Assistant Professor, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems

Assistant Professor, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems, Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor. The anticipated state date is July 1, 2021.  

The department is interested in candidates in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems. Specifically, areas of expertise include: wind and solar power systems; power generation with alternative fuels (e.g. hydrogen, biomass); fuel-stream diversification; carbon capture, utilization and storage; hybrid-electric transportation; microgrid and building energy systems; energy systems modeling; hydrogen transport and safety; and turbulent combustion modeling.

We are seeking a candidate who will be a leader in their field, passionate about teaching, and support positive learning outcomes and student experience.  You will be an emerging scholar with an original, creative, and promising research program, with demonstrated excellence in scholarly endeavors. This will be evidenced by scholarly output and research impact that demonstrates the potential for an independent and internationally recognized research program leading to high-quality publications, attracting external research funding, local and international collaboration, as well as providing an excellent training environment for graduate students and research personnel, and adding to the diversity and collegiality of our vibrant academic community.  

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated ability to develop and teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to energy and sustainable systems engineering as well as general mechanical engineering.  You will actively contribute to teaching, curriculum development, graduate student supervision and mentoring, and are expected to provide service in support of the Department, School, University, and Profession. As a member of the University of Calgary community, you will support and contribute to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI), and a positive working and learning environment.

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must hold or have completed a Doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering or a closely related discipline by the start date.  Candidates with industrial experience are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have strong oral and written English communication skills.  All candidates must be eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

The successful candidate will benefit from a rich ecosystem that includes world-class research and teaching scholars, a focus on both fundamental and applied research as well as entrepreneurship and innovation, and a university community that supports inclusive excellence and transdisciplinary partnership and collaborations. You will have a unique opportunity to engage with the Sustainability network across the campus, and new school and university initiatives in Sustainability. You will also benefit from the Engineering School’s strong commitment to EDI through cultivating an environment that fosters a sense of belonging, respect, and community of support, where diversity is valued and celebrated.  The Schulich School of Engineering has received numerous awards and recognitions for its leadership and initiatives in advancing EDI. The Schulich School of Engineering strategic plan, Catalyst for a Connected World, commits the School to enhancing global research impact, enriching student experience, and expanding access to engineering. The School is a key contributor to the University of Calgary’s Growth Through Focus plan, which emphasizes transdisciplinary scholarship, deeper community integration, and future-focused program delivery.  

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via UCalgary Careers ( Applications should include:

  • Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
  • Statement of EDI, including experience, evidence or plan of contributions to a diverse and collegial culture (up to 2 pages)
  • Statement of research interests, accomplishments and vision (up to 2 pages)

Optional: Combine one of your research manuscripts (published or under consideration for publication) with the research statement in a single file

  • Statement of teaching philosophy (up to 2 pages)

Statements on EDI, research, and teaching are equally important when assessing applications. Applications exceeding the page limit per statement will be disregarded.

Applications will be accepted until March 7, 2021

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The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees will give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.


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