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Chair in Food Quality

Associate Professor/Professor – Arrell Chair in Food Quality

Department of Food Science, Ontario Agricultural College

The successful candidate will have an already established independent research program in one or more areas related to food quality, food quality design and food spoilage, including innovative quality control and shelf-life extension strategies, as well as emerging process and product control tools such as colour analysis, image analysis, texture analysis, and bio- and chemo-markers. In addition, the candidate will be expected to develop research programs around food fraud, a growing area of concern. The relationship of food fraud to food quality and possibly to food safety could be examined in collaboration with other staff members in the Department of Food Science, the Ontario Agricultural College, and other relevant units.

The Arrell Chair in Food Quality will also play a critical role in supporting the teaching mission of the Department of Food Science.  The need for quality management expertise  will also continue to increase with the launch of a new program in Food Industry Management.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage with non-academic stakeholders on a regular basis, including communicating with the media, working with industry / civil society, and brokering relationships in the broad area of food quality across campus.  For instance, the successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Increase national and international awareness of food quality issues through communication and outreach, including becoming an information resource for media;
  • Serve as a key resource for expertise and as a primary conduit to experts in areas relevant to issues around food quality;
  • Develop a core research capacity in some aspect of food quality and assemble collaborating researchers within and external to the University of Guelph to strengthen the University’s capacity to respond to issues related to food across the value chain;
  • Contribute to delivering the Arrell Food Institute’s (AFI) vision and mission, which is “…transforming global food systems and elevating Canada’s place within the global food economy. We are building on University of Guelph’s world-class strengths in all aspects of food research and education, and will be the world leader in food and agricultural innovation.” In particular, the successful applicant will participate in the governance of the AFI, and be expected to take a lead on helping execute some elements of the AFI programs.
  • Contribute to undergraduate and graduate education in food quality management.

General Position Requirements:

The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Food Science, Food Quality or other relevant discipline and a proven track record as a scholar, at a level commensurate with appointment at an Associate Professor/Professor rank.  Research should be in the areas of quality control and assurance of food products, including innovative quality control strategies and programs, and emerging process and product control tools such as colour analysis, image analysis, texture analysis, bio- and chemo-markers and automation. He/she must have an active research portfolio, the ability to lead a research program, a track record of success securing research and outreach funding and a strong outreach record. The ideal candidate will also have demonstrated abilities and achievements in teaching and graduate advising.  In addition, she/he will have demonstrated a remarkable ability to communicate through diverse platforms, with a broad range of audiences. The successful candidate will possess the capacity to draw various actors together to facilitate critical conversations on complex issues, and to interact with scholars, industry, government and the general public

The Arrell Chair in Food Quality should have the skills to be a leader who will build and lead connections between the University of Guelph and other institutions, consumers and companies within the agricultural and food industry value chains, with the goal of advancing food quality research education, awareness and practices. The Arrell Chair in Food Quality must be an outstanding communicator and extremely skilled in external relations.  She/he must have the ability to motivate and inspire others to participate in advancing opportunities and innovations in food sustainability, and to strengthen further the University’s ability to be Canada’s Food University.