Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Positions

Thesis-based MSc Candidate

Identifying core competencies for One Health practitioners in Canada 

A 2-year MSc opportunity, commencing in September 2020, is available in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. This position will be co-supervised by Drs. Jane Parmley and Katie Clow.  
 
The focus of this MSc will be to identify key One Health competencies and associated learning outcomes for higher education in Canada, particularly those required for leaders in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Many of the most pressing public health challenges today are complex and difficult to solve. Climate change is one of many factors contributing to health challenges such as emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and food security. Recognizing that no single discipline or region will be able to effectively respond to these public health challenges, there has been a growing call for disciplines to work together to develop and apply new integrated approaches. One Health is gaining international recognition as a collaborative effort across multiple disciplines to improve the health of people, animals and the environment. The University of Guelph recently approved a new research and academic platform, the One Health Institute. As new One Health undergraduate and graduate programs are launched, there is a need to identify the core competencies of successful and effective One Health practitioners working in Canada on complex issues like climate change and infectious disease. 
 
Working with the Office of Teaching and Learning, as well as partners at other Canadian universities, the successful candidate will be involved in knowledge synthesis, as well as data collection through focus groups and surveys with stakeholders in higher education. The successful candidate will develop a strong background One Health, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and qualitative methods.
 
Applicants with a keen interest in One Health and pedagogy are encouraged to apply. Selection of the successful candidate will be based on a combination of academic excellence, relevant experience, career goals and referees’ evaluations.  Review of applications will begin June 30th, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Stipend will be $22,500 per annum for two 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, kclow@uoguelph.ca.
 
Additional information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine is available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/programs/popmed

PhD Position

Developing, applying and evaluating a framework to assess core competencies of One Health practitioners in Canada 

A 3-year PhD opportunity, commencing in September 2020, is available in the Department of Population Medicine at the Ontario Veterinary College. This position will be co-supervised by Drs. Jane Parmley and Katie Clow, in collaboration with the Office of Teaching and Learning. 
 
The focus of this PhD will be to develop, apply and evaluate a framework to assess One Health competencies and learning outcomes for higher education in Canada, particularly those required for leaders in climate change mitigation and adaptation. Many of the most pressing public health challenges today are complex and difficult to solve. Climate change is one of many factors contributing to health challenges such as emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance and food security. Recognizing that no single discipline or region will be able to effectively respond to these public health challenges, there has been a growing call for disciplines to work together to develop and apply new integrated approaches. One Health is gaining international recognition as a collaborative effort across multiple disciplines to improve the health of people, animals and the environment. The University of Guelph recently approved a new research and academic platform, the One Health Institute. As new One Health undergraduate and graduate programs are launched, there is a need to assess One Health core competencies and determine the effectiveness of our training of One Health practitioners. 
 
The successful candidate will be involved in knowledge synthesis, as well as data collection through focus groups and surveys with stakeholders in public service, industry and academia. The successful candidate will develop a strong background One Health, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and qualitative methods.
 
Applicants with a keen interest in One Health and pedagogy are encouraged to apply. Selection of the successful candidate will be based on a combination of academic excellence, relevant experience, career goals and referees’ evaluations.  Review of applications will begin June 30th, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Stipend will be $27,500 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, kclow@uoguelph.ca.
 
Additional information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine is available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/programs/popmed
 
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. 

PhD Candidate

Antimicrobial resistance genes in bioaerosols in Canadian arctic, rural, and urban environments: sources, profiles, transport and fate 

Funded by NSERC Discovery Frontiers: AMR in the Environment

Project overview: Human activity has been selecting and amplifying bacteria that carry genes for antibiotic resistance. Bioaerosols, airborne particles of biological origin, are understudied as reservoirs and propagation sources of antibiotic resistant microbes. They are found everywhere, emitted from natural and man-made sources such as agriculture, water, plants, and industrial activities and can lead to long distance transmission of biological agents. The potential impact of human activities on spreading of antimicrobial resistance through the air must be better understood to fill appropriate risk and prevention models. Various sampling strategies will be deployed across Canada at various sites (urban, rural, arctic) and long-distance transport and high atmosphere antimicrobial resistance content will be addressed. The program will fill huge gaps in the understanding of the spreading and exposure of antimicrobial resistance through bioaerosols in Canada. An important outcome will be to add bioaerosols to risk assessment models and determine appropriate mitigation/attenuation measure in key areas.

AIM 5: Integrated Assessment Model on Antimicrobial Resistance – role of bioaerosols

Although much work has been done on specific aspects of AMR, critical aspects of the epidemiology of AMR, including multiple exposure pathways, bacterial relationships, co-selective pressures, ARG transmission, and the combined and cumulative effects of antimicrobial use (AMU) in humans, animals and crops have not been well assessed. Many modelling and risk assessment approaches are well suited for synthesizing information for specific questions but not for considering with multiple complex issues. Integrated assessment models (IAM), developed for dealing with complex issues such as climate change, provide a comprehensive mechanism for organizing and processing evidence and the uncertainties that exist for complex systems in an easily interpreted, ordered, and computationally efficient manner. An IAM specific to AMR in Canada (IAM.AMR) has been under development since 2015. The IAM.AMR quantitatively characterizes multiple and linked transmission pathways for the dissemination of AMR among humans, animals and the environment.

Through the proposed work, the existing IAM.AMR framework will be expanded to include dissemination of AMR through aerosols adding to environmental pathways addressing dissemination through water, and manure application to crops and sewage. This process will include new data capture and evaluation, and subsequently populating the IAM.AMR in Analytica (Lumina) with the new data from the other subprojects including far north and hospital environments, and linking to existing swine, poultry and aquaculture pathways, and incorporating information from the short and long-distance transport models. Ultimately the relative importance of aerosol transmission from multiple sources will be assessed relative the contributions of transmission through the food chain, healthcare settings, water, etc. in order to identify optimal intervention points for AMR mitigation strategies.

We are seeking a strong, analytic PhD student to work with key AIM 5 team members at the University of Guelph and the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the larger project team, led by the Université Laval, to develop an Integrated Assessment Model of Antimicrobial Resistance exploring the role of bioaerosols. Funding is available for 4 years (2020-2024) and the anticipated start date is September 2020.

Interested students should forward their CV and transcripts to Dr. Jane Parmley, Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph.

Additional Information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine is available:  https://www.uoguelph.ca/graduatestudies/programs/popmed

The University 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.