Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Positions

Optimizing public communication activities during multi-jurisdictional enteric outbreak investigations

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Evaluating the use of public communication products during multi-jurisdictional enteric outbreak investigations

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Evaluating industry engagement and public understanding of public communications during multi-jurisdictional enteric outbreak investigations

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Climate-Sensitive Food Safety Risks and Mitigation Strategies

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Thesis-based MSc opportunity,

Department of Population Medicine, OVC – meat sheep

A 2-year thesis-based MSc opportunity, commencing either in August or September 2022, is available in the Department of Population Medicine under the supervision of Drs. Cathy Bauman and Jessica Gordon.

Student Role: The successful student will use a quantitative approach to investigate the efficacy of a new vaccine developed to prevent pneumonia in sheep and to identify if it reduces mortality and increases average daily gain in preweaned and weaned lambs.

The project will be undertaken on a sheep feedlot near Lethbridge, Alberta. The student will be required to spend at least one if not two semesters on site in AB where they will administer the vaccine and assist with the postmortems of any lambs that die during the study. Lodging is available close to the feedlot.

This is a unique opportunity for any student considering veterinary medicine as a career to gain knowledge on all aspects of the sheep industry and particularly suits an individual with an interest in pathology.

Student Qualifications: Applicants with experience and/or interest in the sheep industry and feedlot medicine, quantitative epidemiology, clinical trials and pathology are encouraged to apply. A degree in biology, agriculture or similar field with high academic standing in statistics, epidemiology and a minimum grade of B+ is needed. The successful candidate will demonstrate a combination of academic excellence, collegiality, and a passion for field-based research.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion  is an institutional imperative. We invite and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Application Process: Please 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. Bauman no later than June 30, 2022.

The successful candidate must meet the academic standards for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph. The research is funded by OMAFRA.

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

 

Thesis-based MSc Candidate –

Tick bites and tick-borne diseases: investigating pet guardian’s perceptions of risk and motivations for or against the implementation of preventative measures

A 2-year thesis-based MSc opportunity, commencing either in May or September 2022, is available in the Department of Population Medicine under the supervision of Drs. Kelsey Spence and Katie Clow.

Project Description: Tick bites and exposure to tick-borne pathogens are a growing health concern for Canadian dogs and cats. Changes in climate over the past two decades have already contributed to an increased risk of tick-borne diseases across Canada. As the risk of tick-borne diseases increases, the use of tick preventative measures becomes even more important to protect the health of dogs and cats. Tick bite prevention, such as the routine use of a parasiticide, is the first line approach to combatting tick-borne diseases. Despite strong evidence supporting the use of these preventative measures, there is significantly less research on the factors that influence their uptake among pet guardians. Since pet guardians can choose which tick preventative measures to use (and how frequently), there can be wide variations in the uptake of these measures. If pet guardians currently face challenges to the use of tick preventative measures, identifying these challenges can inform targeted knowledge translation outputs.

Student Role: The successful student will use a mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative) approach to investigate the perceptions of dog and cat guardians regarding tick prevention, including motivators and barriers to uptake. A questionnaire will be used to collect data from dog and cat guardians in Ontario on their knowledge, attitudes, and practices relating to tick bite and tick-borne disease prevention. Semi-structured interviews will be used to provide pet guardians the opportunity to further expand on their decisions to use (or not use) tick preventative measures.

Student Qualifications: Applicants with a keen interest in companion animal health, qualitative and quantitative epidemiology, and knowledge translation are encouraged to apply. A background in both science and social sciences would be an asset. Strong oral and written communication skills are necessary for success in this program. Selection of the successful candidate is based on a combination of academic excellence, relevant experience and career goals and referees’ evaluations.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion  is an institutional imperative. We invite and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

Application Process: Please 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 three references to Drs. Spence and Clow (kspenc04@uoguelph.ca and kclow@uoguelph.ca) no later than January 31, 2022.

The successful candidate must acquire their own funding for stipend support and meet the academic standards for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph. The research is funded by OVC Pet Trust

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

 

MSc or PhD Candidate

Social Epidemiology - Team-Based Veterinary Healthcare

The Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario is seeking applicants, at the MSc or PhD level, interested in studying the role of team-based veterinary healthcare in achieving healthy and successful veterinary teams.

The successful candidate will receive graduate level training in veterinary epidemiology and will undertake a graduate research project that will examine team-based healthcare delivery within veterinary practice settings to maximize veterinary-team dynamics, which improve the outcomes of veterinary care. Working with a dynamic and supportive team, this experience will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to develop a sound background in the principles and methods of epidemiological research including quantitative and qualitative methods, to broaden their own written and oral communication skills, and to be at the forefront of research into the social side of veterinary practice.  This unique opportunity should provide graduates of this program with significant career opportunities in industry, academia or research.  

Statements of interest will be accepted until a successful candidate is identified.

Preferred start date: September 2022

Applicants must successfully acquire stipend funding for their program (https://ovc.uoguelph.ca/scholarships-and-fellowships) and meet the academic standards for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph. Applicants with experience in veterinary practice will be preferred. A strong background in the social and/ or biological sciences, as well as basic statistics will be an asset.

For further information or to submit a statement of interest including a full curriculum vitae (CV), please contact:          

Dr. Jason Coe

Professor

Department of Population Medicine

University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

N1G 2W1

Email: jcoe@uoguelph.ca

Additional information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine is available at: https://ovc.uoguelph.ca/population-medicine/graduate-programs  

 

MSc or PhD Candidate  

Social Epidemiology – Pet Obesity

The Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario is seeking applicants, at the MSc or PhD level, interested in research that examines the role of veterinarian-client communication in addressing pet obesity in small-companion-animal practice.   

The successful candidate will receive graduate level training in veterinary epidemiology and will undertake a graduate research project to examine the role and impact of veterinarians’ communication about pet obesity in small-companion-animal practice.  Working with a dynamic and supportive team, this experience will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to develop a sound background in the principles and methods of epidemiological research including quantitative and qualitative methods, to broaden their own written and oral communication skills, and to be at the forefront of research into the social side of veterinary practice.  This unique opportunity should provide graduates of this program with significant career opportunities in industry, academia or research.  

Statements of interest will be accepted until a successful candidate is identified.

Preferred start date: September 2022

Applicants must successfully acquire stipend funding for their program (https://ovc.uoguelph.ca/scholarships-and-fellowships) and meet the academic standards for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the University of Guelph. Applicants with experience in veterinary practice will be preferred. A strong background in the social and/ or biological sciences, as well as basic statistics will be an asset.

For further information or to submit a statement of interest including a full curriculum vitae (CV), please contact:          

 

Dr. Jason Coe

Professor

Department of Population Medicine

University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario, Canada

N1G 2W1

Email: jcoe@uoguelph.ca

Additional information concerning graduate studies in the Department of Population Medicine is available at: https://ovc.uoguelph.ca/population-medicine/graduate-programs  

 

PhD Position

VECTOR-BORNE DISEASE IN THE CONTEXT OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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, 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.

 

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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 (http://bit.ly/2yVClqd) 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.

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