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Ontario Research Chair in Sustainable Energy
University of Waterloo

Date Posted Aug. 24, 2021
Title Ontario Research Chair in Sustainable Energy
University University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Department Systems Design Engineering
Application Deadline Nov. 15, 2021
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2022
  • Assistant Professor
  • Sustainable Engineering
    Energy Technology

The University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada invites applications for the position of Ontario Research Chair in Sustainable Energy. This tenure-track position will likely be filled at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional applicants may be considered for the rank of Associate Professor. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a related field and may not have all their degrees from the same traditional discipline. Salary, in the range of $110,000 to $164,000, will be commensurate with experience. The closing date for applications is November 15, 2021. The preferred start date is July 1, 2022.

The successful applicant may work in policy, operations, or behavioural aspects of energy systems, including energy transitions. Whether driven to confront environmental effects, advance social equity, or support community and individual well-being, this energetic and dynamic scholar aspires to be a world leader in the study, modeling, and implementation of sustainable energy.

The position, which includes research and teaching, is a joint appointment by the Department of Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) in the Faculty of Engineering and the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development (SEED) in the Faculty of Environment. The new Chair will serve as one more link between these two active and unique UWaterloo departments and is also expected to play a leadership role in the socio-environmental work of SYDE.

SYDE and SEED each has approximately 1,000 students. SYDE was established in 1968 and now has 42 faculty members. SEED, founded in 2009, has a faculty complement of 22. Both seek to promote and exemplify diversity, and SYDE has been particularly successful recently increasing the number of women engineering faculty. SYDE is proud of the many successful entrepreneurs who have graduated from the department, where they were exposed to a design- and system-focused curriculum and inspired by faculty members who conduct transdisciplinary research in socio-environmental systems; biomedical engineering; human factors; and intelligent, mechatronic, and physical systems. SYDE also houses the Centre for Society, Technology and Values. SEED boasts undergrad programs in International Development and in Environment and Business, with a new program in Sustainability and Financial Management expected in 2022; it also has Master’s programs in Sustainability Management, Environment and Business, Economic Development and Innovation, and Development Practice, plus a PhD program in Sustainability Management. All SEED programs employ integrated approaches to achieve sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental, social, and development challenges.

UWaterloo’s Faculty of Environment, Canada’s oldest and largest such faculty, has more than 16,000 alumni in more than 80 countries and ranks in the top five in the world for climate change research. UWaterloo’s Faculty of Engineering is Canada’s largest engineering school, ranking among the top 50 engineering school worldwide, and bringing in more than $96 million in research funding per year.

The University of Waterloo has 42,000 students and 220,000 alumni in 151 countries. It is home to 74 Canada Research Chairs and is well-known for its 100% creator-owned IP policy. Operating world-renowned cooperative education programs, UWaterloo partners with more than 7,000 employers worldwide. Faculty have the opportunity to work across disciplines and collaborate with a diverse community of scholars and students.

The University of Waterloo covers 1,000 acres in the heart of the City of Waterloo. The Region of Waterloo, with a population 600,000, is an hour west of Toronto, with its global-hub airport.

Three reasons to apply:

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.
The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion. As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as Indigenous peoples (e.g., First Nations, Métis, Inuit/Inuk), Black, racialized, people with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

While all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Interested candidates should submit the following by email in a single attached pdf document:
1) a cover letter (which should indicate if the applicant is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident);
2) a research statement that includes accomplishments and goals, highlighting important publications for committee review;
3) a statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
4) a diversity impact statement that addresses how the candidate’s research/teaching program will advance equity, diversity and inclusion goals;
5) a current curriculum vitae; and
6) names and contact information for at least three references, who will not be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

The document should be submitted to:
Chair of the Department of Systems Design Engineering
Please use the SUBJECT LINE "Chair in Sustainable Energy"

The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Dr. Aultman-Hall at or Dr. Frayne at

If you have any questions regarding the position, the application process, assessment process, or eligibility, please contact Dr. Aultman-Hall or Dr. Frayne.

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Contact Information

  • Lisa Aultman-Hall
    Department of Systems Design Engineering
    University of Waterloo
    Waterloo, ON


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