Early Career Academic Fellow - Creativity in the Digital Age - Smart Cities 

Leicester, Leicestershire (GB)
Grade F £ 34,189 - £ 37,345
01 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2018
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Early Career Academic Fellow - Creativity in the Digital Age - Smart Cities 
Reference: T-60469457-02 
Faculty of Technology
Salary Info: Grade F £ 34,189 - £ 37,345
Contract Type: Fixed Term , Full-time

De Montfort University (DMU) is an ambitious, truly globally-minded institution with a strong focus on delivering quality across all aspects of its offer. We achieved a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) in 2017 and have just been named the first-ever University of the Year for Social Inclusion in The Sunday Times Good University Guide for 2019. 

DMU has also been designated as a Global Hub for Sustainable Development Goal 16 - the first university to be chosen as such. Our new Strategic Plan, which sets out our mission, values and strategic aims over the next five years, has been crafted in line with the United Nations' 17 SDGs, or Global Goals. 

Faculty / Directorate 

The School of Engineering and Sustainable Development is one of three schools in the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Media. It offers a range of courses across mechanical, electrical, energy and sustainability disciplines at degree and postgraduate master’s levels, with a large number of PhD research students. This ECAF would be in the area of Energy and Sustainable Development. 

In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014), 70% of the School’s research in unit 16, Architecture, Built Environment and Planning was considered to be world leading or internationally excellent overall. Alongside the university as a whole, we have great ambitions for the future in terms of our offering to students, and of our research, which we are also linking to the 17 UN Sustainable Development goals. 

Excellent teaching is at the heart of our commitment to professional, creative and vocational education. Our passionate and enthusiastic lecturers have earned 18 National Teaching Fellowships, making DMU one of the top universities in the UK on this measure of teaching excellence, as also evidenced by its TEF Gold ranking. It is our goal to become a leading provider of professional and creative education, informed by research that pushes boundaries and improves lives. We wish to attract more talented, professional and creative academics to our campus, and through the ECAF scheme ensure a well-supported transition for early career academics to join us in the start of their academic careers. 

We are looking for talented individuals who are ambitious to build an academic career from a position of strength, as new Early Career Academic Fellows (ECAF). These are ‘tenure track’ positions and, subject to sufficient progress being made during the first year, ECAFs will be appointed to a permanent academic VC2020 lectureship. 

Engineering at its best is a very creative process. Digital systems and data are increasingly important, and open up exciting new possibilities for creative engineering. Relevant examples include autonomous and electric vehicles, buildings designed and constructed on Building Information Management (BIM) platforms, and intelligent energy grids and buildings which optimise the management and use of low carbon energy. All of these areas, and many others, combine in the concept of a ‘smart city’. We need somebody who can research and teach in these areas, with skills in one of more of software, information, modelling and simulation applied to smart energy, infrastructure and built environment challenges. 

Ideal Candidate 
Candidates should be at the beginning of their careers and outstanding in their chosen field. They must hold a doctoral degree or exhibit exceptional practice-based experience, with the potential to become a future academic leader. Appointees will focus on establishing an academic profile through participation in appropriate teaching and learning activities, as well as further developing their research profile or practice. They will participate in a mentoring scheme and have access to profes¬sional development opportunities. 

The closing date is 3 December 2018 and applications will be reviewed regularly to give every opportunity for all applications to be thoroughly considered. 

Candidates should submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) with their application, which includes their research publications. Please use the Personal Statement section of the application to outline how your area of research aligns with Creativity in Digital Age in the context of Smart Cities.

 Dr Andrew Wright tel +44 116 257 7960 

Closing Date - 3 December 2018