CRC Tier I – Environmental Sustainability

  • University of Regina, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
  • Regina, SK, Canada
  • Jan 22, 2024
Full time Engineering & Applied Sciences Environmental Studies

Job Description


Situated in beautiful Wascana Park, one of the largest urban parks in North America, the University of Regina is a comprehensive institution, emphasizing excellence in teaching and research, as well as public service. Experiential learning and cross disciplinary research and teaching are strongly supported.

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science presently offers five programs in Electronic, Environmental, Industrial, Petroleum and Software Systems Engineering that are accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board. A new Energy Systems Engineering program started in fall 2023. We also offer M. Eng., M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. programs as well as interdisciplinary graduate programs. The faculty offers unique Co-operative Education and Internship programs and has approximately 650 undergraduate students and 350 graduate students (of which about 140 graduate students are in Ph.D. programs). The Faculty has a strong commitment to providing an excellent “systems approach” to engineering education. Each program has a unique implementation of the systems theme, founded on the common underlying goal of producing engineering graduates with a strong base of technical knowledge and with the breadth of complementary skills that successful professional engineers should have in the workplace.

The Faculty enjoys close collaborative relationships with industry and government research laboratories. These include the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, SaskPower, the Saskatchewan Research Council, the University’s Energy Transition Hub, Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute (CETRI) and the Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainable Communities (IEESC). More information on the Faculty can be found on our website at:

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Regina invites applications for a tenured professor position nomination to a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Environmental Sustainability. The home academic department of the successful candidate will be the Environmental Systems Engineering. Candidates should normally have reached the rank of full Professor but Associate Professors who are expected to be promoted to the full Professor level within one or two years of the nomination may also be considered.

The Canada Research Chair Program ( has been established by the Government of Canada to foster research excellence in Canada. Tier 1 chairs are for a term of seven years, and are renewable for up to one additional seven-year term. Thereafter, the chair-holder will hold a regular faculty appointment. As explained in more detail below, Tier 1 chairs are outstanding and innovative world-class researchers whose accomplishments have made a major impact in their fields and are recognized internationally as leaders in their fields. They have superior records of attracting and supervising graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to their completion and, as chair-holders, will be expected to attract, develop, and retain a diverse group of excellent trainees, students and future researchers, and propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality.

The University of Regina’s Strategic Research Plan for 2020-2025 (All Our Relations: kahkiyaw kiwâhkômâkaninawak) places ‘Discovery’ as the first area of focus and includes Excellence in Research and Teaching as the first strategic priority in this area. The University of Regina is a global leader in Atmospheric Science, Water Resources and Solid Waste Management, and Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS). Nuclear Energy and Minerals and Mining Engineering are the emerging areas of strength.

Given that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of excellent academic records, candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience or career interruptions to allow for a careful and fair assessment of their application.

All chairs are subject to review and final approval by the Canada Research Chairs Program.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

The successful candidate must be an outstanding and innovative world-class researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in the field of Environmental Sustainability as described in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in which there are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that were adopted by all United Nations States in 2015. The candidate must be recognized internationally as a leader in one or multiple fields as defined in the 17 SDGs. They must have a superior record of supervising and training graduate students and postdoctoral researchers and networking with multiple external funding agencies.  As mentioned, the successful candidate will be expected to attract, develop, and retain a diverse group of excellent trainees, students, and future researchers, and propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality.

Candidates are required to hold a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering or a related field and to have a P. Eng. or to be eligible to obtain and maintain a P. Eng. within 2 years. Candidates are expected to be committed to excellence in the three pillars of academia (research, teaching, and service). All three criteria will be used to evaluate and rank the applications, but the primary emphasis will be on research.

Candidates are required to provide a CV that demonstrates a strong research record via high-impact peer-reviewed publications on topics closely aligned with Environmental Sustainability, external funding for such research, supervision of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, and international recognition for leadership and contributions to the field. Candidates are required to provide a seven-year research plan (up to five pages long) that has the potential to be supported by a Tier I Canada Research Chair. This plan should include details on a research agenda to develop and undertake innovative programs of research that are of the highest quality, to recruit and retain graduate students, and to secure external funding.

Candidates are expected to provide evidence of teaching effectiveness. The successful candidate will have a reduced teaching load during the tenure of the Tier I Canada Research Chair but will still be expected to teach one course annually at the undergraduate level in the Environmental Systems Engineering Program that aligns with the individual expertise and is approved by the Dean and one course annually at the graduate level.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a commitment to academic service through committee work, peer review activities, and the support of other academic work. The successful candidate will have a reduced service load during the tenure of the Tier I Canada Research Chair but will still be expected to be a willing participant in academic service, both within the Faculty/University and within the broader academic community.

The successful candidate will be expected to prepare a Tier I CRC application that articulates an original, innovative, and high quality research program.

Please note that this appointment as a Faculty ranking position is conditional upon the Canada Research Chair Secretariat approving your candidacy for Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Environmental Sustainability.

For additional information about the position and the research environment in support of the position, see:

The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University encourages applications from the employment equity categories of women, Indigenous persons, racialized individuals, persons with disabilities, and gender minorities.

All candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University will work to achieve a reasonable accommodation for candidates under the University of Regina's Workplace Accommodation Policy: The University is committed to ensuring accommodation requests are considered on an individual basis, and reasonable accommodation plans are developed taking into account (i) the Bona Fide Occupational Requirements associated with the position, (ii) the restrictions and/or proposed accommodations based on current and relevant medical documentation, and (iii) undue hardship. Candidates may contact the Healthy Workplace Advisor at if they feel they may require an accommodation.

Application Details (to apply use the Apply Now button below.)

Applications for this position are made online:
(under Academic/Staff/Research Positions).

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a summary of research achievements to date, a sample research publication, a brief outline of the proposed research, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of three referees.

Review of applications will commence on March 1, 2024. Candidates must formally self-identify to be considered for the position. Questions about the position should be forwarded to the Dean’s Office via email to

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