Position Description: The Department of Food Science at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants must have a PhD degree in Food Science or related area with a specialization in any of the following areas:

  • Food Processing/Bioprocessing
  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics/big data
  • Multi-omics
  • Sensors, AI & Machine Learning, Chemometrics

The ideal candidate will be joining a dynamic and world-renowned department, with an expectation to establish an innovative and sustainable research program that will complement and enhance existing capabilities. The candidate must possess the ability to conduct independent and groundbreaking research at the highest level, as well as collaborate effectively with other members of the department and campus.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish and maintain a robust research program, supported by external funding. This tenure-track faculty position is part of the University of Guelph’s Black and Indigenous Hiring Initiative. Launched in June 2022, the Black and Indigenous Hiring Initiative (BIHI) calls for hiring fifteen or more Black and Indigenous faculty and four or more Black and Indigenous professional staff across the University of Guelph during the next three years.

The faculty and staff positions will be filled in areas that support the advancement of Black and Indigenous academic excellence and the University of Guelph’s commitments to inclusion, anti-racism, indigenization and decolonization. The University of Guelph seeks qualified individuals who identify as persons of Black African or Caribbean descent and/or Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Métis, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian).

Applicants will be asked to self-identify through the Applicant Tracking Questionnaire (ATQ) facilitated by Diversity and Human Rights. Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous on the ATQ will be asked to confirm their Indigenous citizenship/membership and/or ancestral and kinship connections to a recognized and inherent Indigenous nation, community, treaty, land claim, territory or region through a confidential follow-up process facilitated by Indigenous Initiatives.

The successful candidate will be expected to provide effective and innovative teaching to both undergraduate and graduate students in topics of relevance to the food science curriculum and will include food processing. The Department of Food Science is Canada’s top-ranked department in the field, with exceptional expertise across a wide range of food science areas including food chemistry, microbiology and processing.

The department currently has 15 faculty and is home to both the Guelph Food Innovation Centre and the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety. The successful candidate will have access to a shared analytical research lab in addition to three food-grade pilot plants. The Department actively fosters a culture that is positive, collegial, highly interdisciplinary, collaborative and respectful of all members.

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 over 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 August 1, 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 maximum 3 page cover letter in which you provide a research statement that describes your research plan; how your research aligns with existing or emerging areas of research within the Department and how you embed Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) considerations in your research; (4) a maximum 2-page teaching statement including teaching philosophy; evidence of effective teaching; how you would embed EDI in teaching practice.

Please identify areas that you would be interested in teaching. Applications should be sent by email to the attention of: Sarah Bruce
Department of Food Science
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

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 Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

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