Assistant or Associate Professor In Sustainable Cropping Systems

  • University of Guelph, Plant Agriculture Department
  • University of Guelph, Stone Road East, Guelph, ON, Canada
  • May 12, 2022
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture

Job Description


The Martin and Denise Pick Family Chair in Sustainable Cropping Systems

The Department of Plant Agriculture, Ontario Agricultural College at the University of Guelph invites applications for a full-time tenure-track or tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level for the Martin and Denise Pick Family Chair in Sustainable Cropping Systems.  This position is located at the Guelph, Ontario campus and requires a PhD in Plant Agriculture, Crop Science, Agronomy, Agro-ecology, Plant Science or related field. 

The Professorship will be expected to demonstrate teaching excellence at the undergraduate level in the areas of crop science and field crop production, and at the graduate level in the area of sustainable cropping systems. They will also be actively involved in the supervision of graduate students, both MSc and PhD. The successful candidate will develop and lead a comprehensive, externally funded research program focused on sustainable cropping systems, within the major crop-producing regions of southern Ontario.  The integration of forage and cover crops into rotations for the provision of ecosystem services, and enhancement of economic and environmental sustainability of cropping systems are focal to the position. Applicants should have experience in field crop research and demonstrate the potential to lead collaborative groups. Additionally, the person occupying this professorship will have the lead role in directing the long-term rotation, cover-crop, and tillage trials at the Elora Research Station (located 20 minutes from Guelph); these decades-long experiments provide a unique platform for the interdisciplinary study of cropping systems. 

The Pick Family Professorship will join a world-class team of faculty members in the Department of Plant Agriculture conducting cutting-edge research in sustainable cropping practices. They will collaborate across several disciplines including plant breeding and genetics, weed science, plant pathology, soil science and plant physiology.  Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications.  The department will provide competitive research start-up funds and yearly research support from endowed funds.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

  • PhD in Plant Agriculture, Crop Science, Agronomy, Agro-ecology, Plant Science or related field
  • Post-secondary teaching experience, preferably in the areas of crop science and field crop production
  • Experience in field crop research and demonstrated potential to lead a comprehensive, externally funded research program
  • Ability to collaborate with interdisciplinary groups

Application Details

Applications should consist of the following materials in a single PDF file (Reference Ad# 22-42):

  • Letter of interest
  • Teaching philosophy statement (1 Page)
  • Research interests statement: short- and long-term (1 Page)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • EDI Statement: Describe the strategies you will use to foster inclusion and support a diverse community in your research program and classrooms(300 word maximum)
  • References: Contact information for 3

To the attention of:  

Dr. Eric Lyons (Acting Chair), c/o Jen Kingswell, Chair’s Administrative Assistant

Department of Plant Agriculture

University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario, Canada


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 resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people, and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we 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.

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Application Deadline

June 30, 2022 or until position is filled.