Pursue a Career at Polytechnique Montreal


Job Reference Number:  20-PR-2
Posting/Closing Date:  January 30, 2020 to March 30, 2020
Workplace:  All buildings
Department or Service:  Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering


Polytechnique Montréal promotes excellence, creativity, integrity, collaboration, respect, openness and diversity. Recognized as one of Montreal’s best employers, it offers excellent working conditions, in particular by fostering employees’ work-life balance and well-being.

Polytechnique Montréal is strongly committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, which favours its development and constitutes an undeniable catalyst for excellence in teaching, research and outreach activities. Accordingly, Polytechnique particularly encourages women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities who have the required qualifications to apply. Accommodations can be provided based on the needs of the candidates.

Applying to Polytechnique means taking a leap toward a rewarding career and opening up to a world of opportunities.

Located on Mount Royal, an exceptional setting in the heart of Montreal, Polytechnique is a world-renowned engineering university that operates in a STARS certified environment. It excels in multidisciplinary and multisectoral research and in high-quality training at all academic levels. Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal hosts more than 8,500 students and relies on the expertise of more than a thousand persons with a wide variety of qualifications. As an active advocate for sustainable development, Polytechnique stands out by its leading-edge innovations and its active role in technological, economic and social development. Polytechnique is involved locally, nationally and internationally by spurring synergy among research ecosystems.

With 47 professors and 10 teachers, the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering is responsible for numerous programs and courses within the institution: the Bachelor of Industrial Engineering program, professional master’s and specialized graduate programs (DESS) in industrial engineering, master’s research and doctoral programs in industrial engineering and applied mathematics, as well as all mathematics and complementary studies courses.


This position will address the teaching needs of courses belonging to the industrial engineering and research program in the field of occupational ergonomics. This expertise is required in all goods and services production systems, both for designing new systems and evaluating existing ones. This expertise is relevant for improving not only productivity and production quality, but also the health and safety of those working at any production level. Industry 4.0 brings its share of research challenges and opportunities in occupational ergonomics as well as occupational health and safety (e.g., the human role in Industry 4.0, physical and cognitive workloads, risk factors for MSDs and stress, the work environment, intelligent personal protective equipment, interactions with collaborative robots, big data related to production and OHS, etc.). Candidates must demonstrate minimal expertise and practical experience in the basics of occupational ergonomics. The successful candidate must be able to teach at all academic levels, notably before large undergraduate groups, and to participate in capstone projects. The position aims at maintaining and developing that basic expertise within MAGI.


The successful candidate will be expected to carry out the duties of this position with a dynamic and creative approach. In particular, he or she will:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate students;
  • Carry out innovative research projects;
  • Obtain grants and contracts aimed at training highly qualified personnel through research work;
  • Publish the scientific results of his or her research;
  • Participate in the teaching and research activities of the Department;
  • Collaborate with other research teams within Polytechnique Montréal or with other institutions;
  • Contribute to the influence of Polytechnique Montréal in Québec and internationally.


The design and maintenance of productive work systems that ensure occupational health and safety are at the core of an industrial engineer’s activities.

The Department is seeking a professor with expertise and practical experience in several of the following subjects: the use of anthropometric databases in designing and arranging workspaces, occupational biomechanics, the evaluation of physical workloads and their organization to reduce fatigue from general and localized muscular work, methods for assessing and reducing risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders, principles for designing work situations, the evaluation of thermal environments, manual handling of loads, the integration of ergonomic principles and methods in continuous improvement programs, data collection methods and useful instrumentation in ergonomics, virtual ergonomics tools, ergonomic standardization nationally and internationally.


June 1, 2020.


The successful candidate must hold a degree in industrial engineering or the equivalent, and a doctorate (Ph.D.) in a relevant field. He or she is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ), or will take the necessary measures to register prior to applying for tenure. Polytechnique Montréal will provide the necessary assistance and support for the successful candidate to become a registered member of the OIQ and to learn French.

He or she must demonstrate excellent research and teaching skills. Relevant industrial experience is an asset. Polytechnique Montréal recognizes that career breaks such as maternity leaves, parental leaves, extended sick leaves, clinical trainings, as well as disabilities, can impact productivity and research achievements. The impact of these leaves will be taken into account in the recruitment process.

Since the language of instruction is French, the successful candidate must have sufficient proficiency in spoken and written French.


This faculty position is tenure-track. Salary and benefits will be set in accordance with the collective agreement in effect (Association des professeurs de l'École Polytechnique - APEP). The latter includes arrangements for work-life balance and offers maternity, paternity and adoption leaves in addition to the Québec Parental Insurance Plan (http://www.rqap.gouv.qc.ca/).


Candidates are invited to submit an application that includes:

  • Their résumé;
  • A description of their area of expertise;
  • A statement of their teaching and training objectives;
  • A description of their proposed research objectives and program;
  • Official records of their university degrees;
  • Full contact information of three persons able to provide references;
  • A few examples of work relevant to the position;
  • Three recent scientific contributions;
  • Teaching evaluations if applicable.

Applications should be received no later than March 30, 2020, at 5 p.m., and submitted to:

Professor Yuvin Adnarain Chinniah, Director
Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering
Polytechnique Montréal
P.O. Box 6079, Station Centre-ville
Montreal, Québec H3C 3A7

Email: magi@polymtl.ca

Examination of the applications will begin as soon as possible and will continue until the position is filled.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply, particularly women, members of visible and ethnic minorities, Aboriginal people and persons with disabilities. However, in accordance with immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.