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Lecturer in Digital Systems & Data Algorithms

University of Waterloo
$85,000.00 - $125,000.00
Posted date
Nov 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Computer Sciences & Technology, Engineering
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Lecturer in Digital Systems & Data Algorithms
Systems Design Engineering
University of Waterloo


The Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo offers undergraduate programs in Systems Design Engineering and Biomedical Engineering and is a partner in the Mechatronics Engineering program.  The programs are highly interdisciplinary, with emphases on analysis, design, and creativity.  The support of our programs requires unique, talented educators who are passionate about teaching and learning.  The department is committed to providing an outstanding educational experience for its undergraduate students, leading these students to become engineering practitioners, researchers, and entrepreneurs. 

The department seeks applications for a faculty position at the rank of Lecturer.  The initial appointment is for three years, renewable for another three, and it is expected that candidates demonstrating outstanding performance will be considered for promotion to appointment as Continuing Lecturer. The lecturer is expected to have multi-disciplinary expertise, someone who can comfortably teach many of the engineering fundamentals courses in our undergraduate curriculum, including courses in circuit, programming, data structures and algorithms and digital systems to Systems Design and Biomedical engineering students.  Candidates must hold a PhD degree in engineering, computer science or a related discipline, and must be eligible for registration with the Professional Engineers of Ontario and commit to registering within three years.

Besides assigned teaching tasks, the successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students in the first-year program, helping students with the crucial transition from high school to a co-operative university education, and providing a friendly, helpful, respected point of contact with the department. This position requires a willingness to be involved in student outreach activities, an interest in engaging with students to help them to improve their learning strategies and to realize their full potential. The successful candidate must have strong communication and teamwork skills with commitment to professional development and community building.  The expected teaching load is 6 courses per year. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated exceptional teaching skills and a diversity of experience. 

Review of applications will begin upon receipt; however, to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 17, 2022.  Three letters of reference will be requested for applicants invited for an interview.  The salary range for this lecturer position is $85,000 to $125,000, depending on experience.  Negotiations beyond this salary range will be considered for exceptionally qualified candidates.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.   The appointment has a preferred starting date of July 1, 2022.

Three reasons to apply:

The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Indigenous Initiatives Office.

The University values the diverse and intersectional identities of its students, faculty, and staff. The University regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. The University of Waterloo seeks applicants who embrace our values of equity, anti-racism and inclusion.  As such, we encourage applications from candidates who have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including applicants who identify as Indigenous peoples (e.g., First Nations, Métis, Inuit/Inuk), Black, racialized, people with disabilities, women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

To apply, individuals are to complete an online application form that includes loading a single pdf containing:

  1. a cover letter,
  2. a current curriculum vitae,
  3. a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, including evidence of prior excellence in teaching
  4. a diversity impact statement that addresses how the candidate’s teaching program will advance equity, diversity, and inclusion goals (compare e.g.,

The link to apply is here

The cover letter is to be addressed to:

Prof. Andrea Scott
Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo

If you have any questions regarding the position, the application process, assessment process or eligibility please contact  The University of Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview or workplace accommodation requests, please contact


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