Graduate Student Position - MSc Food Science (thesis)

Posted on Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS)
Food Science Department, University of Guelph

The Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety (CRIFS) has several positions available to join Dr. Lawrence Goodridge’s team in a collaborative environment promoting creative scientific research and career development.  

Our current work has a major emphasis in microbial food safety and encompasses the use of genomics and modelling approaches to: 

  1. Improve surveillance of foodborne and other infectious diseases, 
  2. Develop an understanding of infectious disease transmission, and
  3. Develop modern approaches to understand foodborne pathogen virulence and survival in foods.

MSc Food Science position

Research project: Food-borne diseases are caused by a long list of pathogens. Current methods are limited to detect one or a few food-borne pathogens at a time, requiring more resources and time from samples to results. This project aims to evaluate a new metabarcoding method for simultaneous detection of food-borne bacterial pathogens and indicators in foods in one test against standard methods using food samples from current monitoring and surveillance programs. The project is expected to result in a new and improved method for food safety testing to support advancement and improvement of food safety monitoring programs. The outcomes will also help us to better understand the potential impacts of the culture-independent approach on food safety testing to support future food safety initiatives.

We are currently looking for a thesis-based MSc student candidate to carry out the above project. The research will be conducted in the laboratory of Dr. Shu Chen at the Agriculture and Food Laboratory, University of Guelph (, in collaboration with Dr. Lawrence Goodridge and Dr. Jeffrey Farber, Canadian Research Institute in Food Safety (CRIFS) ( 

Funding for the candidate will be provided to cover minimal costs of living and tuition (for Canadian citizens or permanent residents) for 6 semesters (2 years) based on University of Guelph’s policy and guideline for student stipend.

Expression of interest:
Potential students, who are eligible for admission to the Department of Food Science, University of Guelph and enthusiastic about food safety research, are welcome to email Dr. Shu Chen at and Dr. Lawrence Goodridge at  Please include a cover letter, updated resume, transcript, full contact information for three referees, and other relevant information (e.g. scientific publication if any).

The successful candidate will be required to apply for admission to the MSc Food Science (thesis-based) program.   For further information, please refer to the following links.

Applying to the University of Guelph Graduate Studies

Admission requirements for the Department of Food Science graduate programs

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