Research Chairs

Position Title / Rank: Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Livestock Genomics (Internal)

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Department: Animal Biosciences

Deadline: December 15, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #17-70

Position Description:

The Ontario Agricultural College has been given approval from the Provost and the Vice President Research to initiate a search for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. This will be an internal search that is open to all faculty within the College. The CRC will be in the area of Livestock Genomics and will reside in the Department of Animal Biosciences.

Interested applicants should submit the following: (1) a lifetime CV; (2) a 5-page description of the research agenda to be proposed for the CRC application; (3) the name and contact information for one external expert from their field of research, who is not known to the candidate personally (i.e., do not have any personal or professional relationship with the candidate); and, (4) the names and contact information of two additional experts in the field of research who are not affiliated with the University of Guelph (unless they are the candidate’s PhD or postdoctoral supervisor). The applications will be due on December 15, 2017.  All materials should be emailed to

The Department of Animal Biosciences will establish a selection committee comprising: (i) Chair of Animal Biosciences, (ii) three faculty members from Animal Biosciences (elected by the faculty members in the department), (iii) two persons appointed by the Chair, and (iv) OAC Associate Dean Research & Graduate Studies as an ex-officio, non-voting member.

The committee will review all applications and identify the top 2-3 candidates based on the CRC Tier 2 evaluation criteria. Specifically, candidates must: (i) be excellent emerging world-class researchers who have demonstrated particular research creativity; (ii) have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their fields in the next five to ten years; (iii) have the potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and (iv) be proposing an original, innovative research program of high quality.

Nominees for Tier 2 chair positions must be emerging scholars (typically within ten years of the highest degree).  A professor who is more than 10 years from their highest degree at the time of nomination and has experienced legitimate career interruptions may also be nominated.

For the top 2-3 candidates, the selection committee will solicit written evaluations from the three experts identified by each candidate. The committee will interview the short-listed candidates and consider the external evaluations received. The committee’s decision will be based on their judgment of which candidate has the most potential for international research leadership and to advance the research mission of the Ontario Agricultural College. The candidate selected will be advanced to the Provost and Vice President Research for final approval to develop a CRC application for an April 2018 submission.

In keeping with the values of the CRC program and the University of Guelph, the Ontario Agricultural College is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons within the College.  Women, Aboriginal Peoples, persons with a disability and visible minorities are encouraged to apply. The College understands the potential impact that legitimate career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement; potential candidates who have experienced a career interruption are encouraged to include a short cover letter with their application explaining the impact their career interruption(s) have had on their record.

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.