Chair/Director Positions

Position Title / Rank: Chair

College: OVC

Department: Pathobiology

Deadline: October 2, 2017

Position Description:


The Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) invites applications for the position of Chair, Department of Pathobiology. The Department of Pathobiology is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge in veterinary and comparative pathology, veterinary infectious diseases, and immunology. Research interests of our faculty range from basic understanding of the mechanisms of disease caused by a wide range of agents (including emerging and zoonotic pathogens) and conditions, to protective and pathological responses to infectious organisms. The department offers advanced training in diagnostic anatomic, clinical, and comparative pathology, as well as research training in bacteriology, disease ecology, immunology, pathology, parasitology, and virology.

An in-depth profile of the department and its resources can be found at: More information on this position can be found at: OVC Chair Pathobiology PDF.

To be considered for this role, candidates must possess a PhD (or equivalent) and be able to demonstrate success as an educator and researcher in a field related to the department’s programs and activities. A doctor of veterinary medicine (or equivalent degree) is preferred. Experience working within a veterinary or medical environment will be considered as essential. Candidates should show evidence of a sustained research program funded by tri-council agencies or from equally prestigious funding agencies outside of Canada and/or in-depth experience as an educator as evidenced by curricular innovation and peer-reviewed contributions or achievements in pedagogy.

The Chair is responsible for the effective, efficient, and collegial operation of the Department. As such, applicants should highlight their experience in human and financial resource management and show tangible evidence of their ability to engage faculty, staff, and students in developing and implementing new initiatives.

Our ideal candidate will possess these attributes and provide evidence that they are a successful and collaborative leader with strong communications skills. We are looking for a leader with a vision that will set the stage for innovative research, learning, and teaching within the department and will be able to build effective relationships within the University of Guelph and with external groups. The appointment will be for a five-year term, with the possibility of renewal for another five years.

The appointment will be tenured at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Applications must include a detailed curriculum vitae, the names of at least three referees and a statement of interest in the position.

The deadline date for applications is October 2, 2017.

Applications should be submitted to: Dr. Jeffrey Wichtel, Professor and Dean, OVC, 50 Stone Road East, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada N1G 2W1 or by email to:

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.