Research Associate - Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering University of Alberta, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Canada

Research Associate

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Competition No. -


Closing Date -

Apr 26, 2019


The Canadian Rail Research Laboratory (CaRRL) and the Railway Ground Hazards Research Project (RGHRP) within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering require a Research Associate at the working level to develop, conduct and manage high-level, complex research activities under the direction of the CaRRL and RGHRP Director.


The Research Associate will work individually and jointly with other members under the supervision of the Director to further the research objectives of CaRRL and RGHRP. Additionally, the candidate will be required to supervise field and laboratory research programs and assist and supervise graduate students.


  • Evaluating the results from complex research programs and presenting/ disseminating research findings at internal meetings and to CaRRL and RGHRP industry sponsors, seminars, technical workshops, scientific conferences and other related settings

  • Supervising, training and assisting undergraduate and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and research associates

  • Preparing research grant applications and contract proposals

  • Liaise and foster communication with collaborators from the University of Alberta and other research institutions, railway industry partners and rail transportation regulators

  • Setting and managing ground hazards research objectives and activities for the Railway Ground Hazards Research Project (RGHRP):

    • Independently develop and lead field investigations and monitoring campaigns of areas prone to ground hazards such as soil and rock landslides and ground subsidence within the context of railroad operations

    • Independently design and develop models to understand the processes behind the specific ground hazards analyzed

    • Independently develop procedures and protocols for ground hazard management

    • Participate in writing and compilation of content for the Railway Ground Hazards Research Program's (RGHRP) "Guidelines for Geohazard Risk Assessment along Canadian Railways technical report"

  • Coordinating and managing the research objectives and activities at the Canadian Railway Research Laboratory (CaRRL) :

    • Develop site and laboratory investigations, research methods and protocols for CaRRL
    • Oversee the operations and quality of work analysis of results for CaRRL
    • Analyze CaRRL operations for quality assurance of research management methodologies and protocols
    • Coordinate and execute logistics and budgets for laboratory and field research work
    • Coordinate the procurement and /or commissioning of CaRRL equipment for research projects
    • Work with industrial partners to conduct field research projects
    • Participate in disseminating research results via writing research papers, technical reports and other scholarly publications
    • Organize student and research personnel participation in annual industry workshop


  • PhD in Geotechnical Engineering or a related field

  • Minimum 5 years of research experience within a University environment

  • Demonstrated research capacity (i.e. journal and conference publications)

  • Demonstrated experience on minimum 5 years of supervising graduate students

  • Demonstrated experience of minimum 5 years of teaching University courses

  • Excellent communications skills and technical writing skills

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment

  • Eligibility to register with APEGA as a Professional Engineer within 4 years

  • Experience related to frozen soil conditions and geotechnical laboratory testing is considered as a strong asset

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position has an approximate appointment of two years with the possibility of extension and offers a comprehensive benefits package found at Faculty & Staff Benefits with an annual salary range of $58,210 - $80,050.

Craft a letter explaining how you are going to contribute to the Faculty of Engineering's culture of effectiveness, trust and execution, and why you are the right fit for this position. Submit this letter and your resume. Applications received without a cover letter addressing these elements in detail will not be considered. 

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3) (e)), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application.

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