Research Chair of Engineering and Neuromorphic Computing for Artificial Intelligence

Université de Sherbrooke Faculty of Engineering

Canada

PROFESSOR - Research Chair in the field
of engineering and neuromorphic
computing for artificial intelligence
Faculty of Engineering
Sherbrooke Main Campus
Offer 04059

As part of the call for proposals for a MEI / UdeS Research Chair, the
Faculty of Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke is seeking
candidates to fill a professorship in the field of engineering and
neuromorphic computation for artificial intelligence (AI). This is a
regular full-time position. The recruited person will be attached to the
department that best matches the candidate's profile.

This research Chair is supported by the ministère de l'Économie et de
l'Innovation du Gouvernement du Québec. It is part of the Government
strategy, described in the Québec 2019-2020 budget and aims to promote
technologies supporting Artificial intelligence, allowing Université de
Sherbrooke to recruit the best world-class researchers in this field. This chair
will benefit from an annual funding of $200,000, for 5 years.

For several years, the Faculty of Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke
and its Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering
occupy an enviable position in the fields of training and applied research by
providing a friendly and collaborative environment, where discovery and
initiative are strongly favored. In addition, the Faculty favors a rigorous and
complete training of its students and it is recognized for its work-study coop
program.

UNIVERSITY'S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
The University is committed to making a priority of these values as strategic
factors of excellence.

This commitment is stated in the University's Plan d'action d'équité pour les
programmes interorganismes (2017–2022).

The University invites all qualified individuals to apply, in particular, women,
members of visible and ethnic minorities, aboriginal people, and persons with
disabilities under the Programme d'accès à l'égalité en emploi (PAEE).
Moreover, the selection tools can be adapted, with an assurance of complete
confidentiality, to the needs of persons with disabilities who so request. The
University also encourages individuals of all sexual orientations and gender
identities to apply. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

REGARDING THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING

For several years, the Faculty of Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke and its
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering occupy an
enviable position in the fields of training and applied research by providing a
friendly and collaborative environment, where discovery and initiative are strongly
favored. In addition, the Faculty favors a rigorous and complete training of its
students and it is recognized for its work-study coop program.
The Faculty of Engineering distinguishes itself from other Canadian universities in
terms of technology transfer and its impact on society. It is relying on many
interdisciplinary initiatives and emerging fields of research to further its long-term
growth.

REQUIRED PROFILE

The expertise of the candidates must be related to the field of engineering and
neuromorphic computation by neural networks with spikes (SNN) for the
development of applications in artificial intelligence (AI) in fields such as
cognition or the emulation of neural structures, allowing AI to manage
conflicting situations, uncertainty and ambiguity.
The main challenge is to integrate into algorithms and systems, the flexibility
and ability of living beings to learn unstructured stimuli with equivalent energy
efficiency from the brain.

Applicants must propose a promising and innovative research program of the
highest quality allowing the transfer of knowledge while demonstrating interest
and competency in teaching.

The successful candidate will be selected by a selection committee according
to the following criteria:

• Expertise and experience in the field.
• The scientific relevance of the proposal.

The structuring impact of the proposal with regard to economic spinoffs in
Quebec and research themes in neuromorphic computation or engineering for
AI.
• The suitability of the application based on the orientations of the
Faculty of Engineering and the Université de Sherbrooke.
• With regard to the pool of potential candidates, the contribution to
achieving institutional targets in terms of diversity and equity.

CAREER BREAKS

In accordance with the objectives of equity and diversity, career
interruptions due to parental, medical or family leave will be taken into
account when evaluating applications. Applicants are therefore
encouraged to identify these periods in their curriculum vitae or cover
letter.

PRINCIPAL CHALLENGES AND DUTIES

 Teach undergraduate and graduate courses.
 Develop and maintain fundamental and applied research.
 Supervise graduate students.
 Participate to University life and contribute to Faculty services and
activities

QUALIFICATIONS

 Hold a Ph.D. in science or engineering with a professional
experience of at least 5 years;
 Have experience in interdisciplinary research as well as knowledge
transfer;
 Have a strong interest in university teaching and pedagogy as well as
in research, development and innovation;
 Demonstrate good teaching skills and a good ability to supervise
graduate students.
 Have a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals of
international level and technology transfer attesting to the excellence
of the research activities.
 Demonstrate skills in establishing and maintaining good interpersonal
relationships, a sense of collaboration and teamwork skills.
 Demonstrate outstanding leadership, initiative and excellent
communication skills.
 Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively and harmoniously with a
variety of internal and external partners.
 Capacity to teach in French or to reach this capacity in a short
amount of time.
 Be a member of the OIQ (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec) or have
the required qualifications and commit to become member as soon
as possible.

Check our website for the full description of all our job opportunities,
then submit your application online. For this opportunity, see
offer 4059.

Anticipated start date: September 1, 2020.
The chair is for a period of 5 years
The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Please attach your curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, a research program
proposal (maximum of 5 pages) that should identify, in particular, main axes
related to your previous work, the objectives pursued, the summary programming
of activities, integration with the priority themes of the Faculty of Engineering,
training of highly qualified personnel who will be called on to take part, funding
options and networking and reprints of your most relevant recent contributions.

