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McGill University - Scale-AI Research Chair Position in Intelligent Supply Chains

  • 1.  McGill University - Scale-AI Research Chair Position in Intelligent Supply Chains

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    Desautels Faculty of Management McGill University

    Desautels Faculty of Management at McGill University invites applications for one tenure track/tenured position in the field of intelligent supply chains at the rank of assistant professor or higher. The selected candidate will be required to work with the University to prepare and apply for a SCALE-AI Research Chair program. The Chair's goal is to expand our understanding of AI and its applications in the field of supply chain management and be a part of an ecosystem that positions Canada among the world leaders in the field of AI applied to supply chains. The five-year research chair comes with an attractive funding package evaluated at approximately $2M. More details about the SCALE-AI program and the Chair position is available at We are seeking qualified applicants in the fields of AI, machine/deep learning, data science/analytics, and operations research who are interested in using such techniques to solve real-world problems in any area related to supply chain management (broadly defined), including, but not limited to: inventory management, supply chain competition and collaboration, global network and logistics, forecasting, revenue management, pricing, supply chain integration, supply chain security and risk management, sustainable, inclusive and equitable supply chains, smart infrastructure, auditing and performance tracking, and blockchains. The start date will be July 1, 2021. We will only consider applicants who already have a PhD degree and have demonstrated research and teaching excellence in their careers. The position also requires an ability to work in collaborative multidisciplinary settings. Although the candidate will be a part of the Operations Management (OM) group, we welcome applicants from various disciplines within Management and related disciplines, including statistics, economics, engineering, and computer/information science. However, the candidate's research should have significant supply chain management and AI components. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    The OM Area at Desautels brings together scholars specialized in analytics, operations management, operations research, and statistics. We expect the appointed individual to publish in leading journals in the Management field, perform well in the classroom, and generate research funding. The application deadline is November 27, 2020. Applicants should submit their application package along with the coordinates of up-to-three references and sample research papers to the following website:

    Please note that while applications will be accepted until the November 27 deadline, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their materials at the earliest possible opportunity.

    McGill's Desautels Faculty of Management ( offers a collegial, research-oriented atmosphere. With 85 current tenured/tenure-track professors, the Faculty is committed to continued growth. There are approximately 2,300 B.Com. students, 250 MBA/EMBA/MM students, and 60 Ph.D. students. The Faculty supports a culture of excellence in research and teaching (exclusively in English) and encourages international, cross-cultural, integrative, and multidisciplinary research. Faculty members enjoy a high level of independence in their research and teaching endeavors. The Faculty's emphasis is on quality, innovation, and impact. Research is well supported through a combination of internal funding and government grants. The Faculty provides excellent administrative support for grant applications to funding bodies, and generous, philanthropically-supported fellowships and faculty awards are also available. The newly established Bensadoun School of Retail Management within the Faculty also supports research in intelligent supply chains related to retailing ( Founded in 1821, McGill University is among Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning. It has been ranked as the number 1 research university in Canada for 13 years in a row by Maclean's University Rankings.

    McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigor and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities, women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

    At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. We invite candidates to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

    McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have affected their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate's record.

    McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving to implement universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures ( Persons with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence,, or phone at 514-398-2477.

    All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority per Canadian immigration requirements.

    Sentao Miao
    Assistant Professor
    McGill University