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Assistant Professor in Urban Sustainability, Schulich School of Engineering

University of Calgary

Job ID: 30852
Location: Main Campus
Updated January 16, 2024

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta.
The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description
The Sustainable Systems Engineering program in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Urban Sustainability. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2024, or a mutually agreed upon date.

Sustainable Systems Engineering is a technical, life-centered transdisciplinary field focusing on how to design, integrate, and manage complex systems over their life cycles with the goal of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. The program will train engineers that will have the knowledge, awareness and competencies needed to manage and implement engineering solutions that minimize negative impacts, strive to achieve at least net neutral outcomes, and, ideally, are restorative with people and the planet in mind.

The successful applicant will align with the University of Calgary's Ahead of Tomorrow strategic vision and support its strategic academic and research priorities of transdisciplinary scholarship, future-focused program delivery, and deeper community integration.

The successful applicant will be an emerging scholar with an original, creative, innovative, and forward-looking research program who has demonstrated excellence in urban sustainability engineering research. This will be evidenced by high-quality scholarly output and research impact demonstrating the potential for independent research leading to peer-evaluated publications, securing external research funding, active engagement with industry, and supervision of graduate students. The successful applicant must demonstrate a solid academic background with research expertise in urban sustainability engineering research, an ability to work as part of our highly collaborative and interdisciplinary research teams, and preferably have participated in multiple stakeholder decision-making, municipal, provincial, industrial and/or Indigenous community collaborative research and a proven track record of applying design skills to real-world problems.

Specialization and expertise are required in the following areas: Sustainable Integrated Urban Infrastructure with a strong emphasis on advancing urban infrastructure design, planning and operation through the lens of livability, sustainability, equity, fairness, accessibility, reliability and resilience; smart urban infrastructure integration and urban climate adaptation, mitigation and resilience. The successful candidate should demonstrate expertise and teaching capacity in modelling cities based on:
• complex systems modelling including self-organizing and cooperative systems;
• mathematical modelling, agent-based modelling and game theory;
• urban dynamics modelling with a special focus on system-of-systems, system dynamics, systems optimization and system integration;
• urban resources rebalancing, urban inequality and environmental justice; and
• complex network science theory with applications to urban infrastructure.

The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to develop and teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses core to engineering and on topics related to Sustainability Systems Engineering. The candidate will actively contribute to teaching, curriculum development, graduate student supervision and mentoring and is expected to provide service supporting SUSE, School, University and Profession. As a University of Calgary community member, the successful candidate will support and contribute to equity, diversity, inclusion, and a positive working and learning environment.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must hold a B.Sc. in Civil, Industrial or Systems Engineering (or equivalent Engineering degree) and a doctoral degree specializing in a Sustainability related discipline; have a strong research track record; and provide evidence of excellence in teaching. Relevant industrial experience is an asset. Candidates should have strong oral and written English communication skills. All candidates must be eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

The successful candidate will benefit from a rich ecosystem that includes world-class engineering scholars, a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and a university community that supports transdisciplinary research, partnerships, and collaborations and supports research and teaching excellence. The University of Calgary is a national leader in sustainability systems, with research activities and programs spanning departments, schools, universities, and communities.

The successful candidate will have a unique opportunity to engage with NSERC CREATE Integrated Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities (IISC) and the Urban Alliance, a partnership between the University of Calgary and the City of Calgary.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the `Apply Now’ link on the UCalgary careers website: https://careers.ucalgary.ca/jobs/13835862-assistant-professor-in-urban-sustainability-schulich-school-of-engineering
Please submit your application in one PDF file (which may require you to merge documents) and include the following:
• Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
• Statement of research interests, accomplishments, and vision (3 pages)
• Statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages)
• Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion, and indigenous engagement (2 pages)
• Statement on sustainability and the role it plays in your research (2 pages)

Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Marjan Eggermont
Interim Associate Dean Sustainability, Schulich School of Engineering
Email: meggermo@ucalgary.ca

Application Deadline: March 1, 2024

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (equity@ucalgary.ca) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (hrhire@ucalgary.ca).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Additional Information
For a listing of all academic opportunities at the University of Calgary, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering, click here.

About the University of Calgary
UCalgary is Canada’s entrepreneurial university, located in Canada’s most enterprising city. It is a top research university and one of the highest-ranked universities of its age. Founded in 1966, its 36,000 students experience an innovative learning environment, made rich by research, hands-on experiences and entrepreneurial thinking. It is Canada’s leader in the creation of start-ups. Start something today at the University of Calgary. For more information, visit ucalgary.ca.

About Calgary, Alberta
Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.