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Assistant Professor in One Health

University of Guelph

The College of Biological Science at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in the area of One Health, as part of a campus-wide initiative in this area ( This position is connected with the development of a new interdisciplinary undergraduate program in One Health that will be led by the College of Biological Science.

One Health embodies an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to understanding, managing, and mitigating health challenges and promoting states of health at local, regional, and global scales, and rests on three equally important pillars: 1) human health, 2) non-human animal and plant health, and 3) environment and ecosystem health. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Integrative Biology, but will be expected to maintain a productive relationship with at least one other department in the college (Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and/or Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology) through either a cross-appointment or adjunct appointment. As such, candidates should have primary expertise in a field connected to environment/ecosystem health and/or wildlife, but with strong links to at least one of the other pillars of One Health. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Integrative Biology and possibly another CBS department, including developing and delivering content specifically related to the new interdisciplinary undergraduate major in One Health. It is also expected that the successful candidate will contribute significantly to the success of the university-wide graduate and research programs in One Health.

A Ph.D. and relevant postdoctoral experience in an area consistent with the One Health perspective and suitable for appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology will be required, along with evidence of strong potential to establish a productive, externally-funded research program, including effective mentorship of graduate students. The successful candidate may employ any number of approaches, ranging from theoretical to experimental, and can be either field- or lab-based. We are especially interested in candidates whose focus is on promoting and maintaining a state of health at one or more levels of biological organization (organisms, populations, ecosystems, global environment/climate), within the broad context of the environment and ecosystem health pillar of One Health. This may involve the study of any taxonomic group(s) or habitat(s), including vertebrates, invertebrates, plants, fungi, and/or microbes in terrestrial, marine, or freshwater environments. Researchers who make use of cutting-edge approaches or tools or innovative methodologies to foster interdisciplinary collaborations would be especially appropriate. Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to effective and innovative teaching at the undergraduate level and be able to take a leadership role within the new One Health undergraduate major.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary department with ~35 faculty and an excellent record of research in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, biodiversity, and comparative animal physiology encompassing a wide range of taxa and levels of biological organization from molecules to ecosystems. The successful candidate will have access to a variety of sophisticated core facilities such as the Advanced Analysis Centre, Hagen Aqualab, Limnotron, Phytotron, and field research sites and stations on and off campus. In the Department of Integrative Biology and the College of Biological Science, we value diversity and inclusivity because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and the creation of a modern, representative academic community. The Department is committed to developing and maintaining a culture that is positive, collegial, and respectful of all members, and in which wellness and healthy work-life balance are valued along with (and indeed, contribute to) excellence in research and teaching. To develop an inclusive and vibrant departmental culture, the Department maintains standing committees focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Mental Health and Wellness and has developed specific recommendations for faculty hiring that incorporate these important issues ( A link to the Department’s EDI statement is available at

The University of Guelph is the second 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 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 June 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials: (1) cover letter; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) research vision statement; (4) teaching statement; (5) diversity statement, (6) three publications (preferably first-authored) that are representative of prior work, and (7) names and contact information of three references.

The research statement (2 pages max) should present a vision of the long-term goals of the research program and explain how it will promote interdisciplinarity in a One Health context across departments in the college, as well as several short-term goals (e.g., 1-2 examples of graduate student projects that could be completed within a five-year time frame). The teaching statement (2 pages max) should describe an overall teaching philosophy, provide examples of specific teaching strategies that have been used effectively in previous courses, and summarize potential teaching contributions in the department. The diversity statement (1 page max) should describe the strategies you plan to use to ensure your research, teaching, and mentorship activities provide equitable opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds and to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment in your courses and research group.

Applications should be sent by email to, to the attention of:
Dr. Ryan Gregory
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Integrative Biology
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.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguelph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

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