Faculty Position in Construction Engineering & Management

ENG Civil Engineering

Competition No.  -    A103649212
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Construction Engineering and Management at the rank of Full Professor with tenure. The successful candidate will be appointed to a named chair position as the Hole School of Construction Engineering Chair in the Hole School of Construction Engineering Chair: https://www.ualberta.ca/engineering/research/groups/construction-engineering/index.html.

We welcome applications from scholars with expertise in the broad areas of construction engineering and management, and this may include but not be limited to the areas of planning and control, construction methods, modelling and simulation, artificial intelligence applications, digital twins for construction, equipment, and robotics for construction operations. Experience in computer simulation, artificial intelligence (AI) techniques and their applications, big data and data analytics, academic?industry partnerships, and/or automation and robotics applications in construction are an asset. Candidates who will work across disciplinary boundaries are particularly encouraged to apply. We are seeking scholars that are motivated to join and collaborate with our vibrant Hole School of Construction group as well as across the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Alberta, and the local communities and industry.

 The successful candidate must have a PhD in Construction Engineering or a closely related field. They are expected to be or become a licensed Professional Engineer through the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA, https://www.apega.ca/). Licensure must be obtained within five years from the date of hire. Consideration will be given to candidates with a record of research impact, which may include publications in reputable, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, developing technology or software solutions, and addressing socio-economic or environmental needs, for example. Research, teaching, service, and volunteer work related to academia, communities, accessibility, inclusivity, and truth and reconciliation will be considered an asset.

The Hole School of Construction Engineering has helped the construction industry in Alberta improve its project and business performance by delivering cutting-edge tools and practices to construction owners, contractors, and tradespeople, while providing a unique training opportunity for highly qualified personnel. Our industrial research partnerships focus on advancing research, student education, and overall practice define the Hole School of Construction Engineering's research and graduate education programs. Our collaborative approach has garnered widespread support from numerous funding agencies, policymakers, and industrial practitioners and demonstrates our value of industry-relevance and partnerships. The Hole School of Construction Engineering is home to nine faculty members with over 15 partner companies, hundreds of graduate students, and over $3 million in annual research funding.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering believes that innovation, professionalism, and excellence stems from faculty members who value diversity, equity, and inclusivity of perspectives, as indicated by a demonstrated record of service and volunteering broadly related to research, teaching, and/or equity, diversity, inclusivity, and decolonization – both past and future. 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 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 enrolment of over 500 students, including approximately 200 PhD students. The undergraduate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering enrol close to 1000 students. The University of Alberta in Edmonton 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 ecosystem with several large locally-owned construction and manufacturing companies, federal and provincial government offices, an international airport, a city council dedicated to innovation as a ‘smart city’, a focus on urban development, and ending homelessness. The city offers the amenities of a large urban centre 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 our spouse/partner hiring practices. We invite you to visit these websites for information about the University of Alberta (www.ualberta.ca/facultyand-staff/index.html), the Faculty of Engineering (www.ualberta.ca/engineering/index.html), and the City of Edmonton (www.edmonton.ca).

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following to the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at civchair@ualberta.ca. The research, teaching, and EDI statements should reflect the candidate’s values and work-related skills and experience.

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information)
  • Curriculum vitae (submit under “CV”)
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current research, along with short- and long-term research goals for an research program (2 pages maximum; submit under “Research Plan”)
  • Teaching dossier that includes past teaching/mentoring experience; a brief teaching philosophy; and evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness (2 pages maximum; submit under "Statement of Teaching Interests”)
  • Equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) 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: https://www.ualberta.ca/equity-diversity-inclusivity/about/strategic-plan-for-edi/index.html; and Engineers Canada’s Strategy: https://engineerscanada.ca/diversity/about-diversity-in-engineering; (2 pages maximum; submit under “EDI Statement")
  • 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.

Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. Applications will remain open until the position is filled. Review of applications and selection of short-listed candidates will begin immediately. 

The University of Alberta aims to increase our diversity, equity, and inclusivity and has 5-year plans in the Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Indigenous Strategic Plan. Alongside this plan, the Faculty of Engineering 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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, additional candidates will be considered.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 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.