Tenure-track Faculty Position in Environmental Engineering & Science

ENG Civil Engineering

Competition No.  -    A104149362
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor level in Environmental Engineering and Science with a focus on air quality, particularly related to 1) outdoor air quality and energy, 2) greenhouse gases and climate change, 3) indoor air quality and energy/bioaerosol/building material/ exposure.

Climate change is expected to exacerbate air pollution as meteorological conditions become increasingly conducive to forming air pollutants. These climate-driven changes will increase health and economic implications. In addition, climate change will affect air quality due to the increased frequency of extreme events such as heatwaves and wildfires, which will affect the outdoor quality and indoor air quality. Climate change can enhance the spread of airborne pathogens. In cold climates, residences are tightly sealed to increase energy efficiency and minimize heat loss. Such conditions can negatively affect indoor air quality. This is particularly important in the context of indoor pathogen transmission (such as the SARS-COV-2 virus) and the build-up of traditional and emerging air pollutants. 

There is a need for interdisciplinary research to address the interrelation of climate change, outdoor air quality, indoor air quality, energy, and airborne pathogen transmission. Such research directions are aligned with the department’s focus on climate change and the environment in the following strategic areas: 1) sustainable energy, 2) climate change and the environment, 3) resilient infrastructure. 

We are seeking scholars that are motivated to join and collaborate with our vibrant Environmental Engineering Group. Faculty members in the group currently lead research efforts in green approaches to water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management, bioenergy and resource recovery from waste and wastewater, biomaterials for environmental applications, environmental remediation, ecotoxicology, and air pollution control.

The successful candidate will establish a recognized research program and develop research partnerships with colleagues across the University. They are expected to develop a vigorous externally-funded research program, supervise graduate students and teach graduate and undergraduate courses.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in environmental Engineering, or in related fields and a record of publication in reputable, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedingsThey 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 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 (www.ualberta.ca/faculty-and-staff/index.html), the Faculty of Engineering (www.ualberta.ca/engineering/index.html), and the City of Edmonton (https://exploreedmonton.com/).

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.

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 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: 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) 
  • 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 30th 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. 



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.