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George Soulis Chair in Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo

Date Posted Jun. 28, 2022
Title George Soulis Chair in Systems Design Engineering
University University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON, Canada
Department Systems Design Engineering
Application Deadline Sep. 15, 2022
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2023
  • Associate Professor
  • Education Systems & Design
    Engineering - Other

The Department of Systems Design Engineering (SYDE) in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo invites applications for the position of George Soulis Chair in Systems Design Engineering (Soulis Chair). This tenured/tenure-track position will likely be filled at the rank of Associate or Full Professor. The successful candidate will be a licensed professional engineer or eligible to be a licensed professional engineer and hold a PhD. The salary will be commensurate with experience in the range of $145,000 to $224,000.

The Soulis Chair will possess significant engineering design experience in their scholarship and pedagogy focused on engineering design. The Chair will act as a leader and advocate for advancing methods of teaching holistic design of complex (or integrated) systems while emphasizing a commitment to design fundamentals. The Chair should possess a vision for the future of engineering design methodology that advances equity, sustainability, ethics, creativity, entrepreneurship, and community empowerment. Using a systems perspective, the Chair will have a body of work that focuses on solutions to the world's complex problems in the 21st century. The application focus may be within any of our transdisciplinary research areas in socio-environmental systems; biomedical engineering; human factors; and intelligent, mechatronic, and physical systems. Examples of global challenges include but are not limited to sustainable water, energy, and food systems; climate change; transportation; and equitable communities including healthy aging.

System designs that cross over traditional problem domains are desirable. The department encourages different ways of knowing and recognizes alternative forms of scholarship which may be embodied in the portfolio of work of the Soulis Chair. Our programs emphasize experiential student learning through workshop-based design teaching. We seek a Chair that will establish (or continue) an active program of scholarship including design practice or pedagogy in the engineering design context.  

Interested candidates should submit the following by email in a single pdf document:

  • a cover letter;
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of scholarship that includes accomplishments and goals in research and practice, highlighting important outcomes, or publications for committee review;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy, experience, and approaches;
  • a diversity impact statement that addresses how the management of the candidate’s research/teaching program will advance the university’s goals around equity, diversity, and inclusion goals; and
  • names and contact information for at least three references, who will not be contacted without prior notification to the candidate.

The link to apply for this position is: .  The cover letter is to be addressed to:


Professor Lisa Aultman-Hall

            Chair of Search Committee, Department of Systems Design Engineering


  • 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 of Waterloo 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+.

    The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities

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Contact Information

  • Lisa Aultman-Hall, Chair, Systems Design Engineering
    Systems Design Engineering
    University of Waterloo
    200 University Avenue West
    Waterloo, ON N2L3G1


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