Post Doctoral Fellow

Mechanical Engineering

Competition No.  -    A106745060
Closing Date  -    Will remain open until filled.

One Postdoctoral Fellow (PDF) position is available at the University of Alberta, Canada. The PDF is expected to work with Prof. Xinming Li and Prof. Qipei Mei and to lead the projects on the development of computer vision and deep learning techniques to improve construction safety and productivity.


  • The applicant must hold or are expected to obtain a Ph.D. by the time of hiring in a relevant discipline (e.g., Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, etc.)
  • The applicant should be highly motivated, well organized, and passionate about research with good communication skills in English and competent publication records
  • The applicant should have a strong desire to conduct transformational research in close collaboration with the industry
  • Previous research experience in deep learning, computer vision, and/or ergonomic analysis as well as motion study is preferred

Responsibilities & Training:

  • Develop computer vision algorithms and data analysis techniques to detect unsafe human behaviour and unsafe conditions in the construction work environment
  • Deliver clear and concise written and oral presentations of data analysis and internal/external reports.  Prepare manuscripts for publications and present their work at national/international conferences
  • Mentoring junior students in both technical and safety matters

Duration & Salary:

  • This full-time PDF position has an initial 1-year appointment (as per UofA policy for PDFs), with the potential for annual renewal/promotion for up to 3 years
  • Salary will be commensurate with qualifications
  • The appointment is expected to begin immediately or no later than September 30, 2021.  Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled


Please send a copy of your up-to-date CV, a cover letter, transcripts, and contact information of at least 3 references to Prof. Xinming Li at and Prof. Qipei Mei at The University of Alberta are deeply committed to improving diversity in Engineering. Women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply


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.