Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering

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

Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering

The role

The Department of Engineering at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor in Structural Engineering. We are a General Engineering Department recognised as being 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 Civil and Mechanical Engineers with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Structural Engineering. We are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on structural design and dynamics, structural engineering materials or earthquake engineering/seismic resilience. 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. Candidates are expected to be either already professionally qualified as a Chartered Engineer, or able to demonstrate ability and desire to become Chartered.

The Engineering Department’s research activities are grouped around 3 Research Challenge areas. This post firmly aligns with our Sustainable Infrastructure Research Challenge with the opportunity to interact with researchers from our Future Energy Systems and Next Generation Materials and Microsystems Challenge areas. Infrastructure is one of the 5 “Foundations” of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. The Government has set aside £31 billion for investments in transport, housing and digital infrastructure, making this very much a national priority. The Department is also interested in extending its recent successful track record in winning and executing research programmes funded through RCUK’s Global Challenges Research Fund. Applicants with research interests related to structural engineering which can contribute to addressing global issues affecting developing countries are encouraged to apply. The Department is also interested in applicants with practical/industrial experience of structural engineering.

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 Sustainable Infrastructure Research Challenge link most closely with the Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience (IHRR), 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: ENGI19-53