Pursue a Career at Polytechnique Montreal


Job Reference Number:  18-PR-9
Posting/Closing Date:  June 8, 2018 to August 11, 2018
Workplace:  All buildings
Department or Service:  Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering

Position summary

Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s leading engineering teaching and research institutions, with over 7,500 students and over 1,000 employees. Its Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering is seeking candidates to fill two positions, one as professor of applied mathematics and the other as professor of industrial engineering.

With 46 professors and 9 teachers, the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering dispenses all of Polytechnique Montréal’s service courses in mathematics and complementary studies, an undergraduate program, professional master’s course and specialized graduate programs (DESS) in industrial engineering, and master’s research and doctoral programs in industrial engineering and applied mathematics.

Field of expertise: Cognitive engineering of human-machine systems

Modern logistical and production systems, supported by the advent of the 4th industrial revolution, the increasing automation of industrial and manufacturing operations, the Internet of things, and the dematerialization of products and services, generate big data. For purposes of process planning and control, those data are presented to the user, who must then analyse them, make a diagnosis, assess various types of risks, make decisions, and act effectively and securely. The user’s data visualization and understanding, as well as the integration of data processing shared between humans and machines, must be studied and designed so as to facilitate the work of human planners and controllers, and to assist their decision-making in complex and information-rich situations.

The main research focus related to the professor’s profile is the integration of human cognitive processes with machine analytic and algorithmic processes, by taking advantage of their collaboration and complementary nature. Applicants must therefore be experts in data visualization and decision-making assistance, for the purposes of process planning and control. Applicants must master the standards, theories, approaches, methods and leading-edge technologies related to the design and evaluation of complex human-machine systems. The successful candidate will work on the design and development of advanced human-machine interfaces for visualizing and processing big data, in order to make process planning and control decisions in a variety of fields, such as: the production of raw materials, goods, services and energy, as well as air, rail and marine transportation, and defence.

Required activity

The professor must energetically and creatively perform the position’s tasks, including: participating in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervising graduate students, conducting innovative research projects, and collaborating with internal research teams and with industry. The professor must be able to develop an original and multidisciplinary research program, integrated with the Department’s activities and those of the Institute for Data Valorization.

Essential qualifications

Applicants must hold a doctorate (Ph.D.) in industrial engineering or a related field. In addition, they must hold an industrial engineering degree (or the equivalent) and be members of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (O.I.Q.) or become members in the first year of employment.

Applicants must have a sufficiently extensive research record to demonstrate their ability to develop and lead an independent research program, which will enable them to obtain funding and supervise graduate students. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent teaching skills, confirmed if possible by teaching evaluations. Industrial experience is an asset. Since the language of instruction is French, the candidates must demonstrate proficiency in French or the willingness to acquire a working knowledge of French before obtaining tenure.

Starting date

Winter 2019

Conditions of employment

This faculty position is tenure-track. Salary and benefits will be set in accordance with the collective agreement in effect. The latter includes arrangements for work-life balance and offers maternity, paternity and adoption leave in addition to the Québec Parental Insurance Plan.

The new professor will have dedicated funding to help launch his or her research activities.


Candidates are invited to submit their curriculum vitae, a statement of their teaching goals and research priorities, official records of their diplomas, the names of three references, examples of work relevant to the position, and reprints of recent publications. Applications must be sent to:

Mr. Michel Gendreau, Department Head
Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Polytechnique Montréal
P.O. Box 6079, Downtown Station
Montréal, Québec H3C 3A7
E-mail: magi@polymtl.ca


This posting may be extended past August 11, 2018. The examination of applications will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled. Only selected candidates will be contacted.


The masculine may be used without discrimination and solely for the sake of conciseness. 

Polytechnique Montréal applies an employment equity program and encourages women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities to apply. Accommodation can be provided to persons with disabilities based on their characteristics.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply; however, in accordance with immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Human Resources Department