Research Professional, Northern Building Science

Employment opportunity number
Climate Change Research, YukonU Research Centre
$38.85 to $46.25 per hour based on 75 hours bi-weekly
Term to March 29, 2024
Ayamdigut (Whitehorse) Campus
Closing date

At YukonU Research Centre we create and share knowledge that helps us understand the world around us. We are excited by opportunities to solve unique problems. Dedicated to supporting local innovation and increasing student research capacity, we build a stronger, more resilient north, where we all thrive, together.

The Research Professional will join a multi-disciplinary research group focused on climate change adaptation and resilience in the Yukon.  The incumbent will work jointly with our project funder to lead the development and application of a climate resilience assessment tool for building managers, support the development of procurement guidance for use within government settings, and assist with knowledge transfer activities.  We are seeking candidates who have detailed knowledge of building systems and are pragmatic about implementing solutions to maximize building performance in real-world settings.  The ideal candidate will have a blend of “hands-on” and research skills shown through educational and professional experience.

The incumbent will also be encouraged to generate project ideas that may support a longer-term appointment.    


  • Review of academic literature and industry publications relevant to the project.
  • Development of an assessment tool intended to be used by building management staff to systematically identify measures that will improve building resilience to current and future climate hazards.
  • Working collaboratively with project partner and co-workers to develop and refine project outputs. 
  • Contributing to the development of research project proposals, work plans and milestones.


  • Minimum of completed Master’s in a relevant field preferred; or Indigenous knowledge keeper of equivalent level as recognized by their community; or completed Bachelor’s or Diploma in relevant field and minimum 5 years related experience. 
  • Applicants with a red-seal trade certification paired with 5 years relevant professional experience will also be considered.

Research experience:

  • Relevant training and professional experience may include architecture and design, construction engineering, civil engineering technology, mechanical engineering, construction project management, building science, or similar fields.
  • Experience with assessment of buildings including a sound knowledge of elements such as Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, Fire and Life-Safety, Envelope, Interiors, and Site Features
  • Proficiency in and application of structural theory, the National Building Code of Canada (NBC 2015), and Canadian Design Standards (O86, S16, A23.3)
  • Relevant programming experience using software such as Risa, RFEM, WoodWorks Sizer, Revit, Rhino, Adobe Suite, SketchUp, AutoCAD and/or Civil 3D.
  • Experience in northern scientific research, ideally related to climate change or cold climate building science.

This process will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates to staff anticipated identical or similar perm/term/casual/seasonal vacancies as and when required. The duration of this eligibility list will be six months.

Quoting the employment opportunity number, please send your cover letter and resume to:

Human Resource Services
Yukon University, Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5K4
Fax: 867 668 8896

Applicants should clearly outline all relevant qualifications since selection for interview will be based on applications submitted. A statement of qualifications, which outlines the selection standards, and a position description are available in PDF format for all Bargaining Unit positions, by following the links above.

Please be prepared to provide official transcripts upon request.

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest, but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.