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Faculty Lecturer in Biomedical / Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo

  • Nov. 23, 2016
  • December 31/2016 and February 1/2017
  • Available Immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
  • Education Systems & Design
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)
    Engineering - Other
    Industrial & Systems Engineering
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The Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo offers undergraduate programs in Systems Design Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, and is a partner in the Mechatronics Engineering program. The programs are highly interdisciplinary, with an emphasis on analysis, design, and creativity. The support of our programs will require unique, talented educators who are passionate about teaching and learning. The department is committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for its undergraduate students, leading these students to become engineering practitioners, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

The department seeks applications for two faculty positions at the rank of Lecturer. The initial appointments are for three years, renewable for another three, and it is expected that candidates demonstrating outstanding performance will be considered for promotion to appointment as Continuing Lecturer. Candidates must hold a PhD degree in engineering and must be eligible for registration with the Professional Engineers of Ontario and commit to registering within three years.

The Biomedical / Systems Design Lecturer is expected to have multi-disciplinary expertise, someone who can comfortably teach many of the engineering fundamentals courses in our undergraduate curriculum, including courses in engineering science and design, physics, numerical methods, and engineering economics to Biomedical and Systems Design students. Besides assigned teaching tasks, the successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students in the first-year program, helping students with the crucial transition from high school to a co-operative university education, and providing a friendly, helpful, respected point of contact with the department. This position requires a willingness to be involved in student outreach activities, an interest in engaging with students to help them to improve their learning strategies and to realize their full potential. The successful candidate must have strong communication skills and be committed to professional development and community building. The expected teaching load is 6 courses per year, with regular non-teaching terms of four-month duration every two years for scholarly rejuvenation and development activities. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated exceptional teaching skills. Applications will be received until a closing date of February 1, 2017.

The Graduate Attributes Lecturer will lead the process of continuous improvement of the department’s undergraduate engineering programs. The lecturer is expected to have demonstrated a commitment to high quality engineering education pedagogy, particularly multi-disciplinary expertise and experience in Engineering design. The position entails four primary responsibilities: the development of graduate attributes and associated assessment, the coordination of the undergraduate accreditation process, the development of interdisciplinary curricular material, and a partial teaching load in Engineering fundamentals. This is one of six such positions across the Faculty of Engineering and it is expected that the successful candidate will work collaboratively with the other Lecturers and the Associate Dean of Cooperative Education and Professional Affairs in a faculty-wide committee. This position requires a willingness to be involved in student outreach activities, and an interest in knowing and engaging students so as to guide them to good learning strategies and to help them realize their full potential. The successful candidate must have strong communication and leadership skills and be committed to professional development and community building. Over time, there may exist opportunities to serve in other capacities, to teach at other levels in the academic programs, or to supervise undergraduate student projects. Applications will be received until a closing date of December 31, 2016.

Please submit the application with a statement of teaching interests and goals, per the instructions at Systems Design Open Positions. Three letters of reference will be requested for applicants invited for an interview. Applications should be submitted to Ms. V. Lawrence, preferably via email to, otherwise by mail to the Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, N2L 3G1.

The appointments are subject to the availability of funds; the salary range for both lecturer positions is $80,000 to $110,000, depending on experience.

Three reasons to apply:

  • The University of Waterloo respects, appreciates and encourages diversity. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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  • Ms. V. Lawrence
    Systems Design Engineering
    University of Waterloo
    Waterloo, ON N2L3G1


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