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The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE), within the Faculty of Applied Science (APSC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver campus, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with tenure may be considered for an exceptional case. This position is part of UBC’s President’s Academic Excellence Initiative (PAEI), and the hire is expected to contribute to a new research cluster within APSC focused on generating impactful knowledge in areas related to the cluster theme: Revolution in the Cycle – Transforming the Product Lifecycle for Global Good. We welcome applicants from all fields related to chemical and biological engineering, including those who would engage with existing fields of strength in our department, and those who would inspire new areas of growth. The anticipated start date of the position is 1 May 2023, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Founded in 1916, CHBE at UBC is ranked among the top 25 Chemical Engineering Departments within public universities throughout the world due to its outstanding graduates, as well as the excellence of its research and training. Our mission comprises three key responsibilities: providing undergraduate and graduate engineers with excellent technical and leadership skills, integrity, and social responsibility through education; creating internationally recognized, industrially implemented technological advances, including fully sustainable solutions to address global challenges in health, energy, and the environment through field-defining research; and promoting an inclusive, safe, collaborative, and respectful community. This mission is guided by our values of collegiality, excellence, innovation, and integrity.
For this recruitment, the Department seeks candidates with research expertise in the engineering, analysis and modeling of complex bio/chemical systems across multiple scales to facilitate sustainable zero-net-carbon manufacturing of bioproducts and biologics, chemicals, polymers, and/or fuels, power systems and energy. These systems are often highly interconnected, dynamic and multidimensional, and advanced tools are required to realize their sustainable design, fundamental understanding, and optimization. Research approaches employed by the successful candidate may include applications of big data analytics and other supercomputing methods to develop fundamental multiscale models based in part on conservation principles for process–product design, synthesis and integration using new machine learning technologies; development of data-driven algorithms and AI-powered decision-making tools to enable optimization of highly complex bio/chemical systems; and/or experimental and ultra-scale-down frameworks that facilitate viable testing of putative sustainable technologies (energy usage, life-cycle effects, costs and processing times, etc.).
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (conferred by the date of appointment) in Chemical Engineering or in a closely related discipline and must either be registered, or be eligible to register with Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia. Registration is required within five years of appointment. Demonstration of clear potential to establish a high-impact research program, as well as to effectively teach and train future generations of Chemical and Biological Engineers, is an expectation of the successful candidate. Applicants should therefore have demonstrated evidence or possess clear potential to excel in research and teaching of advanced design, optimization and operation of complex systems/processes with the target of reducing energy consumption while eliminating material waste, fossil-carbon use and carbon emission.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independent, internationally recognized research program, and seek funding, both as an individual and in collaboration with others, from Government and industrial sources. The position will involve teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, the supervision of graduate students at the Masters and Doctoral levels and the provision of service to the University and the broader community. The successful candidate must embrace productive relationships across cultural differences and develop an equitable, diverse and inclusive learning and research approach that promotes a respectful environment for all students, staff and faculty.
a cover letter stating one’s suitability for the position
A 100-word summary, suitable for a non-specialist audience, outlining the nature and purpose of your research and how it will contribute to the goals of the PAEI cluster theme
a curriculum vitae
a statement (1-2 pages) of one’s teaching approach, interests and accomplishments
a five-year research program plan
a statement of how one’s research and teaching will contribute to an equitable, diverse and inclusive academic environment (max. 1 page)
the names and addresses (e-mail address included) of four qualified
Details of Statement on Teaching Approach: Describe your teaching experience at any and all scales, and explain your teaching philosophy, including specific examples that have informed the evolution of that teaching philosophy.
Details of Five-Year Research Program Plan: Provide information about your research experience and expertise, and about your research plan as a new faculty member, including current and potential collaborators (at UBC and elsewhere) and sources of funding, as appropriate.
Details on Statement of Contributions to an Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Academic Environment: We welcome colleagues with the experiences and competencies that can contribute to our principles of inclusion, equity, and diversity throughout campus life. Please provide a statement describing your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on campus or within your discipline.
The initial closing date for applications is 1 January 2023, but applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found.
Our department welcomes and encourages applications from peoples with disabilities and/or any other special needs. Accommodations are available upon request for all applicants at all stages of the selection process. To confidentially request accommodations, please contact Marlene Chow (Marlene.Chow@ubc.ca).
The University of British Columbia hires on the basis of merit, assessed in areas of scholarly activity, teaching and service, and is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community. Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Tenure-Track Faculty Position Chemical Engineering
Hours per Week
McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering, located on the main university campus. Exceptional candidates at the ranks of Associate Professor or Professor may also be considered. Candidates with expertise in the areas of process systems engineering, polymer engineering, and water/energy are encouraged to apply. The position is available from July 1, 2023.
