Professor in Intelligent Manufacturing/Principle Investigator

Ningbo, China
10 Jan 2022
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26 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

University of Nottingham Ningbo China
Nottingham Ningbo China Beacons of Excellence Research and Innovation Institute
Professor in Intelligent Manufacturing/Principle Investigator

Closing Date:  open till filed

University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) invites applications for the Research Centre for Intelligent Manufacturing, part of Nottingham Ningbo China Beacons of Excellence Research and Innovation Institute (CBI). This is an exciting opportunity to participate in Beacons of Excellence global research initiative by The University of Nottingham, spearhead research strategy development and join a world class team from the ground up at a new research institution strongly supported by UNNC and the Ningbo government, as well as take advantage of the opportunities in collaborations between industry and academia, and funding agencies in China offered by this great platform.

Your Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Head of Research Center for Intelligent Manufacturing, the role holder is to support and promote the CBI and the Research Centre for Intelligent Manufacturing’s national and international reputation for excellence in research.

The incumbent will be tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Research Strategy Development. Work with the Head of the Research Centre to develop and communicate a clear vision of the Centre’s research strategic direction and strategic plans within the area of responsibility; Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Principal Investigator (Co-PI) on research initiatives to plan and carry out original, high-level individual and collaborative research within CBI;
  • Collaboration with External Stakeholders: Identify and foster research and collaborative partnerships with other research institutions, local government or other external bodies;
  • Leadership & Team Management: Manage the research team in accordance with delegated responsibility from the Head of the Research Centre; setting appropriate goals and accountabilities; Be accountable to the Head of the Research Centre for all aspects of the performance and running of the research team; 
  • Undertake other tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be required.

About You

  • You should have PhD, or equivalent supported by extensive and high level research and teaching experience in relevant area;
  • You should have high international recognition of research achievement in Intelligent Manufacturing or other relevant areas;
  • You should have established and widely recognised excellence and reputation in the Intelligent Manufacturing specialist subject area amongst peers in HE sector;
  • You should have Proven ability to establish, lead, motivate, develop and manage the performance of a research team;
  • You should have previous experience and success in raising capital in support of new business projects, management of investment funds, grants and contracts;
  • You should have previous success in transferring research results to commercial professional or other practical uses;
  • You should have extensive publication track record.

About CBI and UNNC

Nottingham Ningbo China Beacons of Excellence Research and Innovation Institute (CBI) is an exciting new collaboration between the city of Ningbo and UNNC, designed to establish multi-disciplinary, international, first-class research teams in key areas related to the economic development needs of Ningbo. The Institute primarily addresses prominent issues in three areas – Intelligent Manufacturing, Green Chemicals and Energy, Life Sciences and Healthcare, all of which are closely connected with local development goals. Each of the three areas will have a dedicated research centre hosting leading scholars and researchers.

UNNC was the first Sino-foreign University to open its doors in China. Located in Ningbo, this award winning campus offering a UK style education has grown to a student body of over 8,000 in 16 years. As part of the University of Nottingham which also has its main campus in the UK and another campus in Malaysia, UNNC is a pioneering institution that provides exceptional education and an outstanding learning experience to its students. UNNC delivers world-leading research that transforms lives. UNNC serves as a strong foundation of and support for CBI.

Your Remuneration, Benefits and Support

Successful candidate will be offered a five-year contract initially that may be extended by mutual agreement. CBI and UNNC are committed to providing competitive employment packages while supporting the wellbeing of our staff to help them reach their full potential. We offer international highly competitive salary package and a range of benefits and entitlements, including employment support allowance to support your rental and home flight needs, international private medical insurances, schooling support, first arrival and repatriation allowance, and paid annual leave. Start-up research funding will also be provided to you and your team based on research needs and CBI evaluation.

How to Apply

Only on-line applications made through above link will be accepted. Referees will be contacted prior to interview.

Informal enquiries may be addressed via email: If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Office, Tel: 86-574-88180000 ext 8564. 

Equality and Diversity

UNNC is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing a fair, equitable and mutually supportive learning and working environment for our students and staff. It is our intention to ensure that job applicants and staff are treated solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential, regardless of gender, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, age*, socio-economic background, disability, religious or political beliefs, trade union membership, family circumstances, sexual orientation or other irrelevant distinction.