Assistant Professor - Rock Physics, Geophysics and Geomechanics

May 11, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition Title: Assistant Professor - Rock Physics, Geophysics and Geomechanics - 1801617

The Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of rock physics, geophysics, or geomechanics. The appointment is expected to begin on September 1, 2018, or soon thereafter.

Candidates must have a PhD in civil engineering, mineral or geological engineering, or a related discipline by date of appointment or shortly thereafter. The ideal candidate will demonstrate research excellence in one or more of the areas of rock physics, geophysics, or geomechanics with applications in the resource industries. Research experience that could be applied towards improved hydrocarbon reservoir characterization and exploitation, including carbon capture and storage activities are of particular interest. The Department hosts excellent facilities for this research including x-ray micro- and nano-CT systems, acoustic emission systems, and a polyaxial servo-controlled rock deformation system. The successful applicant must complement and strengthen the overall capacity for research and teaching of several current faculty members in the Department. It is preferred that candidates have an undergraduate degree in engineering and be eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer.

The successful candidate will be involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and departmental service. Evidence of excellence in research and teaching is required.

The successful candidate must demonstrate excellence in research as evidenced primarily by the quality of published papers in top-ranked and field relevant journals, or a research pipeline that is at high international levels, the submitted research statement, participation in top conferences, presenting research at other prominent venues, other noteworthy activities in engineering that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline, strong letters of reference from referees of high standing, and other documents submitted for review.

Excellence in teaching may be demonstrated by a strong statement of teaching philosophy, excellent teaching evaluations and demonstrated superior performance in other teaching related activities, including performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, or experience leading successful workshops or seminars, strong endorsements from referees, and the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world. The Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto hosts two highly ranked undergraduate programs, the Civil Engineering Program and the Lassonde Mineral Engineering Program. We foster a world-class environment that excels in teaching, learning and research.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All applications must be submitted online by clicking the "Apply Online" button below. All application materials must be submitted online. Applications should be addressed to Professor Brent Sleep, Chair of the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto, and should include: (i) a detailed curriculum vitae, (ii) a concise statement (3 pages maximum) of teaching and research interests, objectives and accomplishments, and (iii) examples of publications and materials relevant to teaching experience including a teaching statement, teaching dossier and evaluations. Applicants should also ask three referees to send a letter directly to Professor Sleep at, commenting on the applicant's experience and ability in teaching and research and with the applicant's name "+ reference letter" in the subject line.

Submission guidelines can be found at: We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format.

Please direct any questions to Professor Sleep at

Review of applications will begin on June 18, 2018, but the position will remain open until filled.

The University of Toronto is located in Toronto, a large multicultural city offering many cultural, professional, and research opportunities. The student body at the University reflects the diversity of the city. The breadth of the University provides numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborative research.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

All qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Department: Civil Engineering
Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)
Job Posting: May 10, 2018
Job Closing: June 18, 2018 Open Until Filled


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