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Opportunities for Paid Education and Research Experience

Canada’s railway industry is looking for graduate students to understand the complexities associated with winter rail service and to develop techologies and equipment to improve Canada’s railway system.

Recognizing a need for innovative research for Canada’s rail transportation sector, the Railroad Research Advisory Board, Transport Canada and Canada’s railway sector established the Canadian Rail Research Laboratory (CaRRL). CaRRL is Canada’s premiere rail research laboratory and is hosted at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta.

CaRRL is looking for high-caliber candidates to conduct graduate-level research in railway-related engineering projects. Students will work side-by-side with world-renowned researchers, industry and regulators to solve the challenges associated with Canada’s railway system. The research projects conducted via CaRRL will transform how the railway industry in Canada operates. Candidates must be critical thinkers, show creativity in problem solving and enjoy the challenge of working through difficult, real-world problems. Sound like you? Check out their Scholarships to find out more!

RGHRP research within CaRRL is lead by a team of experts from two of Canada’s premiere universities. Dr. Derek Martin and Dr. Jean Hutchinson, FEIC, are internationally renowned experts in geotechnical engineering and direct and coordinate the research activities, making this a cross-Canada collaboration effort.

The RGHRP enlists six accomplished researchers from the University of Alberta (UofA) and Queen’s University to guide graduate students in conducting world-class research in monitoring and risk assessment techniques. Graduate students gain valuable training and skills in geotechnical engineering, field investigations, laboratory testing, numerical modeling, risk assessment methodology and emerging technologies. Through the RGHRP, students have access to the UofA’s GIS laboratories and Queen’s Geocomputational Laboratory and Geotechnical Imaging Laboratory which have leading facilities for numerical modeling and remote sensing. Additional specialist support and expertise is provided for students by Postdoctoral Fellows, Research Associates, technicians and industry personnel. Students also participate and present their work at international conferences and at the annual RGHRP workshops. The overall research experience available through the RGHRP promotes technical proficiency with advanced laboratory and numerical techniques, problem solving, critical thinking and communication skills, all of which are essential to geotechnical engineering.

Students also work directly with geotechnical engineers from CN, CP, BGC Engineering and Transport Canada, encouraging the transfer and implementation of technology into industrial practice. Students conduct research and analysis individually and in groups, working in laboratories, at the industrial partners’ offices and at test sites on operational tracks. Typically, there are 6-10 field related programs concurrently operating. The RGHRP inspires truly exceptional collaborative research between industry and academia across the nation.