Assistant Professor, Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Policy, Canada First Research Excellence Fund

Canada (CA)
Sep 15, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The University of Calgary is looking for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in the area of Life Cycle Analysis and Energy Policy to support the Energy Research Portfolio of the Strategic Research Plan as part of the University of Calgary Eyes High vision. 

Note: The Home Department will be determined based on the specific area of expertise of the successful candidate

In September 2016, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) awarded the University of Calgary, in partnership with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), $75 million to implement the Global Research Initiative in Sustainable Low Carbon Unconventional Resources (GRI), which aims to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of unconventional resource development and contribute to a climate-neutral energy system. For more information on the GRI, please visit this link

The candidates will have the capability to provide a clear vision and leadership to build a range of partnerships and launch a research program that would allow the university to move forward into new areas of collaborative, industrially relevant research associated with the GRI. The successful applicant for this position is expected to establish an active and impactful research program that will lead to high quality publications and graduate student training. 

We are interested in candidates with strong background and training in the area of life cycle analysis and energy policy. Research interests include new methods for life cycle analysis (LCA) with a focus on economics and scaling of technologies, developing and applying mathematical models of energy systems, performing systems-level analysis of technology performance and its impact on the economy and society, and evaluating the environmental impacts of energy technology by using life cycle assessment. The required background of the candidate is a PhD with background in engineering with experience in economic, innovation, and technology development with ability to conduct LCA in the context of energy systems and technologies. 

The main criteria for selection are research excellence and a demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels (e.g. experience as a teaching assistant in undergraduate courses; experience as a student mentor, experience in supervising students in the lab, etc.). All applicants should provide a list and examples of high-quality scholarly output together with evidence or demonstrated potential to obtain external funding. The candidate must show a desire and potential to providing teaching contributions at the department and GRI level to support both department needs as well as interdisciplinary courses that support the GRI.  Candidates with teaching capabilities in the areas identified above with interdisciplinary teaching should indicate this in their application. The candidate is expected to contribute through service to the department, faculty, GRI, and university and the external community and industry. Industry experience should be highlighted in the application. 

It is expected that the candidates will:

  • Apply to provincial funding programs and seek industry and other funding,
  • Lead a research program in one of the areas listed above,
  • Be a focal point for the technical developments in one of the areas listed above, and
  • Cultivate new expertise by educating scientists and researchers in one of the areas listed above. 

For applicants that hold engineering degrees, they must be eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). Information about becoming a professional engineer can be found at the APEGA website.

Candidates must have completed a PhD in a relevant area by the start date of the appointment. Salary is competitive and will be determined according to the successful applicant's accomplishments, experience and qualifications. 

Interested individuals are requested to submit a detailed curriculum vitae, academic transcripts and the name and contact information of at least three referees along with responses to the following two statements (each statement may be a maximum of two pages):

  • Teaching interests with respect to technical subject areas and how you would plan and deliver an undergraduate course.
  • Statement of potential future research activity, that includes
  • Research Objectives
  • Recent activity in this area
  • Methodology (how will the research be conducted)
  • Significance and potential impact of the research

To apply, applicants must submit their documentation via the University of Calgary’s career page.

Applications are encouraged as soon as possible, but will be accepted until November 1st, 2017. Review of applications will commence upon receipt of application. 

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here; in particular, we encourage members of the four designated groups (women, Aboriginal People, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities) to apply. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding diversity or requests for accommodation can be sent to Human Resources: