Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Securing the Integrity of the Food System - Tenure-Track Faculty Positions
The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of McGill University is
a world leader addressing the challenges associated with ensuring a reliable, safe,
and robust food system, stretching from production to processing, manufacturing,
storage, distribution and consumption of safe and healthy foods. The Faculty comprises departments, schools, institutes and centres devoted to teaching, research,
and public engagement and outreach in all aspects of food production, food
science, human nutrition, plant and animal health, food safety and food security.
These are areas of academic priority in the University and Faculty Strategic Plans.
To capitalize on new undergraduate and graduate curricula, infrastructure
improvements, recruitment of Chairs and Scholars, and external research and
endowed support for our growing programs in nutrition, health, parasitology,
water, food safety and food security, the Faculty is embarking on an ambitious
academic recruitment program. We seek highly talented individuals who will lead
innovative research programs focused on the development of the next generation
of analytical tools, models and methodologies aimed at delivering a secure and safe
food system, nationally and internationally. These recruitments will strengthen the
Faculty’s teaching and research programs in “omics” technologies, food toxicology,
risk assessment and mitigation, systems analysis and modeling, and public and
social policy implications of technology advances in the agriculture-food-nutrition-health continuum.
Applications are invited for tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant/Associate
Professor in the following areas of specialization:
Plant and/or animal metabolomics
The successful candidate will develop an independent research program that
studies the metabolic response of plants and/or animals to growing conditions and
stresses and/or identifies biomarkers that will be used in improvement programs
aimed at increasing yield and quality of plant and/or animal products. Qualifications include: Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, plant or animal genetics, biochemistry
or related field; strong post-doctoral experience in relevant areas such as analytical
chemistry, including mass spectroscopy, chromatography, and method development.
Large scale biological data systems
The successful candidate will conduct research on the analysis and integration of
metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, and other “omics” datasets derived
from environmental, food, plant, microbial, experimental animal or human
samples. The focus is on systems-level studies using approaches such as network
analysis of biological systems, their interactions with biotic and abiotic factors,
and the discovery of corresponding biomarkers. Applicants should have a strong
background in statistical modeling and machine learning and extensive experience
in handling large-scale data, including those from next-generation sequencing,
microarrays, genome annotations, in silico modelling and metabolic network
reconstruction. Qualifications include: Ph.D. in biology, bioanalytical chemistry,
bioinformatics, or a related field; experience in the development of cutting-edge
computational, mathematical, and/or statistical methodologies; biological database
construction and management; and hands-on experience with relevant technology
Social impacts of technology
The successful candidate will undertake research and teaching in the area of social
impacts of technology in food and agriculture at the local, regional or international
level. Candidates may approach this from a variety of perspectives, such as historical, ethical, equity, economic, policy, governance, attitudes, perceptions, behaviours
and risks. Qualifications include: Ph.D. in social or natural sciences; demonstrated
ability in research and teaching; experience in working with the private and/or
public sectors would be an asset.
Food safety and risk analysis
The successful candidate will undertake teaching and research in the area of food
toxicology with strong emphasis on risk analysis of food toxicants and contaminants and their impact on food quality and safety. The preferred candidate will
have experience in developing and applying novel techniques and risk assessment
practices to food safety issues with specific focus on contaminants and food toxins.
Qualifications include: Ph.D. in food toxicology or food science; experience in
statistical or mathematical modeling of risk analysis methods would be an asset.
All candidates are expected to lead externally funded research programs and are
encouraged to seek funding from government, industry and private sources. They
must be committed to teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and to
the supervision of graduate students. Candidates are expected to serve on departmental, faculty and university committees, and participate in their professional
societies. Collaboration with other researchers at McGill, as well as in the relevant
university research centres is encouraged.
McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located on the
Macdonald Campus, 30 km from the city of Montreal. The Campus comprises
650 hectares of farm and forested lands, commercial and research animal facilities, experimental field stations and state-of-the-art student learning facilities.
Additional information concerning McGill and its Faculty of Agricultural and
Environmental Sciences can be found on their respective web sites ( www.mcgill.ca,
McGill University is committed to diversity and equity in employment. It
welcomes applications from: women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities,
ethnic minorities, persons of minority sexual orientation or gender identity, visible
minorities, and others who may contribute to diversification. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration
requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Applicants should submit by August 31, 2013, their curriculum vitae, statements
of their research and teaching philosophies and the names, email addresses and
telephone numbers of at least three professional references, who can evaluate their
candidacy, directly to:
Joanne Ten Eyck, Assistant to the Dean, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University, Macdonald Campus, 21,111 Lakeshore
Road, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada, H9X 3V9, Tel 514-398-8677,