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Faculty of Health Sciences
Nutrition Sciences

As part of an expansion of its research and teaching programs in food and nutrition sciences, the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa invites applications for one tenure-track faculty position in Nutrition, management, leadership, and food provision.

The University of Ottawa provides to around 40,000 students and 5,500 staff members a dynamic and stimulating environment where research and knowledge are fundamental to all aspects of university life. Located on the unceded territory of the Anishinabé-Algonquin people, in the nation's capital in close proximity to multiple national agencies such as Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Statistics Canada and other government agencies fosters partnerships and collaborations in training and research.

The School of Nutrition Sciences provides French and English education across the spectrum of food and nutrition sciences to enable students be leaders in health promotion through expertise in food and nutrition, nutrition care, public health nutrition, management and leadership, communication and collaboration, professionalism and ethics, as well as safe and healthy food production and service in public and private sector institutions. Programs include a variety of experiential learning activities to practice theoretical concept and build skills.

Professors in the School are conducting research on a broad range of topics related to food and nutrition across the lifespan, from the impact of maternal and infant nutrition on development to how food and diet influence the development of chronic diseases later in life. Topics also include the impact of food composition and processing on the bioaccessibility and bioavailability of nutrients and bioactive compounds. They are also investigating the impact of foods and diets on the composition and function of the human microbiome and how that impacts gut health, mental health, and other health outcomes.

The successful candidate will have expertise related to food and nutrition, management and leadership, safe and healthy food production, service, and supply in public and private sector institutions. He or she will prepare our students for careers as managers, leaders, and entrepreneurs in institutions responsible for the food supply, nutrition, and health of people of all ages, including the aging.

Research interests may include:

  • Optimal management of food, nutrition, and health services, including evaluation of service and product quality, resources, losses, profits, and costs,
  • Use and development of technologies for food and nutrition related management,
  • Evaluating the management of food service systems in a variety of settings (e.g., long-term care, hospitals, schools, daycares, detention facilities),
  • Identifying best practices in healthy and safe food supply management and sustainable food,
  • Study of food systems, including food environments and their effects on the nutritional health of individuals,
  • Needs assessment, planning, management, and evaluation of the community food supply to support health,
  • Managing risk, change and emergencies, including crises, in relation to the food supply,
  • Using leadership to promote health through food and nutrition; and developing management and leadership competencies related to nutrition.

The research community at the University of Ottawa will allow the researcher to integrate into interdisciplinary networks with researchers from health, medical, sociology, psychology, and other fields. The LIFE Research Institute and the Population Health PhD program, which are administratively hosted by the Faculty of Health Sciences are well aligned with the research direction of the successful candidate.

Because food security and nutrition-related health conditions disproportionately impact disadvantaged communities and Indigenous and minority populations have unique challenges regarding food sovereignty and food security, preference will be given to Indigenous and visible minority candidates.

Title of the position: Assistant or associate professor level, in nutrition, management, leadership, and food provision.

Duties/responsibilities: The functions of a member of the academic staff include: a) teaching activities at the undergraduate and graduate level; b) scholarly activities involving a research program; c) activities related to service to the School, Faculty, and University community; d) supervision of undergraduate and graduate research students, including direction of thesis projects.

Terms: Tenure-track position.

Salary: Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $88,735 and for an Associate Professor starts at $98,019.

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability insurance, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work: School of Nutrition Sciences, University of Ottawa, Thompson Hall, 25 University, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Isabelle Giroux, Director, School of Nutrition Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, 25 University #120, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5. Telephone: 613-562-5800 ext: 1596.



  • Ph.D. in Nutrition or a related field.
  • Postdoctoral experience in nutrition, management, leadership, food provision or a related field is an asset.

Professional affiliation:

  • Registration to the College of Dietitians of Ontario or the college of dietitians of another Canadian province with the capacity to transfer registration in Ontario.
  • Membership with Dietitians of Canada or eligibility to join.

Work experience:

  • Demonstrated research excellence in a nutrition field related to management and leadership, 
  • Experience in university teaching and training at the undergraduate level,
  • Demonstrated knowledge of teaching and training at the graduate level,
  • Solid experience in interdisciplinary collaboration,
  • Ability to communicate and teach effectively in English and French, both orally and in writing.

Application deadline: October 17, 2021. Note: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled

To apply, please click here to submit your online application for the posting number J0921-0497.

Applicants should submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Letter describing their professional experience, research contributions, experience in university teaching and service.
  • Description of their teaching interests including their teaching philosophy and pedagogical approaches.
  • A statement of English / French proficiency - ability to speak / write / teach in French and English (level of bilingualism).
  • A detailed description of current and future research plans (maximum 5 pages).
  • Contact information for three people to contact for letters of recommendation.

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations by email at Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.