Research Chairs

Position Title / Rank: Barrett Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering

College: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences

Department: School of Engineering

Deadline: September 13, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #18-07

Position Description:

The University of Guelph invites applications, nominations, and expressions of interest for the inaugural Barrett Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering.

The first of its kind in Canada, the Barrett Chair will develop and advance an impactful research program in sustainable food engineering and provide transformational leadership to food engineering research and training at the University of Guelph. With generous support from the Barrett Family Foundation, the Chair will increase national and international awareness of sustainable food engineering issues through the development of Canada’s first national roundtable on sustainable food engineering technology and a collaborative industry research advisory group. The Chair will engage with local, national, and international research networks and industry leaders to develop long-term solutions to industry challenges and ensure a greener, more sustainable food industry. By pioneering innovative courses and curriculum, increasing collaboration between the University and industry and engaging and developing highly qualified personnel the Chair will contribute to undergraduate and graduate education and strengthen the University’s capacity to respond to food industry issues.

As the ideal candidate, you are an accomplished interdisciplinary scholar whose career has successfully spanned both academia and industry. Your distinguished record of scholarly achievement is evidenced by high-impact publications in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals and/or a record of successful patents. With the proven ability to build partnerships, strengthen reputation, and attract international visibility to both your own work and the work of those around you, you are viewed as a leader in your field of study. You are a mentor, coach, and relationship builder who can work in collaboration with others to identify industry challenges and support innovative solutions. You have proven that you possess the expertise, drive, energy, and ambition required to build a research program that is collaborative, interdisciplinary, and internationally recognized and further support and complement the University’s strengths in food research and teaching. You hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and are a Professional Engineer in Canada or have credentials which will allow you to become registered in Canada.

The University of Guelph has achieved prominence in Canada and around the world for its commitment to student learning and innovative research. It is dedicated to cultivating the essentials of our quality of life – food, water, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture, and learning. The University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues, and a concern for international development. Approximately 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University, which has a special mandate to deliver food and agricultural, engineering and technology, business, art, science and veterinary programs and services to Ontario.

The University of Guelph has well-established and accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Systems and Computing, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. At present, the School of Engineering is comprised of 58 faculty members, 35 staff and technicians, 1800 undergraduate students, and over 300 graduate students. Its leadership is bolstered by the University’s unique research and development partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. While housed within the School of Engineering, the Chair will also work closely with the Food Science Department.

This position is for a 5-year renewable term and the Chair will hold a tenured faculty appointment at the Associate or Full Professor level in the School of Engineering within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. Following the five-year term, the faculty member will continue to hold a tenured appointment with the School of Engineering. The successful candidate can expect generous research support, a collegial and supportive environment, and the experience of working in Canada’s Food University.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of the University community are encouraged to apply.

Review of applications will begin September 14th, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. Please provide a complete application including statement of interest articulating a long-term vision of the outcomes arising from the chair and related activities, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), to or apply online at

To learn more, or to make a nomination, please contact Laura Godsoe at 1-902-421-7544.

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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we 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.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.