Canada Excellence Research Chair in Sustainable, Smart and Resilient Aerospace

Last updated: October 27, 2022, 8:55 a.m.

Job title: Canada Excellence Research Chair in Sustainable, Smart and Resilient Aerospace
Position code: 21_C_GCS_O
Date posted: March 29, 2022
Date revised: June 2, 2022
Application deadline: June 19, 2022
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

Concordia University invites candidates for a new Canada Excellence Research Chair position in Sustainable, Smart and Resilient Aerospace. The Chair’s research activities will propose a unique, interdisciplinary approach to sustainable, smart and resilient aerospace research of the future. It will provide solutions to reach the United Nations goals of carbon-neutrality by 2050 by integrating disruptive technologies, such as advanced design, electrification, alternative fuels, artificial intelligence and autonomous systems.

About the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) program

Refined and restructured, the new 2022 CERC program (Application and nomination process []) supports Canadian universities in building on Canada's growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation. The program awards world-renowned researchers and their teams up to $8 million CAD over eight years to establish ambitious research programs at Canadian universities.

Candidate profile and qualifications

We are seeking applications from internationally recognized and dynamic candidates with excellent leadership abilities for a diverse team. The appointment will be at the associate or full professor level and requires candidates with a record of creating synergies in a multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary field, academic and industry background, or research experience in government labs.

Applicants must have a PhD in a field relevant to the research area and an established and internationally renowned research profile with evidence of peer-recognized achievement, and the demonstrated ability to attract and mentor excellent graduate students and postdocs.

This Research Chair aims to implement an integrated approach to sustainable design of smart and resilient aerospace systems of the future. As such, the ideal candidate should have a research profile that is multidisciplinary in nature and covers one or several of the following research themes:

  • design of visionary concepts for an air mobility ecosystem that integrate ultra-efficient flying vehicle concepts
  • disruptive technologies (i.e., electrification), materials and processes to enable carbon-neutral, accessible, intelligent, safe and resilient air mobility systems
  • inclusive and sustainable air mobility design and planning
  • integrated life cycle assessment and supply chain of air mobility ecosystems
  • adoption and institutionalization of advanced air mobility technology in a complex policy and regulatory environment
  • smart and sustainable infrastructures

Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals (such as the decision to have a family, eldercare, illness, and so forth) in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process.

How to apply

Electronic applications must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (21_C_GCS_O), a current curriculum vitae, copies of three (3) representative publications, a five-page outline of the proposed research program, a statement of previous multidisciplinary research accomplishments, as well as a statement of teaching philosophy/interests and evidence of teaching effectiveness (if available). Candidates must also arrange to have three (3) letters of reference submitted directly by their referees.

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. 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 background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them 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
  • 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.

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible to the attention of Dr. Zachary Patterson at Review of applications will commence on June 20, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

For any questions regarding the position, please reach out to Dr. Zachary Patterson at

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult:

The successful candidate for the CERC position will be offered a conditional position at the rank of Associate or Professor. The candidate will be required to work with the university to prepare the formal CERC nomination according to the CERC program guidelines (Application and Nomination Process []). The university will submit the nomination to the CERC program at the earliest opportunity.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 4323.

Territorial Acknowledgement

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Employment Equity

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

Immigration Status

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements: 

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada 
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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