Posted: Oct 3, 2020

Head, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

University of Manitoba - Winnipeg, MB
Salary: Monthly
Application Deadline: Oct 30, 2020

Job Description and Responsibilities:

The Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba invites applications for a tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor and for a term position of up to five years as Head, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, effective January 1, 2021 or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences offers undergraduate and graduate programs in both Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences. The Food Science undergraduate program is approved by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the Human Nutritional Sciences undergraduate program is accredited by the Partnership for Dietetic Education and Practice.

The Department is currently developing a new Masters of Applied Human Nutrition (MAHN) program to replace the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority-led dietetic internship program. This combined course and practical experience program will qualify students to write the Canadian Dietetic Registration Examination (CDRE). The proposed 1-year MAHN program will launch in September 2022.

The Head holds an administrative position, supervising 21 FTE academic staff, 12 support staff, and participates in the teaching, research and service activities of the Department and the Faculty. The Department has an active research program (last fiscal year ~ $3.1M in funding) and offers courses of study leading to baccalaureate (current enrollment ~ 305), M.Sc. (current enrollment~ 42) and Ph.D. degrees (current enrollment~ 30). Department agreements with Universities in China contribute to the Department’s diverse student body. The Head is responsible to the Dean of the Faculty. The Department Head powers and duties are outlined on the University’s Governance website


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in food science, nutritional sciences or a related field, and must have an accomplished research record in nutrition or food science. Candidates must have vision and leadership skills, be an excellent communicator, have a commitment to excellence in teaching and research, support collegiality and collaboration, and continue to foster transdisciplinary activities across University faculties, government and non-government stakeholders, including the broader agri-food system. The Head will be an advocate for department programs and their respective recognitions and accreditations. As a member of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Executive team, the Head will contribute toward strategic management of resources and engagement with external stakeholders.

Additional information:

The University of Manitoba ( is the province's largest, most comprehensive and only research-intensive postsecondary educational institution. It is home to a wide range of research centres and institutes.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact [email protected] or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

The University of Manitoba is located in Winnipeg, a prairie city with a population exceeding 700,000. Its ethnic diversity is notable and is celebrated through its many annual Festivals. Experience Winnipeg's world-class arts and entertainment, and professional sports teams. Winnipeg boasts a balanced lifestyle with affordability; the Winnipeg housing market is one of the most favourable in Canada. Winnipeg is located close to superb outdoor recreational activities with a wide variety of lake, beaches, and wilderness areas within an easy drive from the city.

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How To Apply:

Enquiries and applications should be sent in confidence to:

Dr. Martin Scanlon, Dean
Chair of the Advisory Committee
Email: [email protected]

Applicants are requested to submit the following materials, preferably via email as one PDF file attachment by October 30th, 2020. These materials will be shared with the members of the search committee starting in early November 2020.

  • Cover letter that addresses your leadership experience and your vision as Head of the Department.
  • Short statements of:
    1. Experience in, and approach to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion;
    2. Experience in, and approach to budgeting and other administrative activities.
  • Curriculum vitae that includes the names of three referees.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (Manitoba)”. Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.