Tier II Canada Research Chair in the area of Innovations in Pipeline Inspection and Monitoring University of Calgary

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary invites national and international applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the area of Innovations in Pipeline Inspection and Monitoring (Pipeline Nondestructive Engineering and Testing). The Chair will be appointed as an Associate Professor with Tenure.  In alignment with the University of Calgary's Eyes High strategic vision and in support of its strategic academic and research priorities of leadership, teaching and research integration, and creating a dynamic environment to promote research excellence, the Chair will actively contribute to research, teaching and curriculum development, and student/postdoc supervision, and is in time expected to grow into a leadership role within the Department and the institution.

In accordance with the regulations set for Tier II CRC Chairs, the candidate will have received their PhD within the last 10 years and be an excellent emerging world-class researcher in a technology area suitable for application to Pipeline Inspection and Preventive Maintenance. The candidate must propose an original, creative and innovative research program, have the ability to attract external funding to support research activities, and be able to attract excellent trainees, students, and future researchers.

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related field. It is expected that the successful candidate will establish a strong research program in the area of Pipeline Nondestructive Engineering and Testing with the potential to achieve international recognition in the next five to ten years. Development of both theoretical and applied research will be considered of value. A demonstrated ability to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to Mechanical Engineering is required, and candidates must be eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

The University of Calgary’s globally competitive pipeline research is facilitated by the Pipeline Engineering Center (PEC), one of three such centers in the world. The University of Calgary’s research in pipeline engineering will transform the current industry paradigm, based on periodic inspection and after-the-fact emergency response, to preventive best practices based on advanced technologies for pipeline integrity and leak detection.

Calgary is uniquely situated, and the majority of pipeline companies in Canada are located in Calgary. Furthermore, the biggest pipeline conference, ASME International Pipeline Conference (IPC) is also held in Calgary every two years. In addition, the Banff pipeline workshop is held at the Banff Centre on alternate years to the IPC for open exchange and dialog on the technology needs of the sector.

The proposed Chair will have unique opportunities to work with other researchers within the university and industry. Currently, there are over 15 researchers within the Pipeline Engineering Centre at the University of Calgary from Schulich School of Engineering and Faculty of Science. The Non Destructive Engineering research area is central to pipeline integrity management programs, and thus the research chair will be well positioned for collaboration with current researchers. PEC is also engaged with the Haskayne School of Business, Werklund School of Education, and the Department of Psychology for holistic training of HQP.

The department currently has 37 full-time faculty members; offers B.Sc., M.Eng., M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering; and has over 500 undergraduate and over 180 graduate students. The department is committed to excellence in research and education. Innovative research programs are well established in Advanced Manufacturing and Design; Applied Mechanics; Biomechanics; Energy, Environment, and Thermo-Fluids; Materials; MEMS; Mechatronics, Automation, Robotics, and Controls. The department is also an active participant in the Energy & Environmental Engineering specialization offered by the Centre for Environmental Engineering Research & Education (CEERE).  Detailed information is available on our website.

The Schulich School of Engineering is committed to fostering diversity through cultivating an environment where people with a variety of backgrounds, genders, interests and talents feel welcome and included. In 2016, the Schulich School of Engineering was recognized with the KNOVO Award of Distinction to honourschool’s commitment to diversity and equity.

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit: i) a cover letter; ii) a curriculum vitae; iii) a statement of research interests; iv) a statement of teaching interests; and v) the names and contact information of three (3) references.

Applications should be sent electronically to:

Dr. Robert Brennan,
Department Head and Chair of the Search Committee,
Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering,
c/o Ms. Jennifer Kilback
Email: jkilback@ucalgary.ca

Applications will be accepted until January 16, 2017.

The University of Calgary believes that a respectful workplace, equal opportunity and building a diverse workforce contribute to the richness of the environment for teaching, learning and research, and provide faculty, staff, students and the public with a university that reflects the society it serves. 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)

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