Assistant Professor - Geotechnical Engineering

The Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full- time tenure stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of geotechnical engineering as it relates to civil, mining, and energy infrastructure.  The appointment is expected to begin January 1, 2024 or shortly thereafter.

Candidates must have a PhD in civil engineering or a related discipline by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We seek candidates with research and teaching expertise in the field of geotechnical engineering. Applicants must have strong technical expertise in a focus area, as well as an interdisciplinary approach to research. Areas of focus may include, but are not limited to, the following;

  • advanced computational modelling
  • engineering design of large dams including mine tailings 
  • unsaturated soil mechanics
  • ground improvement techniques
  • foundation systems
  • soil/rock structure interaction
  • soft ground tunnelling
  • geothermal

Applicants must indicate how their expertise would complement and extend existing research and teaching in the geotechnical engineering areas and extend the impact of 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 expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive and externally funded research program. The candidate will also be involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching, research, and departmental service.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing.

Excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels must be demonstrated through a teaching statement (3 page limit) highlighting previous experience that can include leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, delivering conference presentations or posters, or experience as a teaching assistant or course instructor.  Excellence in teaching may also be demonstrated through a teaching dossier/portfolio that includes sample course syllabi (either of courses delivered by the candidate or planned for the future), course evaluations, or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters. Professional or lived experiences that enhance the ability to teach a diverse student body are highly valued.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

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 and gradute programs at the Master of Engineering, Master of Applied Science and Doctoral levels. We foster a world-class environment that excels in teaching, learning and research. 

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.

All qualified applications are invited to apply online at, search for job #29439.  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 cover letter, (iii) a concise statement (3 pages maximum) of research interests, objectives and accomplishments, (iv) up to three examples of publications or working papers and (v) a teaching statement and other evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto's recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted.  Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated, and signed) by the closing date.  These letters must comment on the applicant's experience and ability in teaching and research.  More details on the automatic reference letter collection, including timelines, are available in the FAQ's.
Submission guidelines can be found at:
Please direct any questions to Professor Sleep at  All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by May 15, 2023. 
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
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

Accessibility Statement

The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members.  Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committeed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).  As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accomodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

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