Job ID: 232200

Professor in user research for design

Ecole de Technologie Superieure

  • Mar. 1, 2024
  • Professor in user research for design
  • Design Department
  • Ecole de Technologie Superieure
    Montreal, QC
  • Mar. 31, 2024
  • Depending on the candidate’s availability
  • Professor
  • Human Factors Engineering/Ergonomics
    Computer Science

École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) is a rapidly evolving university in engineering and technology located in downtown Montreal. ÉTS offers undergraduate and graduate programs focused on applied engineering as well as state-of-the-art research infrastructure. ÉTS is also home to the Centech, a business incubator, offering support services for researchers wishing to commercialize their research.

By joining l’ÉTS, you will be joining a team of highly active professors and researchers in the school’s various research chairs, labs, institutes and groups. Your work will make a tangible contribution to scientific progress and the development of Quebec’s productivity and competitiveness, as well as the training of a highly qualified workforce.

As part of the objectives of its 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, ÉTS aims to create new programs in emerging technological fields outside engineering, such as user experience design (UX), in order to increase interdisciplinarity in programs and the impact of innovation within society.

What we offer:

  • A start-up and an equipment fund to support your scientific career
  • Financial support for research and teaching (teaching and research supervision credits, funds to pay exam grading staff, etc.).
  • A personalized onboarding process.
  • A structure to promote your research as well as networking activities to help you recruit students.
  • A work environment favorable to your career development, both for research and teaching.
  • A mentor program for all faculty members is offered at your arrival and throughout your career.
  • Support for the immigration process and a relocation for you and your family
  • A full-course program to learn French.

Our Design Department

The ÉTS Department of design is looking for professors in user experience design (UX) with a specialization in one or more of the exclusive fields below. Applicants will ideally have relevant professional experience.

The successful candidates will play a central role in the launch of a undergraduate program aimed at training the next generation in UX design in Quebec. The program stands out through collaboration between the disciplines of engineering and design, and will take advantage of ÉTS’ existing expertise in areas such as human-computer interaction, human factors, cognitive ergonomics, sustainable development. or health technologies. This program will be hosted in a new pavilion equipped with a prototyping workshop and spaces dedicated to virtual reality and user research.

Regarding the position

Applications are sought in the following areas:

  • Research methodologies for UX design, interaction design or service design (qualitative and quantitative methods from social sciences, data science and/or cognitive sciences);
  • Exploratory research methodologies and evaluative research;
  • Research methodologies for social design and participatory design;
  • Research methodologies for inclusive design and accessibility.

Job description

As part of a dynamic research team, you will:

  • Teach at undergraduate and graduate levels in one or more of the fields mentioned above;
  • Supervise graduate students;
  • Ability to undertake a research process and request the necessary funding from Quebec, Canadian or international government organizations, industrialists, municipalities, or foundations;
  • Carry out subsidized or contractual research projects with industry and workplaces;
  • Develop research programs.


  • Candidates must hold a doctorate (PhD) in a relevant field (design, computer science, engineering, human science, cognitive sciences, psychology);
  • Demonstrate aptitude or interest in teaching;
  • Have industrial experience or research experience in close collaboration with industry (an asset);
  • Be proficient in French (oral and written), in compliance with the ÉTS Language Policy (in French), or demonstrate a willingness to learn French and enter into a French learning program with the support of ÉTS.

Start Date

Depending on the candidate’s availability

Submitting an application

All applications will be processed in strict confidentiality.

ÉTS will take into account any leaves that may result in career interruptions or delays. Therefore, we encourage you to mention any such leaves that may have affected your professional path. We will take this information into consideration when evaluating your application.

In case of a disability, we may offer accommodation measures during the hiring process.

Interested candidates are invited to submit their application before 23:59 p.m. (EST) on March 31, 2024

Each application must include the information indicated below in a single PDF document, in the following order:

  • An automated (dynamic) table of contents;
  • A cover letter;
  • Your resume;
  • A statement of your teaching objectives or your vision for the development of a UX design program;
  • Your research plan, or a plan of your major projects carried out in industry that can be adapted to academia;
  • A sample of your research achievements (e.g.: recent scientific articles).

If you require more information, please contact  You must submit a complete application for it to be considered. Only those candidates who are retained for an interview will be contacted.


80 754$ - 153 620$ per year, depending on experience.

Immigration Requirements

In compliance with the immigration requirements in effect in Canada, ÉTS invites all qualified individuals to apply. However, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. When submitting an application, it is important to indicate whether you are able to work in Canada, so that the applicable immigration procedures can be planned accordingly.

  • ÉTS is actively implementing its Equal Opportunity Program, inviting applications from women, Indigenous, visible and ethnic minorities and people with disabilities. Valuing inclusion, we are committed to overcoming the barriers faced by people with disabilities in the workplace. We offer accessibility measures and are ready to provide assistance during the pre-selection and selection process to candidates who so wish. We encourage equity, diversity and inclusion, and consider these values to be fundamental to our working environment. We are taking concrete steps to increase diversity within our work teams. To this end, we ask you to identify yourself so that we can take this into account throughout the selection process. To do so, please complete the Equal Employment Opportunity form and send it to us with your curriculum vitae. The candidate must have the right or permission to work in Canada from the start of the assignment, and for the entire duration of the assignment.

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