Assistant Professor - Human Factors and Ergonomics

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Assistant Professor - Human Factors and Ergonomics

Date Posted: 12/21/2020
Closing Date: 02/15/2021, 11:59PM EDT
Req ID: 1878
Job Category: Faculty - Tenure Stream (continuing)
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Department: Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Campus:St. George (Downtown Toronto)


The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto invites applications for one full-time tenure stream faculty position in the area of Human Factors and Ergonomics. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or shortly thereafter.

Candidates must have a PhD in engineering, computer science, or behavioural science, or a related area by the date of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching, and a commitment to advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in approaches to the field of Human Factors and Ergonomics. It is preferred that candidates have an undergraduate degree in engineering and be eligible for registration as a Professional Engineer.

We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths in the human factors engineering program. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative, independent and collaborative research at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, externally funded research program. The successful candidate will also be involved in undergraduate and graduate teaching and departmental service.

Applicants must provide evidence of excellence in research, which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals and/or conferences or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, as well as through a strong research statement and strong letters of reference from referees of high standing. Further evidence of research excellence can be demonstrated by awards and accolades, presentation of research at impactful venues, and other activities that contribute to the discipline.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be demonstrated by teaching accomplishments, and the teaching dossier, including a teaching statement, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong endorsements by referees. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada's largest university, recognized as a global leader in research and teaching. US News and World Report ranked U of T 17th in the world and fifth among public universities in North America in 2020. U of T's distinguished faculty, institutional record of groundbreaking scholarship and wealth of innovative academic opportunities continually attract outstanding students and academics from around the world. The Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto is home to the top mechanical and industrial engineering programs in Canada. We foster a world-class environment that excels in teaching, learning and research. Established in 1966, our human factors program is recognized internationally for its excellence in research and training.

All qualified applicants are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applications must include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement outlining current and future research interests, a recent writing sample, and a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations.

The University of Toronto recognizes the importance and benefits of including and fostering a diversity of perspectives in pursuit of its academic mission. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore asked to submit a statement (up to 2 pages) describing any equity, diversity and inclusion considerations that have impacted or will impact their approaches to research, teaching, service, recruiting, training and mentoring.

Applicants must arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee to the hiring unit via email at [email protected] by the closing date (on letterhead, dated, and signed). PLEASE NOTE: this search is not using the University‚Äôs automatic solicitation and collection functionality for reference letters.

Submission guidelines can be found at:

If you have questions about this position, please contact [email protected]. For more information on the University of Toronto, and the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, please visit our website:

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date of February 15, 2021.

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

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.

If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact [email protected].

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Job No:
Posted: 12/23/2020
Application Due: 2/18/2021
Work Type: Full Time