Faculty Position in Blockchain Technology
Date posted: September 23, 2019 2019
Revised: October 7, 2019
Application deadline: December 15, 2019
Position code: 18_T_CIISE_0
The Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering (CIISE) invites applications for a tenure-track position in Blockchain Technology. The selected candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant Professor, but exceptional candidates at the Associate Professor level may also be considered. The call extends to all individuals with interests in the following: blockchain, digital ledgers, distributed systems, crypto-currencies, applied cryptography, zero knowledge proofs, cybersecurity, voting technologies, or financial technologies; with a demonstrated ability to work in collaborative multidisciplinary settings.
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. Commensurate with their rank candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally-recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area.
About the Academic Unit
The Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering has a faculty complement of 24 professors, including eight internal and external research chairs, active in various areas of Information Systems Engineering, Information Systems Security, and Quality Systems Engineering. The Institute is dedicated to multidisciplinary research and training of graduate students, offering master’s degrees in Information Systems Security and in Quality Systems Engineering, and a PhD degree in Information and Systems Engineering. For more information about the Institute, please visit: www.concordia.ca/ciise
About the Faculty
The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is ranked among the top ten engineering schools in Canada. The School is home to over 10,000 engineering and computer science students and a faculty complement of 235 faculty members. The School has about 4,500 graduate students enrolled in 35 graduate programs. Its research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges. Concordia University and the School attract a high quality, diverse student population in all its programs. For more information on the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit: concordia.ca/ginacody.
Concordia University is recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50 and one of the most international universities in the world. With more than 7,000 faculty and staff, and 47,000 students, Concordia enables individuals to grow, contribute and innovate.
Located on two campuses in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, our faculty and students benefit from state-of-the-art research and teaching facilities and compelling program offerings in our four Faculties, Library, School of Graduate Studies and Centre for Continuing Education.
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Applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a closely related engineering field. A strong commitment to research excellence, supervision of graduate students, and teaching excellence is expected. The successful candidate is expected to provide academic leadership, conduct independent and superior scholarly research, establish a strong externally-funded research program and demonstrate industrial applications of her/his research activities. Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association, preferably in the province of Quebec, is desirable. The language of instruction at Concordia is English; however, knowledge of French is an asset.
How to apply
Applications must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (18_T_CIISE_0), a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and the names and contact information of at least four referees. Electronic applications should be submitted by December 15, 2019, but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in July 2020 or shortly thereafter.
Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.
As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next-Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
- mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
- conducting research with underrepresented and / or underserved communities
- committee work
- offering or organizing educational programming
- participation in training and workshops
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.
Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.
Kindly forward your electronic applications to:
Dr. Abdessamad Ben Hamza, Director
Concordia Institute for Information Systems Engineering
Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science
Concordia University, Montreal, QC, Canada
Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323.