Assistant or Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier II in Animal Disease Bioinformatics

Institution/Company:
Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph
Location:
Guelph, ON, Canada
Job Type:
  • Faculty (Tenure Track and CRC Tier II Chair)
Degree Level Required:
PhD
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Assistant or Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier II in Animal Disease Bioinformatics

The official advertisement with links can be found at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/facultyjobs/postings/ad21-41.shtml

The Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph invites applications and nominations for a Canada Research Chair Tier II in Animal Disease Bioinformatics. The appointment will be tenure-track at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Tier 2 Chairs are awarded for a five-year term and can be renewed once. For more details, visit the CRC program. This position will form part of a One Health cluster of researchers at the University of Guelph) working in an interdisciplinary manner at the interface of animal, human, and environmental health.

Exceptional emerging scholars, with the potential to become world leaders in a field related to Animal Disease Bioinformatics, are invited to apply. “Food from Thought” is a current initiative at the University of Guelph. The goal of this initiative is to exponentially increase our ability to leverage big data for the benefit of food production and biodiversity at global, landscape and micro scales of research and innovation through strong multidisciplinary research. The successful candidate will work synergistically with members of the Food from Thought initiative.

The Department of Pathobiology has recognized strengths in immunology, microbiology, veterinary infectious diseases, and mammalian and comparative pathology. 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.

Responsibilities:

The Chair is expected to establish a strong independent, collaborative and multi-disciplinary research program in the area of Animal Disease Bioinformatics. The program should aim to find solutions, using big data analytic approaches, for control of disease and improving health and welfare in agricultural and/or companion animals. The Chair is expected to work collaboratively with Pathobiology and OVC faculty to promote and implement high throughput technologies and bioinformatics.

While this is a research-intensive appointment, the successful candidate is expected to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate education in the Department of Pathobiology, and to development a new graduate program in Bioinformatics.

Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have a PhD and post-doctoral training in a discipline related to animal health and disease research. Expertise and experience in applications of big data (including but not limited to transcriptomics, genomics, proteomics, epigenomics and metabolomics) to delineate disease processes in animals, especially those caused by infectious agents, is expected. Holding a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or another health professional degree will be an asset.

  • How to Apply

    Assessment of applications will begin on December 14, 2021 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 Quality of Nominee statement (max 1 page) and Description of Proposed Research Program (max 6 pages, not including 100 word Executive Summary) as per CRC guidelines(detailed instructions here); (4) a one page summary of how your proposed research program differs from that of the labs you are or have trained in (5) names and contact information of three references. Applications should be sent to the attention of: Brandon Lillie Associate Professor and Chair Pathobiology Ontario Veterinary College University of Guelph Guelph, ON N1G 2W1 Email: blillie@uoguelph.ca

Additional Information

The Department of Pathobiology has recognized strengths in immunology, microbiology, veterinary infectious diseases, and mammalian and comparative pathology. 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.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative. 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. The university especially seeks and prioritizes applications from qualified applicants from these four groups. We encourage applicants to self-identify within their cover letter in their application and through the confidential Applicant Tracking Questionnaire. To be considered a priority applicant, self-identification data must be provided. Learn more about the University’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan for the CRC Program. 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.

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

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