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Assistant Professor, Grain Farmers of Ontario Professorship in Field Crop Pathology

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Position Description:
The Department of Plant Agriculture at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level for the Grain Farmers of Ontario Professorship in Field Crop Pathology. This position is located at the University of Guelph’s Ridgetown Campus, located in the municipality of Chatham-Kent, 200 km southwest of the University’s main campus in Guelph.

The holder of the Grain Farmers of Ontario Professorship in Field Crop Pathology will develop a cutting-edge research program with a focus on addressing commercially-relevant problems in field crops in Ontario, including corn, soybean, wheat, and other small grains. They will join a world-class team of faculty members in the Department of Plant Agriculture conducting research in sustainable cropping practices. The current faculty includes three other plant pathologists, as well as others working in the areas of plant breeding and genetics, weed science, crop physiology, post-harvest physiology, agronomy, and plant-based bioproducts.

Position Requirements:
• A PhD in Plant Pathology or a closely related field
• Strong research background in plant pathology
• Effective communication skills, including the ability to develop presentations for diverse audiences (e.g., diploma students, graduate students, industry stakeholders, producers)
• Ability to collaborate and engage with industry and growers to develop practical solutions
• Potential to excel at teaching at the diploma level in field crop pathology as well as in other related disciplines at the diploma, undergraduate, or graduate levels
• Ability to incorporate relevant, practical on-farm experience into teaching methods

Application Process:
Assessment of applications will begin on August 1, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably in a single PDF file):
1. Letter of interest
2. Teaching Philosophy statement (1 page)
3. Research interests statement: short- and long-term (1 Page)
4. Industry, Extension and Outreach Philosophy Statement (1 Page)
5. Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement: Describe the strategies you will use to foster inclusion and support a diverse community in your research program and classrooms (300 word maximum)
6. Curriculum vitae
7. References: Contact information for three (3) individuals

Applications should be sent to the attention of:
Dr. Hugh Earl, Chair
Department of Plant Agriculture
c/o Jen Mullen, HR Generalist, Ridgetown Campus University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

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