Canada Research Chair in Pervasive Computing for Health and Healthy Aging
Concordia University Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Canada Research Chair, Tier II in Pervasive Computing for Health and Healthy Aging


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering PERFORM Center

Concordia University

The Position


Concordia University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and the PERFORM Centre are seeking applications for a Canada Research Chair (CRC) Tier II in Pervasive Computing for Health and Healthy Aging. The Government of Canada funds the Canada Research Chairs program in order to promote world-class research in Canadian universities. Details about the Canadian Government’s CRC program as well as the chair selection criteria can be found at


Candidates shall have a PhD degree in Computer Engineering or a related discipline and possess expertise and research interest in areas such as, but not limited to embedded systems, embedded computing, wireless computing and software platforms for embedded computing, with applications in health, healthy aging, human performance and smart homes/buildings. This is a tenure track position and appointments will be at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor depending on the successful candidate’s level of experience. The ideal candidate will thrive in an interdisciplinary research environment, interacting with existing research capacity in ECE, in other parts of the University, and beyond the institution, through the PERFORM Centre. They will have a vision and a drive to become an internationally recognized leader in their area of research. Applications from colleagues at the beginning of their careers are welcome.

Applicants should show evidence of ability and commitment to attracting strong external funding, supervising graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, as well as leading major research initiatives. The applicant must propose an original and innovative research program of the highest quality related to the position.

Concordia offers a competitive compensation and benefit package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, parental leave, etc. We also provide mentoring and support for research scholarship, granting and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

The ECE Department, PERFORM Centre and Concordia University are inclusive and welcome diverse experiences to improve learning and advance research. As part of our commitment to providing students with a dynamic, innovative and inclusive educational environment, we require all applicants to articulate how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research in ways that are relevant for our diverse, multicultural, contemporary Canadian society.

Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association, preferably in the Province of Quebec, is essential. The language of instruction at Concordia is English, however, knowledge of French is an asset.



Concordia University and Montreal


With about 50,000 students, and 2,000 faculty members, Concordia is among Canada’s leading universities. Concordia is an English language institution and is situated in vibrant, diverse, and innovative Montreal, the second largest French speaking city in the world. Montreal boasts 4 major universities and 12 smaller colleges on the island. It houses world class hubs in health, software, aerospace, energy and in emerging areas like pervasive computing.

The Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science


Ranked among the top ten engineering schools in Canada, the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science is home to over 10,000 engineering and computer science students and a faculty complement of 230 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. For more information on the School, please visit:


The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


The ECE Department has a faculty complement of 45 professors active in various areas of computer engineering and electrical engineering. The Department offers PhD, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering (Avionics). Concordia University and ECE attract a high quality, diverse student population in all its programs. More information on ECE is available at


The PERFORM Centre


The PERFORM Centre is a unique research facility devoted to prevention research through lifestyle intervention and impact assessment. It houses an athletic therapy clinic, cardio-pulmonary suite, clinical analysis suite, conditioning floor, functional assessment lab, imaging suite, nutrition suite, and sleep laboratory all under one roof. Home to 51 research members and specialists in health and disease prevention who play an important role in cultivating interdisciplinary and collaborative research that create links between a variety of traditional and non-traditional disciplines in an effort to improve health across the population, the PERFORM Centre offers numerous and varied opportunities for research collaboration and training in a variety of settings and disciplines. As a Concordia University research platform, the PERFORM Centre trains future generations of researchers and strives to advance knowledge. In addition to fostering multidisciplinary research collaborations, PERFORM also generates educational opportunities to train the next generation of health-care professionals and practitioners.





Applications must include a cover letter, detailed curriculum vitae, teaching statement, research statement including an innovative research program proposal, a statement on the candidate’s thoughts and experiences on inclusiveness (1 page), and the names of four referees. This package must be sent in electronic form (PDF) via email. The subject line of the email should read: “Application for CRC Tier II in Pervasive Computing for Health and Healthy Aging”.


Applications should be submitted by August 15, 2020. Applications that come after that date may continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis, until a suitable candidate has been identified. Only short- listed applicants will be notified.  The appointment is expected to commence shortly thereafter.


Kindly forward your electronic applications to:

Dr. Habib Benali, Hiring Committee Chair


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.


Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Téo L. Blackburn, Manager, Academic Leadership and Inclusion, at or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 7704.


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 individuals, 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.

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 the status of applicants 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 or

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

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