Barrett Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering

Guelph (CA)
28 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Barrett Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering
School of Engineering, University of Guelph

The University of Guelph invites applications, nominations and expressions of interest for the Barrett Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering with the appointment to be effective ideally by September 2018, or as soon thereafter as possible. The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Food Engineering or other related discipline and a proven track record scholar, at a level commensurate with appointment at an Associate Professor/Professor rank to the School of Engineering within the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

As a critical step in developing long-term solutions to ensure a greener, sustainable food industry, the Barrett Family Foundation Chair in Sustainable Food Engineering will develop, implement and lead an engagement and outreach initiative in this area. The ideal candidate should be an internationally renowned expert in food engineering, and be instrumental in the development of a sustainable food engineering research program at the University of Guelph. The Barrett Chair will lead the development of Canada’s first national roundtable on sustainable food engineering technology, create an industry research advisory group, and increase national and international awareness of sustainable food engineering issues through communication and outreach informed by research. Supported by Barrett Family Foundation, the Chair will contribute to undergraduate and graduate education and strengthen the University’s capacity to respond to food industry issues related to sustainable food engineering and technology. 

The successful candidate will be an accomplished scholar and interdisciplinary thinker in a field relevant to sustainable food engineering. While a strong record of research accomplishments and demonstrated abilities in teaching and graduate advising are important, the objective of the Chair is to expand and enhance the University’s communication and outreach activities in a manner that strengthens our reputation as Canada’s Food University. The skills to build connections with other institutions, consumers and companies within the agricultural and food industry value chains are essential.

The University of Guelph has well-established and accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Engineering Systems and Computing, Environmental Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Water Resources Engineering. At present, the School of Engineering is comprised of 58 faculty members, 35 staff and technicians, 1800 undergraduate students and over 300 graduate students. Its leadership is bolstered by the University’s unique research and development partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Additional information about SOE is available at

The University of Guelph has achieved prominence in Canada and around the world for its commitment to student learning and innovative research. It is dedicated to cultivating the essentials of our quality of life – food, water, environment, animal and human health, community, commerce, culture, and learning. The University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, an obligation to address global issues and a concern for international development.  Approximately 23,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University, which has a special mandate to deliver food and agricultural, engineering and technology, business, art, science and veterinary programs and services to Ontario. 

The University of Guelph is committed to equity in its policies, practices, and programs, supports diversity in its teaching, learning and work environments, and ensures that applications for members of underrepresented groups are seriously considered under its employment equity policy. All qualified individuals who would contribute to the further diversification of the University community are encouraged to apply.

The search committee will begin consideration of candidates by March 15, 2018 and will continue until the role is successfully filled.  Applications should include a statement of interest articulating a long-term vision of the outcomes arising from the chair and related activities, curriculum vitae and the names of three references (who will not be contacted without the consent of the candidate), and be submitted electronically, in confidence, to:

The Director,
School of Engineering,
University of Guelph,
Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1G 2W1 
FAX: 519-836-0227

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Guelph acknowledges the Attawandaron people on whose traditional territory the University of Guelph resides and 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.