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Gina Cody Research Chair in Computer Science
Concordia University

Date Posted Apr. 9, 2021
Title Gina Cody Research Chair in Computer Science
University Concordia University
Montreal, QC, Canada
Department Computer Science and Software Engineering
Application Deadline Feb. 1, 2021
Position Start Date Jul. 1, 2021
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Computer/Information Sciences

The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering seeks an outstanding candidate for the Gina Cody Research Chair in Computer Science. The successful candidate will be appointed into a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. The ideal candidate is an internationally recognized researcher with an exceptional scholarly record, and has proven leadership qualities, and is expected to demonstrate a commitment to the supervision of Masters and PhD students and attract strong external funding. We seek individuals with interests including, but not limited to: fundamental research in machine learning including deep learning and reinforcement learning; natural language processing; computer vision; robotics; medical imaging; computer graphics; computer games; theoretical computer science and algorithms; databases and big data analytics; high performance computing. The five-year research chair is renewable and comes with an attractive research funding package.

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. Commensurate with their rank, candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area.

Qualifications and assets
Applicants must hold a PhD in Computer Science or a closely related field. Membership or eligibility for membership in a Canadian professional engineering association, preferably in Quebec, is required. The candidates will conduct independent scholarly research, attract strong external funding and demonstrate industrial application of their research activities. The successful candidates are expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to the supervision of MASc and PhD students, and to excellence in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The language of instruction at Concordia is English, however, knowledge of French is an asset.

Information about the Department
The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering has over 50 faculty members, working in varied fields in computer science and software engineering, and has seen a major expansion in recent years. The Department is steadily moving up the rankings in recent years, with the Software Engineering research group being rated among the highest in North America. The Department is dedicated to multidisciplinary research and to educating students at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Computer Science and in Software Engineering. Concordia University is located in the heart of downtown Montreal, a multicultural city with a lively intellectual and cultural life. Montreal has emerged as a global hub in artificial intelligence and is synergistically benefitting from a number of university researchers and research institutes collaborating with established companies as well as start-ups on the next breakthrough discoveries. It is also home to many leading high-tech companies in areas such as telecommunications, computer games, aerospace, and biotechnology. More information about the Department is available at: Please also see: for the complete job advertisement.
For more information on the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, please visit:

How to apply
Applications should be addressed to: Lata Narayanan, Professor and Chair (email: and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (18_C_CSSE_M), a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, and the names and contact information of four referees. Electronic applications should be submitted by February 1, 2021 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in July 2021 or shortly thereafter.

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 background, as well as lived and 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

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.
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.
Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 4323.
Territorial Acknowledgement
Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtiá:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

  • Employment Equity
    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 candidates, 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.
    Immigration status
    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 applicants’ status 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
    No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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