Job Opening

Position Title: Assistant Professor in Applied Animal Microbiology
Salary:Commensurate with qualification and experience
Part/Full:Full Time
Date Available:7/1/2021

Job Description:

Department of Animal Science


The Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Applied Animal Microbiology. Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


As the successful candidate you will advance the University as an innovator in its strategic research theme of Safe, Healthy, Just and Sustainable Food Systems on the national and international research stages, thereby expanding the success realized by the National Centre for Livestock and the Environment (NCLE; The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences is one of the most research-intensive Faculties at the University of Manitoba. You will be welcomed to a vigorous research environment with ample opportunity for collaboration among a diverse team of scientists from agricultural and food systems, as well as social, economic and policy experts. This collegial environment will enable you to develop a rigorous, independently funded research program with immediate impact and further, to realize your full potential to become a world leader in your research area. Through teaching and conducting research on the microbiome and its impact on livestock production and health as well as the environment, you will advance the understanding of the microbial community of the gut, mammary glands, and the reproductive system. Further, in collaboration with colleagues in the Faculty, you will contribute to the success of sustainable production systems by examining microbial communities in various agro-ecological systems. Knowledge garnered from your research will serve to identify strategies to enhance animal and environmental health, as well as production efficiency.

By working collaboratively with colleagues in the Department, Faculty, and University, you will develop microbiome-based therapeutics to significantly reduce the use of antimicrobials in livestock production systems, ultimately reducing the environmental impact of producing food of animal origin and addressing the ever-growing consumer demand for antibiotic-free food of animal origin and prevention of antimicrobial resistance development in human and animal health. Discoveries resulting from these research efforts will serve to strengthen public trust in the livestock sector, thereby enhancing its adaptive capacity. You will be expected to participate in teaching at the diploma, undergraduate and graduate levels as well as supervise graduate students. In addition to teaching courses in animal science, you will also incorporate novel concepts in applied microbiology into livestock management practices, moving beyond the production paradigm to include the consumer interface. You will also be expected to contribute to the service functions of the Department, Faculty, University, and your scholarly discipline.


As the successful candidate, you must possess a PhD, and have proven success in animal science with expertise in applied animal microbiology or related discipline. Two to three years of postdoctoral training or commensurate experience is desirable. Areas of expertise may include microbiome research as it relates to gut microbiology and its interactions with nutrition and body function as well as defense systems, and the development of microbiome-based therapeutics. As well, you must have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching, a strong publication record, and a demonstrated potential for attracting research funds. Also, you should have a strong commitment to conducting interdisciplinary research and the ability to develop a stimulating research environment which will attract high caliber graduate students.

Additional Information:

The University of Manitoba, founded more than 140 years ago, is located in Winnipeg and is Manitoba's largest research-intensive university. The University community is comprised of close to 30,000 students, 9,000 faculty and staff, and over 140,000 alumni. A vibrant, prairie city with a population exceeding 700,000, Winnipeg boasts world-class arts and entertainment, professional sports teams and an affordable, balanced lifestyle; for more information, visit

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Review of applications will start March 8, 2021. Start date will be July 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. Faculty positions at the University of Manitoba operate on a 12-month appointment year-over-year.

Applicants should forward a cover letter outlining their interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, a brief five-year research plan, examples of significant research contributions, and the names and contact information of three potential referees to:

Dr. Martin Nyachoti
Chair, Search Committee
Department of Animal Science University of Manitoba
Phone: (204) 474-9470

Please note that curriculum vitae will be provided to participating members of the search process. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the protection of privacy provision of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba).

Company/Institution:University of Manitoba
City, State:Winnipeg, MB
Zip Code:R3T 2N2

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