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Master/ PhD/ PDF positions in mass timber construction research at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

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The Engineered Wood and Building System research group is led by Prof. Ying Hei Chui in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada. Prof. Chui is the Chairholder of the NSERC Industry Research Chair in Engineered Wood and Building System. We are seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates for the following positions.

Post-doctoral fellow in structural/ seismic engineering

This is a full time, 2 years, postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of renewal based upon satisfactory job performance and continuing availability of funds.


  •  Conduct research on seismic behavior of mass timber constructions with innovation connections including finite element and analytical modelling, laboratory tests et al.;
  •  Collaborate with academic and industrial partners on projects related seismic design
  •  Prepare research reports, scientific publications;
  •  Disseminate research findings in domestic and international conferences;
  •  Supervising undergraduate and graduate students on related projects.

Desirable qualifications and attributes:

  •  Ph.D. degree in structural/ seismic engineering;
  •  Research or design experience in seismic design of tall buildings, experience or knowledge in wood design will be an asset;
  •  Advanced finite element modeling skills and developing/ coding techniques, preferably with Abaqus;
  •  Excellent oral and written English communication skills;  
  •  Self-motivated team player with independent research ability.


MSc or PhD students with background and interest in one of the following areas:

-                Timber structural engineering

-                Seismic engineering

-                Engineered wood products

-                Building vibration and acoustics (highly-desired)

Successful candidates must be self-motivated, work well in a team environment, be able to make progress with minimum supervision and possess adequate English speaking and writing skills.


Application process

All the positions shall remain open till filled, however interested and qualified candidates should apply as soon as possible before May 31, 2018.

For the PDF position, please send a letter of interest and CV in one PDF file to Prof. Y. H. Chui ( Shortlisted candidate will be contacted for interview.


For graduate students with serious interest, please send a letter of interest, CV and transcript in one PDF file to Prof. Y. H. Chui ( Qualified candidates will be contacted to apply according to Department for graduate student acceptance.


Aleem's picture

Dear Jianhui,

I have sent my resume to Prof. Chui. Looking forward to his response.

Kind regards,

Aleem Ullah

Jianhui Zhou's picture

We can only accept one more PhD student with background in structural/ seismic engineering. All the other positions are alomost filled. 

Jianhui Zhou's picture

Please note that all the positions are filled. Thank you!

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