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Assistant Professor, Smart Sensors for Process Industry Applications
University of Calgary

Date Posted Feb. 10, 2021
Title Assistant Professor, Smart Sensors for Process Industry Applications
University University of Calgary
Calgary, AB, Canada
Department Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Schulich School of Engineering
Application Deadline Mar. 7, 2021
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2021
  • Assistant Professor
  • Engineering - Other

The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, 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 the area of Smart Sensors for Industrial Process Engineering Applications. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

The successful applicant will align with the University of Calgary’s new Growth Through Focus strategic vision and support the University’s academic and research plans, as well as its Indigenous, mental health internationalization and sustainability strategies.

Candidates will be a new or emerging scholar with potential for an original, creative, innovative and forward-looking research program, with demonstrated background or excellence in the engineering of smart sensors that can be used in process engineering applications that are relevant to industries such as energy, food, pulp and paper, chemical, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.

This will be evidenced by high-quality scholarly output, and other impacts, that demonstrate the potential to lead independent research, deliver peer-evaluated publications, secure external research funding, actively engage with industry, and excel at graduate student supervision. Successful candidates must demonstrate a strong background with research expertise in smart sensors, and in particular how they can be applied in process engineering applications, and an ability to work as part of highly-collaborative research teams, and preferably have participated in collaborative research with academic and industry partners at the sub-national, national or international levels. Specialization and engineering expertise are required in one or more of the following areas:

  • Smart Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Sensor Design and Fabrication
  • Process Control System Design and Optimization
  • Industrial Internet of Things
  • Data Analytics: Applications of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Techniques
  • Sensor Fusion and Soft Sensing

The successful candidate will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to sensors and process control, chemical engineering and electrical engineering. They will actively contribute to teaching, curriculum development, graduate student supervision and mentoring, and will be expected to provide service in support of the Department, School, University and profession. As a member of the University of Calgary community, the successful candidate will support, and contribute to, equity, diversity and inclusion and a positive working and learning environment.

To be eligible for consideration candidates must hold a B.Sc. in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline, a strong research track record, and evidence of excellence in teaching. Relevant industrial experience is an asset. Candidates should have strong oral and written English communication skills. All candidates must hold or 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 environment that includes world-class scholars, a focus on entrepreneurship and innovation, and a university community that strongly supports transdisciplinary research, partnerships and collaborations, and teaching excellence. The Schulich School of Engineering is aligned with the University of Calgary’s bold new strategic plan, where a key focus area is "Exploring Digital Worlds". This digital initiative will drive transformation though its transdisciplinary approach to developing advanced technologies, including smart sensors, in areas of societal importance.

Housed within the Schulich School of Engineering, the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and the Department of Electrical and Software Engineering also support the School’s strategic plan Catalyst for a Connected World, while sharpening our focus on the creation of digital technologies.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the ‘Apply Now’ link and include:

  • Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
  • Statement of research interests, accomplishments, vision for the position, and a 5-year plan for the research program including potential funding sources, resources required, and potential collaborations (4 pages).
  • Optional: One research manuscript (published or under preparation) authored by the candidate can be included with the research statement in a single file. The manuscript will be in excess of the four pages associated with the research statement.
  • Statement on equity, diversity and inclusion (2 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (2 pages)

Applications will be accepted until March 7, 2021.

For more information and to apply:…

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, 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.

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. 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)

About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is situated on land adjacent to where the Bow River meets the Elbow River; the traditional Blackfoot name of this place is "Mohkinstsis", which we now call the City of Calgary. Calgary is home for the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta and the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

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.

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