ABB Chair of Autonomous Industrial Systems

London (GB)
Starting from £79,080
May 12, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 21, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Salary: Starting from £79,080
Location: South Kensington campus

Job Summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual for the new ABB Chair of Autonomous Industrial Systems. The post is sponsored by ABB. ABB is an internationally leading technology company in industrial automation and electrification, working closely with end-user companies in the energy, chemicals, minerals and marine sectors.

The selected chair holder should, either immediately or within one to two years, be at a level suitable for candidacy of prestigious awards such as the Industrial Research Chair scheme of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Duties and responsibilities

We are seeking a person who will initiate and lead a world-leading research programme in digitalisation and autonomous process operation using methods such as industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, modelling, and optimization.

You will maintain and further develop collaborative research links that currently exist between the Department and ABB researchers in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Mechanisms for this include co-ordination of publicly-funded projects in collaboration with ABB and other partners, arranging industrial placements for doctoral students and researchers, and hosting visits from ABB researchers.

All academic staff are expected to participate fully in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities of the Department, and you should have experience of or show clear potential for teaching.

Essential requirements

To be a suitable applicant for this role, you must be able to provide thought leadership and communicate a clear vision of the future of automatous operation in industrial systems.

You will have domain expertise and deep engineering knowledge relevant to process industries such as energy and chemical industries.

You will have knowledge and understanding of digitalisation, and industrial AI (e.g. machine/ deep learning in an industrial context).

You will also have experience of research collaborations between academic and industry.

Further Information

The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Professor Nina Thornhill via email at

To apply, please visit our website: You will find this vacancy by searching either the position title or job number: ENG01290.  Applications should be submitted on-line using the “Apply Now” link. The first step is registration for an Imperial Jobs account. Step 4 of the process requires the upload of cover letter and CV. The cover letter should give details of how you meet the requirements of the post.

Further guidance on what to include in your application and information about the post is available in the “Further Particulars” which can be downloaded from the Imperial College London jobsite.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact

Closing date:   Midnight on 21st June 2020

Interviews:       To be held in week commencing 6th July 2020

For technical issues when applying online, please contact:

About Imperial College London

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We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional Information

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In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment.  We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.