Polymer Science and Engineering - Tenure Track/ Tenured Position

ENG Chemical&MaterialsEngineer

Competition No.  -    A103649313
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta invites applications for one full-time, tenure-track/tenured position at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. Appointments at higher ranks may be considered.

We welcome applications from scholars in polymer science and engineering with experimental and/or computational/theoretical research interests. All contemporary areas of research in polymer science and engineering are of interest. Examples include, but are not limited to, polymer synthesis, polymer rheology, polymer processing, polymer reaction engineering, sustainable polymers, the mechanics and physics of polymers, and the use of polymers in energy systems (e.g., as adsorbents/catalysts) and for bioprocessing, biomanufacturing and medical applications. Interdisciplinary work and collaboration are important in our department, and there are several groups to foster relationships with and who offer seminars for researchers on campus, including Future Energy Systems, Precision Health, AI4Society, Intersections of Gender, and Situated Knowledges: Indigenous Peoples and Place.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in polymer, chemical or materials engineering, or a closely related field. They will also have a record of publication in reputable, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings as well as research and teaching experience and skills. Candidates with a demonstrated record of service and volunteerism broadly related to their research, teaching, and/or equity, diversity, and inclusivity will be considered. 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. The successful candidate will establish a research program of independent and cooperative research and industry partnerships. They will also teach undergraduate and graduate courses in chemical and/or materials engineering, and contribute to the future of the department and university through service.

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering is passionate about the development of innovative solutions for the world’s most pressing issues since our first students graduated in 1928 and we are growing every year. We have a complement of more than 45 faculty members with research covering all major areas of chemical and materials engineering including process systems engineering, surface and interfacial science, thermodynamics, reaction engineering and catalysis, biochemical and biomedical engineering, energy-related materials, and welding and metallurgy. We celebrate creativity, diversity, perseverance, and a collaborative spirit and recognize the importance of academic excellence in conjunction with work/life balance, interdisciplinary research, and mentorship. Our graduate program attracts students who are dedicated to developing in their area of expertise from schools worldwide and presently has an enrolment of around 400 graduate students, including approximately 200 PhD students.

The University of Alberta is one of Canada's top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, natural 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 and a major industrial corridor for chemical and materials development and operations with several opportunities for partnerships. 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/faculty-and-staff/index.html), the Faculty of Engineering (www.ualberta.ca/engineering/index.html), and the City of Edmonton (www.edmonton.ca).

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, Metis 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 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 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:

Please submit all the below documents together in one single PDF document.

  • A cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of three referees 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current research and short- and long-term research goals 
  • Teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy and evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness (2 pages maximum)
  • 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/strategi c-plan-for-edi/index.html; and Engineers Canada’s Strategy: https://engineerscanada.ca/diversity/about-diversity-in-engineering; (2 pages maximum) 
  • Three (3) representative journal papers in PDF format (Under Others)
  • 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. Review of applications will begin February 2023 and will continue until the position is filled, with a targeted start date of July 1, 2023. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

How to Apply

Apply Online

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

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.