Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering

University of Waterloo

Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a qualified individual at the rank of Lecturer to hold the Turkstra Chair in Urban Engineering with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2019.  While the initial appointment is for a three-year definite term Lecturer, with the possibility of a renewal for another three, the appointed Lecturer may be considered for an on-going appointment thereafter as Continuing Lecturer if he/she demonstrates outstanding performance in teaching and service.

The successful applicant will lead a new educational attitude in civil engineering; the goal of the Turkstra Chair is to empower civil engineers to take on authority and leadership positions in significant areas of urban engineering. The applicant is expected to teach and motivate students to use emerging technologies and engineering methodologies to tackle the world’s toughest urban challenges. In this role, the applicant will become the chief advocate of civil engineers as municipal leaders and help develop and deliver an innovative curriculum for the civil engineers of the 21st century within our Civil and Environmental Engineering department (as well as drawing from the significant resources of the University as a whole), including: infrastructure engineering; data analytics; municipal finance and economics; enhanced communication; urban governance, public service, structures and economic development. It is preferred the candidate hold an engineering license with the Professional Engineers of Ontario or the ability to obtain the license, but this is not a requirement.
Applicants should have 10-30 years of engineering experience in Canadian municipal/regional senior leadership roles, and possess at a minimum, a master’s degree in any engineering discipline or related field. While a doctorate is an asset, it is not necessary. The Chair will focus on education, policy and outreach and will not be expected to undertake academic research, but instead take on the role of chief advocate to promote and expand the focus of urban engineering. The Chair will include the selection and oversight of the Douglas Wright Engineer in Residence program, as well as host national workshops focusing on successful urban projects through civil engineering leadership, and establish an urban engineering student club/organization that creates early momentum among first and second year undergraduate students.
Applicants must demonstrate potential or have proven ability to develop a strong engineering leadership program, must have excellent communication skills, and must have a strong commitment to teaching at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. The ideal applicant should expect to work with public sector partners, and generate collaborative opportunities to bring real world municipal engineering leadership scenarios into the classroom. Applicants who have never considered an academic career are welcome to apply.  
Based on qualifications and rank, the salary range for this position is $100,000 to $150,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.
The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity and is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. 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, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority in the recruitment process.
The closing date for applications is June 30, 2018. Interested applicants are invited to submit their full curriculum vitae, along with a vision statement on the role of engineering leadership in municipal/regional sectors.   The curriculum vitae, vision statement and the names and full contact information of at least three references should be sent to:

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

Location: Waterloo, ON.

Region: Zone 3

Professional Category(s): Engineering,Education & Training.

Posted: May 7, 2018, 10:37 am

Expires: June 30, 2018, 4:30 pm

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