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Tenure-track position in the area of Structures and Infrastructure in Canadian Northern and Indigenous Communities

Date posted: September 23, 2019 2019
Revised: October 7, 2019
Application deadline: December 15, 2019
Position code: 19_T_BCEE_M

The Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Structures and Infrastructure in Canadian Northern and Indigenous Communities. This call extends to all individuals with interests in wood and timber structures, northern and indigenous housing, effect of climate change on structures and infrastructure, fire safety performance of structures, structural durability, effect of permafrost degradation on northern infrastructure and housing, relevant building and bridge code issues, and related areas. The appointment is intended to be at the rank of Assistant Professor but exceptional candidates at the Associate level may also be considered.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. Commensurate with their rank at either the Assistant or Associate Professor level, candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally-recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area(s) and multidisciplinary area of infrastructure development and management in the northern and indigenous communities.

About the Department

The Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering has a faculty complement of 43 professors active in the various areas of building, civil and environmental engineering and its strength has rapidly been growing in recent years. The department offers PhD, masters and bachelor degrees in Building Engineering, Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering. The Civil Engineering undergraduate program was recently ranked among the top 20 civil engineering programs in the world. Concordia University attracts high quality domestic and international students in all its programs and has stable and strong enrollment at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The department has two university recognized research Centers - Concordia Institute for Water, Energy and Sustainable Systems (CIWESS), and Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies (CZEBS), and two faculty level Centers - Structural Safety and Resilience (CSSR), and Centre for Innovation in Construction and Infrastructure Engineering and Management (CICIEM). The department has world-class research labs and facilities. The candidate should be able to leverage them to establish a strong externally-funded research program related to this position. For more information about the department, please visit: www.concordia.ca/bcee

About the Faculty

The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is ranked among the top ten engineering schools in Canada. The School is home to over 10,000 engineering and computer science students and a faculty complement of 235 faculty members. The School has about 4,500 graduate students enrolled in 35 graduate programs. Its research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges. Concordia University and the School attract a high quality, diverse student population in all its programs. For more information on the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit: concordia.ca/ginacody.  

About Concordia

Concordia University is recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50 and one of the most international universities in the world. With more than 7,000 faculty and staff, and 47,000 students, Concordia enables individuals to grow, contribute and innovate.

Located on two campuses in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, our faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and compelling program offerings in our four Faculties, Library, School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education.

Today’s challenges require new, collaborative, interdisciplinary thinking and action. We are designing a next-generation university that draws on the skills of our faculty and on the strengths of our external academic, private and public sector partnerships to prepare our students and society for what comes next. Our priority is to mobilize cross-sections of experts to translate novel scholarship into real-world applications. We aspire to ask big questions on health, well-being and social responsibility and to find creative solutions that transcend academic boundaries.

Ambitious, innovative, research- and community-engaged, our university is celebrated for its commitments to transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact. Concordia supports teaching, learning and research by its commitment to sustaining excellence, inclusion and opportunity for the entire academic community.

In 2019, Concordia was recognized as a top Montreal employer for the fourth year running. We made the list based on a number of criteria, including pension and benefits, training and development opportunities and the physical and social aspects of the workplace.

About Montreal

Montréal, our home, is exceptional. It is a truly unique city — safe and clean, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner.

Another reason people flock to Montreal is because it's an affordable city. With a diverse population of 1.7 million, it is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres, and has been named the best student city in the world.

The city is home to over 170,000 university students, a thriving multicultural scene and the most affordable tuition in Canada.

Bilingualism is a part of Montréal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant Anglophone population, it is the second largest French-speaking city in the world.

Montréal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals that run throughout the year. As North America’s number one choice for international events and festivals, it was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.

The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming, film and world affairs.

Qualifications

Applicants must hold a PhD in Civil Engineering or related discipline with expertise in structural engineering with a strong orientation to strong and independent scholarly research and evidence of teaching effectiveness at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and a strong commitment to supervision of MASc and PhD students. The ability to establish partnerships with industry and external agencies, and a program of research integrating two or more disciplines are strong assets. Excellent communication skills are required. Relevant industrial experience is an asset. Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association, preferably in the province of Quebec, is required. The language of instruction at Concordia is English, however, knowledge of French is an asset.

How to apply

Applications must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (19_T_BCEE_M), a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and the names and contact information of four referees. Electronic applications should be submitted by December 15, 2019, but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in July 2020 or shortly thereafter.

Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio‐cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.

As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • conducting research with underrepresented and / or underserved communities
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

Kindly forward your electronic applications to:

Dr. A. Bagchi, Professor and Chair,
Department of Building, Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Concordia University
via e-mail at Chair-BCEE.encs@concordia.ca.

Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at vpfdi@concordia.ca or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.

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