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Canada Excellence Research Chairs Nominees in Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering at McMaster University is seeking outstanding researchers for consideration as Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) nominees. 

Applications are requested by May 16th, 2022.

About the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Nominees Program

McMaster University’s Faculty of Engineering is seeking outstanding researchers for consideration as Canada Excellence Research Chairs (CERC) nominees. The successful applicant must demonstrate a compelling vision for both continuing and further developing McMaster Engineering’s longstanding strengths in research and graduate training, with a specialization in the fields of micro-nano technology, smart systems, and/or bio-innovation as well as carrying on and enhancing McMaster University’s Strategic Research mission.

The CERC program offers eligible Canadian, degree-granting institutions an opportunity to establish highly-funded research chairs in the areas that align with the Government of Canada’s science, technology and innovation priorities.

Nominees must be full professors or associate professors expected to be promoted to full professor within one or two years of the nomination. Alternatively, if they come from outside the academic sector, nominees must possess the qualifications necessary to be appointed at these levels.

Researchers who hold a full-time academic appointment at a Canadian institution are eligible to be nominated; however, they may not be nominated by the institution at which they currently hold their appointment. If an institution nominates a researcher who is currently at a Canadian institution, the institution must demonstrate the net benefit to the country in moving the researcher from one Canadian institution to another. Please consult the Canada Excellence Research Chairs Program website for full program information, including further details on eligibility criteria.

Selection Criteria

McMaster’s nominees for the Canada Excellence Research Chairs program will be selected in accordance with the following criteria:

  • The candidate is a top-tier researcher whose accomplishments have made a major societal impact (as appropriate based on career stage) and who is recognized internationally as a leader. In cases where the candidate is a Canadian Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) researcher based in Canada, the impact can be at the international level and/or at the community, regional or national level. Quality and impact of the candidate’s research track record, including their record of service to the research community (e.g., service on peer review committees, faculty recruitment committees, advisory committees).
  • The candidate’s record of attracting and mentoring a diverse group of students, trainees and research personnel, and establishing an equitable and inclusive research environment.
  • The candidate’s plan for establishing and maintaining a diverse core team (at the student, trainee, personnel and early-career researcher levels), and an environment that is safe and inclusive and allows all team members to reach their full research potential (e.g., through the recruitment and outreach strategy, equitable training opportunities, professional development and mentoring).
  • Extent to which the proposed research program aligns with one or more of the Government of Canada’s science, technology and innovation priority areas for the CERC program.
  • Extent to which the proposed research program promises to be world-leading in the field.
  • Extent to which the proposed research program enhances knowledge mobilization and translation so that all sectors of society (industry, government, academia, not-for-profit, etc.) benefit from the research and data generated.
  • Quality of the proposed research program in terms of how it has embedded EDI considerations (i.e., GBA+ or SGBA+) at each stage of the research process (research questions, design, methodology, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and dissemination of results), as applicable.
  • Quality of the proposed research program in terms of how research is co-created and co-led by and with First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, as investigators, trainees, partners and collaborators, and its recognition of Indigenous ways of knowing (as applicable).
  • Likelihood that the work associated with the proposed research program will be recognized as globally relevant and will advance the frontiers of research in the field on a global scale.
  • Opportunities for collaboration with other researchers working in the same or related areas at the nominating institution, in the same region, within Canada and abroad.
  • Likelihood that the work of the proposed Chair will advance Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence.
  • Plan of the Chair and core team members to communicate the research results and their impacts to the world and a variety of audiences.
  • Potential to apply the research results from the Chair to advance public policy and/or the potential to commercialize research discoveries from the Chair in order to create social and economic advantages for Canada

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following:

Letter of application demonstrating how the candidate meets the selection criteria outlined above (2 pages).

  • Research statement (2-3 pages);

  • Teaching statement (2 pages);

Describing how the candidate has or will advance the University’s commitment to building an inclusive community and to fostering a culture which embraces and promotes the rich diversity of the campus community (activities may include diversity-related programming, committee work and/or mentoring women and/or other groups that have been historically marginalized or disadvantaged) (2-3 pages).

The names and contact information of at least three referees (with postal and email addresses) who are established authorities in the field, who are not in a conflict of interest, and at least one of the which is from a recognized international authority in the candidate’s field who does not reside in the country in which the candidate is currently working.

In cases where the applicant is a Canadian Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit or Métis) researcher based in Canada, the name and contact information of an international referee is not required.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Executive Officer in the Faculty of Engineering at 905-525-9140 ext. 24900 or the Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247) to communicate accommodation needs.

