School of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

The School is looking to recruit new academic staff who can contribute solutions to the global challenges of our society, using their expertise in either Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, or Chemical Engineering.

We are renowned for the impact of our world-leading research and have a strong reputation for the quality of our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and student experience.

Join our welcoming and dynamic School

We welcome applications from candidates at full professorial level to join the School of AACME, within either the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, or the Department of Chemical Engineering.

We are interested in new staff who complement the existing strengths of our teaching and research teams, and have the vision to contribute to our School priority themes in:

  • Net Zero Carbon Future
  • Bio-X
  • Circular Economy
  • Digital Engineering

We’re recruiting candidates at Professor level to join the School of AACME in the following discipline areas:

Sustainable Transport Technologies

Professor in Sustainable Transport Technologies

We are looking to recruit a Professor in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering to lead activities related to Sustainable Transport Technologies, which is a growing component of our research theme in Net Zero Carbon Future. The post forms part of our long-term investment in engineering research that leads to measurable societal impact. We are interested in candidates from a range of backgrounds and with varied approaches to sustainable transport, for example, with expertise in systems integration and control. We offer opportunities to collaborate, teach and conduct original research in electrochemical power systems and storage, hydrogen combustion and combustion aerodynamics, electric propulsion of aerial and ground vehicles, including electric machines and power electronics, last mile/urban and personal mobility.

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Digital Engineering

Professor in Digital Engineering

We are looking to recruit a Professor in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering to lead on activities related to Digital Engineering. Our research in this area has a strong focus on simulation and modelling, and the accompanying verification, validation, and test. Our simulation approaches address whole vehicle, vehicle attributes, individual systems, component level modelling, control systems and integration. We consider many different levels of fidelity, from highly resolved modelling, real-time models, to hardware in the loop and reduced-order approaches. We are particularly strong in propulsion and powertrain systems, autonomous air/ground vehicles, and have a rapidly expanding activity in the electrification of transport, including, as the sole academic partner in the £39 million APC11 grant in Virtual Vehicle Integration and Development. This breadth of capability is unique in the UK.

We are interested in candidates who have skills in multi-objective optimisation, artificial intelligence/machine learning, decision making, sensing and perception for autonomous air and ground vehicles, systems simulation, control and integration, using digital methods. Candidates are welcomed from non-Aeronautical or Automotive backgrounds but should be able to demonstrate their ability to collaborate and build on our existing strengths.

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Chemical Engineering

Professor in Chemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical Engineering leads the National Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy, involving 8 UK Universities and 100+ industrial partners. We are also a major partner in the Centre for Biological Engineering, a world-class research facility in healthcare engineering and cell technologies.

We are looking to recruit a Professor who will augment and lead activities in one of our research areas related to:

  • net zero and circular economy;
  • energy and environmental engineering;
  • bioengineering, healthcare and biotechnology;
  • whole systems analysis, digitalization and multiscale modelling.

We are also interested to receive applications from those engaged in interdisciplinary research which influences policy or EDI practice.

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We are looking for candidates who have the capability to lead in the development and implementation of research, teaching and innovation strategy, by working collaboratively with colleagues in the School. Successful candidates will have a record of excellence which has contributed to the furtherance of knowledge in their discipline and will be able to inspire others to achieve their full potential. Evidence of significant academic leadership, and a PhD or equivalent research experience are also essential.

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Apply now for Professor roles in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering or the Department of Chemical Engineering. The closing date for applications is 27 November 2022.

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The University is dedicated to supporting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment – to create better futures, together. The diverse backgrounds, characteristics and opinions within our community are our great strength and are key to our pursuit of delivering educational excellence, enterprise, research and professional services. We welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds and minoritized groups as they are currently under-represented within our community.

We recognise the value of a fulfilling and balanced work and personal life which promotes wellbeing. We seek to support colleagues in achieving this balance and have family-friendly policies, flexible working arrangements and many roles can be suitable for dynamic working arrangement. This includes considering applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries in relation to the research areas or the School, please contact:

Dr Georgios Mavros Head of Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering

Dr Andy Stapley Head of Department of Chemical Engineering

Professor Chris Rielly Dean of Aeronautical, Automotive, Chemical and Materials Engineering

For more information, please visit the Department websites.