Canada Research Chair in Computing for the Greater Good
Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
Concordia University’s Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering seeks an outstanding candidate for a Canada Research Chair Tier II in the area of computing for the greater good. This is a research-intensive tenure-track faculty position, and the appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level may also be considered.
The successful candidate is an excellent emerging world-class researcher with demonstrated research creativity, a vision to establish an original and innovative research program of high quality and a drive to become an internationally recognized leader in their area of research in the next five to ten years. The candidate must demonstrate a potential to attract, develop and retain excellent trainees, students and future researchers. We seek individuals with expertise in research areas pertaining to computing for the greater good, including, but not limited to: responsible AI and its applications to sustainability and health, algorithmic fairness, computing technologies for marginalized groups, privacy-enhancing technologies, and social network analysis. Duties include research, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the institution.
Qualifications and assets
Candidates must possess a PhD degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or a related discipline or be near completion at the start date of the appointment. Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association, preferably in Quebec, is required.
The ideal candidate has a strong research record, leadership qualities, experience in educating students, supervising graduate students, and attracting research funding from external sources. Furthermore, the ideal candidate has an international presence in the field and a history of collaboration with other disciplines, as well as strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in science and/or engineering. Industry experience or applications of research to industry will be considered an asset. The candidate is expected to demonstrate a commitment to the supervision of Masters and PhD students. The Department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset.
Candidates eligible for Tier II chair positions must be excellent emerging scholars within 10 years of their highest degree at the time of nomination (exclusive of career interruptions). Potential Tier II candidates who are more than 10 years from their highest degree should take note that certain career interruptions may still make them eligible for nomination. Potential candidates are encouraged to submit a formal justification by means of the Tier II Justification Assessment Form, which will be considered in the review of applications. Please consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria and acceptable justifications to the extension of the eligibility term.
Notwithstanding the above, and irrespective of their submission of a formal justification, candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals (such as the decision to have a family, eldercare, illness, and so forth) in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process.
How to apply
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
Applications should be addressed to: Dr. Lata Narayanan, Professor and Chair (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and must include the following:
- Cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (21_T_CSSE_M4),
- Detailed curriculum vitae,
- Teaching statement,
- Research statement,
- Names and contact info for four referees.
Electronic applications should be submitted by January 15, 2023 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2023 or shortly thereafter.
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include, but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
- mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
- committee work
- offering or organizing educational programming
- participation in training and workshops
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: email@example.com or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 3511.
Information about the Department
The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering has over 50 faculty members, working in varied fields in computer science and software engineering, and has seen a major expansion in recent years. The department is steadily moving up the rankings in recent years, with the Software Engineering research group being rated among the highest in North America. The department is dedicated to multidisciplinary research and to educating students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Computer Science and in Software Engineering. Concordia University is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, a multicultural city with a lively intellectual and cultural life. Montreal has emerged as a global hub in artificial intelligence, and is synergistically benefitting from a number of university researchers and research institutes collaborating with established companies as well as start-ups on the next breakthrough discoveries. It is also home to many leading high-tech companies in areas such as telecommunications, computer games, aerospace and biotechnology. More information about the department is available at: www.concordia.ca/cse.
Information about the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is ranked among the top 10 engineering schools in Canada. The School is home to over 10,000 engineering and computer science students and a faculty complement of 235 faculty members. The School has about 4,500 graduate students enrolled in 35 graduate programs. Its research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges. Concordia University and the School attract a high quality, diverse student population in all its programs. For more information on the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit: www.concordia.ca/ginacody.
Information about Concordia
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of Indigenous, local, and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.
“Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university.” — Concordia President Graham Carr.
Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to reconciliation, research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact.
Information about Montreal
Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, is exceptional; safe, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather and conduct our activities. With a population of 1.7 million, Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.
The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is the one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.
Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals. It was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.
The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming and film.