University of Waterloo-Lecturer

University of Waterloo-Lecturer

Design-Focused Lecturer, Systems Design Engineering

Systems is how we understand the world and design is how we change it.

The Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo prepares students to be at the forefront of engineering design. We are looking for a passionate engineering designer to teach our students. Our transdisciplinary programs seek to offer an outstanding educational experience leading our graduates to become practitioners, researchers, and systems thinkers.

The successful candidate for this faculty position, at the rank of Lecturer, is expected to teach design courses, integrating experiential learning techniques, and real-world applications. The candidate should have demonstrated experience in teaching wholistic design for engineered systems with a commitment to design fundamentals, strong analysis methods, user-focused methodologies, and transdisciplinary approaches.

A vision for the future of engineering design that advances equity, ethics, and sustainability is important. System designs that cross over traditional problem domains are desirable. The candidate’s design focus may be within any of our interdisciplinary research areas. Expertise in prototyping, software, simulations, or modeling would be an asset.

The definite term appointment is at the rank of Lecturer within our teaching faculty stream. The initial three-year appointment is renewable after which it is expected that candidates demonstrating outstanding performance will be considered for promotion as a permanent member of the faculty. Candidates may hold a PhD degree in engineering or a related discipline, however, candidates with a research-based master's degree and equivalent professional experience will also be considered. The successful applicant is required to have an engineering license in Canada or to apply for an engineering license within the first year. Due to accreditation requirements, all faculty members are normally expected to obtain the license before the end of the first term. Re-appointment is conditional upon this requirement.

The successful candidate will mentor undergraduate students and be assigned to teach design- focused courses from the first-year level through capstone. Depending on technical expertise, the teaching portfolio will be rounded out with core courses and potentially a technical elective in alternating years. The Lecturer teaching load is currently 10 courses over two years.

Applications received by May 31, 2023, will be given full consideration. References are requested but will only be contacted for applicants invited for an interview. The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $130,000. Negotiations beyond this salary range may be considered. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The appointment has a preferred starting date of August 2023.

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 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, complete an online application that includes a single PDF containing the following in order:

1. cover letter;

2. statement of teaching philosophy and interests (two-page maximum);

3. diversity impact statement addressing how the candidate’s teaching program will advance equity, diversity, and inclusion goals (one-page maximum);

4. curriculum vitae; and

5. an appendix of up to five pages containing:

a. evidence of prior excellence in teaching and,

b. as appropriate, a portfolio-style evidence of design experience.

The link to apply is here:

For questions regarding the position or process, contact Alex Pastrik at Waterloo is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. If you have any application, interview or workplace accommodation requests, please contact Alex.