recognized globally for academic and research excellence. SFU has three vibrant campuses located on the unceded territory of the Coast
Salish peoples, on whose traditional territories its campuses stand, in British Columbia’s largest municipalities – Burnaby, Surrey
and Vancouver – and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world. By recognizing these unceded
territories, SFU aspires to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.
The School of
Mechatronic Systems Engineering, within the Faculty of Applied Sciences, is currently inviting applications for an academic leader at the
rank of Associate or Full Professor to lead the School as its Director. The School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering was formally
established in 2013 and it currently consists of 22 faculty members, working in multidisciplinary areas of intelligent systems and control,
biomechatronics and biomedical engineering, micro- and nano-systems, energy systems, power electronics, robotics and AI, design
optimization, additive and digital manufacturing, and agricultural technologies. The successful candidate will lead this young School to the
next phase of its growth by serving as the face and a passionate advocate of the School, showing collegial leadership, evoking shared
strategic vision, expanding its state-of-the-art infrastructure, recruiting top faculty members, and building upon national and
Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, the Director is responsible for the
day-to-day academic activities of the School. A commitment to leadership, collaboration, and staff development is essential for a role of
this magnitude. The Director will amplify the School’s mission of performing innovative, translational research and entrepreneurship,
as well as fostering the School’s relationship with industry and community engagement. The Director will likewise oversee the strategy
and development of new educational programs, certificates, and training to help our undergraduate and graduate students succeed in a changed
and changing world.
The School Director is a term position with an initial appointment of five years that may be renewable for a
subsequent term. The successful candidate must be appointable in a discipline within the School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering to a
tenured position at the level of Associate or Full Professor, and would resume regular full-time professorial duties upon the conclusion of
The ideal candidate will:
- Provide strong strategic and operational leadership and
management to oversee the delivery of innovative teaching and internationally-recognized research that fosters collaboration both within the
School and across the University;
- Develop clear strategies to enhance Mechatronic Systems Engineering’s domestic and
international standing while fostering deep relationships with relevant government, business, professional bodies and the wider
- Bring a demonstrated passion and vision to engage academic and non-academic colleagues, students, and industry partners
in a long-term strategy focused on outcomes and excellence aligned with the Faculty.
The ideal candidate is expected to
possess and demonstrate the following qualifications:
- A Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, electrical and
computer engineering, engineering physics, or another closely related discipline;
- Have an outstanding personal research record of
accomplishment and international profile;
- Demonstrated leadership and administrative qualities.
- Proven excellence in
developing and teaching engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels;
- Excellent communication skills and commitment
to a team based working culture;
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
- Eligibility to register as a
Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia within one year of assuming the position.
competition will remain open until the position is filled. However, screening will commence on October 30, 2020. To apply, submit the
following to our online application system [https://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/applied_sciences.html]:
- A recent curriculum
- Research and teaching statements,
- A vision statement,
- Names and contact information for three
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
SFU is committed to promoting and supporting gender equity, and applications from established female colleagues with national and international research reputation and relevant administrative experiences are strongly encouraged to apply.
SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations. Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.
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