Tenure Track Faculty Position in Mechatronics and Robotics

WorkplaceToronto, Alberta, Canada

Tenure Track Faculty Position in Mechatronics and Robotics

ENG Mechanical Engineering

Competition No. - A100150627

Closing Date - Will remain open until filled.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta invites applications for one full-time, tenure track or tenured faculty position at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor rank in Mechatronics and Robotics. Candidates at the full Professor rank may be considered. This position is part of the University of Alberta’s priority to build a diverse faculty. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups and those who value allyship alongside and equity for these groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will have research expertise in the area of mechatronics and robotics, including electromechanical systems, robotic systems, controls, systems integration, autonomous systems, smart buildings and infrastructure, advanced agricultural machinery, soft robotics, collaborative robotics, fleet robotics, continuum robotics, mechatronic/biological systems integration, self-assembling systems, sensors and actuators, micro-actuators, construction automation, responsive micro-structures, artificial intelligence-assisted systems, human-assistive robotics, neuromechanical prosthetics, and/or rehabilitation robotics. Teaching experience and skills are an important aspect of this role. The successful candidate will develop an innovative teaching program in engineering design and in a broad cross-section of Mechanical Engineering topics. We will prioritize candidates with a demonstrated ability to teach effectively in an undergraduate Mechanical Engineering program.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics, or a closely related field. Candidates must possess a record of publication in reputable, peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Candidates must provide evidence of research and teaching experience and skills. Candidates with a demonstrated record of service and volunteerism broadly related to their research, teaching, and/or equity, diversity, and inclusivity will be considered. They are expected to be or become a licensed Professional Engineer through the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA,  ?url=www.apega.ca&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=www.apega.ca&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.apega.ca ). Licensure must be obtained within five years from the date of hire.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers high quality education in one of Canada’s largest mechanical engineering departments with world-class research. With a present complement of more than 60 faculty members, research in the Department is vigorous and covers all major areas of mechanical systems and controls, biomechanics, thermo-fluids, mechanics of materials, design and manufacturing, energy systems, and engineering management. Our graduate program attracts students who are dedicated to developing in their area of expertise, and presently has an enrollment of over 500 graduate students, including approximately 200 PhD candidates. The Department of Mechanical Engineering understands that our people are and will continue to be our greatest strength, and we celebrate creativity, diversity, perseverance, and a cooperative spirit. We recognize the importance of academic excellence in conjunction with a healthy work/life balance, interdisciplinary collaborative research, mentorship, and a collegial atmosphere. We know that diverse groups produce better outcomes and are more innovative, and we encourage applications from candidates with diverse perspectives and lived experiences. We are seeking candidates with a demonstrated commitment to these values in their research, teaching, and service work.

The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada’s top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for our programs in the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. The University of Alberta offers close to 900 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs in three colleges and 18 faculties on five campuses, including one rural and one francophone campus, and has more than 275,000 alumni worldwide. The university and its people remain dedicated to the promise made in 1908 by founding president Henry Marshall Tory that knowledge shall be used for "uplifting the whole people."

The University of Alberta is in Edmonton, home to over one million people and Alberta’s capital. Edmonton offers a vibrant start-up ecosystem and a major industrial corridor with several opportunities for partnerships. The city offers the amenities of a large urban center while maintaining a friendly atmosphere. Edmonton is known internationally for its thriving arts scene with a variety of family activities, an array of indoor and outdoor sports and fitness opportunities, one of North America’s largest stretches of urban parkland, and top-ranked health care services. The university campus offers child care, and there are multiple housing options within steps of the campus. Faculty members are offered parental and medical leaves, retirement benefits, and healthcare benefits. The Faculty of Engineering values families and aims to minimize the long-distance separation when possible through our spouse/partner hiring practices.

We invite you to visit the relevant websites for information about the University of Alberta ( ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ualberta.ca%2Fabout%2Findex.html&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ualberta.ca%2Fabout%2Findex.html&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.ualberta.ca/about/­index.html ), the Faculty of Engineering ( ?url=www.ualberta.ca%2Fengineering%2Fmechanical-engineering%2Findex.html&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=www.ualberta.ca%2Fengineering%2Fmechanical-engineering%2Findex.html&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.ualberta.ca/­engineering/­mechanical-engineering/­index.html ), and the City of Edmonton ( ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.edmonton.ca%2F&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.edmonton.ca%2F&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.edmonton.ca/ ).

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, Metis 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. The University of Alberta aims to increase our diversity, equity, and inclusivity and has 5-year plans in the Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Indigenous Strategic Plan. Alongside this plan, the Faculty of Engineering is taking active steps in our student recruitment and hiring processes to support Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 Goal to increase the proportion of newly licensed female-identifying engineers to 30% by the year 2030.

How to Apply

To apply, please select the Apply Online icon below and submit the following:

  • Cover letter that includes highlights of the candidate’s profile and the names of three (3) referees. (submit under "Cover Letter")
    • To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203 (3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number at the bottom of your cover letter. If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this at the bottom of your cover letter.
  • Curriculum vitae. (submit under "CV")
  • Research statement that outlines main areas of current research and short-term and long-term research goals. (2 pages maximum, submit under "Research Plan")
  • Teaching Dossier and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI) statement. (4 pages maximum, submit as one combined file under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
    • The teaching dossier should include a brief teaching philosophy and evidence of, or potential for, teaching effectiveness (2 pages maximum)
    • The EDI statement should outline the candidate’s philosophy, experience, training, and future interests and goals in these areas related to research, teaching, and service. The future interest and goals section should be aligned with institutional and disciplinary strategies, including the University of Alberta’s Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity ( ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ualberta.ca%2Fequity-diversity-inclusion%2Fstrategic-plan-for-edi%2Findex.html&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ualberta.ca%2Fequity-diversity-inclusion%2Fstrategic-plan-for-edi%2Findex.html&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.ualberta.ca/­equity-diversity-­inclusion/­strategic-plan-for-edi/index.html ) and Engineers Canada’s Strategy ( ?url=www.engineerscanada.ca%2Fdiversity%2Fabout-diversity-in-engineering&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=www.engineerscanada.ca%2Fdiversity%2Fabout-diversity-in-engineering&module=jobs&id=2526598" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.engineerscanada.ca/­diversity/­about-diversity-in-­engineering ). (2 pages maximum)
  • Three (3) of the candidate’s representative peer-reviewed journal papers in PDF format (only three, combined into a single file, submit under "List of Publications")

Letters of reference will be requested from applicants selected for interviews.

Review of applications will begin on or shortly after March 27, 2023. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

How to Apply

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

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. If suitable Canadian citizens or permanent residents cannot be found, other individuals will be considered. 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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