Assistant Professor in Plant Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
18h ago

College : College of Biological Science

Department : Molecular and Cellular Biology

Date : June 15, 2020

Position Description :

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position, at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the area of Plant Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology.

All applicants undertaking fundamental synthetic biology research focused on areas including but not limited to engineering of metabolic pathways, genomics and computational biology, genetic circuit redesign, biosensors, and plant / microbial interactions with the goal of enhancing plant productivity are encouraged to apply.

Qualifications include a Ph.D., a preferred minimum of two years of relevant post-doctoral experience, a proven record of research excellence evident in high-quality publications and demonstrated potential to secure research funding to establish a competitive independent research program.

Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to effective and innovative teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and contribute to graduate and undergraduate training.

All serious applicants with a research plan that fits in with the overall endeavours of the Department and the mandate of the University of Guelph will be considered.

A culture of inclusion is an institutional imperative at the University of Guelph as this is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems and creating a modern academic community.

We seek individuals with experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Therefore, we invite and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are underrepresented in higher education.

The Department strives to be a collegial, inclusive, and welcoming environment that values diversity, and wellness among our members as key ingredients in our collective success.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic, multidisciplinary, research-intensive department with 40 faculty members who study diverse biological systems at levels from molecules to multicellular organisms.

The Department is home to undergraduate programs in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Neuroscience, and contributes to programs in Biological Science, Biomedical Science and Plant Science.

Graduate training activities are focused on a program offering M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Molecular and Cellular Biology, and faculty members also participate in cross-department programs such as Plant Agriculture, Bioinformatics, Biophysics, and Neuroscience.

The successful applicant will be expected to develop a creative and independent research program sustained by external funding from national / provincial agencies and be able to leverage funding from industrial partners and agricultural stakeholders.

Accordingly, the research program of the selected candidate will align with the mandate of the University of Guelph as a leader in and focused on enhancing food quality and stability.

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.

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