Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor - NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Precision Nutrition

College: College of Biological Science

Department: Human Health and Nutritional Sciences

Date Posted: May 7, 2019
Deadline: July 5, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #19-36

Position Description:

The University of Guelph is internationally renowned for its innovative research in agriculture, food and nutrition, and its complementary strengths in the health and life sciences. Vital to this continuum is understanding the genetic and molecular basis of how foods and nutrients influence cell, tissue and whole-body function. The University is seeking an NSERC Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Precision Nutrition to provide expertise on the mechanisms linking the two strategic pillars of food and health in new and innovative ways.

Precision nutrition advances the concept of personalized nutrition and aims to elucidate the mechanisms (e.g., genetic, microbial, etc.) that influence individual variability to lifestyle interventions and disease risk. The Chair will be expected to develop a multidisciplinary and collaborative research program that will advance precision nutrition and contribute to graduate and undergraduate mentoring and training. The Chair will serve as a catalyst for innovative fundamental and basic science research in precision nutrition, building on existing institutional strengths and aligning with the University’s Strategic Research Plan.

The appointment will be tenure-track at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Tier 2 Chairs are awarded for a five-year term and can be renewed only once. Details about the CRC program are found at the CRC program website.

Eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair requires that applicants are exceptional emerging scholars who are fewer than ten years from their highest degree at the time of nomination. Nonetheless, applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree, where career breaks exist, such as parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, or other exceptional circumstances, may have their eligibility assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. For more information please contact Ailsa Fullwood, Manager, Strategic Research Programs at fullwood@uoguelph.ca. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

The Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences is at the forefront of research linking lifestyle and health and offers state-of-the-art-facilities for human and animal research in the nutritional and biomedical sciences. At present the Department is comprised of over 26 faculty members, 14 staff and technicians, 120 graduate students and 570 undergraduate students. See the Human Health and Nutritional Sciences department website for more information.

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

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Positions are subject to review and final approval by the CRC Secretariat. Review of applications and nominations will begin on July 8, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please send a cover letter, life-time curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research, a 1-page teaching philosophy statement and the contact information for three referees to: Dr. Coral Murrant, Chair, Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1. Applications should be emailed to:


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