Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Associate or Full Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier I in Translational Health and Clinical Research

College: Ontario Veterinary College

Department: Biomedical Sciences

Date Posted: March 25, 2021
Deadline: April 25, 2022 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #22-28

Position Description:

The Department of Biomedical Sciences at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), University of Guelph (U of G) invites applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Translational Health and Clinical Research. The appointment will be a full-time tenured position normally at the rank of Full Professor. The CRC Program is one of Canada’s most prestigious Research Chair programs, and this CRC position is associated with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) whose mission is to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system. The program is designed to attract leading scientists and scholars. A CRC Tier I Chair attracts funding of $1.4M over seven years (renewable once), with most of this funding allocated to support the Chair and the Chair’s program of research. For more details, visit the CRC program.

The CRC Tier I (CIHR) in Translational Health and Clinical Research will accelerate translational health research at the University of Guelph, positioning us as world leaders in the utilization of animal models of naturally occurring diseases in veterinary patients for the advancement of veterinary and human health. Through the provision of research leadership and participation in the design of novel training programs, this Chair will advance OVC to the forefront of translational health research. Translational health research, a component of One Health, spans the spectrum of basic science, preclinical experiments with traditional rodent models of disease, clinical research with veterinary species for diseases that parallel human conditions, and ultimately, human clinical trials. One Health is the flagship research priority of OVC and is a research signature area at the U of G.

The CRC holder will have a PhD and will be an outstanding and innovative world-class researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their field, with a superior record of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The CRC holder will possess demonstrable expertise in preclinical and/or clinical models of human and animal diseases. Candidates with research programs in the following areas are encouraged to apply: Neuroscience, Cancer, Cardiovascular and Regenerative and Stem Cell Medicine.

The Chair will lead a collaborative research program that bridges human, animal and environmental health and wellbeing, utilizing a translational approach where discoveries in animal models and veterinary species inform human clinical trials, and conversely, promising human medical therapies and techniques can be brought back to enhance animal health.

The CRC holder should have a strong track record of mentorship and of establishing equitable and inclusive research environments. The Chair is expected to establish a diverse research team and create an inclusive environment that enables all members to reach their full research potential. The CRC holder should also have a track record of providing opportunities for equity-deserving groups.

Candidates must be full professors or associate professors that are expected to be promoted to full professor within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, candidates must possess the qualifications necessary to be appointed at these levels. Candidates must be from one or more of the following equity-seeking groups to apply: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and racialized groups. 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 April 25, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

Please consult the CRC program for full program information, including details on eligibility.

The University of Guelph is the third 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 April 25th, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file):

  1. A 2 page cover letter that identifies:
    • The alignment of the applicant’s research with the thematic area of Translational Health and Clinical research
    • The size of the applicant’s planned research team
    • The applicant’s start-up funding, infrastructure and space requirements
  2. A full curriculum vitae.
  3. An Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion statement (one-page).
  4. A five-page (maximum) statement that includes:
    • An overview of the applicant’s research proposal, including knowledge mobilization and any innovation activities
    • How the proposed research embeds EDI considerations at each stage of the research process
    • Alignment with U of G’s existing or emerging areas of research strength
    • Potential to collaborate with other researchers at the U of G
    • Social and economic benefits for Canada that will result from the research program and contribution and fit to the research ecosystem in Canada and internationally
  5. The names and email addresses of 3 potential arm’s length referees who are prepared to submit a letter of recommendation on request.

The application materials should be submitted by April 25, 2022 to:

Dr. Tarek Saleh
Biomedical Sciences
Ontario Veterinary College
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: tsaleh@uoguelph.ca

The CRC program is committed to excellence in research and research training and is promoting exemplary practices with respect to equity and diversity. The goals of research excellence can only be met when equity and diversity are integrated into the research initiative. The CRC program reflects the federal government’s commitment to equity and diversity in employment. It aims to ensure the appropriate representation of women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous Peoples and racialized persons.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. Acknowledging the University’s diverse population and ensuring that every member of an inclusive campus is a valued contributor is a foundational pillar of a successful post-secondary institution. The University of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to address the underrepresentation of individuals from four designated groups (women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and members of visible minorities/racialized groups) within its allocation of Canada Research Chairs. For this position, the University accepts applications from qualified applicants from these four groups only. Collection of self-identification data is a requirement of the CRC Program, and all applicants to CRC positions are required to complete the University’s self-identification form, the Applicant Tracking Questionnaire. Applicants who self-identify as an Indigenous person on the Applicant Tracking Questionnaire will be asked to confirm their First Nation, Inuit or Métis citizenship or ancestral and kinship connections in a confidential follow-up process. However, providing self-identification is optional; applicants may select “prefer not to answer.”

The information is collected by the Office of Diversity and Human Rights (ODHR) in support of the University's employment equity program. All self-identification specifics of candidates will be kept confidential by the ODHR. 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.

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