Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Mining Engineering The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining Queen’s University

  • Queen's University, The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining
  • Queen's University, University Avenue, Kingston, ON, Canada
  • Jun 14, 2022
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


Queen's University is situated on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee Territory.

The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Queen’s University, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the area of Energy Efficient Mining. The preferred start date of the appointment is January 1, 2023.

Your Career with Queen’s Engineering

Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive Universities. and Queen’s
Mining consistently ranks among the world’s top Mining Engineering departments, with
outstanding laboratory facilities and an unparalleled reputation for the quality of our graduates. In
alignment with emerging societal and industry priorities, the department embraces an integrated
systems approach to the mining project life cycle, thereby enabling more sustainable raw materials
extraction that is safer and more effective, and which further mitigates social, environmental, and
economic impacts. Several established faculty members have active research programs on a variety
of themes related to the mining value chain, including Geostatistics, Blasting, Geomechanics,
Mine Design, Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy, Sustainability, and Intelligent Mining
Systems. The department possesses world class laboratories for teaching and research in blasting,
rock mechanics, mineral processing and extractive metallurgy.

Among our top priorities in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is providing
opportunities for early career academics to develop exceptional research and teaching
contributions while fostering an inclusive environment where all faculty can thrive. Support for
faculty to develop strong research programs includes Special Research Grant opportunities, grant
writing workshops and review services, and one-to-one mentorship from experienced colleagues.
To promote on-going teaching success, there is support for course development and delivery
provided by the Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Engineering Teaching and
Learning Team, the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering and
Applied Science. Queen’s Engineering is also committed to promoting equity, diversity, and
inclusivity in Engineering, supported by the recent establishment of a Chair for Women in
Engineering, the new Engineering Strategic Plan, and Engineering for Everyone.

The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in
historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality
of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities. Queen’s historic
campus is located in the heart of the vibrant Kingston community in the Thousand Islands region
of South Eastern Ontario. Queen’s is positioned centrally with respect to three major metropolitan
areas: Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. People from across Canada and around the world come to
learn, teach, and carry out research at Queen’s University. Faculty and their dependents are eligible
for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care,
long term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance
Program. You will also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying
employees, their spouses and dependent children. Queen’s values families and is pleased to
provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on
maternity/parental leave. In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare
expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-
QUFA Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human

Additional information about Queen’s University can be found on the Faculty Recruitment and
Support website. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion
resources and initiatives.


Preferred and Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must hold at least one degree in Mining Engineering (or a closely related field) and a PhD in a relevant discipline completed at the start date of the appointment. Relevant industrial experience is a significant asset.
The main criteria for selection are:

•Evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding
•Strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs
•Evidence of an ability to work in an interdisciplinary and student-centered environment.
•Professional engineering licensure in Canada, or the eligibility to obtain licensure, is a requirement.

Note that all forms of engineering licensure in Canada are considered acceptable (e.g., P.Eng., temporary engineering license, provisional engineering license, etc.).
The successful candidate will be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Innovative, energy efficient mining systems will be crucial to addressing the challenges of climate change. Such a paradigm shift could mitigate the impacts of mining with respect to global energy consumption, as well as reduce operational costs. The field of Energy Efficient Mining
encompasses the enhancement, augmentation, and/or replacement of existing machines, processes,
and systems within mining operations – with the aim of improving overall energy efficiency across
the value chain. Tackling Energy Efficient Mining requires a holistic approach to mining
operations and processes, encompassing blasting, fragmentation, ventilation, and other unit
operations, along with related automated and intelligent systems.

Candidates for this position will be expected to conduct research relevant to Energy Efficient
Mining, which could include, but is not limited to, applications in one or more of the following
areas: blasting and fragmentation; mine ventilation; alternative, renewable, and novel energy
sources; mine electrification; management and modeling of mine energy systems; mining methods
and mine design for energy efficiency. Successful candidates for this position will be expected to
have the capability to teach core courses across the spectrum of the mining engineering curriculum
such as, but not limited to: blasting, ventilation, mine infrastructure and services, materials
handling, and capstone mine design.

The primary academic appointment for this position will in the Robert M. Buchan Department of
Mining (Queen’s Mining). Cross-appointment to other relevant academic departments will be
encouraged, depending on the area of expertise and research focus of the appointee.

Application Details

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed
to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from
Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with
disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however,
in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent
residents of Canada will be given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how
many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.
Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must
include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”;
OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include
this information will be deemed incomplete.

Prospective candidates should be aware that the Queen’s University Policy Regarding Mandatory
Vaccination Requirements for In-person University Activities requires ALL Community
Members, including those holding faculty appointments, be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19
prior to participating in any In-person University Activities. This is a condition of employment for
all employees who are required to attend University Property to perform their employment
responsibilities. Individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to substantiated grounds (medical and
other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code) may ask the University to
validate the exemption and request an accommodation in these rare circumstances. If approved,
they will be subject to additional health and safety measures.

In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of
research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research
productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their
experience and/or career interruptions.

A complete application consists of:

• a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship /
permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
• a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
• a statement of research interests;
• a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and
evaluations if available);
• a statement of commitment to – as well as ideas and any experience on how to ensure
equity, diversity, and inclusivity in scholarly activities; and
• the names and contact information of three referees.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2022, and applications will continue to be
accepted until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to send their application
package electronically as PDFs to Julie Sharrard at julie.sharrard@queensu.ca with the
subject line “Application for the Energy Efficient Mining Faculty Position”, although hard copy
applications may be submitted to:

Dr. Julian M. Ortiz,
Associate Professor and Head
The Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining
Queen's University
Goodwin Hall, Room 354
Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities,
including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require
accommodation during the interview process, please contact Julie Sharrard in the Robert M.
Buchan Department of Mining at julie.sharrard@queensu.ca.

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University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at Collective
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Application Deadline

October 1, 2022