Resilient and Adaptive Environmental Engineering

University of Waterloo -

Job Description

In 2020, our Canadian Engineering Deans, laid out a grand

challenge comprised of six, complex and socially motivated problem areas that

inherently require an understanding of multiple perspectives and disciplines,

and the pursuit of which should drive fundamental innovations, as well as

discovery and transfer of new knowledge for society’s wellbeing. Particularly

relevant to our department, which includes programs in environmental,

geological, civil, and architectural engineering are: (1) resilient infrastructure,

(2) access to safe water in all communities, (3) inclusive, safe, and

sustainable cities, and (4) inclusive and sustainable industrialization. We

seek creative faculty members who will work in novel, collaborative and

interdisciplinary ways to solve these grand challenges. In particular, for this

position, we seek a candidate with the following skills, experience and


The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) at

the University of Waterloo is seeking exceptional scholars and researchers for two

tenure track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor with an

anticipated start date of May 1, 2024. In the case of exceptional

candidates, appointments at the rank of Associate Professor will be considered.

The first position is in Systems Approaches

for Sustainable Engineering ,

with a mission to advance environmental engineering solutions in

water-energy-waste systems through the development and use of decision-making

tools in support of achieving a sustainable planet. The desired candidate will

be expected to draw upon advanced tools such as life cycle analysis (LCA), data

science (machine learning and artificial intelligence), statistical and

stochastic modelling, data driven methodologies, and risk analysis to develop

optimal solutions that address societal challenges while considering technical

feasibility, economic, social, public and environmental health outcomes. Evidence of interdisciplinary collaboration

in support of the scoping, development, evaluation and implementation of solutions

is desirable. Areas of specialization could include:


Food-Water-Energy-Climate nexus;



waste management in a circular economy;


Human health

impacts of the natural and built environment;



gas solutions in urban and/or remote environments;



solutions to climate change impacts on communities;



technology design, selection and application;



infrastructure development and renewal; and



decision support systems for science-policy integration.

The second position is in Water Quality

Engineering , with a mission to advance

sustainable industrialization, the treatment and control of pollution, and the

restoration of natural resources to safeguard the resilience of the natural

world. This candidate will have demonstrated excellence in studying

environmental engineering solutions to water quality problems. Expertise in

either applied water chemistry or microbiology is required, and candidates are

expected to apply advanced laboratory techniques to topics like water and

wastewater treatment, contamination in surface, groundwater and soil, or

remediation and restoration techniques.

Areas of interest could include:

Resource and energy recovery;


Ecological or human health;


Rehabilitation and restoration of surface or

groundwater systems;


Water treatment and source water

contamination, including in remote and northern communities;


Water quality in integrated water management

systems; and


Mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

For each position above, the successful candidate must have a PhD

in Engineering or an equivalent discipline. Evidence of an actively

developing research program with emphasis on one of the above specializations

is required. Duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and

graduate level, supervising graduate students, and service efforts of the

Department and the University. For the first position, the ability to develop

and teach courses in engineering decision making, sustainable development, or

resource and waste management is required. For the second position, the ability

to develop and teach courses in chemistry and microbiology is required. Design

experience is an asset, as is the demonstrated ability and interest to teach in

open-ended problem-driven course formats. Applicants whose research aligns with

the strategic plan of the faculty, which constitutes the department’s mandate

would be especially appealing.

The salary range for these positions at the Assistant

Professor rank is $100,000 to $150,000. Negotiations

beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified

candidates. The successful applicants are required to have an engineering

license for practice (full) or teaching (limited) in Canada or to apply for a

Canadian engineering license within the first year of joining the University.

Due to program accreditation requirements, all new faculty members are normally

expected to obtain the license before the end of the first probationary term.

Re-appointment is conditional upon satisfying this requirement.


closing date for applications is November 15, 2023 . Application materials must be submitted online as

PDF files through the Online Faculty Application System ( ). Please include a cover letter,

curriculum vite, teaching and research statements, up to three reprints of current

journal and/or conference articles and C ontact

information for three individuals who will be called upon to provide letters of


The link to apply i s:

If you have any questions regarding the position, the application

process, assessment process, eligibility, or a request for accommodation during

the hiring process, please contact [email protected] .

The CEE Department is one of the largest combined departments

of civil, environmental, geological and architectural engineering in Canada.

The department is home to more than 45 faculty members, 200 graduate students,

and 1,100 undergraduate students. The faculty of Engineering is the largest

engineering school in Canada, with almost 10,500 students enrolled in 2019 and

is typically ranked among the top 50 engineering schools worldwide and in the

top 1 or 2 in Canada. Waterloo Engineering is committed to leading engineering

education and research. In 2018/19, external research funding from Canadian and

international partners exceeded $96 million, a strong indication of our

extensive industry partnerships and the excellence of our engineering research


The University of Waterloo

acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of

the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is

situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that

includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward

reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning,

teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office ( ) .

The University values the diverse

and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The

University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic

excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University

of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and

inclusion. As such, we encourage

applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and

marginalized, including applicants who identify as Indigenous peoples (e.g.,

First Nations, Métis, Inuit/Inuk), Black, racialized, people with disabilities,

women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.


qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent

residents will be given priority.

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