Assistant/Associate Professor in Crop Protection and Director of the Plant Pest Containment laboratory

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Tenure-Track Faculty Position

Assistant/Associate Professor in Crop Protection and Director of the Plant Pest Containment laboratory

Position Description:
The Department of Plant Science of McGill University’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (FAES) invites applications for a tenure track position at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of crop protection, with a specialization in molecular plant-pathogen interactions and/or biocontrol in forages, field, pulses, or horticultural crops. In addition, the incumbent will take on Directorship of the CFI funded Eastern Canadian Plant Phenotyping Platform (ECP3) Plant Pest Containment lab/Quarantine Facility, scheduled for completion in 2023. This facility was constructed with the aim to help combat the increasing shifts in pathogen pressure and diversity associated with climate change in Eastern Canada and Québec, and to achieve this goal with less application of traditional pesticides as per government guidance ( ) and the strategic plan of the FAES ( ).

McGill’s Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is located on the Macdonald Campus, 30 km from the city of Montreal, where there is a concentration of life sciences and biotechnology companies. The Campus comprises 650 hectares of farm and forested lands, experimental field stations and state-of-the-art student learning facilities, a library and computer laboratories. Current research programs in the Department of Plant Science include a wide variety of plant species, such as soybean, corn, pulses (beans, chickpea), cereals (wheat, barley), forages (clovers, alfalfa), and horticultural crops (potatoes, strawberries). Additional information concerning McGill, its Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Plant Science, and the ECP3 can be found on their respective web sites ( , , , ) .

Job Duties:

The successful candidate is expected to develop an internationally recognized, extramurally funded research program with an emphasis on plant-pathogen interactions, which may include biocontrol or innovative crop protection approaches. The research program should include state of the art technologies in plant pathology, for example, virulence mechanisms, epidemiology/predictive modeling/remote sensing, phenomics, control target identification, host resistance, diagnostics, disease management, and disease ecology.

The incumbent will be responsible for teaching a course in Plant Pathology as well as participate in graduate courses within her/his area of research expertise. Participation in Departmental, Faculty, and University committees and with provincial, national and international organizations is expected.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

Ph.D. in Plant Pathology, Crop/Plant Science, Molecular Pathology, Disease Ecology, Epidemiology, Population Biology or a related field; as well as a track record with demonstrated research excellence and demonstrated successful research collaborations with both private and public sectors. Knowledge of cropping systems is desirable. Knowledge of French is an asset, as is eligibility to obtain a professional certification in agrology (Ordre des agronomes du Québec, OAQ) and demonstrated experience leading work in quarantine/plant pest containment facilities.


Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Department of Plant Science

Job Type:
Assistant/Associate Professor
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
Posting Period:
Please submit your application by February 15, 2023, or until position is filled

Required Documents:
The following supporting documents are required:

  • A cover letter and curriculum vitae

  • A statement of research and a statement of teaching

  • The names and contact information of three referees. Please email [email protected]  if you have any questions

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. 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 engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

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, or that 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, [email protected] .

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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