Post doctoral fellow

ENG Civil Engineering

Competition No.  -    A104147864
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

This position has an end date of two years from July 2022 or the date of hire.

A competitive stipend will be awarded commensurate with experience and will include a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Postdoctoral Fellows Benefits Overview

Working for the University of Alberta 

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

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Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Position summary

We are currently looking for a Postdoctoral researcher committed to being part of a team offering opportunities to dedicated people who would like to deepen their understanding of the built environment and contribute to its sustainable development. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering with Dr. Yuxiang Chen, in the laboratory of Intelligent Design and Operation for Built Environment (IDOBE) Research opportunities include intelligent/computational design, robotic on/off-site construction, physics-based and/or data-driven performance modeling and testing, and predictive control/operation. Research objects covers net-zero energy buildings, hybrid HVAC systems, and mass-timber and masonry buildings. The candidate will have access to state-of-art research environments (software and hardware) and gain practical knowledge by working with industrial partners.

Teaching experience can be arranged if desired. Additional financial compensation will be provided if the hire assisted in successful funding applications and/or industrial projects. There is an opportunity of extension to a research associate position upon satisfactory performance.


The candidate is expected to assist with various research needs, including but not limited to the following items:

  • Plan and lead research activities, such as experimental design and setup, design and install remote monitoring systems
  • working with industrial partners to provide practical solutions
  • Prepare of research proposals and reports.
  • Organize workshops, seminars, and conferences organization
  • Training and mentoring of undergraduate and graduate students


  • Ideally has a Ph.D. degree in Engineering with a solid understanding of the building sector.
  • A solid understanding of building science.
  • Highly skilled in building performance simulation, robotic construction, computational design, machine learning, and data analytics.
  • Demonstrated expertise in performance modeling, intelligent/computational design, robotic construction, and operation optimization of sustainable buildings, and their systems (e.g., HVAC and envelope).
  • A strong track record of refereed journal publications
  • The ability to work independently and together with other team members. Need to be highly self-initiative.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Application Instructions:

Please send a cover letter, CV, the names and contact information (address, phone number and email address) of three referees and one most relevant sample publication.

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 in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application. 


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.