Job ID: 226296

Assistant Professor in Embedded Systems for Smart Agriculture

University of Calgary

  • Nov. 27, 2023
  • Assistant Professor in Embedded Systems for Smart Agriculture
  • Electrical and Software Engineering
  • University of Calgary
    Calgary, AB
  • Jan. 15, 2024
  • Jul. 1, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Computer Engineering

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta. The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Districts 5 and 6.

Position Description

The Department of Electrical and Software Engineering at the University of Calgary is pleased to invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Embedded Systems for Smart Agriculture with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024. Candidates with an earned doctoral degree (or equivalent) in Electrical Engineering or a closely related discipline and demonstrated excellence in research and teaching are invited to apply.

At the University of Calgary, smart agriculture is aligned with the University’s One Health research theme, which is inherently transdisciplinary and supported by growing partnerships between researchers in the Schulich School of Engineering and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The University of Calgary is also home to a unique facility to support smart agriculture: W.A. Ranches is a working cow-calf ranch with a land base of 19,000 acres for cattle, farmland for feed production, and wildlife habitat. This unique facility enables us to conduct cutting-edge research on a bona fide working ranch and provides endless teaching opportunities.

The successful candidate should be familiar with current challenges for the agricultural industry across the supply chain and opportunities for technologies. The development and/or application of smart technologies along the agri-food value chain includes technologies for automated operations, tools for monitoring or analysis aimed at optimizing production, and traceability technologies for supply chains. Within the broad topic of Embedded Systems for Smart Agriculture, experience in one or more of the following areas is required:

  • Design and integration of embedded systems for smart agriculture applications
  • Applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning for smart agriculture
  • Development of novel sensing and mapping strategies for smart agriculture
  • Design of durable, energy-efficient, secure and reliable embedded systems
  • Design of sensing hardware and hardware implementation
  • Optimization and development of embedded systems technologies such as system on chip (SOC), FPGA, RISC-V or ARM
  • Scalable algorithm and embedded software development using real-time operating systems and machine level firmware (C, C++, C#, micropython)

Experimental experience implementing embedded systems is required.

Position Requirements

  • A record of high-quality research and publications
  • The potential to establish an externally funded research program, and to achieve international recognition within five years
  • Alignment between their research interests and the research priorities of the Schulich School of Engineering and the University of Calgary
  • Ability to attract and develop excellent trainees, students, and future researchers
  • Ability to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses related to the topics in the position description above
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • A commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Engineering
  • Should be eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA)
  • Experience working in industry or on industrial projects is considered an asset

How to Apply
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply online via the 'Apply Now' link on the UCalgary careers website:

Please submit your application in one document in pdf format (which may require you to merge documents). A complete application should contain the following:

  • Cover letter, including a brief description of alignment of research interests with smart agriculture and One Health and list of 3 research contributions most relevant to the position (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three referees
  • Statement of research interests, accomplishments and vision (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Statement of teaching philosophy (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Statement on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (maximum of 2 pages)

Questions may be addressed to:
Dr Andy Knight
Head, Department of Electrical and Software Engineering

Application Deadline: January 15, 2024

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

As an equitable and inclusive employer, the University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. In particular, we encourage members of the designated groups (women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible/racialized minorities, and diverse sexual orientation and gender identities) to apply. To ensure a fair and equitable assessment, we offer accommodation at any stage during the recruitment process to applicants with disabilities. Questions regarding [diversity] EDI at UCalgary can be sent to the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion ( and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources (

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

The University of Calgary recognizes that candidates have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged but not required to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions to allow for a fair assessment of their application. Selection committees have been instructed to give careful consideration to, and be sensitive to the impact of career interruptions, when assessing the candidate’s research productivity.

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information visit Careers in the Schulich School of Engineering.

The University strongly recommends all faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


About the University of Calgary
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Contact Information

  • Andy Knight
    Electrical and Software Engineering
    University of Calgary
    2500 University Drive NW
    Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
  • 4032205806

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