Assistant Professor in Beef Health Ecology

University of Calgary



Position Description

In December 2018, Jack Anderson and Wynne Chisholm gifted the University of Calgary a 19,000 acre, 1000 head cow-calf ranch. In support of this generous donation, the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM) invites applications for three tenure-track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level to further develop and support the research themes at the WA Ranches. Research themes will be applying a One Health approach to animal health and welfare, as well as focusing on the interface among human, animal and environmental health. All positions include a commitment to teach, conduct research and engage in professional and university service. Successful candidates will join an established team of cattle researchers and educators and will be essential to development of an internationally recognized Beef Centre for Excellence. W.A. Ranches at the University of Calgary, a bona fide working ranch, provides unique opportunities for conducting cutting-edge research, teaching, and outreach that will provide substantial benefits for the cattle industry.

The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine invites applications for an Assistant Professor (Tenure-track), Beef Health Ecology, WA Ranches.  

Applications are invited for an assistant professor, tenure-track faculty position in beef health ecology. This position will focus on understanding animal health at the domestic livestock-wildlife interface in a ranching environment, with goals of simultaneously advancing sustainable livestock production and environmental stewardship. Therefore, a One Health approach to research is expected. Expertise in wildlife disease ecology, experience in collaborative multidisciplinary projects and appreciation for integrative approaches to beef health at the livestock-wildlife interface, will be an asset. Ability to collaborate with government, non-government, national industry and academic partners is expected. 

A DVM degree (or equivalent), as well as a PhD or equivalent in animal ecology or epidemiology (animal science or related field will also be considered). Excellence in scholarly research and potential to establish an independent research program is essential. This position is primarily a research appointment (60-70%); furthermore, ~30% of the appointment will involve instruction in the DVM curriculum and the remaining 10% will involve departmental and university service. The successful candidate will develop an independent, innovative, extramurally funded research program and supervise graduate students.

UCVM has approximately 70 faculty members, 130 staff, 125 DVM students, 110 graduate students, 25 post-doctoral fellows, and 15 advanced clinical trainees. The DVM program at UCVM provides a comprehensive general veterinary education to approximately 30-32 students per year, with a class expansion anticipated bringing class size to 50 students per year. The program is an integrated core-elective program, with enhanced educational opportunities in defined areas that combine discipline-based courses with extensive on-campus and off-campus experiential learning. UCVM is a research-intensive faculty with expanding research, graduate education, and advanced clinical trainee programs. Descriptions of the Faculty, its programs, and its departments can be found at The University has established the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning ( that supports the development of teaching excellence and scholarly activity. 

Located in Calgary, a vibrant, multicultural city of 1,200,000 near the Rocky Mountains, Banff National Park and Lake Louise. The University of Calgary is a research-intensive, comprehensive university that supports innovation in education, research and service to the community.

Applications are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Interested individuals should submit a Curriculum Vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees; a statement of teaching and scholarly interests online via the `Apply Now' link.

Application deadline is September 3, 2019.

Those applicants wishing more information are encouraged to visit the website or e-mail

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine visit Careers in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

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