Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) – Comparative Biomedical Sciences

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  • Department of Biomedical Sciences
  • Ontario Veterinary College
  • AD23-06
The Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Comparative Biomedical Sciences at the Assistant Professor level. This position will be a collaborator with our one health researchers at the OVC, advancing interdisciplinary comparative research at the interface of animal and human health.
Applicants must have a PhD degree (or equivalent) and must have a minimum of 2 years of postdoctoral experience. The successful candidate will have potential for developing an externally-funded comparative biomedical research program, as evidenced by a record of publication in areas which could contribute to the department’s existing area of strength. The successful candidate will be expected to teach in the undergraduate Bio-Medical Science or Neuroscience Major and graduate program. Teaching experience and interest in these areas are required.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences is responsible for delivering professional and specialist undergraduate education and research training.  In addition to courses in the DVM and BSc programs, the Department offers graduate course-based Masters, and thesis-based MSc and PhD programs in each of the departmental discipline fields. A large component of the research agenda within the Department of Biomedical Sciences is in translating fundamental research into practical applications to enhance human and animal health, with expertise in reproductive biology and development, cardiovascular physiology, pharmacology, and toxicology, cancer and cell biology, stem cell and regenerative medicine and neuroscience.  Several faculty in the Department hold leadership roles in the Centre for Cardiovascular Investigations (CCVI) and Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation (ICCI), and an emerging centre in stem cell and regenerative medicine. There are also extensive opportunities for collaborative studies involving naturally occurring disease process in companion and production animals. The successful candidate will be expected to acquire sufficient funds to support an independent research program and the training of graduate students at the MSc and PhD level.
In the Department of Biomedical Sciences, 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 actively fosters 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 support an inclusive and vibrant departmental culture, the Department maintains a standing committee focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We encourage you to view the Department’s EDI statement.
This tenure-track faculty position is part of the University of Guelph’s Black and Indigenous Hiring Initiative. Launched in June 2022, the Black and Indigenous Hiring Initiative (BIHI) calls for hiring fifteen or more Black and Indigenous faculty and four or more Black and Indigenous professional staff across the University of Guelph during the next three years. The faculty and staff positions will be filled in areas that support the advancement of Black and Indigenous academic excellence and the University of Guelph’s commitments to inclusion, anti-racism, indigenization, and decolonization.
The University of Guelph seeks qualified individuals who identify as persons of Black African or Caribbean descent and/or Indigenous (First Nation, Inuit, Métis, Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian). Applicants will be asked to self-identify through the Applicant Tracking Questionnaire (ATQ) facilitated by Diversity and Human Rights. Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous on the ATQ will be asked to confirm their Indigenous citizenship/membership and/or ancestral and kinship connections to a recognized and inherent Indigenous nation, community, treaty, land claim, territory or region through a confidential follow-up process facilitated by Indigenous Initiatives.
The University of Guelph is the third 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 more than 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.
Recently the OVC was ranked first in Canada, fifth worldwide, and third in North America for veterinary science by Quacquarelli Symonds.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on March 31, 2023, 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) research statement; (4) teaching statement; (5) diversity statement, (6) 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 as well as several short-term goals (e.g., 1-2 examples of graduate students' projects that could be completed within a five-year time frame). The teaching/mentorship statement (2 pages max) should describe an overall teaching and mentorship philosophy, provide examples of specific teaching strategies that have been used effectively in previous courses, summarize potential teaching contributions in the department, and include examples of graduate student mentorship. 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 submitted to Dr. Tarek Saleh, Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
The deadline for applications will be March 31, 2023. Interviewing candidates will begin early July 2023 and continue until the end of August or until a successful candidate has been identified.
All qualified and eligible candidates 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 ( 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.


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Guelph, ON, Canada

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