Faculty Position in Bioprocess Engineering
Concordia University

Tenure-Track Posting in Bioprocess Engineering
ADVERTISED UNTIL: Position is filled

Position description

The Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track
position in Bioprocess Engineering. Areas of particular interest are computational and
experimental approaches to engineering applications of systems and synthetic biology for areas
such as bio-industrial manufacturing of chemicals, pharmaceuticals and/or agri-food.
The successful candidate will join a newly established Department of Chemical and Materials
Engineering and is expected to contribute to a vibrant and collaborative environment within
and outside the Department. The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate
with researchers from the Concordia Community on synthetic biology and bioprocess

Duties include research, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to
the institution. This is a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional
candidates at the Associate Professor level may also be considered.

Qualifications and assets

Candidates must have completed their PhD in Chemical Engineering, or a related discipline, or
be near completion at the start date of the appointment. Membership or eligibility for
membership in a Canadian professional engineering association, preferably in Quebec, is

The main criteria for selection are scholarly and teaching excellence. The successful candidate
will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for
independent research leading to peer assessed publications, industrial application of their
research activities, and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for
outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Industrial
experience will be a definite asset. The Department values diversity among its faculty and
strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. The
language of instruction at Concordia is English, but a working knowledge of French is an asset.

How to apply

Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Alex De Visscher, Professor and Chair
(email: CMEChair@concordia.ca )

Applications must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code
(18_TCME_03), a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and the names
and contact information of four referees. Electronic applications should be submitted by
December 31, 2021 and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate has
been identified. Only short-listed applicants are notified. The appointment is expected to
commence on July 1, 2022 or shortly thereafter.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive
community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and
research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative,
and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all
applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and
professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant
for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

• teaching about underrepresented populations
• mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
• committee work
• offering or organizing educational programming
• participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in
the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with
hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented
group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the
contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the
recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and
ViceProvost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at vpfdi@concordia.ca or by phone at
514.848.2424 extension 4323.

The Department

Established in 2017, the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at Concordia
University is rapidly growing into a hub for next-generation research on sustainability and novel
materials. The Department aims to be at the forefront of the transition of the chemical industry
from a resource-based sector to a cornerstone of the circular economy of the future. For more
information about the Department, please visit: www.concordia.ca/cme

The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is ranked among the top ten
engineering schools in Canada. The School is home to over 10,000 engineering and computer
science students and a faculty complement of 235 faculty members. The School has about
4,500 graduate students enrolled in 35 graduate programs. Its research profile continues to
grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal
challenges. Concordia University and the School attract a high quality, diverse student
population in all its programs. For more information on the Gina Cody School of Engineering
and Computer Science, please visit: www.concordia.ca/ginacody.

Concordia University

Profoundly global, Concordia is North America's top university under the age of 50 and is
recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the
world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to research and community
engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent
thinking and public impact.

Concordia's two campuses are located in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and
waters of the Kanien'kehá:ka Nation. Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of
local and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align
the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.
"Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It's a unique place where experimentation,
innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni
all contribute to our momentum as Canada's next-gen university." — Concordia President
Graham Carr.


Montreal, our home, is exceptional. It is a truly unique city — safe, clean, vibrant and diverse,
with new things to discover around every corner. With a population of 1.7 million, it is home to
four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best
student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.
The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal's tradition and
adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is the
one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.

Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals. It was also the first metropolis
to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.
The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport,
finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming and film.

Employment Equity

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to
recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified
candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of
sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification;
candidates are invited to self-identify in their application.

Immigration Status

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and Permanent Residents
will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada's reporting requirements, the
University is obliged to gather information about applicants' status as either Permanent
Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of
origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Territorial acknowledgement

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien'kehá:ka Nation is
recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today.
Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it
is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued
connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and
other peoples within the Montreal community.

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