Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Bacteriology

College: Ontario Veterinary College

Department: Pathobiology

Date Posted: March 31, 2023
Deadline: May 26, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #23-18

Position Description:

The Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. This position will contribute to a cluster hire of One Health researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), advancing interdisciplinary comparative research at the interface of animal and human health.

The successful candidate will have a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or equivalent veterinary degree in addition to a PhD or equivalent doctoral degree in Bacteriology or a related field, specifically bacterial diseases of domestic animals and/or zoonotic bacterial disease. Other required qualifications include a minimum of two years of relevant post-doctoral experience, a proven record of research excellence evident in high-quality publications and demonstrated potential to establish a competitive independent research program suitable for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and post-doctoral researchers in Veterinary Bacteriology. Board certification or eligibility to be certified by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (Bacteriology) or European College of Veterinary Microbiologists will be considered an asset, as will research experience on zoonotic diseases and/or a research track record employing One Health approaches.

The Department of Pathobiology at the Ontario Veterinary College has a very strong legacy of excellence in veterinary bacteriology. The incoming candidate will join a strong group of researchers focussed on veterinary microbiology, both within the Department of Pathobiology and elsewhere in the University. There are currently 11 faculty positions in the Department of Pathobiology in fields related to veterinary microbiology, 3 focussed primarily on bacteriology, while several other department faculty members also research bacterial diseases. We have strong collaborative ties with the Animal Health Laboratory, which is co-housed in our building, who have additional veterinary microbiologists, as well as the Public Health Agency of Canada, located in Guelph. Within the larger University, in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology alone there are 15 Microbiology faculty. In addition, there is a new Microbiomes at Guelph (MAG) initiative, with 44 faculty across multiple colleges and departments involved, and the inaugural MAG research day occurring in 2023.

The incumbent will teach DVM students, including final year DVM students, and graduate courses, including trainees in applied programs, and will also contribute to undergraduate teaching.

The Department of Pathobiology has recognized strengths in bacteriology, immunology, virology, veterinary infectious diseases, and mammalian and comparative pathology. There is more information about Assistant or Associate Professor in Veterinary Bacteriology.pdf. The Department, together with the Animal Health Laboratory, has a new state-of-the-art 13 000 square meter building housing well-equipped modern research and diagnostic laboratories. The College has a large veterinary teaching hospital (Health Sciences Centre), the Animal Cancer Centre and the Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. In addition, researchers have access to nearby research stations suitable for conducting studies in a variety of domestic animals and on-campus housing for laboratory animals, including a containment level 2 facility.

Salary and rank are negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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 more than 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 May 26, 2023 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; (3) a two-page summary of future research plans; (4) names and contact information of three references. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Brandon Lillie
Department of Pathobiology
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: blillie@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.

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 M├ętis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

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