Geotechnical Engineering Faculty Position

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Deadline: Will remain open until filled.; Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to meet the growing needs of our Geotechnical Engineering program. Applications are invited from candidates with expertise in energy geotechnics research, in particular, demonstrated expertise in subsurface assurance issues related to technologies guiding our energy transition future, such as CCS, UHS and geothermal applications. The successful candidate is expected to conduct collaborative research within the Reservoir Geomechanics Research Group and contribute to the ongoing growth of our GeoInnovation Environments: GeoREF (high temperature/pressure experimental lab), GeoCERF (beam centrifuge research facility), GeoPRINT(3D printing of rocks and fractures) and GeoRMT(reservoir geomechanical modeling platform). We focus on the excellence, originality, and promise of the candidate 's work as evidenced by the impact and quality of their scientific contributions. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant, multidisciplinary community of researchers. They must demonstrate the ability to develop a viable and productive research program, an interest and aptitude in teaching a broad select ion of undergraduate and graduate civil engineering courses and supervising graduate students, and a commitment to be an active citizen within the university, the engineering profession, and the broader community.

As we expand, the Department recognizes that our people are and will continue to be our greatest strength. We recognize the importance of academic excellence in conjunction with work/ life balance, interdisciplinary collaborative research, mentorship, and a collegial atmosphere. We encourage individuals to strive for excellence in accordance with their abilities while maintaining a level of balance between teaching, research, and service to the university and the engineering profession. We celebrate creativity, diversity, perseverance, and a cooperative spirit.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering. The successful candidate will be a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta. If not, a successful candidate will be required to become a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Alberta with eligibility for membership with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) within one year of their appointment. The successful candidate will have an excellent record of publication in reputable, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated the impact of their research, who provide evidence of established and respected research and teaching skills, and who have a demonstrated record of service at the departmental, institutional, national, and/or international levels.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, including the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, aims to maintain its position among the top schools in North America. Our faculty members have developed dynamic research programs in all areas of Civil, Environmental, Mining, and Petroleum Engineering and have engaged in partnerships that range from not-for-profits to large corporations. The Department leadership is committed to development of faculty members’ growth as leaders – both inside and outside the University. Our graduate program attracts outstanding students from the best schools worldwide and presently has an enrollment of over 500 students, including approximately 200 PhD students. The undergraduate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering enroll close to 1000 students.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada's top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. The University of Alberta offers close to 900 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 18 faculties on five campuses, including one rural and one francophone campus, and has more than 275,000 alumni worldwide. The university and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for "uplifting the whole people."

The University of Alberta is in Edmonton, home to over one million people and Alberta’s capital. Edmonton offers a vibrant start-up and technology ecosystem, federal and provincial government offices, an international airport, a city council dedicated to innovation as a ‘smart city’, urban development, and ending homelessness. The city offers the amenities of a large urban center while maintaining a friendly atmosphere. Edmonton is known internationally for its thriving arts scene with a variety of family activities, an array of indoor and outdoor sports and fitness opportunities, one of North America’s largest stretches of urban parkland, and top-ranked health care services. Campus offers childcare , and there are multiple housing options within steps of campus. Faculty members are offered parental and medical leaves , retirement benefits , and healthcare benefits . The Faculty of Engineering values families and aims to minimize the long-distance separation of them when possible through partner employment support. We invite you to visit these websites for information about the University of Alberta (, the Faculty of Engineering (, and the City of Edmonton ( ).

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women, First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons, members of visible minority groups, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply. The University of Alberta aims to increase our diversity, equity, and inclusivity and has concrete 5-year plans in the Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Indigenous Strategic Plan. The Faculty of Engineering also recognizes and is taking active steps in our student recruitment and hiring processes to support Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 Goal to increase the proportion of newly licensed female-identifying engineers to 30% by the year 2030.

How to Apply 

To apply, please submit the following online:

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information) 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current research and short- and long-term research goals (2 pages maximum) 
  • Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness (2 pages maximum) 
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusivity statement that outlines the candidate’s philosophy, experience, training, and future interests and goals in these areas related to research, teaching, and service. The future interest and goals section should be aligned with institutional and disciplinary strategies, including the University of Alberta’s Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity:; and Engineers Canada’s Strategy:; (2 pages maximum) 
  • To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203 (3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this at the bottom of your cover letter.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The starting date is anticipated to be July 1, 2023. Review of applications will begin March 30, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. 

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

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