Assistant or Associate Professor - Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics

University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada
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Assistant or Associate Professor - Canada Research Chair Tier 2 in Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics

Exceptional emerging scholars, with the potential to become world leaders in a field related to Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics, are invited to apply.


The Chair is expected to establish a strong independent, collaborative and multi-disciplinary research program in the area of Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics aimed at finding solutions, using big data analytic approaches, for control of disease and improving health and welfare in food producing and/or companion animals. The new faculty will work collaboratively with other Pathobiology and OVC faculty to promote the use of high throughput technologies and bioinformatics through various means, such as training workshops. Applicants who have a successful research track record employing One Health approaches are encouraged to apply.

While this is primarily a research appointment, the successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the DVM, undergraduate and graduate courses taught by members of the Department of Pathobiology. In addition, the Chair will contribute to developing a new graduate program in Disease Informatics as well as to teaching graduate level courses in the area of Bioinformatics.


The successful candidate will have a PhD and post-doctoral training in a discipline related to animal health and disease research with 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. Holding a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine or another health professional degree will be an asset.

  • How to Apply

    Salary and rank are negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Assessment of applications will begin on June 21, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials as a single PDF file: (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a 2-page summary of future research plans; (4) names and contact information of three references.Dr. Shayan Sharif Professor and Chair Department of Pathobiology University of Guelph Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Additional Information

Eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair requires that applicants are exceptional emerging scholars and have fewer than 10 years of experience as an active researcher in their field at the time of nomination. Nonetheless, applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree, where career breaks exist, such as parental or extended sick leave, clinical training, or other exceptional circumstances, may have their eligibility assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process. For more information please contact Ailsa Fullwood, Manager, Strategic Research Programs at . Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

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.