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering or a closely related engineering discipline, or a related engineering discipline, by the time of the appointment. Registration as a Professional Engineer of Ontario or eligibility to acquire registration in Canada is an essential qualification.
The successful candidate will teach both undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. Applicants must demonstrate a willingness and ability to contribute to the Department’s collegial and collaborative intellectual community as well as University-wide inclusive excellence goals and priorities. Consistent with McMaster’s position as a research-intensive university, the successful applicant will be expected to develop a dynamic externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, and foster existing or new collaborations with other Departments and Faculties. After the successful candidate starts their position at McMaster University, research excellence will be reflected in successful mentoring of graduate students, extramural grant acquisition and publication in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.
Founded in 1887, McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 80 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022 and is home to more than 70 research centres and institutes. Named Canada’s most research-intensive university in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Research Infosource, McMaster is dedicated to teaching, learning and service. With a student population of more than 36,000, McMaster welcomes students from 120 countries as well as Canada.
McMaster Engineering has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students. With 200 faculty members, about 7,500 undergraduate and 1,250 graduate students, we are a world-class centre for academic excellence and innovation.
The Department of Chemical Engineering at McMaster University has an outstanding reputation in research and teaching and is one of the top schools for Chemical Engineering in Canada.
In addition to competitive salaries, McMaster University provides one of the best benefits packages amongst Canadian universities, which includes supplementary medical and dental coverage, a defined benefits pension plan, external tuition benefit, long-term disability insurance and family-friendly supports such as a childcare allowance, and funded pregnancy/parental leaves. University policies include provisions for such leaves in the tenure process and in annual merit evaluations. The Faculty of Engineering has additional supports in place, such as funding from the Engineering Life Event Fund, to help maintain continuity in scholarship during pregnancy/parental, medical, or family-related leaves.
Discover more of what McMaster Engineering and the Hamilton area have to offer academic professionals and their families by reviewing our Information Guide highlighting our research excellence, family-friendly resources and rich local culture. Opportunities for continuous personal and professional growth are also made available through our Faculty’s Fireball Academy and the MacPherson Institute.
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengths our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration, and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.
The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey as part of the application process. It takes approximately two minutes to complete. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process. Inquiries about the Diversity Survey may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean of Engineering at 905-525-9140 ext. 24900 to communicate accommodation needs.
letter of application demonstrating how you meet the selection criteria outlined above and describing, if applicable, the impact that career interruptions may have had on research productivity (1-2 pages)
research statement that articulates your vision and goals for your research program. Also include a selection of research publications (no more than four examples)
statement on teaching interests and philosophy (including evidence of teaching effectiveness)
statement on contributions made to inclusive excellence in teaching, research, or service in academic, professional or community contexts, including a description of how you will advance the University’s commitment to building an inclusive community and to fostering a culture which embraces and promotes the rich diversity of the campus community (2 pages)
the names and contact information of at least three referees, including postal and email addresses. Referees should not be in a conflict of interest and at least one should be recognized as an international authority in your field and not residing in the country in which you are currently working. In cases where the applicant is a Canadian Indigenous researcher (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) based in Canada, the name and contact information of an international referee is not required.
McMaster University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions and personal circumstances (e.g., pregnancy, early childcare, eldercare, illness, etc.) can have on an applicant’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their applications the impact that career interruptions or other issues may have had.
The review of applications will begin on December 15, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. The effective date of appointment is negotiable, but July 1, 2023 is preferred. All applicants will receive an online confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Applicants with questions regarding this recruitment should contact Kristina Trollip, email@example.com
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University gathers information about applicants’ status as either a permanent resident of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
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McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.
The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.
The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.
As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey – Statement of Collection for additional information.
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This is a special meeting, as the four officer positions are up for elections for the 2022—2025 term: Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, and Secretary. Members of the Systems and Control Division interested in serving as officers can self-nominate by emailing Tom Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the AGM. (Candidates will also be able to put their name forward during the AGM.)
The Department of Chemical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, at Queen’s University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Process Systems Engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor. The preferred start date for the appointment is January 1, 2023. Link to the advertisement can be found here: https://chemeng.queensu.ca/about-us/career-opportunities.html.
The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Engineering Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline completed at the start date of the appointment, preferably combined with postdoctoral and/or industrial and/or post-secondary teaching experience.
The main criteria for selection are:
evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding
strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs
demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment
Professional engineering licensure in Canada, or the eligibility to obtain licensure, is a requirement. Note that all forms of engineering licensure in Canada are considered acceptable (e.g., P.Eng., temporary engineering license, provisional engineering license, etc.).
