Canada Research Chairs

Department/College: College of Biological Sciences

Position: Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Determinants of Health or Global Change Biology [Internal]

Closing Date: June 23, 2017

Position Description:

The College of Biological Science has been given approval from the Provost and the Vice President Research to initiate a search for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair. This will be an internal search that is open to all faculty within the University.  The CRC will be in one of two broad areas:  Molecular Determinants of Health or Global Change Biology.

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 of one external expert from their field of research and one department chair from a Canadian academic institution(s), who are not known to the candidate personally (i.e., do not have any personal or professional relationship with the candidate). The applications will be due on June 23, 2017.  All materials should be emailed to

CBS will establish a selection committee comprising: (i) CBS Dean, (ii) CBS Associate Dean of Research, (iii) Chair of Molecular and Cellular Biology, (iv) Chair of Integrative Biology, (v) Chair of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, (vi) Professor Joseph Lam (full prof. MCB), (vii) Professor Patricia Wright (full prof. IB), and (viii) Professor Jan Sargent (full prof. OVC).

The committee will review all applications and identify the top 2-3 candidates based on the CRC Tier 1 evaluation criteria. Specifically, candidates must: (i) be outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields; (ii) be recognized internationally as leaders in their fields; (iii) have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows (taking into account different practices in the relevant field or discipline) and, as chairholders, will attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers; and (iv) be proposing an original, innovative research program of the highest quality.  

For the top 2-3 candidates, the selection committee will solicit written evaluations from the department chair and expert identified by each candidate, as well as from one additional external department chair and one dean selected by the committee. 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 University of Guelph. The candidate selected will be advanced to the Provost and Vice President Research for final approval to develop a CRC application for an October 2017 submission.

In keeping with the values of the CRC program and the University of Guelph, the College of Biological Sciences 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.