Assistant or Associate Professors (Civil Engineering)

University of Ottawa

Ottawa, ON, Canada 🇨🇦

Job Family: Academic Leadership and Faculty

Union affiliation: APUO

Faculty/Department: Department of Civil Engineering_FT

Campus: Other

Date Posted: July 26, 2023

Closing Date: October 10, 2023

Note: Applications will be accepted until 11:59 PM on the day prior to the Posting End Date above

The Department of Civil Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering is actively searching for enthusiastic, innovative, and motivated and bilingual individuals to fill two (2) tenure-track faculty positions. We are particularly interested in candidates specializing in the fields of Environmental Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, and Water Resources. Our department is dedicated to fostering a creative and dynamic academic environment, and we believe that these positions offer an excellent opportunity to contribute to our ongoing research and educational initiatives.  

Title of the position: Assistant or Associate Professor, the rank of Full Professor will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Duties: The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) teaching activities; b) scholarly activities revealed by research or professional work; c) supervision of graduate students; d) academic and professional service activities. The candidate will be expected to develop and lead an active nationally and internationally recognized research program, attract external research funding, supervise graduate students, collaborate with other faculty members, and participate in educational and professional activities including administrative duties.

Rank and salary: Regular tenure-track academic appointment in the Faculty of Engineering with a salary consistent with the collective agreement of the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO).

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete compensation package, which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance.

Location of work: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa. The University of Ottawa is located on the unceded ancestral land of the Algonquin people, in the heart of Canada’s capital, which provides world-class cultural and recreational opportunities.  The University of Ottawa is one of Canada’s top-ten research intensive universities, and the world’s largest English/French bilingual university. The Faculty of Engineering provides a learning environment that promotes excellence and innovation, with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurial design. Excellence and diversity in research are built on strong collaboration with industry and government research institutions, many of which are located in the nation’s capital. The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa maintains active research programs in Geotechnical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Water Resources Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering Materials, and Construction Management. With these positions the Department of Civil Engineering will have 26 full-time faculty members, 3 teaching professors, and 7 support staff members. The present enrolment is more than 500 undergraduate and nearly 300 graduate students. Further information relating to the Department can be viewed on its web site.

The Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa offers outstanding research facilities in various fields of engineering. These state-of-the-art facilities not only provide students and researchers with the necessary tools for cutting-edge research but also create excellent opportunities for hands-on learning within the civil engineering program. One example of these remarkable facilities is the Environmental Engineering lab. It is equipped with modern tools and resources to conduct advanced research in key areas of the Environmental Engineering Group. Some of the research focuses include wastewater treatment, anaerobic digestion, valorization of residual organics, water treatment, and wastewater surveillance of health threats and disease. Similarly, the Geotechnical Engineering laboratory is furnished with advanced equipment that enables cutting-edge research in several geotechnical areas. These areas include unsaturated soils, mining geotechnics, energy geotechnics, coupled processes in geotechnical systems, waste geotechnics, and transportation geotechnics. The Structural/Material Engineering Lab boasts modern and well-equipped research laboratories. These labs offer a wide range of testing capabilities, such as a strong floor, multiple hydraulic actuators, universal testing machines, temperature and humidity-controlled chambers, unique blast and wind damage simulators, and a microscopy room. The lab’s focus areas encompass earthquake and blast engineering, deterioration of concrete infrastructure, structural evaluation and rehabilitation, construction materials, and wind engineering. Finally, the water resources engineering lab is a world-class facility that houses unique equipment. Notably, it features a one-of-a-kind state-of-the-art tsunami and earthquake simulator. Additionally, the lab is equipped with various flumes used for sediment transport and effluent mixing applications, along with a set of particle image velocimetry apparatus. In addition, the Department of Civil Engineering is home to two joint institutes, the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Civil Engineering (OCICE) and the Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Environmental Engineering (OCINE), which are among the largest civil and environmental engineering institutes in Canada. These institutes offer incredible opportunities for excellent research collaboration.

Contact information: Dr. Mamadou Fall, Chair, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis Pasteur, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, [email protected]

Skills Requirements:

  • Education: Ph.D. or equivalent in civil engineering, or related discipline.
  • Work experience: Candidates must demonstrate an excellent research track record, showcasing their contributions to high quality academic journals and indicating their potential for conducting independent research that leads to peer-reviewed publications. In addition, candidates must have a proven track record or ability to secure external research funding, actively collaborate with research partners and effectively supervise graduate students.
  • French: Candidates must be able to teach in French. The active knowledge of French is a requirement for these positions.
  • Other: Passive knowledge of the other official language in Canada (English) is a requirement for tenure.  Registration as a Professional Engineer in Canada needs to be satisfied at the time of tenure and thereafter. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to contributing to a culture that supports diversity and inclusion.

Application deadline: October 1, 2023.

The application material consists of a CV, a detailed teaching and research statement along with the contact information for three referees.

Applications should be submitted electronically through the University of Ottawa Academic Careers website.

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity, and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples in Canada, visible minorities members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse, and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations by email at [email protected]. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as defined in Policy 129 – Covid-19 Vaccination. This policy was suspended effective May 1, 2022 but may be reinstated at any point in the future depending on public health guidelines and the recommendations of experts.





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