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Professor in the INRS-UQAR Research Unit – Artificial intelligence applied to sustainable development

Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre

Job posting No. 22027

Open to internal and external candidates | Tenure-track Position

Posting from March 2, 2022 to April 1st, 2022


INRS and its joint research unit (UMR) with the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) seek to fill a professor position in artificial intelligence applied to sustainable development. The successful candidate will become a faculty member of INRS Centre Eau Terre Environnement (ETE). Based at UQAR, the new professor will participate in the work of the UMR, an intersectoral research unit designed to play a key role in research and innovation in the regional context by advancing knowledge in the field of digital transformation of organizations. The successful candidate will work within a group of 5-6 professors, including UMR colleagues attached to the INRS Centre Urbanisation Culture Société (UCS), in the field of digital technology applied to sustainable development in Quebec and around the world.

Main duties and responsibilities

  • Develop an innovative research program in the field of digital technology applied to sustainable development. In parallel, the new professor will also be able to develop an original research program in line with other fields in the scientific program of the ETE Centre.
  • Collaborate with professors of the ETE and UCS centres, and of UQAR on the UMR’s research themes: e.g., regional sustainable economic development, circular economies, environmental issues, agriculture, natural resources, etc. (non-exhaustive list).
  • Organize their research around issues related to data science: e.g., intelligent digital tools, management of massive spatio-temporal data, geomatics, computations and algorithms, democratization of knowledge among stakeholders, and data processing and analysis by machine learning and visualization. (non-exhaustive list).
  • Participate in training activities, particularly within the framework of the ETE Centre’s Master’s and PhD programs and through the supervision of students and research staff.
  • Fund research activities through grants from public organizations in Quebec and Canada, government agencies, and the private sector.
  • Contribute to national and international recognition of INRS.

This position is part of the scientific program of the ETE Centre.

Joint research units (UMRs) create and consolidate in different regions of Quebec inter-university research and innovation clusters between the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and five partner universities of the Université du Québec (UQ) Network: the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC), the Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR), the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), the Université du Québec en Outaouais (UQO), and the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR). These inter-university clusters focus on priority themes of strategic interest to Quebec.

The specific objective of the INRS-UQAR UMR is to improve knowledge and train highly qualified personnel to support the digital transformation of public, parapublic, and private organizations, contributing to regional social, cultural, and economic development. Through research and training, the UMR’s mission is to mobilize knowledge and transfer it to regional businesses and organizations in order to foster the adoption and use of digital technology in key sectors such as education, manufacturing, health, etc.

Basic requirements and specific skills

  • PhD degree in a relevant field;
  • Strong scientific publishing record illustrating leadership and innovation;
  • Ability to fund research activities;
  • Excellent potential for multidisciplinary teaching and the supervision of graduate students;
  • Ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and networks.

Working language

French is the working language of the Institute. Knowledge of English is required. Candidates who do not commonly use French are strongly encouraged to apply. The selected candidate will be invited to improve their knowledge of French during their first contract (3 years, renewable after evaluation), and all necessary resources to achieve this will be provided.

Work place

Université du Québec à Rimouski
300, allée des Ursulines
C.P. 3300, succ. A
Rimouski (Québec) G5L 3A1 Canada


Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)
Centre Eau Terre Environnement
490, rue de la Couronne
Québec (Québec) G1K 9A9 Canada


In accordance with the collective agreement in effect at INRS.

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their application, including a complete curriculum vitae, a copy of their three most significant publications, a description of their current and proposed research, an overview of their teaching interests and the names and contact information of three references, before April 1st, 2022.

Any additional documents that cannot be transmitted electronically but are necessary to complete your application should be sent by mail to the following address:

Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Centre Eau Terre Environnement
490 de la Couronne St.
Quebec (Quebec) G1K 9A9 Canada

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