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Post Doctoral Scholar, Fault Detection and Diagnostics, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

Job ID: 26411

Updated: July 18, 2022

Location: Main Campus

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, Region III.

Position Description

Area: Fault detection and diagnostics    
Duration: 12+ months     
Start date: Negotiable start date    
Salary: $40,000 to $60,000 CAD per year, plus University of Calgary Postdoctoral Health Insurance     

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the area of Fault detection and diagnostics. 

Job Description:
This postdoctoral position involves designing fault detection and diagnostics algorithms to build a digital twin of industrial pumps to estimate their condition, predict their failure and schedule maintenance. It involves designing experiments, including sensor selection, data collection and defining effective data features, and design of ML algorithms. 

This position is available in the Intelligent Dynamics and Control Laboratory (IDCL) at the University of Calgary in collaboration with one of the leading companies in this field. The postdoc is expected to spend 75% of their time at the company site, and 25% at the university. Thus, the postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the supervisor and researchers at the company and will be given the opportunity for career growth and development, in both academia and industry.  

We value diversity and inclusion and welcome applicants who further enhance our diversity.

The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary is accepting recent Ph.D. in Mechanical, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering or a related field with a focus on fault detection and diagnostics, machine learning, and data science. Excellent verbal and scientific written English communication skills and programming skills are required.

Experience and/or strong record of publications in the following areas: 

  • Machine Learning theory and data-driven modeling and statistics
  • Signal processing/statistical data analysis (time domain and frequency domain)
  • Real-time anomaly detection algorithms 
  • Data-driven condition monitoring
  • Predictive maintenance

Experience in the following areas is an asset: 

  • Pump controllers
  • Fluid dynamics

Application details:  
For full consideration, please submit your applications as soon as possible but no later than Sep 1st, 2022, via email to Dr. Mahdis Bisheban ([email protected]) with the subject line “Postdoc Application- Fault detection and diagnostics”. All applications must include: 

  • Cover letter including relevant research experience and statement of research interest,
  • Sample of relevant publications,
  • Current CV; 
  • (unofficial or official) copies of diplomas/university certificates; and 
  • Names and contact information of at least two (2) referees with knowledge of your research and academic experience to support your application

The start date is negotiable, but candidates who can begin sooner will be given preference. Salary will be commensurate with the level of experience and subject to regulations for stipends for postdoctoral fellows.

Please review the Postdoc Eligibility Guidelines for more information prior to applying for this position. 

This position is located in Calgary, Alberta. The successful candidate is expected to relocate to begin work as soon as possible. 

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted further. 

Additional Information

The terms and conditions of employment are covered under the UCalgary and PDAC Collective Agreement. To find out more about postdoctoral scholar program at the University of Calgary visit our Postdocs website.  

To learn more about postdoctoral scholar opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Postdoc Careers website.

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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta

Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders – in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from the strongest economy in the nation and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour’s drive from the Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, 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 ([email protected]) and requests for accommodations can be sent to Human Resources ([email protected]).


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