McMaster + Global Impact: A Global Reputation for Excellence

Ranked as one of the world's top engineering schools, the Faculty of Engineering plays a significant role in helping McMaster University earn its reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative universities. Our focus on experiential, problem-based learning and our interdisciplinary approach to collaboration results in smarter insights, ground-breaking ideas, and greater optimism.


#1 Most Graduate Student Research Intensive University in Canada

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Ranked Among Top 80 Universities in the World

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#3 in Canada for Global Impact

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McMaster University is consistently ranked as one of the top 100 universities in the world.

Founded in 1887, McMaster University is one of only four Canadian universities ranked among the top 80 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2022. Home to more than 70 research centres and institutes, McMaster is comprised of six faculties: the DeGroote School of Business, and the Faculties of Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences. Named Canada’s most research-intensive university in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 by Research Infosource, McMaster is dedicated to teaching, learning and service. With a student population of more to 36,000, McMaster welcomes students from 120 countries as well as Canada.

McMaster has a vision to achieve international distinction for creativity, innovation and excellence as a research-intensive, student-centred university. In committing to that vision, we are also focused on the promotion of inclusive excellence, recognizing the critical role that diversity of identity, background and perspective play in harnessing creativity and innovation, and the importance of building inclusive and collegial teams within our community.

McMaster Engineering has a reputation for innovative programs, cutting-edge research, leading faculty, and aspiring students.  With over 190 faculty members, along with approximately 7,300 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students, we have earned a strong reputation as a centre for academic excellence and innovation.  Discover more of what McMaster Engineering and the Hamilton area have to offer academic professionals and their families by reviewing our Information Guide highlighting our research excellence, family-friendly resources and rich local culture.  Opportunities for continuous personal and professional growth are also made available through our Faculty’s Fireball Academy and the MacPherson Institute

McMaster Engineering Research in Numbers

50% increase in research funding over last 5 years

+30 esteemed research chairs

+20 prestigious research centres & institutes

+600 local & international partner employers

We're Working Towards Inclusive Excellence

At McMaster, there is transformative work being undertaken to ensure inclusive excellence in the recruitment and retention of faculty that have been underrepresented across all academic disciplines, which is articulated in McMaster’s EDI Strategy: Towards Inclusive Excellence and reinforced in the President’s recent letter to the community.

As part of this transformative work, we’re expanding our recruitment of Black faculty and inviting applications from those who self-identify as Black for a second cohort hiring of up to six tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor. 

The positions will be filled across multiple departments within the Faculty and will be located on the main university campus to begin July 1, 2022. The deadline for applications is Friday, January 7, 2022.

This is the first opportunity listed under our current opportunities tab on our Faculty Recruitment page.


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Supporting Women in Engineering 

We support female students of many ages in a variety of ways, from camp programs, clubs, conferences and scholarships for elementary and high school students. Through programs such as career exploration and the experiential learning event Go ENG Girl and others, young girls learn how engineering and science can affect our daily lives for the better.

McMaster Engineering faculty members, many of them women, mentor prospective and current students through speed mentoring, networking and other programs. As well, about half of our women engineering students act as ambassadors on campus and offer peer-to-peer support, for instance through the Big Sister Little Sister program.

McMaster Engineering is Attracting More Women to Engineering

In 2019-20, 35% of first-year McMaster Engineering students identified as women, a 15.5% increase over the last five years.

 Ontario Network for Women in Engineering (ONWiE)

Kim Jones (Chemical Engineering) chairs the Ontario Network for Women in Engineering (ONWiE), a group that formed in 2005 when universities began to work together to attract more women to engineering programs.

The Women In Engineering Committee

The Women in Engineering Committee is comprised of female faculty members who meet to discuss issues of importance, such as gender parity, how to support young female engineers and to support one another.  The committee inspires, mentors and supports women to succeed in engineering.

They ensure that faculty members are involved as role models in all outreach activities and always show strong support in recruiting the next generation of young women who will change the world (and get great jobs). They help with mentoring young women who are currently enrolled in engineering studies through a variety of events.

Finally, they work to improve success for female engineering faculty members in our university and others by providing peer mentoring opportunities and hosting workshops.

Centres, Institutes & Facilities

The Faculty of Engineering is home to 20 major research centres and institutes that house world-class equipment, which are operated by leading experts in their fields. Our students are trained in these facilities, which enables them to enter the workforce with expertise in the latest technologies. In keeping with our collaborative approach, our facilities are also used by faculty members across the University, by the government, and the private sector. 

Our researchers and students also have access to other research centres and institutes across the University, such as the Nuclear Reactor, Brockhouse Institute for Materials Research, and the Brain-Body Institute. 

