Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST)

The Lassonde School of Engineering invites applications for a three-year contractually limited appointment at the rank of Sessional Assistant Professor in Engineering Entrepreneurship from persons whose work is connected with technology enterprise, business strategy and new venture creation in any field of engineering or technology.

We seek an individual with a strong academic background and ability to play a principal role in growing the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST) initiative by working with entrepreneurs/new ventures, providing an experiential learning experience for aspiring student-entrepreneurs and forging community partnerships.

Candidates are expected to have published research, a track record in teaching entrepreneurship, innovation and technology management and direct experience in working with technology entrepreneurs. The position will require liaising with many faculty members, and graduate students at the Lassonde School of Engineering, and through them with some of the world’s leading educational and industrial organizations.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching entrepreneurial thinking and venture creation to undergraduate students, as well as developing executive education courses in technology management, design thinking and innovation strategy.

BEST is an interdisciplinary program in entrepreneurship and new ventures housed at Lassonde School of Engineering, and supported by the Schulich School of Business and Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as other faculty and organizations at York University.  The successful candidate will be placed in a department which most reflects their area of expertise.

The successful candidate will have a PhD or DBA in any area of Engineering or other Business fields relevant to the position, a demonstrated track record of technical/academic excellence, strong teaching skills, and a relevant and appropriate business background.

The position will commence July 1, 2016, subject to budgetary approval.  For full position details, see  Applicants should complete the on-line process at  A complete on-line application shall include a cover letter, a detailed CV, a teaching dossier, a statement of research interests and plan, and names and contact details of at least three references.  Complete applications must be received by November 30, 2015.


About the Lassonde School of Engineering

Solving our greatest challenges takes more than technical talent alone.  The world needs engineers with passion + perspective:  Renaissance EngineersTM.  The Lassonde School of Engineering at York University in Toronto is designed to be the home of the Renaissance Engineer: a place where students are free to explore their passions and gain different perspectives from the world around them.

Established in 2012, the Lassonde School of Engineering has a full spectrum of undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering and computer science, and a thriving research enterprise.  The School was founded with a $25-million donation from mining entrepreneur Pierre Lassonde, and is led by founding Dean and Renaissance Engineer Janusz Kozinski.  There are currently 2000 undergraduates in 11 programs, 200 graduate students, 100 professors and 4 academic departments.  The School’s new home, with state of the art research and innovative teaching spaces, opened in September 2015.


York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community.  The AA program, which applies to Aboriginal people, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and women, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416-736-5713.  Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or citizens of Chile may apply per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA).  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.