Applied Research Chair – Agricultural Engineering and Technology (5 year term)

Lethbridge College

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March 12, 2019
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada
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Annual Salary
Starting from $87,364 to $102,781 per annum; commensurate with education and experience.
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Lethbridge College has an applied research strategy with a focus on five themes, one of which is Agriculture Food and Environment (AFE). Our AFE research is currently in a rapid growth phase and we are inviting applications for a new Applied Research Chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology to complement our existing team.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President Research, the successful candidate will work collaboratively with other researchers, faculty and staff.

The research chair will develop an innovative, externally-funded research program and support existing projects encompassing aquaponics, aquaculture, bioreactors, greenhouses, precision agriculture, remote sensing, irrigation, data analytics, automation, controls and sensors.

The successful candidate will contribute to the training of students and other research personnel and will collaborate with other researchers in the broader college community where common interests or synergies may exist.

The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to teaching (in a limited capacity) and program development in the school of agriculture.

Duties and Responsibilities

Successful candidates should be committed to the vision of Lethbridge College and willing to become a member of a successful and productive team.

Responsibilities include:
– developing an independent research program
– design of experiments
– publish in peer-reviewed journals
– providing engineering and technology expertise to other researchers
– leading the development of grant proposals
– participate in outreach efforts to the agriculture community of southern Alberta
– assist in building Lethbridge College’s research network via internal and external research collaborations.


We are seeking outstanding candidates who hold undergraduate and doctoral degrees in an engineering discipline.

Evidence of exceptional research achievements, or strong evidence of research potential, is essential, along with strong endorsements by referees of high standing.

Postdoctoral or industrial experience is an asset. Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association is required.

The ideal candidate:
– has experience building research relationships with industry
– can undertake statistical analysis of large spatial and temporal datasets,
– is familiar with engineering coding and simulation software, such as Matlab, Simulink or C++
– has a record of high-quality scientific publications and extension activities
– functions well in a collaborative team with diverse backgrounds and experience
– is a creative thinker who is not afraid of getting their hands dirty

  The successful candidate is a PEng and hold a PhD in engineering (e.g. industrial, electrical, controls, mechanical), with an understanding of engineering and technology applications in agriculture. Applicants must possess a strong affinity with the agricultural industry and applied research.

How to Apply

To be considered for this competition, applicants must apply online by visiting the following link:

Posting Number T19-00098 Open Date 02/05/2019 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants For more information:
Dr. Kenny Corscadden
403-320-3202 ext 5223Office CB 3027