Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Positions

PhD Position


A 3-year PhD opportunity, commencing in January 2022, is available in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada. This position will be co-supervised by Drs. Katie Clow (Population Medicine) and Victoria Ng (Public Health Agency of Canada).  

Climate change has facilitated the range expansion of several vector species of public and animal health concern into Canada. This has coincided with an increase in certain vector-borne zoonoses, such as Lyme disease. To support climate change adaptation in Canada, there is a need to conduct risk assessments on the influence of climate change on vectors and pathogens and their impact on human and animal health. The focus of this PhD will be on vector-borne disease in the context of climate change, specifically predictive modelling, and risk mapping. The specific vector(s) and pathogen(s) of focus will be determined based on current public health priorities and the successful candidate’s experience and interests. The successful candidate will develop an expertise in vector-borne disease ecology and epidemiology, including statistical and mathematical modelling.

Applicants with a strong background in public health or animal health and epidemiology are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with an MSc in Epidemiology or equivalent. Selection of the successful candidate is based on a combination of academic excellence, relevant experience and career goals and referees’ evaluations.  Review of applications will begin November 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Stipend will be $25,000 per annum for three years. Applicants must meet the academic standards for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph.

To apply, please initially submit a cover letter indicating your interest in the project and relevant experience, an unofficial transcript, a full curriculum vitae (CV), and contact information for two references to: Dr. Katie Clow, Assistant Professor, Department of Population Medicine,

Additional information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine is available at:

The University of Guelph is committed to an Employment Equity Program that includes special measures to achieve diversity among its faculty and staff. We therefore particularly encourage applications from qualified aboriginal Canadians, members of the LGBTQA community, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities.


RA Position

Second reviewer needed for scoping review of comprehensive student/program evaluation frameworks

We are seeking a graduate student in Population Medicine to serve as a second reviewer for a scoping review of program evaluation frameworks in university and college education. The position will be 10 hours/week and co-supervised by Dr. Jane Parmley and the PhD candidate leading this project, Carrie McMullen. 


This scoping review aims to characterize methods that are used to assess student learning outcomes or competencies in higher education, as well as methods that assess program-level learning outcomes or competencies. At the University of Guelph, new One Health under-graduate and graduate programs continue to be developed. These new programs are based on a competency framework, which outlines the knowledge/skills/attitudes/beliefs that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of the program. Therefore, the identification of methods to assess learning outcomes or competencies will help to develop a framework for assessing the ability of these programs to train future One Health professionals.


Applicants with experience working on scoping and systematic reviews in DistillerSR are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to those applicants with experience/knowledge of learning outcomes, competencies and/or evaluation frameworks. Selection of the successful candidate will be based on a combination of interest and relevant experience. The position will start in mid-July and continue until the scoping review is completed (approximately 2 months). The successful applicant will be paid $17/hour.


To apply, please submit a cover letter indicating your interest in the project and describing your relevant experience by July 5, 2021. Applications should be submitted to: Dr. Jane Parmley, Associate Professor, Department of Population Medicine,


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 is the largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of about 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students across approximately 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our University community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.  

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. 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.

 If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.