Applications are encouraged from any field within Process Systems Engineering, including process control, optimization, systems biology, and data science. A particular focus on computational aspects of process systems engineering is desirable. Applications to strategic sectors including energy, advanced materials, and health-related systems are of particular interest. Our programs incorporate innovative approaches to engineering education, with an emphasis on developing technical and professional skills. The successful candidate will also be expected to make contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The Queen’s University Policy Regarding Mandatory Vaccination Requirements for In-personUniversity Activities requires ALLCommunity Members, including employees, to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to participating in any In-person University Activities. This is a condition of employment for all employees who are required to attend University Property to perform their employment responsibilities. Individuals who cannot be vaccinated due to substantiated grounds (medical and other protected grounds under the Ontario Human Rights Code) may ask the University to validate the exemption and request an accommodation in these rare circumstances. If approved, they will be subject to additional health and safety measures.
Your Career with Queen’s Engineering
Queen’s University is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive universities. The Chemical Engineering department is a medium-sized department with 23 faculty. The Department provides undergraduate programs in Chemical Engineering and Engineering Chemistry with 400+ undergraduate students currently enrolled in years 2 through 4 and has typical annual enrolments of 80-100 graduate students. Research strengths in the department include biomedical engineering; macromolecular science and technology; process analytics, optimization and control; sustainable energy sources, process and products; and environmental remediation. The department has a strong emphasis on inter-disciplinary education through its close collaboration with the Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Centre, and links to a number of multi-disciplinary centres at Queen’s, including: Centre for Health Innovation, Green Centre Canada (www.greencentrecanada.com), Innovation Park (www.innovationpark.ca), the Beaty Water Research Centre, Ingenuity Labs, and the Queen’s Centre for Energy and Power Electronics Research (ePOWER) (www.queensu.ca/epower).
Among our top priorities in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is providing opportunities for early career academics to develop exceptional research and teaching contributions while fostering an inclusive environment where all faculty can thrive. Support for faculty to develop strong research programs includes Special Research Grant opportunities, grant writing workshops and review services, and one-to-one mentorship from experienced colleagues. To promote on-going teaching success, there is support for course development and delivery provided by the Queen’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Engineering Teachingand Learning Team, the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Queen’s Engineering is also committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusivity in Engineering, supported by the recent establishment of a Chair for Women inEngineering, the new Engineering Strategic Plan, and Engineering for Everyone.
Queen’s historic campus is located in the heart of the vibrant Kingston community in the Thousand Islands region of South Eastern Ontario. Queen’s is positioned centrally with respect to three major metropolitan areas: Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa. Faculty and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. You will also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for
qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children. Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave. In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’sHuman Resources.
The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.
The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”, OR “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.
In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.
A complete application consists of:
a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the preceding paragraph);
a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available);
a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);
a statement of research interests;
a statement of commitment to – as well as ideas and any experience on how to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusivity in scholarly activities; and
the names and contact information of three referees.
Applications should be submitted on or before June 20, 2022. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically as PDFs to April Hiles, Administrative Assistant for Chemical Engineering, at email@example.com, although printed applications may be submitted to:
Dr. Brian Amsden
Professor and Head
Department of Chemical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6
The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodations that consider an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact April Hiles, Administrative Assistant for Chemical Engineering, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSChE’s Systems & Control division will be inviting a keynote speaker to the CCEC 2022 conference in Vancouver in October, and will provide some funding toward their visit.
If you have a nomination for a keynote speaker, please email Prof. Tom Adams (email@example.com) a name, affiliation, and a sentence or two why you think this would be a good speaker for our community. Although we can invite anyone, because of budget constraints we would tend to encourage nominees within Canada or the USA.
The S&C division officers will make the final decision. We will also consider those names who were nominated last year so they do not need to be nominated a second time. Thanks!
After our fantastic success last year, the CCEC 2022 planners have invited us to again plan, organize, and facilitate the Systems & Controls related sessions at the CCEC 2022 conference.
To do this, we’ll need volunteers! Last year we had an amazing 18 session chairs and I hope we can reach that number again.
We will be having a planning meeting on Tuesday March 22 from 4-5PM EST via Teams. All S&C members and/or anyone who is interested in volunteering as a session chair are invited to attend. We also will be doing another conference proceedings, so anyone who wishes to volunteer as an editor of those proceedings also should attend.
The Gender and Diversity committee of the 19th IFAC Symposium on Control, Optimization and Automation in Mining, Mineral and Metal Processing held in Montreal is organizing an online control competition to encourage undergrad and grad students to pursue careers in the field. This event will be hosted from March 7 to 18, 2022.
The goal of the challenge is to use your creativity to control the provided virtual grinding plant in a team of 1 to 4. During two weeks from March 7 to 18, 2022, each team will need to develop and test a control solution, and prepare 10 slides documenting the design. Each team must also write a 100-word essay on how equity, diversity and inclusion were considered by the team during the challenge or after to increase gender representation and diversity in mining control optimisation and automation.
