Associate / Full Professor and Director of Mechatronic Systems Engineering
Simon Fraser University

Director – School of Mechatronic Systems Engineering (Associate or Full Professor)

Ranked as Canada’s top comprehensive university, and its vision as Canada’s engaged university, Simon Fraser University (SFU) is 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 international reputation. 

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 their appointment.

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 community;
  • 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.

The 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 []:

  • A recent curriculum vitae,
  • Research and teaching statements,
  • A vision statement,
  • Names and contact information for three referees.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only short-listed candidates will be contacted. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly 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:

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