Vector Faculty Member 2021-2022 Hiring Cycle

Submission open until January 9, 2022.

The Vector Institute invites Faculty Member applications from researchers working on cutting-edge fundamental research in machine learning and deep learning algorithms and their applications.

Vector Institute’s 2020-23 Three-year Strategy includes working in collaboration with recruitment and academic partners to continue to attract and retain deep learning and machine learning researchers of the highest calibre in both curiosity-driven and applied research. The Vector Institute is excited to announce that the federal BUDGET 2021 has renewed its commitment to the CIFAR Pan-Canadian AI Strategy. These commitments build on the success of the original Pan-Canadian AI Strategy that enabled Canada’s national AI Institutes – Vector, Amii, and Mila – to attract and retain top research talent. This renewal allows Vector to continue to retain and attract top academic talent across Canada.

To fulfill this commitment Vector will continue work in collaboration with recruitment and academic partners to continue to attract and retain deep learning and machine learning researchers of the highest calibre in both curiosity-driven and applied research.

The Vector Institute strives for greater inclusion in the programs and culture that we build by encouraging applications from all qualified candidates regardless of background.  As part of our commitment to diversity, Vector is a proud supporter of the federal 50-30 Challenge.  As such, Vector will provide preference for those candidates who will help us increase representation, address systemic disadvantages and promote opportunities for women, racialized persons, people who identify as LGBTQ2, persons living with disabilities, as well as First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Vector will give preference to recruiting candidates either from outside of Canada, or that are within the first year of their academic appointment at a Canadian institution.

Faculty Members are evaluated and selected based on their:

  • Excellence in research at the highest international level, indicated by high-impact publications and research awards/honours.
  • Active academic research program with a core focus on ML/DL in key research domains:
    • Health Care
    • Sequential Decision Making
    • Generative Models
    • Machine Learning and AI Theory, and
    • Security, Privacy and Fairness

OR extensive innovative use of DL/ML in one or more of the following strategic areas:

    • Natural Language Processing
    • Robotics and Active Systems
    • Advanced Materials
    • Systems
  • Past and/or ongoing engagement with the Vector Institute and the extent to which research and expertise will strengthen and support the vision and mission of the Vector Institute.
  • Potential for future impact and strategic importance of application areas.
  • Potential for engagement with industry sponsor companies and partner organizations.

Should you be interested in applying this year, acknowledging the information above, please submit an application to be a Vector Faculty Member for the 2021-2022 hiring cycle. The recruitment process is highly competitive and, should you be successful, you may also be nominated to be a Canadian CIFAR AI Chair through the Vector Institute.

Please note, to be eligible for a Faculty Member position at the Vector Institute, you must hold an academic appointment at a Canadian university.


The Vector Institute is an independent non-profit corporation, with Faculty Members and Affiliates from the University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, and other Canadian universities. It is supported with generous funding from the provincial and federal governments, as well as Canadian industry sponsors.

The Vector Institute is located in the MaRS Discovery District building, spanning nearly the entire 7th floor and overlooking downtown Toronto and the beautiful Queen’s Park. On any given day, the Vector Institute houses over a hundred students, dozens of Faculty Members, supported with state-of-the-art compute power, and dedicated professional staff. The daily life and concentration of expertise in the Institute fosters collaboration and the exchange of ideas among its members through talks, seminar series, visitors, and tutorials.


Applications can be submitted via AcademicJobsOnline using the eDelivery Package feature (application materials can be the same used to apply to a faculty position).

Application Package should include:

  • A cover letter.
  • curriculum vitæ.
  • A maximum of three (3) selected publications.
  • An EDI Statement.
  • At least three (3) reference letters.

The deadline for submission is January 9, 2022.

In case you require more detailed instructions on how to use the eDelivery Package at AcademicJobsOnline, please see below or feel free to email our HR representative, Tolu Onajin at


  1. Log in to your AcademicJobsOnline account and ensure that all files required for your application to the Vector Institute exist in your account prior to starting an eDelivery package.

  2. On the menu at the top right corner, click on the green circle for eDeliveries.

  3. From the two options next to “List of recent eDeliveries,” click on ‘new.’ You will be taken to a new page titled “Create an eDelivery Package.”

  4. For Step 1, select ‘Vector Institute’ from the dropdown options.

  5. For Step 2, please indicate the affiliated institution and the faculty position that you have already applied to, including a link to the job posting if available.

  6. For Step 3, click on the yellow arrow to display the files you can choose from, and then choose the relevant files by clicking on the red ‘x’ to turn it into a green checkmark.

  7. For Step 4, select the reference letters you want to be included on your package.

  8. Press ‘Save’ to save the package without submitting to the Vector Institute (and you can work on it later), or press ‘Submit’ to actually submit it to us.

Achieving a more equitable, diverse and inclusive research institute is essential to creating excellent, innovative and impactful research. The Vector Institute is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, racialized persons/visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ persons. Should you wish to self-identify, please indicate this in your cover letter.

Further, we are committed to fostering an environment of inclusivity and accessibility. If you require an accommodation at any point throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact and we will happily work with you to meet your needs.

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