Tenure-Stream, Open Rank and Assistant Professor, Engineering (3 positions available)
Brock University is inviting applications for three (3) tenure-stream positions, one open rank and two at the rank of Assistant Professor in the following areas:
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mechatronic Engineering
• Software Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
• Civil Engineering
Together, these new faculty members will join the newly created Yousef Haj Ahmad Department of Engineering in the Faculty of Mathematics and Science. They will work closely with current faculty members and the Department Chair to establish new academic programs in the Department of Engineering at Brock University. In addition to developing programs in engineering at both undergraduate and graduate levels, applicants will be expected to develop a high-quality research program that ideally fosters entrepreneurship, community and industrial partnerships to strengthen Brock’s research endeavors and facilitate partnerships within the Niagara Region.
Open rank position - 1 position available
Applicants must demonstrate that they have a track record in research and teaching and must be willing to work with or have experience working with industry, community groups, not-for-profit organizations and/or government. Experience in developing new academic programs and educational experiences for students in technology, engineering or related fields will be an important asset.
All candidates must have a PhD in one of the following: Mechanical Engineering; Mechatronic Engineering; Software Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Civil Engineering, or closely related engineering fields to above mentioned four areas.
They should be able to inspire and guide graduate and undergraduate students at every stage of their academic endeavours and serve as mentors to junior faculty. Applicants should also demonstrate an active ongoing record in conducting scholarly research, attract industrial and Tri-Council funding where appropriate, and publish in innovative areas of engineering aligned with our themes above. Candidates must be registered as a Professional engineer.
Individuals appointed to the Associate/Full Professor positions will provide guidance in delivering all aspects of program development, program review and program accreditation, ensuring that learning outcomes are achieved, and core competencies are addressed through pedagogical effectiveness, the use of technology and robust evaluation. Priorities will include, for example:
• Leading the co-creation of innovative and imaginative professional academic programs in engineering, including experiential-based undergraduate and graduate degree programs currently in the initial stages of development. Working with colleagues to develop the curriculum content, courses and teaching methodologies for engineering, with a focus on real-world problem-solving and design-based learning pedagogies.
• Contributing to the delivery of programs by teaching courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs in Engineering and contributions to the Minor in Engineering Sciences.
• Supervision of undergraduate and graduate students and contributions to the graduate program through supervisory committees are expected.
• Developing strong and meaningful partnerships, both externally with industry partners within the region and beyond.
• Collaborating with academic colleagues in Brock’s Faculties and Professional Schools: The Faculty of Mathematics & Science, the Goodman School of Business, the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Education, and the University’s Transdisciplinary Research Units.
• Conducting successful transdisciplinary research programs supported by a variety of foundations, granting agencies and industry.
• Striving to secure external funding to support graduate students and research where appropriate.
• Creating and cultivating research projects/initiatives.
• Collaborating with scholars within the University and around across the international research community.
• Advising Brock’s academic community on learning objectives and outcomes, curriculum design, curriculum mapping and other curricular initiatives.
• Developing authentic and effective assessment strategies leading to the engineering program’s accreditation.
Assistant professor position (2 positions available)
The successful candidate for this position should possess a Ph.D. in one of the following: Mechanical Engineering; Mechatronic Engineering; Software Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Civil Engineering, or closely related engineering fields to above mentioned five areas, as well as relevant post-doctoral experience and have demonstrated some experience in teaching and research including supervision, and a promising track record of scientific excellence and publications.
The successful applicant will be expected to build and maintain an internationally recognized and externally funded research program where appropriate. For this position, supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, and contributions to the graduate program through supervisory committees, are expected. Teaching requirements will include undergraduate and graduate programs in Engineering and contributions to the Minor in Engineering Sciences.
The successful candidate should work collaboratively with researchers across the university and with external partners to generate and facilitate the use of research knowledge to improve and advance the strategic priorities of the University. Candidates must be registered, or eligible for and committed to registration, as a Professional Engineer within the Province of Ontario.
Application Process for both Positions
Hiring decisions will be made on the basis of excellence in research and teaching and meeting Departmental needs. Successful applicants will be expected to take up the position on July 1, 2023 or thereafter. The application process for all three positions should be submitted via the Workday online application system (note: file maximum of 5 MB per attachment upload) and should include the following (incomplete application packages will not be processed):
• A cover letter (1-2 pages) clearly indicating the position being applied for. All applicants must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; or, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada” in their cover letter.
• A curriculum vitae.
• A Research Statement (1-2 pages) covering their most important research contributions and future research plan and objectives.
