Marine Institute                                                    Memorial University

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland invites applications for a tenure-track assistant or associate professor faculty position of Industrial Research Chair in Marine Passenger Transportation Technology commencing in January 2020 or shortly thereafter.

The successful candidate will fill a unique and dynamic position at the intersection of technology and marine transportation. Applicants should have a bachelor and PhD degrees in relevant disciplines with an interdisciplinary background, and demonstrated outstanding research in at least one of the following areas: new marine fuels and efficient propulsion, AI & Robotics, Big (marine) Data and/or Autonomous systems. The Chair will work with faculty and stakeholders to provide insights into the future of marine transportation.  While a background in marine transportation is an asset it is not considered critical. Applicants should have demonstrated outstanding leadership in research and mentorship as well as a strong record of attracting external funding.

Memorial University is the largest university in Atlantic Canada and its Marine Institute has a long- standing tradition of partnership with all relevant stakeholders including academic, research and development, industry, and regulatory bodies both nationally and internationally. The Marine Institute is committed to the development of a strong research group in marine passenger transportation technology. The incumbent must be willing and able to take a leadership role in this endeavor. They are expected to foster collaboration in cognate fields across the country and internationally, supervise graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, attract external funding, teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses, and help develop a new graduate program in this field. The successful candidate will work with a dedicated technical team at the Marine Institute.

Rank and salary will be competitive and commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate. The Chair holder will receive attractive industry funding to support the research program and the Chair is expected to leverage the industry funding. The Chair and research group will have access to a suite of maritime simulators, and at sea ship-time by the industry sponsor. Access to the new Holyrood Marine Base (currently under construction) is included. This new facility will contain dry/wet labs, classroom space, bays, and offices that will enable collaboration among researchers, students, and ocean technology partners. It is complete with marginal wharf, water lot, and seagoing vessels. This facility will support research & development, and testing of next-generation shipping innovations and improvements.


The deadline to receive applications is August 31, 2019. Candidates should forward an electronic application indicating the position to which they are applying in the subject line with the correct reference. Applications must include: (a) letter of interest containing a research statement with a brief, five-year research program plan (max 5 pages), (b) a statement of teaching philosophy (max 2 pages), (c) detailed curriculum vitae, (d) the names and complete contact information of three referees, and (e) copies of at least three relevant technical publications. The application should be addressed to:

Dr. Rob Shea, Associate Vice-President (Marine Institute),                            Academic and Student Affairs,                                                                          Memorial University of Newfoundland.                                                                      via,  quoting reference no. VPMI-2019-002

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As a campus of Memorial University, the Fisheries and Marine Institute is Canada’s most comprehensive centre for education, training, applied research and industrial support for the ocean industry. It is seen as one of the most respected centres of marine learning and applied research in the world offering world class expertise and facilities, a multi-disciplinary approach, and strong linkages with industry. It operates two large well-equipped vessels that are available for research. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from qualified women and men, visible minorities, aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact This position is subject to final budgetary approval.