operatives can scale their efforts to serve an increasingly global agricultural market.

Nature of Work: The PDF reports to Dr. Marc-André Pigeon and works closely with scholars affiliated with the Canadian Centre for the Study of Co-operatives, Colleges of Pharmacy & Nutrition and Agriculture & Bioresources, and the Global Institute for Food Security.

The PDF will be a highly motivated individual who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. Sound judgment and discretionary decision making is required. The work requires a proactive and strategic approach in a complex environment and the ability to communicate effectively. 


  • Scoping Review, case studies, and mixed methods will allow the PDF to explore the complex interplay of socio-economic, cultural, economic, and political processes and outcomes that influence involvement and participation in production, consumption, and income generation from the sale of pulses in a co-operative context. 

 Must have earned a doctoral degree no more than three years ago in agricultural economics, the sociology of agriculture, or a related discipline.

Experience: Must have experience in food security research and development in a developing country. Experience in conducting surveys and focus groups and working with government agencies and the private sector is required. Knowledge translation/transfer experience is required.


  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills
  • Proven ability to independently:
  • Undertake literature searches
  • Plan and undertake research projects; and draft manuscripts and reports
  • Good organizational and project management skills
  • Strong data analysis skills

To Apply
Applications will be considered as they are received and will be accepted until the position is filled. Applying early is encouraged.

To apply, the following information must be submitted in a single PDF file  to jsgs‑[email protected]  (note that the subject line of the email must state the position title: CCSC‑PDF):

  • Resume;
  • Cover letter; 
  • Research statement; and
  • Names and contact information (email address and phone number) of three references.

Department: Canadian Centre for
the Study of Co-operatives
Status: Term
Employment Group: Post-Doctoral Fellows – PSAC
Full Time Equivalent (FTE): 1.0
Salary Information: The starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Posted Date: 3/10/2023
Closing Date: Until Filled
Number of Openings: 1
Work Location: May be eligible for hybrid work under the terms of USask’s Alternative Workspace Guidelines

Please review the University of Saskatchewan’s health and safety requirements for faculty, staff andstudents in consideration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The University is committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion, and are proud to support career opportunities for Indigenous peoples to reflect the community we serve. 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 to participate in the recruitment process, please notify us and we will work together on the accommodation request. We continue to grow our partnerships with Indigenous communities across the province, nationally, and internationally and value the unique perspective that Indigenous employees provide to strengthen these relationships. Verification of Indigenous Membership/Citizenship at the University of Saskatchewan is led and determined by the deybwewin taapwaywin tapwewin: Indigenous Truth policy and Standing Committee in accordance with the processes developed to enact the policy. Successful candidates that assert Indigenous membership/citizenship will be asked to complete the verification process of Indigenous membership/citizenship with documentation. 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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