Geospatial Information System (GIS) - Professor

Laval University/Université Laval

Location: Quebec
Date posted: 2013-05-10

Geomatics Professor
Geospatial Information System (GIS)

Information about the Faculty and the Department
The Department of Geomatics Sciences at Université Laval is seeking to fill a tenure-track academic position in geospatial information systems (GIS). Requisite expertise includes the design and the application of spatial analysis methods (2D/3D) and geospatial database design methodology. Université Laval ( is one of the ten largest research universities in Canada, with more than 45,000 students. It is located in Quebec City, a UNESCO World Heritage City, with one of the highest qualities of life in North America. The Department of Geomatics Sciences ( consists of 17 full-time professors, more than 250 undergraduate students (future engineers and land-surveyors), and about 50 graduate students (M.Sc. and Ph.D.). It offers 9 training programs in Geomatics, some unique in Canada, which are certified by Professional associations (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and the Ordre des arpenteurs-géomètres du Québec). The Department's research activities are coordinated primarily through the Centre for Research in Geomatics - CRG (, recognized for its leadership and multidisciplinarity. It created GEOIDE, one of the Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence in geomatics (, which has always been directed by a member of the CRG at Université Laval, and Quebec's newly created innovation network in convergence of geospatial intelligence (abbreviated as ®CRG) The Department of Geomatics Sciences also offers other important initiatives in research such as a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Geomatics, a Geospatial Data Augmented Reality laboratory, a Ge@design laboratory, and a laboratory for the Exploration of Immersive Medias for Human Rehabilitation.

Position description
Today, the design of GIS solutions requires the consideration of the new realities associated with a "wired" society and social networks. These include a broad variety of users, the need to obtain responses in real time, regardless of the location, and an increased risk associated with inappropriate and unplanned uses of geospatial data. Accordingly, the research activities of the incumbent will have to be oriented toward the development and application of spatial analysis methods (2D/3D) as well as database design methods which take this context into account.

The successful candidate will teach regular classes at the undergraduate, graduate and post graduate levels, and perform leading-edge research regarding geospatial information systems (GIS). He/she will also need to supervise students at all three levels, and develop the means to obtain his/her own research funding, including the development of public and private partnerships. He/she will also need to demonstrate openness to multidisciplinary collaboration.

Moreover, he/she will participate in departmental activities and in those of the Centre for Research in Geomatics (CRG) and the University. Potentially, he/she could be called upon to teach and perform research outside of his/her area of expertise, i.e., in the other Geomatics areas in which the Department works.

Requisite qualifications
Persons interested in applying for the position must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline. They must have leading-edge knowledge in the basic sciences related to the position. Postdoctoral training or equivalent practical experience is desirable. Candidacies will be evaluated with regard to the three major university functions (teaching, research and supervision of students), the candidate's leadership and abilities to administer projects, and commitment to the scientific community and other relevant communities.

A career profile making the candidate eligible for admission to Quebec's professional engineering association (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec) would be an important asset. Since French is the language of teaching at Université Laval, the candidate must be able to teach in that language by the end of a one-year period. Knowledge of the English language is also required.

Salary and working conditions

Based on the experience of the person and according to the collective agreement in force.


  • Closing date: June 26, 2013
  • Starting date: before January 1th, 2014

The interested person has to send, before June 26, 2013:
  • a curriculum vitae,
  • a letter of presentation that resume the relevant experience of the position,
  • a list of publications and a copy of 2 relevant scientific papers,
  • the name of three persons acting as references, and their letter of reference.

Please send your documents to the following address:

Department of Geomatics Sciences
c/o Department Head (Dr Jacynthe Pouliot)
1055, avenue du Séminaire, Suite 1315
Université Laval
Quebec City, Quebec G1V 0A6

Phone: 418-656-2530
Fax: 418-656-7411

Valuing diversity, Université Laval encourages all qualified individuals to apply-particularly women, visible and ethnic minorities, aboriginal persons, and persons with disabilities-but priority will be given to Canadians and Canadian permanent residents.


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