Emera Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) invites applications from outstanding researchers to fill the position of Emera Research Chair in Smart Grid Technologies (Chair). The position will be a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the rank of Full Professor (or Associate Professor under exceptional cases).  Salary and rank will align with the selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. and be eligible and committed to register as a professional engineer in New Brunswick.

UNB, founded in 1785, has two beautiful campuses, one in Fredericton and one in Saint John, New Brunswick.   UNB performs world-class research both within  Canada and internationally, and offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in more than 60 disciplines.  More information about UNB can be found at https://www.unb.ca.

The role of the Chair is to contribute significantly to the body of scholarship on smart grid technologies.  The Chair will be associated with, and involved in, the research and development activities undertaken by the Emera and NB Power Research Centre for Smart Grid Technologies (the Centre).  The Chair shall be engaged in teaching, research, public service, or a combination of such duties consistent with such a role.  The academic duties of the Chair shall include participation in a five-year collaborative research and development project with regional energy companies to design, build and test an integrated suite of distributed energy resource solutions in the context of an electric power utility.


The Chair will serve as the Director of the Centre.  The Director will be responsible to lead a multi-disciplinary team of researchers, working in close collaboration with public and private-sector organizations, including regional utilities and technology providers.  Evidence of leadership skills and a demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures is required.  Applicants will be expected to develop strong externally funded research programs leading to long term sustainability of the Centre and foster existing and new collaborations with other departments and faculties.  Applicants should bring an extensive and effective network of contacts in the private and public sectors and very strong communication skills.

The ideal candidate will be an exceptional scholar with an established international reputation, supported by a record of scholarly achievement, productivity, and impact as evaluated through peer-reviewed publications, peer-reviewed research projects, research and knowledge translation activities, teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels, development of HQP training programs, and endorsements by leaders in their field.

Interested candidates are asked to provide a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching and scholarly interests and plans, and the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of four referees.   Submit your application online at https://www.kbrs.ca/Career/14259 or for more information, contact Jeff Forbes at [email protected] .   

The University of New Brunswick is committed to employment equity and fostering diversity within our community, and developing an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the broader community that we serve. The University welcomes and encourages applications from all qualified individuals who will help us achieve our goals, including women, visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. Applicants should indicate current citizen status.

We will provide support in the recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation to participate as a candidate in the recruitment process, please contact [email protected]