Faculty Position in Building Science
Ryerson University Department of Architectural Science

Tenure Track Position in Building Science

FEAS, Architectural Science

Posted: October 23, 2020

Deadline to Apply: Sunday, December 6, 2020

Tenure Track Position in Building Science

The Opportunity

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Architectural Science in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at welcomes applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor effective July 1, 2021 subject to final budgetary approval. 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our Department, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. Our Hiring Committee especially welcomes applications from candidates who self-identify as members of underrepresented communities. 

Building Science is a discipline that bridges the gap between architecture and engineering, seeking to apply the scientific fundamentals of building physics to the interaction between the components of a building, its users, and the environment. Building Science is one of three concentrations offered in the Department of Architectural Science. Integrated with Architecture and Project Management in the first three years of our undergraduate Bachelor of Architectural Science Program, students may choose to concentrate in Building Science in the final undergraduate year, and continue their education in the Graduate Program in Building Science. Our graduate program (Ph.D., M.A.Sc., M.B.Sc.), the first of its kind at its inception, has already emerged as a differentiator for the University and continues to be a leader amongst building science programs across Canada. Graduates of the program benefit from our downtown location of the campus and its proximity to Canada’s leading building science consulting firms. 

The successful candidate will engage in: a combination of teaching in the Building Science graduate program and the undergraduate program in architectural science, mentoring and supervision of graduate students, innovative and independent research or creative activity that is externally funded and produces cutting-edge, high quality results and service duties, while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities.


Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Building Science (Building Physics) or a closely related discipline by the appointment date. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are very close to completion in the field of building science (or related) may also be considered.  Preference may be given to candidates holding a Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) or an Architectural License.

In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • Demonstrated capacity or potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate and/or graduate curriculums, as evidenced by a teaching dossier.
  • Demonstrated sound expertise in one or more of the following related areas of Building Science: i) Low Carbon/Net-Zero Energy Buildings (e.g. Smart Buildings, solar energy, energy production, energy storage, energy optimization/management, advanced building controls); ii) Sustainable Materials/Enclosures (e.g. tall wood, prefabrication/modular, nano-technologies, new construction systems/technologies); iii)  Human Building Interaction & Building Performance (e.g. universal design, accessibility for persons with disabilities, acoustics, lighting/daylighting, health and wellness, predictive controls, IAQ).
  • Having the capacity to maintain a strong emerging research profile that demonstrates creativity and evidence of impact, such as peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed publications/contributions, patents, special papers, reviews, conference/symposia proceedings and abstracts, government publications and policy contributions, book reviews by the nominee or published reviews of their work, papers presented at scholarly meetings or conferences, and other forms of scholarly expression, including participation in public discourse and debate, which constitute a contribution to research.
  • Demonstrated ability to participate in leadership activities in collegial internal and external service.
  • Commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population.
  •  An ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the DAS and the University through collegial service.  

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

Department of Architectural Science, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

The Department of Architectural Science is unique in Canada and North America with an interdisciplinary model that integrates three disciplines: Architecture, Building Science and Project Management. It is one of six departments in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.  Ryerson engineering is ranked among the Top 10 engineering schools in Canada by Maclean’s and US News

The Department consists of multidisciplinary faculty and a student body dedicated to the pursuit of integrated and sustainable approaches to the design and development of the built environment; we collaborate across disciplines, merging architectural theory with contemporary and emergent design ideas and technologies with a commitment to the social, cultural and aesthetic impact of architecture. 

Our Department offers undergraduate and graduate (Master’s and Doctoral) programs to over 100 students of diverse backgrounds. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research, the quality of its teaching and community engagement. We are interested in candidates who will contribute to our existing strengths in research/creativity activity and teaching through academic, professional and diverse lived experiences and perspectives. 

Working at Ryerson

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse. 

Visit our Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by 11:59 p.m. on December 6th, 2020. The application must contain the following: 

  • A letter of application that includes your interest in the position; what you would bring to the Department and Faculty; the impact on the field of Building Science that you foresee for your research (your 3-page research statement can elaborate on this); and what makes you a strong candidate overall as a researcher, educator, and community member.
  • A current curriculum vitae that provides  a clear sense of your scholarly and professional development via your education and your research activities and outcomes; your contributions to making building science a more equitable and inclusive discipline, through committee work, community engagement, social media, and advocacy.
  • A research statement discussing the significance, originality, and potential impacts of your current and developing research program (up to 3 pages). 
  • Up to five examples of your most significant research outcomes. This could include peer-reviewed and non peer reviewed publications/contributions, patents, special papers, reviews, conference/symposia proceedings and abstracts, government publications and policy contributions, book reviews by the nominee or published reviews of their work, papers presented at scholarly meetings or conferences, and other forms of scholarly expression, including participation in public discourse and debate, which constitute a contribution to research.
  • A teaching statement identifying your teaching philosophy and where/how your strength in teaching might enhance our Department (up to 3 pages);
  • A teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations. These must demonstrate how you engage, encourage, and develop the learning capacity of students entering higher education from a diverse array of backgrounds, how you embed practices and principles of equity, diversity and inclusion in your classroom, your assignments, and your classroom style. Teaching dossiers should include experience with course and curriculum review and/or development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching.
  • The names and email contact information of three academic referees who know you and are familiar with  your research, teaching, and service activities.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to Kathleen Sojor, Administrative Manager at:

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Nikki Waheed, Co-Chair, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at . 

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Laurie Shemavonian at . 

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