SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering

The Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan invites applications from qualified individuals for a senior SaskPower Chair in Power Systems Engineering.  This is a tenured full professor position with reduced teaching and administration duties. Commensurate with qualifications and experience, the salary is very competitive, expected in the range of $150,000 – $225,000. In addition, a substantial portion of the $3.5 millions gift given by the industry partner, SaskPower, will be made available for the Chair’s research funding. The Chair will have an exceptional opportunity to maximize research collaboration with SaskPower. Creation of the Chair recognizes and builds on the historical preeminence of the Department in research related to power systems engineering. Once appointed, the SaskPower Chair will be expected to pursue an NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair (IRC).

The successful candidate must hold an earned Ph.D. in electrical engineering and be eligible for registration as a professional engineer in Saskatchewan. The ideal candidate will be an internationally recognized researcher working on various smart grid technologies applied to power systems, with an outstanding track record, both in terms of publications and the training of highly-qualified personnel. Complementing the current faculty, the successful candidate is expected to provide leadership to the department’s teaching and research programs in power systems engineering.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with colleagues in both academia and industry.

Proud of its history and thriving within Saskatchewan’s prosperous and growing economy, the College of Engineering is dedicated to developing tomorrow’s leaders and professionals through teaching, research, and service. The College currently offers degrees at the undergraduate (B.Sc.) and post-graduate (M.Eng., M.Sc. and Ph.D.) levels in a wide range of disciplines to more than 1,600 undergraduate and 320 graduate students.

Located on one of Canada’s most beautiful campuses, the University of Saskatchewan is internationally recognized for its contributions to teaching, scholarship, research and innovation. The university’s community comprises more than 18,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students, 7,500 faculty and staff and offers a wide selection of degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 100 areas and disciplines. Its 17 colleges and schools offer an array of discipline-based, interdisciplinary and professional programs. With a focus on teaching, learning and research, the University of Saskatchewan is poised to make discoveries that will shape the city, the province and the world now and in the future.

SaskPower is the main electric utility in Saskatchewan, Canada, owned by the Province of Saskatchewan. Following its vision of becoming a world leading utility though innovation, performance and service, fueled by the growing Saskatchewan economy, SaskPower has a very ambitious program for development and system renewal.  With many active projects in innovative areas from Clean Coal to Advanced Metering, covering generation, transmission and distribution specific applications, the cooperation between the new Chair, the College of Engineering, and SaskPower is expected to provide many exciting research opportunities in power systems.

Interested individuals are requested to submit via email a curriculum vitae, a research plan outlining specific interests in smart grid technologies in power systems, a statement of teaching focus and philosophy including potential courses to be taught, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Professor Brian Daku  
Chair of the Search Committee   
Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering  
University of Saskatchewan  
57 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9, Canada   

The review of applications will commence on October 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Additional information related to this position can be viewed at

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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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.