Imaging Centre Director

Posted Date: Feb 6, 2024
Application Deadline: Mar 4, 2024

Status: Open

Competition No: A100152536

While this position welcomes applications from the public, please note that preference will be given to current employees at the University of Alberta. Please indicate your internal status using the "Advertisement" drop-down menu when applying.

This position is a part of the Association of the Academic Staff of the University of Alberta (AASUA).

In accordance with the Trust/Research Academic Staff Agreement, this position offers a comprehensive benefits package found on our Benefits Overview page and an annual salary range of $87,013 to $119,644. This position has an initial appointment of 1 year plus a day.


This role is hybrid with a mix of remote and in-person, with onsite work primarily taking place at North Campus Edmonton

Working for the University of Alberta

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages, and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross-section of people—from our students and stakeholders to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries, and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Position Summary

The University of Alberta and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) have developed a research partnership. This long-term initiative positions Alberta as a world leader in the field of biodiversity monitoring and research. Designed to track and understand changes in biodiversity throughout Alberta, this initiative provides Albertans with the ability to make informed decisions about the state of their environment in ways previously not possible. The Institute operates using a distributed delivery model involving the following partner organizations: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and InnoTech Alberta.

Reporting to the ABMI’s Executive Director, the Imaging Centre Director is a member of the ABMI Management Team and responsible for implementing the mandate of the Imaging Centre. The Imaging Centre’s primary goal is to generate high-quality, high-resolution geospatial data products such as airborne lidar and optical imagery.

The Director leads and manages a globally significant group of technologists, programmers, developers, and scientists. Further, the Director is responsible for overseeing the collection of new high-resolution airborne geospatial data at a provincial scale. The Director is responsible for improving natural resource management activities in Canada through the creation of consistent and unique scientific capacity that is foundational to practical, real-world issues. To accomplish this, the Director facilitates and manages effective relationships with researchers and scientists across the spectrum of natural resource management including government, Indigenous communities, agriculture industry, forest industry, energy industry, and the environmental community. This includes facilitating the creation of high-resolution geospatial data that will be applied to environmental challenges including restoration, reclamation, climate change, species-at-risk management, land use mapping, and provincial/territorial planning.


The Imaging Centre Director provides leadership to the Imaging Centre and is responsible for managing several diverse business areas. The Responsibilities of the position include:

1.  Management

  • Provides financial oversight and control of the Imaging Centre.
  • Determines resources (fiscal and human) and undertakes work planning for the Imaging Centre.
  • Contributes to the compilation of grant applications, scientific and financial reports, and manuscripts.

2. Research and development 

  • Plans and oversees the development of the research program including the design and implementation of solutions to operational challenges.
  • Makes continuous improvements to Imaging Centre services, programs, or operations to increase performance and deliver results.
  • Develops, validates, and where necessary improves the products and services used to support biodiversity monitoring in Canada. This includes the implementation of machine learning models and collaborations on software development.
  • Supports the application of high-resolution lidar and optical data and associated tools.

3. Leadership

  • Leads a diverse group of support staff including GIS analysts and technicians, computer scientists, and computer engineers some of which specialize in artificial intelligence.
  • Establishes clear performance expectations with staff, other Centres in the ABMI, and collaborators.
  • Creates an environment where diverse ideas, perspectives, and achievements are recognized, rewarded, and celebrated.

4. Policy implementation

  • Working with other program areas in the ABMI to create and implement policy applications.
  • Ensures the proper application of University of Alberta Policies and Procedures (e.g., research administration, risk management, safety). 

The scope of the position includes:

1. Market identification and business development

  • Identifying potential markets and opportunities related to the development of high-resolution lidar and optical data for monitoring and research.
  • Building awareness and developing relationships with appropriate markets and partners.
  • Preparation and submission of funding/ grant applications.

2. Partnerships with key stakeholders

  • Develop and maintain partnerships with researchers to improve the science of environmental monitoring.
  • Collaborate with the scientific community in biodiversity research, remote sensing, monitoring, and publications.
  • Oversees the communication relating to the value of high-resolution geospatial data to key partners in the U of A, U of C, Innotech Alberta, Government of Alberta, Indigenous communities, Government of Canada, Energy Industry, Forest Industry, Environmental Community, and others across Canada.
  • Maintaining and expanding existing partnerships within the U of A and with external research organizations.

3. Strategic vision

  • Interfacing with academia, industry, and government to develop, coordinate, and execute the strategic vision of the Imaging Centre.
  • Refining the thematic concepts of the Imaging Centre to capture the needs of our industrial partners and integrate them into the scientific mission programs.
  • Facilitating opportunities for academic participation.

Minimum Qualifications

  • M.Sc. in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Computer Sciences, Natural Resource Management, or related discipline. Ph.D. degree preferred.
  • 5 years of project management experience on a diverse set of geospatial projects including leadership, risk and task management, planning, and organization.
  • 5 years experience in remote sensing research and management.
  • Proven ability to attract and manage funding resources.
  • Experience with financial management and administration of large budgets.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and manage technical and scientific teams.
  • Team-oriented with excellent relationship-building skills
  • Keen interest in finding solutions for sustainable natural resource management and related public policies.
  • Complete proficiency in English (written and spoken).
  • Education and experience equivalencies may be considered.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with oversight of airborne/field-based monitoring programs
  • Experience with lidar and imagery processing and data management 
    Experience in oversight of big data management platforms/systems
  • Experience working with programmers, developers, data engineers, or DevOps engineers
  • Familiarity with best practices and standards as they relate to geospatial data
  • Familiarity with GIS and lidar software (e.g., ArcPro, QGIS, GlobalMapper, LASTools, Lidar Mapping Suite)
  • Familiarity with Python, R, GitHub and ArcPy, GDAL, and GeoPandas libraries 

At the University of Alberta, we are committed to creating an inclusive and accessible hiring process for all candidates. If you require accommodations to participate in the interview process, please let us know at the time of booking your interview and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs.

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.

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