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Chairholder Industry 4.0 - Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)

École de technologie supérieure
Montreal, Quebec h3C 1C3
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Chairholder Industry 4.0 - Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)

Location: Montreal, Quebec

Date posted: November 25, 2019. Second posting



Located in Montreal, the École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) www.etsmtl.ca, one of Canada’s largest engineering schools in Canada, currently seeks applications for a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair faculty position in order to support Industry 4.0 (Smart manufacturing). Building upon existing graduate study programs, this initiative is aligned with a long-term strategy to invest in disciplines related to Industry 4.0 and identified in the ÉTS Strategic Research Plan.

ÉTS is looking for a talented individual who can excel in a collaborative and multidisciplinary research environment. The candidate must have demonstrated strong leadership in high-level research, and the highest level of quality in teaching and in graduate student supervision.Exceptional researchers from around the world are encouraged to apply for this prestigious Chair. The Chairholder will benefit from a reduced teaching load.

The chosen candidate will be an exceptional researcher with a proven record of discovery and innovation. This individual will have demonstrated a clear ability to lead, manage and grow multi-institutional and multidisciplinary research collaborations. The candidate will be expected to develop a coherent research framework combining disciplines within the institution: robotics, materials and manufacturing processes, IoT (internet of things), cyber-security, big data, automation, and intelligent manufacturing and maintenance cells. The candidate will develop strong relationships with industrial, academic, and government partners.

ÉTS has developed one of Canada’s largest and most active innovative manufacturing research groups recognized for academic excellence, strong industry links and technology transfer.In 2018, ÉTS launched an Industry 4.0 innovation hub with more than 50 faculty members to develop training and programs that will prepare the next generation of highly skilled workforce in various industry sectors. Furthermore, ÉTS is one of eight Quebec universities that have set up the Innovation 4.0 Network, which aims to establish collaboration in research and development and the training of highly qualified workforce in Quebec. Faced with a growing need for organizations in terms of technological development and support in their digital shift, Innovation 4.0 Network members consider that there is a need to support the university mission in this area, in order to support and consolidate existing initiatives such as those of ADRIQ, CRIQ, IVADO, SCALEAI, NGen and ENCQOR. Thus, the candidate will benefit from numerous institutional and industrial partnerships to extend the scope of the Chair by funding specific projects that will go beyond the achievements of the Chair.

The CRC program was created in 2000 by the Government of Canada to foster world-class research and development. This program attracts talented people and scientists from around the world who will join outstanding researchers at ÉTS to carry out innovative work, thereby enhancing the institution's contribution to the country's growth, as well as its competitiveness on an international level. Potential candidates should consult the Canada Research Chairs website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria (www.Chairs-Chaires.gc.ca).

As part of the Université du Québec network, ÉTS is a fast-growing dynamic engineering school with a strong industry-oriented mindset. With its campus located in the Quartier de l’innovation (Innovation District), ÉTS provides a vibrant multicultural environment with strategic access to several major industrial and academic research partners.

How to apply?

Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or a related discipline. Interested applicants should submit as one PDF document:

             A curriculum vitae with a complete list of publications (CCV, F100-NSERC, etc.);

             A 3 to 6 page research program description as required in sections 2a to 2f of the CRC program;

             A 2-3 page statement explaining the candidate's vision for the research Chair, namely:

  • how the Chair will develop a coherent framework building upon research in various disciplines related to Industry 4.0;

  • how the Chair will ascertain ÉTS’s leadership in the field of the Chair and;

  • the tangible benefits of the Chair in terms of research, training of highly qualified personnel, technological transfer of the results of activities and social, environmental and economic benefits.

    All interested candidates should send their application as one PDF document by email to CRC1-2020@etsmtl.ca by January 23, 2020 (5 p.m. EST).

    The applicant must already be or be eligible to become a member of l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (professional association of engineers www.oiq.qc.ca) and to reach within two years, a sufficient level of French proficiency required for teaching undergraduate as well as graduate students.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for this position. However, priority shall be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, in compliance with Canadian immigration requirements. It is important to mention in your application whether you are able to work in Canada in order for us to plan any necessary immigration process.

ÉTS is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. As such, all qualified candidates from underrepresented groups, for example, women, Aboriginal persons, visible and ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities, are invited to apply. We will adapt the recruitment mechanisms to the specific needs of people who request it. We invite you to fill and send the Equal Access to Employment form with the rest of your documents. The information provided in this form will remain confidential.

The institution also recognizes the impact that career breaks may have on the record of research achievements. If applicable, the candidate is invited to explain, when submitting his application, the impact that a career break may have had on his portfolio of achievements. This information will be treated confidentially.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in engineering or a related discipline.

To apply, please email: CRC1-2020@etsmtl.ca


Posted: 2019-11-25 Expires: 2020-01-24

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Chairholder Industry 4.0 - Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)

École de technologie supérieure
Montreal, Quebec h3C 1C3

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