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SOTI Research Chair Position in Aerospace Engineering

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Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the Department of Aerospace Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science at Ryerson University, in collaboration with SOTI Aerospace, invites applications for a full-time Industrial Research Chair (IRC) position at the rank of Associate (or Full) Professor, beginning January 1, 2022, subject to budgetary approval.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. Ryerson University is committed to correcting the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada and this position has been designated as an equity hire. As such, applications from candidates who self-identify as one or more of the following equity-deserving groups, are particularly encouraged: First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America), Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties. Responsibilities will include: pursuing an innovative and independent research program that is externally funded and produces cutting-edge, high-quality research in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology; contributing to our academic programs through teaching, mentoring and supervision of students to facilitate junior scholars and diversify the field; working with SOTI on advanced research in indoor UAV technology; acting as a bridge between the SOTI and Ryerson University in terms of hardware and software deliverability for indoor UAVs; focusing on early priorities including but not limited to the development of self-navigation and smart avoidance systems; and engaging in maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities within the Department of Aerospace Engineering and the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering or a closely related discipline and provide evidence of the following:
● expertise in the field of UAV design and development;
● a strong background in one or more areas such as aerospace structures and systems, avionics, or UAV related AI and Computer vision;
● a strong research profile, including an established independent research program and an ability to develop a dynamic and innovative externally funded industrial research collaboration;
● potential for high-quality teaching and student training;
● a commitment to upholding the values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly, research or creative activities; a successful track record of working with a and supporting a diverse student population;
● a capacity for collegial service;
● registration [or eligibility for registration] as a professional engineer in Ontario.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in UAV technology.

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Ryerson University
Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

Department of Aerospace Engineering
The Department of Aerospace Engineering at Ryerson University is committed to providing the best environment for education and innovative scholarly research. By establishing strong links to academia, industry, and government, the Department provides graduates with practical experience and pathways for the development of leading-edge research contributions. The Department offers a four-year accredited Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree, and a graduate program leading to MASc, MEng and PhD degrees. More information on Ryerson Aerospace Engineering can be found at www.ryerson.ca/aerospace.

About SOTI Inc.
SOTI Inc. provides an integrated suite of mobility and IoT solutions. Each solution works on its own to solve today’s toughest mobility challenges. But working together, the SOTI ONE Platform eliminates mobility silos and connects everything: mobile devices, IoT endpoints, apps, and back-office systems. The SOTI ONE Platform helps organizations transform their outdated processes, manage the full lifecycle of their mobile and IoT devices, diagnose and troubleshoot device issues in real-time and resolve problems in minutes. More information on SOTI can be found at https://www.soti.net/ .

SOTI Aerospace research under SOTI Inc. is focused on vision-based hardware and software systems to support self-navigating situationally aware aerial drones. SOTI Aerospace brings together a team of international experts to build the next generation of aerial technology. Initial applications are focused on warehouse, medical sector and search and rescue operations. More information on SOTI Aerospace can be found at https://www.soti.net/products/soti-aerospace.

Working at Ryerson
At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks.

Visit us on Twitter: @RyersonU, @RyersonVPFA, @RyersonHR, and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair Dr. Seyed M. Hashemi at [email protected]

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at [email protected]

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at
[email protected]

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Laurie Shemavonia, HR Advisor at [email protected]

How to Apply

Application Deadline: 31/10/2021

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (https://hr.cf.ryerson.ca/ams/faculty/ – click on “Start Application Process” to begin). The review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The application must contain the following:

● A letter of application
● A curriculum vitae
● Three recent research publications
● Results of teaching evaluations (or equivalent evidence, such as a teaching dossier)
● The names of at least three individuals who may be contacted for references

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.