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Assistant or Associate Professor

Department of Biosystems Engineering, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba

Position # 25490 (NSERC Chair) and 25489 (Professorial)

The Department of Biosystems Engineering is accepting applications for a tenure-track or tenured Assistant or Associate Professor and an NSERC Associate Industrial Research Chair in the area of in-bin grain quality management. Research may focus on the development of sensor technologies for in-bin detection of grain quality problems, or development of data analysis techniques and algorithms to enable automated control of grain management systems. It is expected that the Chair will complement existing research expertise within the Department of Biosystems Engineering and work collaboratively with University of Manitoba researchers, and with Agricultural & Agri-Food Canada Cereal Research Station scientists, to utilize the research infrastructure in the state-of-the-art Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research to research problems associated with the handling, storage and processing of cereals, oilseeds, and pulses. In addition to working with the current industry partner for this IRC (OPIsystems Inc.), the Chair should actively engage other companies, organizations, and producer groups as a means of growing the grain storage research program at the University of Manitoba. The Chair will have a reduced teaching and administrative load, but is expected to contribute to undergraduate teaching in the area of grain storage management or instrumentation.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Biosystems Engineering or a relevant discipline and be eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer in Manitoba. Associate Industrial Research Chair candidates should be researchers in the early stages of their careers who have demonstrated exceptional promise relative to their peers and who are qualified for academic appointment as assistant or associate professors. Candidates must have demonstrated the capacity to conduct a significant independent research program. The successful candidate is expected to develop a collaborative program of research involving faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The candidate will propose an original, innovative research program of the highest quality in alignment with the industry sponsor; and demonstrate strong alignment with the Strategic Priorities of the University of Manitoba.

The Department of Biosystems Engineering currently consists of 14 professors, 3 full-time instructors, and 6.5 support staff (2.5 administrative & 4 technical). The Department has a vibrant graduate program (50-60 students) offering degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral levels. The University of Manitoba is the province’s largest, most comprehensive and only research-intensive postsecondary educational institution. It is home to a wide range of research centers and institutes. For more information, please see: http://www.umanitoba.ca/about

The University of Manitoba is located in Winnipeg, a prairie city with a population exceeding 700,000. Its ethnic diversity is notable and is celebrated through its many annual Festivals. Experience Winnipeg’s world-class arts and entertainment, and professional sports teams. Winnipeg boasts a balanced lifestyle with affordability; the Winnipeg housing market is one of the most favorable in Canada. Winnipeg is located close to superb outdoor recreational activities with a wide variety of lake, beaches, and wilderness areas within an easy drive from the City. For more information about the city of Winnipeg visit: https://destinationwinnipeg.wordpress.com and http://www.winnipeg.ca/interhom/


The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/persons of colour, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. International applicants are encouraged to apply, however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Manitoba). Please note that curriculum vitae may be provided to participating members of the search process.


Interested applicants are requested to complete and submit an NSERC IRC research plan as per the NSERC application guideline, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three referees by April 2, 2018. The successful applicant will be identified by summer 2018 and must compete successfully for the NSERC Chair award that supports the position. The candidate is expected to prepare a full NSERC IRC Grant application by fall 2018.   All Chairs are subject to review and final approval by NSERC. The anticipated start date will be April 1, 2019, or as soon thereafter as possible. Please submit applications to:

Dr. Danny Mann, P.Eng., Chair of Search Committee
Professor & Head
Department of Biosystems Engineering
E2-376 EITC
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 5V6
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