Faculty Position


Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor - Specialty Crops Innovation

College: Ontario Agricultural College
Department: Plant Agriculture
Date Posted: October 22, 2018
Deadline: January 31, 2019

Please reference AD #18-64

Position Description:

The Department of Plant Agriculture, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph, invites applications for a full-time, tenure track, Assistant Professor Position in Specialty Crops Innovation. This position is located at the Guelph campus but the incumbent will be expected to contribute to research into crops suited to the interlake sandplains region of Ontario, where the University operates a field station at Simcoe.

The successful candidate will develop and lead a comprehensive, externally funded research program focused on small acreage horticultural crops produced in Ontario, such as berry crops, wine grapes, ginseng, hazelnuts, hops, and specialty vegetable crops. They will participate in undergraduate teaching and graduate training in the Department of Plant Agriculture, including teaching the undergraduate course Science of Gardening, and will contribute to development of new course offerings in Horticulture. S/he will actively engage in extending the results of the research program and participate on various committees internal and external to the University.

The position requires a PhD in Horticulture, Plant Physiology, Plant Breeding, Plant Pathology or related field. Applicants must have expertise related to horticultural food crops and demonstrated potential to achieve excellence in undergraduate instruction.

The Department of Plant Agriculture is Canada’s largest and most diverse applied plant biology department and has recognized strengths in a broad cross-section of plant sciences including agronomy, horticulture, breeding, molecular genetics, genomics, controlled environment systems, plant physiology, post-harvest physiology, plant pathology, and plant-based bioproducts. The Department currently has 32 faculty members and employs 100 staff and more than 100 graduate students. Faculty within the Department have access to modern laboratory, growth room and greenhouse facilities, as well as fourteen well-equipped research stations across the province operated with support from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. As part of the Ontario Agricultural College, Plant Agriculture has a long history of achievement in serving the agriculture and agri-food industries within Ontario and beyond.

The University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 28,000 students. It is located in Guelph, Ontario (population of approximately 130,000) and is a one-hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario.

Application Process

Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications, and the department will provide a competitive research start-up package. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2019 or until a suitable candidate is found. Please send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and the contact information for three references to:

Dr. Hugh Earl (Chair)
c/o Jen Kingswell, Chair's Administrative Assistant
Department of Plant Agriculture
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1
Email: applypag@uoguelph.ca 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and 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  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.