Then, between May 9 and May 20, 2022, each group will present their solution to the jury through a 10-minute virtual presentation followed by a question period. The original submitted slides must be used. Scholarships of 1,000 CAD, 500 CAD and 250 CAD will be awarded to the first, second and third places, respectively.
To participate in the competition, the students must form their team and register to the competition by filling out the form. Registration will be open until the end of the competition on March 18, 2022. The teams will need access to Matlab-Simulink software. If they don’t, the free 30-day trial offered by MathWorks could be used.
We are looking for an excellent PhD candidate for R&D project “Development of advanced monitoring and control schemes for the primary aluminum industry” funded by the National Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Alcoa Corporation, one of the world’s leading producer of primary aluminium. The research will take place at Université Laval and Alcoa plants. Université Laval, through the Aluminium Research Centre − REGAL, is a leading academic research institution in the area of aluminium production. REGAL−Laval consists of 15 Faculty members and about 50 graduate students. The candidate will be integrated within this group, and will benefit from the unique carbon anode production and characterization infrastructure.
Project: Automatic control of green anode resistivity.
Context. Pre−baked carbon anodes are required for primary aluminum production by the Hall−Héroult process. Variations in anode raw materials adversely affect their quality. New process control schemes are needed for producing high quality anodes consistently.
Objective. Develop an automatic control scheme to minimize green anode resistivity measured using a new on− line sensor technology.
Methodology. The project requires conducting experimental designs in the REGAL laboratory and at the Alcoa Deschambault plant to quantify the relationships between anode paste formulation and green anode resistivity measurements under different conditions. Based on collected data, the candidate will build dynamic models of part of the anode manufacturing plant in the Matlab/Simulink environment. The performance of different optimizing control schemes will be tested and compared in simulation to identify the most promising strategy. Plant implementation of the most promising control scheme for testing is also envisaged towards the end of the project. The candidate is expected to interact with Alcoa’s personnel, to make regular site visits to gather data, to design and perform a certain number of experiments on the full−scale process to enrich the data bases, and test control schemes. The Deschambault plant is located 40 minutes drive from university.
Start date. May 2022.
Financial support. 25K$/year for up to 4 years.
Requirements. To have maintained a minimum cumulative average of B (or equivalent) during the undergrad and Master’s degrees. To be autonomous. Capacity to read, write and speak French or English. Knowledge of process data analysis using statistical methods, process control, Matlab and/or of the aluminum reduction process (Hall−Héroult) are important assets. Holding a valid Canadian driving licence or obtaining it within the first year of the project is a requirement.
Application. Send CV and transcripts (undergrad and masters) to:
We are looking for excellent MSc and PhD candidates for R&D project “Development of advanced monitoring and control schemes for the primary aluminum industry” funded by the National Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and Alcoa Corporation, one of the world’s leading producer of primary aluminium. The research will take place at Université Laval and Alcoa plants. Université Laval, through the Aluminium Research Centre − REGAL, is a leading academic research institution in the area of aluminium production. REGAL−Laval consists of 15 Faculty members and about 50 graduate students. The candidate will be integrated within this group, and will benefit from the unique carbon anode production and characterization infrastructure.
Project: Advanced cell monitoring and control based on individual anode electrical currents.
Context. Cheaper and reliable technologies for measuring individual anode electrical currents in Hall−Héroult reduction cells are now available. These signals may help develop the next generation of cell control systems to better capture local abnormal conditions in the cell and mitigate them.
Objective. Improve detection and diagnosis of cell abnormal events by combining features extracted from individual anode electrical currents (IACS) and relevant cell operation variables.
Methodology. The project first requires collecting IACS signals from a number of reduction cells at an Alcoa reduction plant under different operating conditions (normal and abnormal). Second, signal processing and analysis algorithms will be developed to extract relevant features from IACS allowing to detect and diagnose abnormal events, such as low−voltage anode effects, anodic incidents, magneto−hydrodynamic instabilities, etc. The monitoring scheme will be tested at the Alcoa plant according to carefully designed experiments. How to use the information provided by the system to apply corrective actions will be determined. The candidate is expected to interact with Alcoa’s personnel, to possibly make regular site visits to gather data, to design and perform a certain number of experiments on the full−scale process to enrich the data bases, and test the monitoring and control schemes. The targeted plant is located in Deschambault, 40 minutes drive from campus.
Start date. May 2022.
Financial support. MSc 18K$/year for up to 2 years; PhD 25K$/year for up to 4 years.
Requirements. To have maintained a minimum cumulative average of B (or equivalent) during the undergrad and Master’s degrees (PhD applicants). To be autonomous. Capacity to read, write and speak French or English. Knowledge of process data analysis using statistical methods, process control, Matlab and/or of the aluminum reduction process (Hall−Héroult) are important assets. Holding a valid Canadian driving licence or obtaining it within the first year of the project is a requirement.
Application. Send CV and transcripts (undergrad and masters) to: