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.
Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications, and the department will provide a competitive research start-up package. The deadline for applications is December 31, 2018 or until a suitable candidate is found. Please send a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae and the contact information for three references to: