Public Transit Electrification Postdoctoral Fellow
Competition 600

Department Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
Posted date February 29, 2024
Closing date Will remain open until filled.
Position Type Full Time


This position offers a benefits package found at Postdoctoral Fellows BenefitsThe annual salary range for this position is $45,000 - $50,000 in addition to conference travel.

Location - This role is in person at North Campus Edmonton.

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.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

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.

Working for Moving Transport Forward in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 

Our research group, Moving Transport Forward, led by Dr. Emily Grise, is located in the School of Urban and Regional Planning, which is in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta. The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers interdisciplinary approaches to diverse teaching and research themes. One of the largest and best supported departments in Canada, it has an international reputation for leading-edge research. The EAS department was established in 1995 when the former departments of Geology (1912) and Geography (1957) were merged. EAS has grown to more than 50 faculty members, and over 120 graduate students, and is recognized for its scholarly achievement, excellence in teaching and research, and service to the community.


To counter the pollution of fossil fuel powered vehicles in the public transit sector, agencies across the globe have ramped up the purchase of net-zero emission buses, with battery electric buses (BEBs) leading alternatives such as hydrogen fuel-cell buses. This study will comprehensively assess empirical data on the operational performance of BEB fleets in select winter cities.  In this work, the researcher will work with the Principle Investigator to identify challenges, opportunities, and strategies for transit agencies in winter cities to decarbonize their bus fleets.


Key responsibilities will include: 

  1. Conducting a critical systematic literature review to synthesize the current state of knowledge on the operational and financial performance of battery electric buses.
  2. Analyzing transit operations data with partner agencies to develop key performance indicators.  
  3. Writing academic papers and research briefs to disseminate the research findings.   

Minimum Qualifications

  • A PhD degree awarded within the past 5 years in a discipline relevant to the project (such as Urban Planning, geography, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, environmental sciences).  

Preferred Qualifications

The following qualifications are considered an asset for this role:

  • Demonstrated strength in conducting scoping/systematic literature reviews (i.e. a published review paper).
  • Experience and knowledge on the topic of public transit operations.
  • Demonstrated experience in transportation quantitative analysis.
  • GIS experience is desired.
  • Excellent written and oral communication in English.
  • Demonstrated capability to work effectively in an inter-disciplinary team environment.

Closing date: Screening of applications will commence on March 19, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions:

  • Please submit your curriculum vitae and a brief cover letter in one document under "Resume & Cover Letter".
  • Please submit your list of references under "References".

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

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.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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, M├ętis 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.