Water Treatment and Supply

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Associate Chair, Senior Chair, Executive Chair
Job Institution: 
University of Waterloo
Job Description: 

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo invites applications from outstanding individuals for a tenure-track position in the area of water treatment and supply, with an expected start date of January 01, 2017.  It is intended that the successful applicant will be the designated Chairholder in the application to be submitted by the university to NSERC for a new Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Water Treatment, following the retirement of the current Chairholder. Applicants should have research expertise related to emerging issues in drinking water treatment and supply.

The NSERC Chair in Water Treatment at the University of Waterloo has been in existence since 1993 (www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/watertreatment) and has established an excellent reputation both in Canada and internationally. Working with and supported by the current Chairholder during the first half of 2017, the successful candidate will assume a leadership role in the development of the university’s application for the new IRC, including engaging with partners. The application is to be submitted by June 2017 for a 5-year term beginning January 2018.  Candidates that would be eligible as an Associate Chair, Senior Chair or Executive Chair are invited to apply. To assist potential applicants, the following descriptions are extracted from www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca:

“Associate Chair candidates should be researchers in the early stages of their careers who have demonstrated exceptional promise relative to their peers in their field of research and who are qualified for academic appointment as assistant or associate professors.”

“Candidates for Senior Chair positions must be researchers of international stature who can bring an innovative perspective to the university in carrying out and managing research, and training researchers. They must be recognized as international leaders in their field and must be considered to be exceptional in comparison to their research peers. Furthermore, candidates are expected to have extensive research experience and all the qualifications for a tenured appointment at the rank of full professor.”

“Executive Chairs are designed for candidates from industry with non-academic research backgrounds who (1) have extensive experience and an exceptional track record in conducting and managing R&D at a senior level but who may have limited teaching experience, and whose current positions do not offer opportunities to publish; and (2) have the ability to provide the outstanding vision and leadership necessary to build a broad range of partnerships and launch a major research initiative that would allow the university to move forward into new areas of collaborative, industrially relevant research. The role of the Executive Chair must clearly go beyond that of an administrative head of a research centre.”

Because of the nature of this appointment, applicants must have a demonstrated focus on high quality research related to the water treatment and supply sector. This research will be in areas of importance to the sector in the short- to medium-term (e.g. the next 3 to 5 years) and should include innovative approaches and tools. The ideal candidate would also have already demonstrated the ability to collaborate with industry partners, and have familiarity with the North American water industry. The successful applicant must also have the proven ability or be able to demonstrate convincingly a strong potential to work with and lead a successful and mature research team.

Applicants must have potential or proven ability to develop an internationally recognized research program, must have excellent communication skills, and must have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. In particular, the successful applicant must have a strong interest in innovative teaching methods and curriculum development to support our undergraduate civil, environmental, and geological engineering programs. The applicant should have the ability to teach undergraduate engineering courses in environmental chemistry, water quality engineering, laboratory analysis and field sampling techniques, and analysis and design of water and wastewater treatment systems.

The successful applicant must have a PhD in environmental or civil engineering or an equivalent discipline, and is expected to have an engineering license for practice in Canada or to apply for an engineering license with the Professional Engineers of Ontario within 5 years.  Based on qualifications, rank, and type of IRC the salary range for this position is $110,000 to $170,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.

The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority

“Three reasons to apply: http://uwaterloo.ca/fauw/why.”

The closing date for applications is December 31, 2016.  Interested applicants are invited to submit their full curriculum vitae, along with a teaching vision statement. They are also requested to submit a research vision statement, specifically indicating how their innovative research directions will complement the ongoing research in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.  Each of the vision statements should be no more than two pages in length.  The curriculum vitae, vision statements and the names and full contact information of at least three references should be sent to:

Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3G1
Email: CEEChair@uwaterloo.ca