The McMaster Automotive Resource Centre is one of Canada’s leading research facilities in electric and hybrid vehicles where researchers, students and industry professionals are working to resolve the issues facing the automotive industry. Together, these teams of engineers, scientists, social scientists and their students are developing sustainable solutions for the industry including the development of hybrid and electric powertrains, building highly efficient and cost-effective powertrain components and identifying light materials to make cars more fuel efficient.

The McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI) facility is designed to meet the sophisticated research and development needs of leading manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, biomedical and consumer goods industries, along with the manufacturing tooling, coatings-surface engineering, dye and mould support industries. Special focus is placed on tool selection and development as well as process optimization for light weight material casting, machining, metal forming, polymer processing, heat treatment processes, robotics, automation and metrology/inspection.

The Canadian Centre for Electron Microscopy (CCEM) provides world-class electron microscopy capabilities and expertise to Canadian researchers and industry working in a broad range of fields. Our vision is to be one of the leading electron microscopy facilities in the world for the quality of the scientific research, to be the go-to provider of electron microscopy services to Canadian industry and to play a leading role in promoting interactions amongst researchers in various fields nationally and internationally.

The McMaster Nuclear Reactor (MNR) first became operational in 1959 and was the first university-based research reactor in the British Commonwealth. Originally designed to operate at a maximum power of 1 MW, MNR was upgraded during the 1970s to its current rating of 5 MW with a maximum thermal neutron flux of 1 x 1014 neutrons/cm2s. MNR is classified as a medium flux reactor and it is by far the most powerful research reactor at a Canadian university – the handful of so-called “Slowpoke” reactors at other institutions typically operate at a power of 0.02 MW.

The Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) is dedicated to research in optoelectronic and electronic devices. With 14 internationally recognized full time faculty members, the Centre participates in three Ontario Centres of Excellence and two Canada Centres of Excellence. Research projects include molecular beam epitaxial deposition of semiconductor materials and structures for optoelectronic applications, and various processing technologies necessary for optoelectronic devices.

The Centre of Excellence in Protective Equipment and Materials (CEPEM) will assist research and development needs for Canadian companies, both existing and new, so that they can meet today's needs for Canada but also develop the next generation of personnel protective equipment to become global leaders in the future.

Featured Centre: McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC)

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Faculty Highlight: Ali Emadi

Ali Emadi is the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) Laureate and a Professor in the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and Mechanical Engineering (ME) at McMaster University. He is also the holder of the NSERC/FCA Industrial Research Chair in Electrified Powertrains and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Transportation Electrification and Smart Mobility. The CERC appointment received $10 million in federal funding over 2011-2018 in addition to significant support from the university.

Emadi’s appointment also includes a new electrified vehicle research facility that is part of the new 80,000 square-foot McMaster Automotive Resource Center (MARC) at McMaster Innovation Park. He served as the Director of the McMaster Institute for Automotive Research and Technology (MacAUTO) from 2011-2015. Dr. Emadi is the Founder, President, and CEO of Enedym Inc. and MenloLab Inc. – two university spin-off companies of McMaster University. Before joining McMaster University, Dr. Emadi was the Harris Perlstein Endowed Chair Professor of Engineering and Director of the Electric Power and Power Electronics Center and Grainger Laboratories at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, USA, where he established research and teaching facilities as well as courses in power electronics, motor drives, and vehicular power systems. He was the Founder, Chairman, and President of Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies, Inc. (HEVT) – a university spin-off company of Illinois Tech.

Dr. Emadi has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. He was the advisor for the Formula Hybrid Teams at Illinois Tech and McMaster University, which won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid System Award at the 2010, 2013, and 2015 competitions. Currently, he is the lead faculty advisor for the McMaster Engineering EcoCAR Mobility Challenge. Dr. Emadi is the principal author/coauthor of over 550 journal and conference papers as well as several books including Vehicular Electric Power Systems (2003), Energy Efficient Electric Motors (2004), Uninterruptible Power Supplies and Active Filters (2004), Modern Electric, Hybrid Electric, and Fuel Cell Vehicles (2nd ed, 2009), and Integrated Power Electronic Converters and Digital Control (2009). He is also the editor of the Handbook of Automotive Power Electronics and Motor Drives (2005) and Advanced Electric Drive Vehicles (2014). He is the co-editor of Switched Reluctance Motor Drives: Fundamentals to Applications (CRC Press, 2018). Dr. Emadi was the Inaugural General Chair of the 2012 IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference and Expo (ITEC) and has chaired several IEEE and SAE conferences in the areas of vehicle power and propulsion. He was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Transportation Electrification from 2014 to 2020. 

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For questions about applying to this opportunity with Faculty of Engineering, please contact John Preston, Office of Research, Innovation and External Relations (