Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Materials for Energy Systems

Simon Fraser University


The Faculty of Applied Sciences (FAS) at Simon Fraser University is expanding. With a current count of 3700 undergraduate students, 500 graduate students and 120 faculty members, the Faculty is about to embark on an exciting growth period, and we fully expect the next five years will place the disciplines within our faculty among the best in the world. Core drivers for the Faculty include a commitment to excellence at the highest level possible, engagement with industry, a responsibility to drive social change, and empowering our students, staff and faculty to leverage diversity and collaboration to increase innovation.


As part of its growth, the Faculty is launching a new School in Sustainable Energy Engineering (SEE), with its first students arriving in Fall 2019 and housed in a newly constructed, state of the art engineering expansion to the SFU Surrey campus. Our goal is to create a program and culture where innovation and inclusion go hand in hand. Applications are invited for tenure-track faculty, as part of the complement that will launch this exciting initiative. We will consider applications at the ranks of assistant and associate professor.


Sustainable Energy Engineering: Tenure-Track Faculty Position (Materials for Energy Systems)

Simon Fraser University (SFU), located on unceded Coast Salish Territory - the traditional territories of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh, Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), and Kwikwetlem First Nations, is actively building a diverse, inclusive community and invites applications for Tenure-Track Faculty positions in Materials for Energy Systems.


The successful candidate will report to the Director of the SEE and their primary responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Developing a world class research program in areas strategic to the overall SEE initiative, demonstrating excellence and leading a team of graduate students.
  • Developing undergraduate course content, and teaching a regular course load, in areas such as:
  1. Statics & Mechanics of Materials
  2. Engineering Materials for Energy Systems
  3. Materials Design for Energy Systems
  • Developing and teaching graduate courses, focusing on specialized areas associated with the School and the candidate’s areas of research.
  • Contributing actively in building a vibrant culture in the School, with service contributions that might include a lead role in an area such as:
  1. Academic integrity and Student Conduct
  2. Broad based admissions, recruiting and outreach
  3. Experiential learning and capstone project coordination
  4. Curriculum management (undergraduate or graduate) and Accreditation
  5. Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  6. Library liaison
  7. Safety
  8. Space allocation
  9. Student liaison

The ideal candidate is expected to possess and demonstrate the following qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in engineering, in energy systems, mechanical engineering, mechatronic systems engineering, electrical and computer engineering, engineering physics, or another closely related discipline.
  • Demonstrated capacity for research excellence, including a focus on sustainability in energy systems.
  • Proven excellence in developing and teaching engineering courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Excellent communication skills and commitment to a team based working culture.
  • Demonstrated passion for sustainability in engineering practice.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Eligibility to register as a Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia within one year of assuming the position.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.


The competition will remain open until the position is filled, however, screening will commence on October 14th.

To apply, submit the following to our online application system:

  • A recent curriculum vitae
  • Research and teaching statements
  • Names, addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three referees.

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g., maternity leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them in their application. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and nontraditional areas of research and/or research outputs; demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in the previous institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset.


SFU is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.


SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty, please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details.


SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.


Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University Academic Appointment Competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

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