Research Chairs

Position Title: Canada 150 Research Chair in Environmental Science and Agriculture

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Deadline: August 2017, see below for specifics

Position Description:

The School of Environmental Sciences is seeking applicants for a Canada 150 Research Chair in “Environmental Science and Agriculture”. The successful applicant will be an established, internationally based scholar and researcher, with an outstanding record of contributions to the field, as demonstrated through a strong record of publications, grants, appointment to international advisory bodies and honours.

The Canada 150 Research Chair in “Environmental Science and Agriculture” will build on the University’s great strengths and reputation in landscape-scale biogeochemical and hydrologic processes for managed ecosystems. The successful applicant will build a world-class nexus of researchers and infrastructure capable of contributing novel knowledge to resolving climate change, address complex questions using state of the art network of agronomy and livestock research stations, and contribute knowledge to the local and global resolution of the very complex problem that is global climate change, as well as the causal and mitigative potential of food production.

Applicants must submit: i) a Curriculum Vitae and one page research statement, ii) three letters of reference that meet the requirements of The Canada 150 Research Chairs program, and iii) the names and contact information of eight external reviewers. The Curriculum Vitae is due August 7, 2017, the list of potential reviewers by August 11, 2017, and the three letters of reference by August 18, 2017. This position is dependent upon the securement of a Canada 150 Research Chair award, and thus, the successful applicant must be willing to engage in the Canada 150 Research Chairs program application process.

The School of Environmental Sciences is a multi-disciplinary academic unit with researchers in a range of fields including: soil science, geology, agricultural meteorology, forest and ecosystem science, environmental microbiology, environmental toxicology, entomology and plant pathology. Researchers in the School have links across campus including Geography, Engineering, the Centre for Applied Groundwater Research, Animal Biosciences, Ridgetown Campus and Plant Agriculture, as well as with producer organizations and members of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. SES has a long history of achievements in soil science, and is the birthplace of the Guelph permeameter. In addition, it has advanced analytical facilities in-house, and access to research stations across the province, including the nearby Elora and Arkell Research Stations. The School sits within the Ontario Agriculture College and is located on the main campus in the city of Guelph, 80 km west of Toronto, Ontario. More information about the school, the college and the university can be found on their respective websites (,,

We encourage members of equity-seeking groups to self-identify within their letter of intent in their application or through the Applicant Tracking Questionnaire (link to survey is available here). The University of Guelph acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement and encourages applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of research achievement.

The Canada 150 Research Chairs program invites applications from outstanding, internationally based scholars and researchers, including expatriate Canadians wishing to relocate to Canada. Please submit all material to:

Dr. Jon Warland, Director
c/o Jo-Anne Scarrow
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 2W1

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.