Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1 in Imaging and Artificial Intelligence

University of Saskatchewan


Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier 1
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Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Imaging and Artificial Intelligence: Unlocking the Potential of Imaging

The College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to invite applications for a
tenure-track, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Imaging and Artificial Intelligence: Unlocking the Potential
of Imaging Data. The Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program is the flagship of a national strategy to make
Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development (

The College of Engineering ( is committed to enhancing its research
capacity in artificial intelligence and machine learning to lead the province in the areas of health care,
agriculture and mining. New approaches are needed in artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and
deep learning research to facilitate adoption of AI-based technologies and to unlock the significant
wealth of information available in various sources of imaging across multiple disciplines. Consideration
of the associated ethics and public interest arising from implementation of AI-based technologies would
be an asset. This Chair will complement existing activities at the University in the signature areas of
agriculture, energy and mineral resources, Indigenous Peoples, health, synchrotron sciences, and water
security. More detail on the theme of this Chair can be found here.

Applications from all areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning with a focus on imaging data
analysis and applications are welcome. The College seeks expertise that complements its existing
strengths and this appointment will be made in the department most appropriate to the successful
candidate's research focus. The successful candidate will initiate, lead, and collaborate in research
activities, supervise graduate students, compete successfully for external research funding, teach
undergraduate and graduate courses, and undertake relevant administrative activities.

The University of Saskatchewan is one of Canada's top 15 research-intensive universities. Its main
campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the M├ętis. The University of Saskatchewan
is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city on the banks of the South Saskatchewan River known for
its quality of life, diverse and thriving economic base, a vibrant arts community and a full range of leisure
opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly
activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student
population of over 24,000.

Minimum Qualifications

We are seeking candidates who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and leadership in research.
The successful candidate must possess a PhD degree in an area related to the theme. Candidates must
possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed at the Full Professor or Associate Professor rank.
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Candidates must also have state-of-the-art research experience in artificial intelligence and machine
learning with imaging data analysis and applications. Demonstrated research impact through quality
publications in peer-reviewed venues or equivalent (ex. Patents, etc), in a field relevant to the focus of
the Chair, is expected. Demonstrated capability as an instructor in formal or informal settings is also
expected. Demonstrated success in a leadership role in a multi-disciplinary environment is also

Ideal Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a PhD degree in a field directly relevant to the focus of the Chair and an
undergraduate degree in engineering. The candidate will be eligible for registration as a professional
engineer or engineer in training in Canada. A strong candidate will provide evidence of a strong
research program with robust graduate student involvement and strong prospects for financial support
will be advantages. Experience in building collaborative teams across multiple research groups and
across institutions will lead to success in this new role. Demonstrated capability in teaching of
undergraduate and/or graduate university courses, development of new courses, and formal
professional development and/or certification in teaching and/or pedagogy will be assets. Candidates
who contribute to the diversity of the College's faculty complement are especially sought.

About the Position

The successful applicant will be appointed as a tenured faculty member at the Full Professor or
Associate Professor level in the College of Engineering and will be nominated for a Tier 1 Canada

Research Chair.

Salary bands for this position are as follows: Associate Professor: $112,109 to $130,925; and Professor
$130,925 to $152,877, with the possibility of merit based additions.
This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended
vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long term disability,
sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense
allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

How to Apply

Interested candidates must submit their application using the College of Engineering's applicant portal.
As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to complete a voluntary employment equity

The application materials must clearly indicate how the minimum qualifications have been met and
should highlight any special experience that connects the candidate to the ideal qualifications. Complete
applications will include a curriculum vitae, a research statement noting the impact the candidate's
research has had on the field, a teaching statement, and the names and contact information of three

Review of applications will begin in March 2019; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated
until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is January 1, 2020.
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The impact of leaves (e.g., parental leave, extended leave due to illness, etc.) will be carefully considered
when reviewing the candidate's record of research achievement. Therefore, candidates are encouraged
to explain in their application how career interruptions may have impacted them.
The University of Saskatchewan is committed to supporting employees in need of accommodation in an
employment context. For more information on the University of Saskatchewan's accommodation policy,
please contact (306-966-8560).

The University of Saskatchewan is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the workplace
and encourages applications from members of the four designated equity groups (women,
members of a visible minority/racialized group, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities).
All qualified candidates, Canadian and other nationalities are encouraged to apply. Recruitment will
be guided by the Canada Research Chairs Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Practices and by the strong
commitment to employment equity and diversity of the University of Saskatchewan and the College
of Engineering.

For questions related to this position or the selection process, please contact Terrance Fonstad at or (306) 966-4768.
Date Posted: January 21, 2019

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that
empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community
share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are
valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will
contribute to the diversity of our community.

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