Associate / Professor in Food Safety - Ian and Jayne Monro Chair - McGill University

McGill University
Western tip of the Island of Montreal
To commensurate with experience
March 11 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

The Department of Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry - Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of McGill University is seeking an outstanding candidate for the Ian and Jayne Munro Chair in Food Safety. Appointment is at the rank of Professor/Associate Professor depending on the qualifications. The selected applicant will have exceptional communication skills and will provide leadership to the mission of the Food Safety and Quality Program (FSQP) at McGill University and work for its successful implementation and promotion as well as fulfill administrative and teaching responsibilities.

The candidate is expected to lead a research program focused on the development of scientific solutions for issues related to microbial food safety as identified by the food industry and the Canadian government.  The ideal candidate should have a good understanding of the commercial and regulatory environment, preferably of the Canadian/Quebec food industry, the ability to network with government and industry, as well as maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The candidate will have a strong track record of scientific and professional achievements, acquired either in the private or public sectors, or in academia and a strong publication record in high impact journals. This will also include funding from national and international agencies. Strong involvement in extension and outreach activities and liaison with regulatory agencies is required. Academic achievements will include a doctoral degree in areas such as food science, food safety or food microbiology. The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong externally-funded research program involving supervision and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students and service to the university and scholarly communities. The candidate will ensure delivery of a high-quality education within the food science/safety area, with a clear commitment to teaching excellence. The teaching will cover both graduate and undergraduate level courses. A working knowledge of French will be an asset.

The expected start date is August 1, 2019. Interested applicants are asked to submit an electronic version of a (1) signed letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae (including e-mail address), (3) research and teaching vision/programs as well as (4) the names and email addresses of three referees willing to provide letters of recommendation to the Search  Committee no later than May 1, 2019, via the following email and (5) optionally complete an Equity and Diversity Survey R987 by visiting

The successful candidate that satisfies the eligibility conditions of the Canada Research Chair (CRC) program may be supported by the University for nomination to a Tier 2 Chair in Food Safety, which provides protected time for research within a full-time academic appointment. Nominees for Tier 2 Chair positions must be emerging scholars and hold the rank of assistant or associate professors, or possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels. A nominee who is more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree and has experienced legitimate career interruptions (e.g., maternity or parental leave, extended sick leave, clinical training, and family care) will be taken into consideration using the Tier 2 justifications process.

Eligibility conditions for CRCs are found at

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to:

Dr. V. A. Yaylayan

Chair, Department of Food Science & Agricultural Chemistry

McGill University, 21111 Lakeshore, Ste Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada, H9X 3V9


McGill University hires on the basis of merit and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with diverse communities. McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, Professor Angela Campbell, Associate Provost (Equity and Academic Policies) by email or phone at 514-398-1660.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located on the Macdonald Campus, 30 km from Montreal’s city centre and the downtown Campus.  It is in close proximity to the Montreal life sciences and pharmaceutical sectors. The Campus comprises 650 hectares which, in addition to the farm, houses the Morgan Arboretum, the Emile A. Lods Agronomy Research Centre, and experimental field stations. The Faculty has an exceptionally strong record in research, and graduate and undergraduate training in agricultural, environmental, food, and human nutrition sciences, as well as molecular biology, biotechnology and bioresource engineering. The Faculty actively supports inter-disciplinary teaching and research, and contributes to McGill’s global leadership position through numerous international research and field training programs. The Department is equipped with an array of laboratories and equipment to carry out fundamental research in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Food Microbiology, Food safety, and Genomics.