In addition, please have three letters of recommendation sent directly by
the signatories to the following address:

The Dean
Faculty of Engineering
Job posting 04059
Université de Sherbrooke
2500, boul. de l'Université
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1K 2R1
E-mail : doyen-genie@USherbrooke.ca

As part of the call for proposals for a MEI / UdeS Research Chair, the Faculty of Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke is seeking candidates to fill a professorship in the field of engineering and neuromorphic computation for artificial intelligence (AI). This is a regular full-time position. The recruited person will be attached to the department that best matches the candidate’s profile. This research Chair is supported by the ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation du Gouvernement du Québec. It is part of the Government strategy, described in the Québec 2019-2020 budget and aims to promote technologies supporting Artificial intelligence, allowing Université de Sherbrooke to recruit the best world-class researchers in this field. This chair will benefit from an annual funding of $200,000, for 5 years. For several years, the Faculty of Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke and its Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering occupy an enviable position in the fields of training and applied research by providing a friendly and collaborative environment, where discovery and initiative are strongly favored. In addition, the Faculty favors a rigorous and complete training of its students and it is recognized for its work-study coop program. UNIVERSITY'S COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION The University is committed to making a priority of these values as strategic factors of excellence. This commitment is stated in the University's Plan d'action d'équité pour les programmes interorganismes (2017–2022). The University invites all qualified individuals to apply, in particular, women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities under the Programme d'accès à l'égalité en emploi (PAEE). Moreover, the selection tools can be adapted, with an assurance of complete confidentiality, to the needs of persons with disabilities who so request. The University also encourages individuals of all sexual orientations and gender identities to apply. Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. REGARDING THE FACULTY OF ENGINEERING For several years, the Faculty of Engineering of Université de Sherbrooke and its Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering occupy an enviable position in the fields of training and applied research by providing a friendly and collaborative environment, where discovery and initiative are strongly favored. In addition, the Faculty favors a rigorous and complete training of its students and it is recognized for its work-study coop program. The Faculty of Engineering distinguishes itself from other Canadian universities in terms of technology transfer and its impact on society. It is relying on many interdisciplinary initiatives and emerging fields of research to further its long-term growth. REQUIRED PROFILE The expertise of the candidates must be related to the field of engineering and neuromorphic computation by neural networks with spikes (SNN) for the development of applications in artificial intelligence (AI) in fields such as cognition or the emulation of neural structures, allowing AI to manage conflicting situations, uncertainty and ambiguity. The main challenge is to integrate into algorithms and systems, the flexibility and ability of living beings to learn unstructured stimuli with equivalent energy efficiency from the brain. Applicants must propose a promising and innovative research program of the highest quality allowing the transfer of knowledge while demonstrating interest and competency in teaching. The successful candidate will be selected by a selection committee according to the following criteria: • Expertise and experience in the field. • The scientific relevance of the proposal. The structuring impact of the proposal with regard to economic spinoffs in Quebec and research themes in neuromorphic computation or engineering for AI. • The suitability of the application based on the orientations of the Faculty of Engineering and the Université de Sherbrooke. • With regard to the pool of potential candidates, the contribution to achieving institutional targets in terms of diversity and equity. CAREER BREAKS In accordance with the objectives of equity and diversity, career interruptions due to parental, medical or family leave will be taken into account when evaluating applications. Applicants are therefore encouraged to identify these periods in their curriculum vitae or cover letter. PRINCIPAL CHALLENGES AND DUTIES  Teach undergraduate and graduate courses.  Develop and maintain fundamental and applied research.  Supervise graduate students.  Participate to University life and contribute to Faculty services and activities QUALIFICATIONS  Hold a Ph.D. in science or engineering with a professional experience of at least 5 years;  Have experience in interdisciplinary research as well as knowledge transfer;  Have a strong interest in university teaching and pedagogy as well as in research, development and innovation;  Demonstrate good teaching skills and a good ability to supervise graduate students.  Have a record of publications in peer-reviewed journals of international level and technology transfer attesting to the excellence of the research activities.  Demonstrate skills in establishing and maintaining good interpersonal relationships, a sense of collaboration and teamwork skills.  Demonstrate outstanding leadership, initiative and excellent communication skills.  Demonstrate the ability to interact effectively and harmoniously with a variety of internal and external partners.  Capacity to teach in French or to reach this capacity in a short amount of time.  Be a member of the OIQ (Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec) or have the required qualifications and commit to become member as soon as possible. Check our website for the full description of all our job opportunities, then submit your application online. For this opportunity, see offer 4059. Anticipated start date: September 1, 2020. The chair is for a period of 5 years The deadline for submitting applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020. Please attach your curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, a researchprogram proposal (maximum of 5 pages) that should identify, in particular, main axes related to your previous work, the objectives pursued, the summary programming of activities, integration with the priority themes of the Faculty of Engineering, training of highly qualified personnel who will be called on to take part, funding options and networking and reprints of your most relevant recent contributions. In addition, please have three letters of recommendation sent directly by the signatories to the following address: The Dean Faculty of Engineering Job posting 04059 Université de Sherbrooke 2500, boul. de l’Université Sherbrooke (Québec) J1K 2R1 E-mail : doyen-genie@USherbrooke.ca


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