Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Associate or Full Professor and Associate Vice-President Research (Agri-Food Partnership)(Open to University of Guelph Internal Applicants Only)

College: Office of Research

Department: Agri-Food Partnership

Date Posted: April 27, 2023
Deadline: June 6, 2023 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #23-20

Position Description:

Located in Guelph, Ontario, the University of Guelph resides within the Between the Lakes Purchase (Treaty 3); the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. It is recognized that the Anishinaabe and Hodinöhsö:ni' peoples have unique, long-standing and on-going relationships with the land and each other and that the Attawandaron people are part of the archaeological record.

The University of Guelph is a research-intensive and learner-centred comprehensive university, with almost 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students attending three campuses, spanning urban hubs and rural communities. The University is known for its commitment to Indigenization, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and to its well-founded success in turning knowledge into action, enabling the university to realize its ambition to improve life.

The University of Guelph invites nominations and applications from internal University of Guelph internal applicants for the position of Associate Vice-President Research (Agri-food Partnership).

From the origins of its founding colleges almost 150 years ago, the University of Guelph and the Ontario government have worked together to support, and help shape, the future of Ontario's agri-food industry. From the early development of improved agriculture practice and technologies, to new discoveries fueling today’s sustainable food systems and the bio-economy, the partnership's legacy of discovery and innovation has meant more economic activity, stronger environmental protection, and improved animal and human health in Ontario, Canada, and around the world.

Reporting to the Vice-President Research, the Associate Vice-President Research, Agri-Food Partnership (AVPR AFP) plays a key role in providing strategic management and support to the largest single research partnership at the University. The AVPR AFP oversees the successful operationalization of the Agreement between the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and University of Guelph, and works with a diversity of public and private sector partners in the province in sustaining a prosperous agri-food sector.

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrable commitment to indigenization, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and bring a combination of an agricultural and academic background to the role, as evidenced by currently holding a relevant tenured academic appointment at a Canadian university. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience leading university and/or government partnerships, complex research agreements, and large project management initiatives encompassing lab services and field operations. They should have good knowledge of the OMAFRA/UofG Agreement. The ideal candidate may also have a strong background in government relations, and solid management skills having led a large and diverse team. The AVPR should also have a strong understanding of resource and financial allocation, contract management, and the facilitation of research strategy and priority-setting processes for the agri-food sector. The successful candidate will be a strong and passionate advocate for the Ontario agri-food sector from primary production through to the marketplace, have a solid understanding of the Ontario agriculture regulatory system, and be excited about promoting the opportunities for Ontario agriculture, food, and bio-products in a global marketplace.

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of our University community are encouraged to apply. In accordance with the AODA Act, accommodation will be provided by the University of Guelph throughout the recruitment process.

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

Written nominations, applications, or expressions of interest may be submitted in confidence and should include a CV, a cover letter, and a statement of commitment to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).

Submit by June 6, 2023, preferably as a single PDF, to:

Abeir El Arqusosi
Executive Assistant to the Vice-President (Research)
Office of the Vice-President (Research)
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: a.arqusosi@exec.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.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) 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.

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