Assistant or Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering - University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon Saskatchewan

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University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A9


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Detailed Job Description

The Department of Civil and Geological Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenureā€track faculty position in Geotechnical Engineering at the Assistant or Associate Professor level.  The Department has high-quality geotechnical laboratory facilities and a history of excellence in geotechnical engineering, particularly focused on research and innovation in the infrastructure and resource-development industries in Western Canada. 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in geotechnical engineering and will be expected to develop a strong research program, to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Civil and Geological Engineering programs, and to participate in the administrative activities of the Department, the College of Engineering, and the University. 

Applicants must have a strong commitment to undergraduate and graduate teaching.  Among the various duties assigned will be teaching of graduate and upper-year undergraduate courses in advanced soil mechanics and geotechnical numerical analysis.  It is therefore required that candidates have a background in fundamental soil mechanics and strong skills in geotechnical numerical analysis.  In addition to capabilities in numerical analysis, candidates must also demonstrate experience and expertise in specialized laboratory testing and/or innovative field-based research. 

The candidate must have demonstrated the ability to develop a strong research program in collaboration with industry, government agencies and consulting engineering firms.  It is anticipated that the area of research and professional practice may involve emerging geotechnical specialties such as: ground improvement; reinforcement of poor quality soils; innovations in geosynthetics; insitu reinforcement; innovations in instrumentation &/or monitoring systems; innovative trenchless and insitu construction; cold regions/permafrost geotechnics; or innovations in energy and sustainability in heavy construction.  

Professional geotechnical engineering experience in Canada (outside academia) will be highly valued in considering candidates.  Only candidates who demonstrate the ability or strong potential for collaboration with industry will be considered.  Registration as a P.Eng. with the Association of Professional Engineering and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan is a requirement of the position.  An individual appointed as Assistant Professor who registers with APEGS as an EIT, will be required to obtain registration as a P.Eng.  for future award of tenure. 

The University of Saskatchewan is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a rapidly-growing city with a diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of about 20,000. The Department of Civil and Geological Engineering offers undergraduate programs in Civil, Geological and Environmental Engineering and postgraduate programs at the M.Eng., M.Sc., and Ph.D. levels to over 400 students. 

Interested applicants are invited to provide curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching interests, and the names of at least three suitable references to:

Professor Jim Kells, Head

Department of Civil and Geological Engineering

University of Saskatchewan

57 Campus Drive

Saskatoon, SK S7N5A9


Electronic submissions by email are preferred.


The appointment will commence July 1, 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.


Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.  The University of Saskatchewan thanks all applicants for their interest; however, only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.  The position is within the scope of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association.


The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Keyword Phrases

  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • high-quality geotechnical laboratory facilities
  • history of excellence in geotechnical engineering
  • focused on research and innovation
  • strong teaching commitment
  • soil mechanics
  • geotechnical numerical analysis
  • innovative field-based research
  • research collaboration with industry
Employment Type:Faculty
Degree Required: Doctorate
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Associate Professor
Assistant Professor
Type of Faculty:Tenure Track
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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