Assistant or Associate Professor in Wildlife and Zoo Pathology University of Guelph, Department of Pathobiology Canada

Assistant or Associate Professor in Wildlife and Zoo Pathology

College: Ontario Veterinary College

Department: Pathobiology

Date Posted: January 10, 2019

Deadline: March 1, 2019

Please reference AD #19-01

Position Description:

The Department of Pathobiology at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level in Wildlife and Zoo Pathology . This position will contribute to a cluster hire of One Health researchers at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), advancing interdisciplinary comparative research at the interface of animal, human, and environmental health.


Applicants must have a DVM or equivalent degree, completed a doctoral degree, have a strong research background, be eligible for licensure by the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, and be eligible for phase II board certification or be board-certified by the American/European College of Veterinary Pathologists. Preference will be given to the candidates who are already board-certified.


The incumbent should have strong skills in wildlife and zoo pathology and be an effective teacher in various aspects of anatomic pathology, such as in rounds, small seminar or traditional lecture and laboratory formats at the BSc/DVM and graduate levels. In addition, the successful candidate will supervise and contribute to the applied training of graduate students in collaboration with the Toronto Zoo and the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. The incumbent will also contribute to the diagnostic pathology submissions to the Department of Pathobiology.


The new faculty is expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program suitable for graduate education at the PhD level. Applicants who have a successful research track record employing One Health approaches are particularly encouraged to apply. Teaching and administrative duties will be adjusted in the first two years to permit the successful candidate to establish, sustain and grow their research program.


The new faculty member is expected to have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as the ability to work effectively and consult with graduate students and faculty in other departments/units, and with staff in the Animal Health Laboratory, the Toronto Zoo, and the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative.


The Department of Pathobiology has recognized strengths in anatomic, clinical and comparative pathology, immunology, microbiology, and veterinary infectious diseases. 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, on-campus housing for laboratory and production animals, and a wildlife research field station in Algonquin provincial park. For information on the department please visit: Department of Pathobiology.


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 on March 2, 2019 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) names of three references. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Shayan Sharif
Professor and Chair, Pathobiology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, 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 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.


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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