• A Teaching Statement (1-2 pages) showing contributions to teaching and learning philosophy, including experience in curriculum development, experiential education, and knowledge of mobilization/ science communication.
• A list of at least 3 referees, including their contact information
About Engineering at Brock
Brock University is creating a new engineering learning experience that will prepare graduates to address the local needs of the Niagara Region and equip them with the skills needed to contribute to Ontario and Canada’s future during a time of economic, social, and technological change. The new academic program will be informed by the values of Brock University, with a focus on interdisciplinary and experiential learning. We intend to: 1) offer students the opportunity to undertake a high-quality, relevant, and distinctive engineering education experience, located in the Niagara Region; 2) respond actively to the shifting skill set needs of employers regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally; 3) attract more talented young people and new investors to Niagara to build a long-term sustainable future. Brock University’s engineering program will be structured around themes that represent and add emerging trends important to both the Niagara Region and to Canada. These will include:
Feeding the World: Sustainable agriculture and land use, bioengineering in developing food markets, and emerging technology for environmental remediation.
Shaping the Future: Automation, human and machine interactions, the technical and policy analyses of energy use in manufacturing, the environment and the economy.
Connecting the World: The technology and methods of collecting, managing and analyzing the shared data of the modern world; how cities and organizations can harness information to create better places to live.
Creating Healthy Communities: Technology for improving our personal health and the health of our communities; engineering for assistive living and augmented biology, improving the methods that keep our municipalities healthy and functioning.
A Brock University engineering graduate will be confident in working in any of these four themes, while possessing skills that are in high demand in the labour markets of both today and tomorrow. Such skill sets include artificial intelligence, cognitive flexibility, complex problem-solving, engineering design and corresponding tools, project management, teamwork, mentorship and scientific communication. Brock educated engineers will be creative makers and doers who empathize, reflect, innovate and create within an era of radical change. We are therefore seeking passionate, creative, and collaborative individuals who can help us actualize the description presented above. Candidates will be researchers who see no borders, just frontiers to explore, and who are excited by the prospect of building Brock’s engineering programs. Candidates should also embrace transdisciplinary integration in their research and be able to translate this into the engineering program at Brock. Responsibilities for each position will be commensurate with rank.
Complete applications that are received by April 28, 2023 will be given full consideration; however, review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. Inquiries regarding these positions should be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee at email@example.com. Please do not email the application material to the Department. Although we appreciate all applications received, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
About Brock University
The Brock University experience is second to none in Canada. Located in the historic Niagara region, Brock offers all the benefits of a young and modern university in a safe, community-minded city, with beautiful natural surroundings. With over 19,000 students and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven diverse Faculties, Brock excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences.
What we Offer
Brock University offers competitive salary and benefits and ample support for research and sabbaticals. Research resources include; conference support, start-up funding, subscriptions to major databases and access to various research funding vehicles. For candidates considering relocation, moving expenses will be administered according to the Faculty Association Collective Agreement.
Brock is located on a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in the Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada. This unique region intersects Lakes Ontario and Erie and is home to nearly 500,000 residents. Brock is one of the region’s top employers, and is a significant contributor to the economic, intellectual and cultural fabric of the area. Niagara provides abundant recreation, cultural and lifestyle options and is just a short drive from the Greater Toronto Area and the United States border.
Applications must be submitted online, and should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, job market paper, a statement of research interests and teaching philosophy, teaching evaluations, sample of scholarly publications, and three references all in electronic format (a single PDF document is preferred) via the online application system, the Brock Careers website is listed below. Letters of reference must be sent directly from the referee to Committee Chair Dr. Shahryar Rahnamayan, Professor, Chair - firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: file maximum of 5MB per upload.) Supplemental application information beyond the 5MB limit can be sent to email@example.com. and addressed to Dr. Shahryar Rahnamayan, Chair. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.
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Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. LGBTQ is an umbrella category and shall be read to include two-spirited people. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups can fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application.
Brock University recently paused its COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirement although masks are still required in instructional spaces. This decision is subject to change on short notice should the public health situation require it. If the University once again requires all employees working on campus and/or in-person with other employees, students, or members of the public to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination. Those who meet specific and limited medical or human rights accommodation criteria may be required to participate in rapid antigen testing and enhanced screening protocols.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employment Accommodation Policy https://brocku.ca/policies/wp-content/uploads/sites/94/Employment-Accommodation-Policy.pdf. Please advise: firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Please advise Kyle Cirone, Manager, HR Advising, email@example.com to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.
We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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