Professor in Energy Systems

Durham (GB)
24 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor in Energy Systems

The role

The Department of Engineering at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Professor in Energy Systems, to further strengthen our existing expertise in this area. The Engineering Department is one of the very best in the UK with a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. In the REF2014 exercise, 90% of the Engineering outputs were graded 3* or 4*, and Durham was ranked 4th in the UK for impact in the General Engineering unit of assessment. The Department is committed to an ethos of research-led teaching at all levels of our taught programmes and is ranked 5th in the UK for General Engineering in the Complete University Guide 2019. Durham was recently ranked 2nd in Engineering behind only Cambridge, in the Institute for Fiscal Studies report on the difference in graduate earnings by university choice.

We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Future Energy Systems. This is one of 3 Research Challenge areas that the Engineering Department’s research activities are grouped around. There will also be opportunities to collaborate with researchers from our Sustainable Infrastructure and Next Generation Materials and Microsystems Challenge areas. We are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on research that aims to contribute to decarbonising energy (heat and electricity) networks, including the development and integration of low-carbon and renewable energy sources into distribution systems or as off-grid solutions. The Engineering Department is currently contributing to several multi-partner collaborative research programmes in energy systems that are addressing research challenges for both developed and developing countries. Moving forward the research strategy of the Department is to maintain a significant portfolio of research activity related to the development of low carbon energy systems for the future. The creation of this new senior academic post within the Department will contribute to our sustainability in this area.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. Durham University is proud of its reputation for interdisciplinary research which is facilitated through the University Research Institutes. Engineering academics with research interests related to our Future Energy Systems Research Challenge area link most closely with the Durham Energy Institute (DEI), enabling truly interdisciplinary research conversations to develop with researchers from other Departments. The University Research Institutes also support Departments in helping academics to develop research links with external national and international university, industry and government partners.

Vacancy Reference: ENGI19-51