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Professor in winter hydraulics and flood risk management
Laval University

Date Posted Jun. 12, 2019
Title Professor in winter hydraulics and flood risk management
University Laval University
Quebec, QC, Canada
Department The Department of Civil Engineering and Water Engineering
Application Deadline Aug. 16, 2019
Position Start Date Jan. 1, 2020
  • Professor
  • Water Resources Engineering
    Civil Engineering
    Engineering - Other

Professor in winter hydraulics and flood risk management
Numéro d’offre
Job posting period
28-05-2019 to 16-08-2019

Faculté des sciences et de génie
Département de génie civil et de génie des eaux

General information
More than a school, Université Laval is an entire community in the heart of Quebec City, a complete university recognized for its culture of excellence both in teaching and research.

This position aims to develop research on the behavior of rivers in winter situations through field measurement campaigns, temporal and spatial data analyses and cryo-hydrodynamic numerical modeling. In order to assess and mitigate the risks associated with winter (ice jam) flooding, the research will focus more specifically on:

the development of qualitative criteria for ice breakup and winter flooding thresholds;
construction of prediction models / probability of ice jams at specific sites;
the analyses of the spatio-temporal evolution of the breakup;
the study of the measures, structural or not, applied in Québec for ice cover management in terms of relevance, efficiency, cost and design for site-specific and hydro-meteorological-specific conditions.

Job Description
The successful candidate will:
Teach a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in hydraulics; including introductory courses in fluid mechanics, hydraulic systems, hydraulic laboratory; more advanced courses including design of hydraulic systems, hydraulic engineering, fluvial hydraulics and river engineering;
Develop research activities in the field of winter hydraulics and flood risk management including the supervision of graduate students;
Participate in the University functions and contribute fully to Departmental life and its programs in Civil and Water Engineering;
Manage and direct for projects currently financed by the Ministry of Public Security and continue to collaborate with the MPS on winter flood risk reduction initiatives.

Selection criterias
The candidate will demonstrate the potential and skills needed to achieve excellence in teaching and research. Ideally, he or she will have a solid expertise in analysis and design related to winter hydraulics.

In addition, the candidate will:

hold a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Water Engineering or related engineering field;
have a Ph.D. relevant to the field of winter hydraulics (or about to obtain it);
demonstrate strong potential to develop and conduct a high quality funded research program;
demonstrate strong interest and ability to collaborate with Department researchers;
master the French language, both orally and in writing (if applicable, the candidate will, within a reasonable time, without going beyond the promotion to the rank of ‘professeur agrégé’, demonstrate a functional language proficiency of the oral and written French);
be a member of the "Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec" (or commit to become one in the short term).

The chosen person will be called upon to collaborate with the researchers of the Department. He (she) will have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment funded in part by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Government of Quebec. In the short term, he (she) will assume responsibility for a winter flooding research area funded at several hundred thousand dollars a year until 2022.

Hiring and treatment

Salary according to the current collective agreement.

Additional information
The Department of Civil Engineering and Water Engineering is composed of 24 professors working in soil mechanics, water and the environment and structures and materials. The Department houses research and teaching Chairs, research centers and internationally recognized research groups. There are two undergraduate programs, one in Civil Engineering and the other in Water Engineering. There are currently about 500 undergraduate and 175 graduate students.

Application deadline: August 16th, 2019

Job starting date: January 1st, 2020

Interested persons are asked to submit a dossier including: a one-page presentation overview, a detailed curriculum vitae, a description of the field of competence (max 1 page), a presentation to clearly demonstrate that the candidate has the ability to set up an innovative teaching method in the field of water engineering (max 4 pages), an outline of the proposed research program (max 4 pages) and the names and full contact details of three people to whom the candidate will have asked to provide references. Please submit :

M. Paul Lessard, Chairman
Université Laval
Département de génie civil et de génie des eaux
Pavillon Adrien-Pouliot, local 1916-B
1065, avenue de la Médecine
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6 Canada
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  • As an employer that values diversity in its workforce, Université Laval invites all qualified individuals to apply, particularly women, visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal people and people with disabilities; however, priority will be given to Canadians as well as permanent residents.

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Contact Information

  • M. Paul Lessard, Chairman
    Département De Génie Civil Et De Génie Des Eaux
    Laval University
    Pavillon Adrien-Pouliot, Local 1916-B
    1065, Ave De La Médecine
    Quebec, QC


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