Classification & Regular Hours
Hours per Week:
$38 to $39 per hour
Please note, this is a wholly grant funded, temporary full-time contract opportunity, with an expected end date of December 2021.
With an international reputation for success, Western ranks as one of Canada's top research-intensive universities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western also provides an exceptional employment experience, offering competitive salaries, a wide range of employment opportunities and one of Canada's most beautiful campuses.
The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) is one of four departments in the Faculty of Engineering. Faculty and staff in the department support and foster the educational and research pursuits of undergraduate and graduate engineering students, while providing the best student experience.
The Geotechnical Research Centre (GRC) at Western, is part of CEE, and has international reputation in providing advanced technical expertise in major infrastructure projects and challenging deep foundation problems, among other areas of geotechnical engineering. This project falls within the expertise of GRC and offers the opportunity to extend its reach to the Middle East.
The Research Engineer, in collaboration with the Principal Investigator, will apply their expertise and knowledge to a research project, aiming to improve knowledge of negative skin friction mechanism on long reinforced concrete piles embedded in layers of sand and soft clay and supporting heavy loads in a tanker terminal setup. The incumbent will carry out independent research to assist the Principal Investigator in achieving the research outcomes, and will carry out some aspects of the research project at the project site in Damietta, Egypt. The incumbent will ensure that research outcomes are achieved on time, and will communicate progress updates to internal and external stakeholders. The Research Engineer will play a lead role in communicating research requirements, and research findings with the client in Egypt, including site visits, participation in pile load tests, attending meetings with the client, and ensuring regular reporting, covering evaluation and interpretation of pile load test results, field observations, numerical models and empirical correlations. The incumbent will prepare reports and other written material for presentations and submissions to various stakeholders as required.
- PhD in Geotechnical Engineering
- PhD in Geotechnical Engineering/Offshore Structures is preferred
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
- 5 years experience in a research environment planning, preparing, executing and managing projects
- Working experience supervising/monitoring construction in harbor and offshore structures
- In-depth knowledge of techniques for planning, managing and coordinating projects with competing priorities that involve a variety of stakeholders
- Knowledge of numerical modeling methods using the finite element approach
- Familiarity with regulations and guidelines governing research in an academic environment
- Familiarity with regulations and guidelines of consulting and construction in the harbor engineering sector and of the work culture in Egypt
- Ability to collaborate across internal and external boundaries to meet common objectives, improve outcomes and support work beyond one's own unit
- Project management skills to manage a complex projects from conception to completion within tightly prescribed timelines
- Proven ability and natural inclination to develop relationships by interacting with people in a professional, respectful and diplomatic manner
- Communication skills to describe technical concepts effectively to both novice and sophisticated users
- Ability to provide solutions and ideas for improvement by using imaginative approaches where constructive thinking and innovation are required
- Ability to investigate defined issues, solicit input, and suggest remedies and alternative approaches that meet the needs of the situation
- Demonstrated working knowledge of relevant scientific/research principles with the ability to research/investigate issues and resolve problems
- Ability to interpret and identify key results from research and to succinctly summarize research findings
- Detail-oriented with an ability to function and process information with high levels of accuracy
- Advanced skills in software and applications used to produce and analyze research outcomes (finite element software such as PLAXIS)
- Advanced computer skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to work in a manner that models best practices in confidentiality standards
- Commitment to ongoing professional development, with a willingness to stay abreast of technological developments and a desire to take on new challenges
- Ability to multi-task and maintain an organized and effective personal work environment
- Ability and willingness to travel to Egypt; must have a valid passport in respect of all visa requirements, and to work within a flexible schedule to accommodate the activities of the research project
- Ability to speak Arabic would be an asset
- Ability to work independently and effectively as a member of the team to achieve department goals
- Ability to adhere to legislated safety requirements and Western safety policies
- Familiarity with University policies and procedures preferred
Western Values Diversity
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression.
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