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Academic position in Fire Engineering at the University of Canterbury (NZ)

The University of Canterbury is currently inviting applications for a full-time, continuing (i.e. permanent) position in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the level of Associate Professor or Professor (which is equivalent to full tenure professor in the US system) in Fire Engineering.

Associate Professor / Professor in Fire Engineering
Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
  • Full-time and Continuing (permanent) position
Applications are invited for a full-time, continuing (i.e. permanent) position in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the level of Associate Professor or Professor (which is equivalent to full tenure professor in the US system). The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate’s relevant experience.Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline and have a demonstrated record of published research in fire engineering, with a preferred focus on fire safety systems, evacuations or human behaviour issues in fire engineering. The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellence in teaching of core courses in fire engineering at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will be expected to establish a vigorous research programme. The appointee will be expected to supervise final year undergraduate projects, Masters and Ph.D. students, collaborate with others in the University, and to contribute to Departmental, College, and University activities. The appointee will also be encouraged to develop links with and contribute to the wider engineering profession at local, national and international levels.

This is an exciting opportunity to participate in the further development of the fire engineering programme in a dynamic and productive department. Research and teaching interests in one or more of the following areas would be an advantage (though applicants with interests in other fire engineering specialties are also encouraged to apply): fire dynamics, material behaviour in fires, fire safety systems, structures in fires, evacuations or human behaviour issues in fire engineering.

The successful appointee will have access to a range of test facilities (with technical staff) and expertise in related disciplines. In particular, a new fire engineering laboratory with capacity to test fire and structural fire behaviour up to two-storeys high will be complete in the last quarter of 2017. Large-scale fire testing facilities are also available from time to time at the Building Research Association New Zealand (BRANZ) in Wellington, through collaborative research programmes.

The Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering also has high-performance computing and excellent library facilities within the University, and a strong commitment to top-level research. More information on the Department is available at: http://www.civil.canterbury.ac.nz/.

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The closing date for this position is: 20th June 2017 (NZ time)

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”.  You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

Applications for this position are submitted online and should include a brief cover letter, a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications and the contact details of three referees, and a 2-3 page statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and how they propose to contribute to the fire engineering programme at Canterbury. Please ensure your application is uploaded as a single pdf file and that the file name is your surname only.

Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service: https://ucpeople.canterbury.ac.nz

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.

 For more information on the role and the application process, please visit https://ucvacancies.canterbury.ac.nzjob ID. 4748