Chair Mechanical Engineering

Chair, Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

The Lassonde School of Engineering, York University is seeking an experienced academic leader at the Full or Associate Professor rank to lead the Department of Mechanical Engineering as its Chair for an initial three year term with the possibility of renewal. This role is a unique opportunity to continue to shape the future of a new Department by implementing visionary educational and research initiatives. The Department has recently launched new undergraduate and graduate programs. It currently comprises about 10 faculty members at all ranks, working in diverse fields of mechanical engineering, and plans to double its size within the next five years. We seek a colleague who will have an established national or international research reputation, relevant administrative experience, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and innovative curriculum development and/or implementation. As the successful candidate, you will be an enthusiastic advocate for the Department, showing collegial leadership, furthering the quality of the academic programs, and building national and international partnerships with institutions in academia and industry. You will also implement the strategic vision for the Department, continue the acquisition of state-of-the-art infrastructure, and continue faculty recruitment. Candidates from all areas of Mechanical Engineering are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate must have a first degree (BASc, BEng or equivalent) in Mechanical Engineering, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering or related field. S/he should also be a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario, or be eligible for immediate registration.

The following documents are required as part of the application package: (i) a cover letter concisely highlighting the qualifications of the candidate and other pertinent information; (ii) a detailed curriculum vitae highlighting career achievements in the areas of administrative service and academic leadership, teaching, research, and other information such as work related to program accreditation, scholarly work on pedagogy, awards/honors, interactions with industry, history of funded projects, and supervising student projects; (iii) three samples of the most significant and relevant scholarly work conducted; (iv) names and contact details (full mailing address, phone number, e-mail address) of at least three referees (we would contact the references after obtaining an approval from the candidate).

Applicants should complete the online application process at The start date of the appointment will be no later than Jan 1, 2017 (or earlier by mutual agreement). An executive search company, Perrett Laver, will support the University in helping to identify the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assisting in the assessment of candidates against the requirements for the role. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.

About the Lassonde School of Engineering

The Lassonde School of Engineering is one of the most ambitious projects in Canadian academia. This $250 million initiative includes hiring 100 new faculty and staff, expanding the student body by 1500, and fostering an inclusive and diverse culture committed to advancing gender parity. 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. Further information is available at