Dean, College of Biological Science – University of Guelph

University of Guelph is a research-intensive, top-ranked comprehensive university, with nearly 27,000 undergraduate and over 3,000 graduate students across 85 different majors. Guelph is recognized for its academic reputation, for being student-centered, and for its strong sense of community. Guelph’s seven colleges conduct leading edge teaching and research in the physical and life sciences, arts, business, social sciences, and agricultural and veterinary sciences. Guelph is a unique place with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture.  The University applies its knowledge and discoveries to shape understanding and effect lasting positive change. The University is deeply committed to mobilizing research into action and has a robust track record of successful commercialization, particularly in the food and agriculture space. Discoveries at the University of Guelph are fueling job creation, supporting sustainable food production, protecting the environment, improving the quality of life, and empowering those who are frequently marginalized. Within the University, research is infused into teaching, creating experiential educational opportunities that enrich the student experience and provide transferable skills that make graduates more competitive in the job market.

The College of Biological Science (CBS) is a research-intensive and learner-centered globally recognized academic faculty with a mission to expand the understanding of life, from DNA to cells to complex ecosystems. With a focus on experiential learning and research productivity, instructors within the College of Biological Science are at the forefront of teaching innovation, working to incorporate and develop innovative ways to engage students and communicate science. The College includes approximately 4,500 undergraduate and 400 graduate students making important discoveries about health, nutrition, ecology, evolution, genetics, neuroscience, physiology and more. The College offers 13 undergraduate and 11 graduate degree programs across three departments and one institute: Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, Integrative Biology, and Molecular and Cellular Biology, and the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice-President (Academic), the Dean of the College of Biological Science (CBS) will be responsible for ensuring that the continued renewal and implementation of the College’s strategic plan aligns with and supports the objectives and aspirations of the College and the strategic mission and directives of the University. The Dean will provide ideas and insight and will leverage the College’s culture of innovation and collaboration to continue to pursue opportunities that build on the strengths and momentum of the College. The Dean will lead the evolution and growth of the College through new initiatives and opportunities while supporting the unique culture and sense of community within CBS. Fundamental to this role will be the recruitment of high-quality, full and part-time faculty members and staff that enhance the diversity and capacity of the College, as well as budget management and provision of academic support services. The Dean will work collaboratively with decanal colleagues to promote interdisciplinary research and teaching across the University. Working closely with the Dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, the Dean will share responsibility for the undergraduate science program. In conjunction with the Vice-President (Research), the Dean will provide leadership of the development of impactful and innovative research and collaborative partnerships with both internal and external stakeholders. The Dean will foster a supportive and collegial culture that invites diverse ideas and perspectives, and reflects a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and Indigeneity.

As the ideal candidate, you possess a doctoral degree and are eligible for appointment as a full professor in the College of Biological Science. You are a strategic and collegial leader with a demonstrated ability to lead strategic initiatives and organizational change. You have excellent communication and management skills and a proven record of leadership in administration involving both financial and human resource management, as well as research and education. You possess an exemplary record of outstanding research achievement and scholarship as well as an impressive track record of teaching and student advocacy. You are adept at building relationships and promoting partnerships between the College and the private sector, government, other universities, and the wider community. You bring experience managing change in a competitive and complex environment and managing competing interests in a consultative and effective manner.

If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Amorell Saunders N’Daw or Beth McLennan at 1-866-822-6022. Information on how to apply can be found at: Completed applications can be submitted online at


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. Acknowledging the University’s diverse population and ensuring that every member of an inclusive campus is a valued contributor is a foundational pillar of success. 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.

The University of Guelph and KBRS will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation in order to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact or communicate your needs to the recruitment professional named in the job description.

Postdoctoral researcher to work on Type IV pilus-mediated antibiotic uptake via DNA carriers – Simon Fraser University, Craig and Sen laboratories

Post-doctoral research (2020-05-NFRF)

The research groups of Lisa Craig and Dipankar Sen in the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Department (MBB) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) seek a full-time postdoctoral researcher to work on Type IV pilus-mediated antibiotic uptake via DNA carriers. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Microbiology or a related field, with a background in either or both of protein or nucleic acid structure/biochemistry. Experience with chemical conjugation, combinatorial nucleic acid or protein libraries, and x-ray crystallography are assets. Strong communication skills are required. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Expected start date of July 1st is negotiable and will depend on lab access related to the current pandemic

SFU and the MBB department strive to create and maintain a healthy campus environment and are committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. Applicants from underrepresented groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) are encouraged to apply. Applicants should send a cover letter and CV in a single PDF file to Dr. Craig ( using the subject line “PDF applicant (2020-05-NFRF)”. Documentation need not include applicant’s first names (initials will suffice) or photos in order to minimize unconscious bias.

Searching for a New Editor-in-Chief for IUBMB Life

IUBMB logoThe International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB seeks a new Editor-in-Chief for IUBMB Life, an international, peer-reviewed journal in the life sciences, that is the flagship journal of the IUBMB ( IUBMB Life is devoted to the rapid publication of the most novel and significant research and reviews in the broadly defined fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and molecular medicine. IUBMB Life is a well-established, peer-reviewed, ISI-listed journal that has been in publication since 1990.

The successful candidate will be recognized as a leading member of the biochemistry and molecular biology community. He or she will have an outstanding publication record; an extensive, global network; and an appreciation for the diverse fields of relevance. Further, he or she will bring strong leadership, organizational and communication skills to the journal.

The selected candidate may serve three three-year terms.

The successful candidate will have an outstanding opportunity to further develop the journal. He or she must demonstrate a clear vision for its future growth and position in the publishing landscape. Awareness of relevant advances in the dissemination of science will be of paramount importance. He/she shall bring high ethical professional standards with a pragmatic outlook.

The main functions within this role are: strategic and practical development of the journal, defining a vision for the content; securing contributions for regular and special issues; maintaining high-quality editorial standards; providing strong and inspiring leadership to the journal’s editorial board; appointing new board members to grow the journal; promoting the journal; managing the publication, and working closely with IUBMB and the publisher (Wiley). This important leadership role will require a significant time commitment on a weekly basis and will be recompensed accordingly. Associate Editors are appointed to limited terms by the Editor-in-Chief to handle some functions, subject to approval by the IUBMB Executive Committee. The Editor-in-Chief position is supported by professional editorial office assistance.

The Editor-in-Chief of IUBMB Life will receive an annual honorarium, which might be increased after each term of three years (for details, please contact Dr. Zengyi Chang).

Applications should include the following

  1. A full CV
  2. A brief vision statement (500 words or so)
  3. A cover letter outlining why the applicant would be a good match
  4. Two reference Letters

Please send the above materials, in confidence, to: Prof. Zengyi Chang (, Chair of the IUBMB Publications Committee. Applications should be sent no later than July 15, 2020. The Executive Committee of IUBMB will make the final selection. Early applications are highly encouraged.

IUBMB upholds the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

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