Assistant Professor - Global Engineering

  • University of Toronto, ISTEP
  • Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Oct 05, 2021
Full time Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems Engineering & Applied Sciences

Job Description


The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto invites applications from outstanding scholars for a full-time tenure stream position, in the area of Global Engineering at the rank of Assistant Professor.  The target start date for this appointment is July 1, 2022. 

The successful candidate will hold a budgetary cross-appointment between the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) ( as part of the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice and one of the following academic units:  Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry; Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering; Institute of Biomedical Engineering; Institute for Aerospace Studies.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. 

The University of Toronto is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to research and teaching.  The Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering offers opportunities for collaborative and interdisciplinary research and teaching, and the excitement of working with a diverse student population.  Established in 1873, the Faculty of Engineering has earned an international reputation for excellence in education and knowledge creation and is known as a forward-thinking resource to address global concerns.  The Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) is a cross-departmental, collaborative Centre formed in 2009 to mobilize faculty and students address the world’s most challenging problems. CGEN has forged partnerships with multi-national companies, academic institutions, and non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for the world’s most vulnerable people. As the economic and intellectual hub of Canada, Toronto provides access to leading policy and decision makers at all levels, and is a vibrant, cosmopolitan and safe city. 

Preferred and Required Qualifications

We strongly encourage innovative, diverse and interdisciplinary approaches to the field of engineering research that address the critical challenges facing the world’s most vulnerable people.  We are seeking applications from emerging leaders whose work advances the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Preference will be given to those whose research is in the following strategic areas:  

  1. Information Technologies for Global Development; 
  2. Food and Nutrition Security; or 
  3. Engineering and Human Health.

Applicants must have a PhD related to Global Engineering or a relevant field by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter. The selection will be based on an applicant’s demonstrated excellence in research and teaching, as well as the emerging global impact of their research program.  The successful candidate is expected to pursue independent, innovative research at the highest international level, establish an externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, publish articles in internationally recognized top-tier journals in the related field, actively participate in CGEN’s events and activities, and to act as an ambassador for Global Engineering research.  

Candidates must provide evidence of excellent research of an internationally competitive caliber, which can be demonstrated by publication in leading journals in the field, or a research pipeline that is at high international levels, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, accolades for creative work, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing.  In addition, experience as a post-doctoral fellow or related industry experience is an asset.   

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, strong letters of reference and the teaching dossier (including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations, or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities) submitted as part of the application. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters. The Faculty is especially interested in individuals who can demonstrate a commitment to innovative undergraduate teaching and engagement in the scholarship of teaching and learning. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate program levels.  


Application Details


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online via U of T Faculty Opportunities.   All application materials must be submitted online and will include:  1. a detailed curriculum vitae and a cover letter; 2. a 3-5 page research statement detailing research interests, objectives and accomplishments, 3. a recent writing sample, and; 4. a teaching dossier to include a strong teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above.  

Applicants must provide the name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. 

Submission guidelines can be found at Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by November 15, 2021


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

Diversity Statement 
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement 
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission. 

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities. 

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