Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor - Environmental Microbiology

College: Ontario Agricultural College

Department: School of Environmental Sciences

Date Posted: November 9, 2018
Deadline: January 15, 2019
Please reference AD #18-67

Position Description:

The School of Environmental Sciences (SES) at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level.

The Assistant Professor in Environmental Microbiology (tenure-track) focuses on research related to the role of microorganisms and their interactions in soil, water, plants and the air at the ecosystem scale. The successful candidate must hold a PhD in Microbiology or a related discipline and will have demonstrated research excellence through a strong publication record in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals. The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to collaborate and work in interdisciplinary teams and will complement existing expertise in SES in agricultural systems, biogeochemistry, aquatic & terrestrial ecology, environmental chemistry, soil microbiology and hydrogeology. All areas of environmental microbiology will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience with cutting edge 'omics techniques.

The position will require the development of a strong federally- and provincially-funded research program involving the mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. It will involve teaching courses, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, related to environmental microbiology. The successful candidate will have a clear potential for effective teaching, with classroom experience considered an asset. Strong communication skills are essential. Collaboration in research and graduate training is encouraged with others in SES, the Ontario Agricultural College and the University, as well as with federal and provincial ministries. Faculty in SES are expected to provide service to the University, to the scientific community, and to society at large.

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, Integrative Biology, 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 Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. 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. More information about the School, the College and the University can be found on their respective websites.

The University of Guelph is the second-largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on January 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; statement of their research goals and teaching philosophy and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of at least three (3) professional references who can evaluate their candidacy. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Jon Warland, Director
School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
c/o Erin Levesque
Email: sesuog@uoguelph.ca

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.

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