BEST Chair

Lassonde School of Engineering, Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship

Established in 2012, the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering, computer science, and earth and atmospheric science. We have created a culture where tomorrow’s professionals are becoming Renaissance Engineers™ – multidisciplinary problem solvers, critical thinkers, leaders and entrepreneurs who understand creativity, communications, social responsibility, and cultural diversity.  We seek committed faculty who can contribute to our innovative approaches to incorporating research in the curriculum, experiential education, technology-enhanced learning and other pedagogical innovations. Further information is available at

The Lassonde School of Engineering invites applications for the Bergeron Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship to commence July 1, 2018. The successful candidate will lead the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST) initiative. The Bergeron Chair was established with generous support by Douglas and Sandra Bergeron, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and business leaders.

BEST supports a wide range of entrepreneurial programs and activities at the Lassonde School of Engineering, focused on enabling students to develop business skills and understand what it takes to launch a start up enterprise. This flagship initiative offers our students co-op and international experiences, academic courses and certificates, as well as support for start-ups. For more details, see The Chair will also support other Lassonde initiatives such as the 50:50 gender parity challenge and digital learning. The successful candidate will be placed in a department which most reflects their area of expertise.

This tenure-stream position is at open rank, and the successful candidate will demonstrate academic and practical experience in technology entrepreneurship, and a track record of excellence in teaching and research appropriate to the rank. A PhD in a relevant area is required as is eligibility for registration as a Professional Engineer in Ontario.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong, externally funded research program, supervise graduate students, and must be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence, or promise of excellence in leadership, teaching and scholarly research and curricular innovation at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Further information about the Lassonde School of Engineering, with links to the constituent departments can be found at

Applicants should complete the online application process at A complete on-line application shall include a cover letter indicating the rank for which the candidate wishes to be considered, a detailed curriculum vitae, statement of contribution to research, teaching, and curriculum development, three sample research publications, and names and contact information (full mailing address, phone number, e-mail address) of three people who have agreed to provide reference letters. Complete applications must be received by November 30, 2017.

All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.  York University is an Affirmative Action employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The Affirmative Action Program, which applies to women, Aboriginal people, visible minorities and people with disabilities can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416.736.5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.