Assistant or Associate Professor in Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics

University of Guelph
Guelph, ON, Canada
Job Type:
  • Faculty (Tenure-track)
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Assistant or Associate Professor in Animal Disease Genomics and Bioinformatics

The successful candidate is expected to establish a strong independent 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 by holding training workshops. Applicants who have a successful research track record employing One Health approaches are encouraged to apply.


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

A “Food from Thought” initiative was recently launched 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 the other faculty who are hired as part of this initiative.


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

    Assessment of applications will begin on December 7, 2018 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) names of three references. Applications should be sent to the attention of: Dr. Shayan Sharif Professor and Chair Department of Pathobiology University of Guelph Guelph, ON N1G 2W1 All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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. For information on the Department or Pathobiology please visit:

Salary and rank are negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The University of Guelph is the 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 about 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students across approximately 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.