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Assistant Professor, Wearable and Sensor Technologies for Navigation and Tracking Applications for Health, Department of Geomatics Engineering

Job ID: 22120

Updated: February 2, 2021

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

The Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the areas of Biomedical Engineering and Geomatics Engineering. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021 or mutually agreed upon date.     
The successful applicant will align with the University of Calgary's Growth Through Focus strategic vision and support its strategic academic and research priorities of transdisciplinary scholarship, future-focused program delivery, and deeper community integration.  

The primary research focus of the candidate should be related to advancing the wearable and sensor technologies for navigation and tracking applications in biomedical and geomatics engineering. Examples include:

  • novel wearable technologies including sensors and actuators for navigation, tracking, and monitoring applications;  
  • design and implementation of GNSS and motion sensors (e.g. inertial sensors) fusion techniques;  
  • advanced estimation and optimization methods as applied to positioning and navigation;  
  • activity and context recognition algorithms using sensor networks for wearable or implantable devices (smartphones, smart watches, IOT, etc.);  
  • data analytics (data mining, machine learning and AI) to process and optimize the sensor information;
  • sensing and monitoring for health; and
  • novel interaction paradigms with wearable, mobile and biomedical devices.  

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to develop and teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics related to biomedical engineering and geomatics engineering including inertial navigation. The successful applicant will actively contribute to teaching, curriculum development, graduate student supervision and mentoring, and are expected to provide service in support of the Department, School, University and Profession.  As a member of the University of Calgary community, you will support, and contribute to, equity, diversity and inclusion and a positive working and learning environment.  
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must have earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, geomatics engineering, or a closely related discipline.  The successful candidate at the Assistant Professor level must demonstrate evidence of a track record of publications in high quality journals, securing external research funding, and effectiveness in teaching at the University level. 
Candidates should have strong oral and written English communication skills. All candidates must be eligible for registration as a professional engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Biomedical Engineering at the University of Calgary involves more than 300 faculty members with current annual research funding exceeding $75M. The university has made significant investments in Biomedical Engineering to date, including the allocation of six Tier 1 and nine Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs. A strong culture of collaboration and cross-disciplinary research excellence is enabled by significant research infrastructure located in multiple centers across campus. The University of Calgary’s multidisciplinary Engineering Solutions for Health: Biomedical Engineering research strategy drives innovations that are saving lives and revolutionizing health care.  Biomedical Engineering is led by the Schulich School of Engineering, the Cumming School of Medicine, and the faculties of Kinesiology, Nursing, Science, and Veterinary Medicine. With collaborative teams focused on wearable technologies (We-Trac CREATE), human mobility, health monitoring and management including e-health, advanced biomedical imaging, precision bio-diagnostics, regenerative medicine and novel medical technologies, our researchers are transforming health services and quality of life. 

Housed within the Schulich School of Engineering, the Department of Geomatics Engineering supports Catalyst for a Connected World, with the development of new technologies and harnessing big data through the IoT, satellites, 3D imaging, remote sensors, and autonomous robots. The Department of Geomatics Engineering at the University of Calgary is one the leading geomatics engineering programs in the world, providing education, research, and public service in current and emerging areas. Our faculty and their research teams are leading major research funding (such as NSERC CREATE on multi-sensor systems) and are involved in designing, conducting and managing activities relating to surveying, satellite positioning using GPS and other GNSS technologies, sensors technologies for smartphones and autonomous vehicles navigation, Earth observation systems, geospatial information systems, digital imaging systems, and IoT.  

Interested individuals are encouraged to apply online via the 'Apply Now' link. Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):

  • A cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
  • A statement of research interests, accomplishments, and vision (not to exceed two pages)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy promoting student learning and success (not to exceed two pages). This can include information on teaching experience, training, and mentoring inside and outside the classroom at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels
  • A statement on promoting equity, diversity and inclusion (not to exceed two pages)

Applications may be addressed to:

Dr. Elena Di Martino
Dr. Emmanuel Stefanakis
Co-Chairs of the Academic Search Committee

The application deadline is March 7, 2021. 

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.  

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Schulich School of Engineering visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.

About the University of Calgary
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The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit
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