Tenure-Track Position in Construction Engineering & Management
Competition 871

Department Faculty of Engineering - Civil and Environmental Engineering Dept
Posted date May 1, 2024
Closing date July 12, 2024
Position Type Full Time


The Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor position in construction engineering and infrastructure management. We welcome applications from scholars with expertise in construction engineering and management in construction supply chain management, Building Information Modelling (BIM), optimization and decision support systems, construction circular economy, digital fabrication and construction, and/or production planning and control. Experience in modern construction methods and materials, artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics, augmented reality, and automation for construction operations is an asset. This position is part of the University of Alberta’s priority to build a diverse faculty; thus, candidates from underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Scholars at the University of Alberta work across disciplinary boundaries: Across the Faculty of Engineering, the University of Alberta, and local communities and industry. The successful candidate will also join or collaborate with the Hole School of Construction Engineering (HSCE).

The Role of Assistant Professor

Assistant Professors at the University of Alberta are responsible for research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate must have a PhD in construction engineering and management or a closely related field. Successful candidates will have a record of research impact, including, but not limited to, publications in reputable, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, developing technology or software solutions, and addressing socio-economic or environmental needs, for example. They 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. Teaching experience will be considered an asset as the successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in civil engineering, and contribute to the future of the department, profession, and university through service. Research, teaching, service, and volunteer work related to academia, communities, accessibility, inclusivity, and truth and reconciliation is an asset.

The Hole School of Construction Engineering

The School has helped the construction industry in Alberta improve its project and business performance by delivering cutting-edge tools and practices to construction owners, contractors, and tradespeople while providing a unique training opportunity for highly qualified personnel. Our industrial research partnerships focus on advancing research, student education, and overall practice to define the HSCE's research and graduate education programs. Our collaborative approach has garnered widespread funding from numerous agencies, policymakers, and industrial practitioners and demonstrates our value of industrial relevance and partnerships. The HSCE is home to 9 faculty members, over 15 partner companies, hundreds of graduate students, and over $3 million in annual research funding. Learn more about the School here: https://www.ualberta.ca/engineering/research/groups/construction-engineering/index.html

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Schools

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering believes that innovation, professionalism, and excellence stem from faculty members who value diversity, equity, and inclusivity of perspectives, as indicated by a demonstrated record of service and volunteering broadly related to research, teaching, and/or equity, diversity, inclusivity, and decolonization – both past and future. 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 is committed to the development of faculty members’ growth as leaders – both inside and outside the University. Our graduate program attracts students who are dedicated to developing in their area of expertise from schools worldwide and presently has an enrolment of over 500 students, including approximately 200 PhD students.

The University of Alberta

The University of Alberta exists to inspire and ignite the human spirit in pursuit of a better tomorrow. Its work is rooted in its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion while honouring Indigenous identities, languages, cultures, and world views. As one of the world’s top 100 teaching and research universities, the U of A ranks among the top 5 in Canada, providing a $19.4 billion annual economic impact in Alberta alone. The U of A seeks to challenge, to change, and to always be Leading with Purpose.

More than 44,000 students and 13,000 staff shape the U of A, with outstanding achievements in learning, research, creativity, innovation, and engagement across five campuses — including one rural and one francophone. The U of A attracts top talent in rigorous undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in 17 faculties across three colleges and more than $550 million in sponsored research revenue. The U of A has more than 300,000 alumni worldwide.

Working at the University of Alberta and Living in Edmonton

The University of Alberta is in Edmonton, home to over one million people and Alberta’s capital. Edmonton offers a vibrant start-up ecosystem with several large locally-owned construction and manufacturing companies, federal and provincial government offices, an international airport, a city council dedicated to innovation as a ‘smart city’, a focus on urban development, and ending homelessness. The city offers the amenities of a large urban centre while maintaining a friendly atmosphere. Many faculty members live within walking or biking distance from campus in neighbourhoods with various housing options from condos to detached homes in one of Canada’s most affordable cities. 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 healthcare services. The campus offers childcare, and there are multiple housing options within steps of campus. Faculty members are offered parental and medical leave, retirement benefits, and healthcare benefits. The Faculty of Engineering values families and aims to minimize their long-distance separation when possible through our spouse/partner hiring practices. 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

Apply online. Please provide the listed documents below. The research, teaching, and EDI statements should reflect the candidate’s values, work-related skills, and experience.

1)    Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of the three referees (see below for more information)

2)    Curriculum vitae (submit under “CV”)

3)    Research statement that outlines main areas of current research, along with short- and long-term research goals for a research program (2 pages maximum; submit under “Research Plan”)

4)    Teaching dossier that includes past teaching/mentoring experience; a brief teaching philosophy; and evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness (2 pages maximum; submit under "Statement of Teaching Interests”)

5)    Equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) 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; submit under “EDI Statement")

We invite requests for reasonable accommodations and inquiries about accessibility from candidates during the recruitment process in line with the University's Accommodations Policy. For a confidential conversation, candidates should contact enghrsp@ualberta.ca with the Job Posting Number and Title referenced in the email.

Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted. The posting will be open until June 5, 2024. Review of applications and selection of short-listed candidates will begin immediately.

The University of Alberta aims to increase our diversity, equity, and inclusivity and has 5-year plans in the Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Indigenous Strategic Plan. Alongside this plan, the Faculty of Engineering is taking active steps in our student recruitment and hiring processes to work towards Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 Goal to increase the proportion of newly licensed female-identifying engineers to 30% by 2030.

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.


Note: This opportunity will be available until midnight July 12, 2024, Edmonton, Alberta local time.