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Head of Department of Engineering

Central London
Closing date
8 Dec 2023

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Head of Department of Engineering


Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences


King’s College London




The Department of Engineering at King’s College London has seen significant investment and growth since its relaunch in 2019. After a c.£50m investment, the department now sits at the centre of our Strand Campus in central London, housed in the recently completed 3000m² Quad redevelopment, boasting cutting-edge research facilities, and new learning and teaching spaces. The department has embarked on a period of growth in line with university ambitions to create a culture of diversity and inclusivity.


We are now seeking our next Head of Department as the department continues its journey. Working closely with the Executive Dean and Faculty Leadership Team, the post holder will be responsible for continuing to drive forward the ambitions of engineering at King’s. This includes continuing to foster excellent, innovative, interdisciplinary, research-led education, as well as nurturing existing and new cross faculty research links, and building collaborations with industry and external collaborators globally.


This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to our vision to develop an agile and future facing department with an international reputation, which brings together engineering disciplines and reaches out to other disciplines to deliver research and innovation that delivers real impact and benefits for people, society, industry, and the planet. Engineering is well poised to contribute to King’s agendas around sustainability, as well as to wider university investment in the sciences.  


The successful candidate will have a substantial track record in research, teaching and professional achievement within engineering, including significant management and leadership roles.


For further information please visit Head of Department of Engineering - King's College London ( and to apply please go to the Jobs at King’s pages and submit the specified documentation. For an informal conversation please contact the King’s Search Team


The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Friday 8th December 2023. The selection process will include a rigorous shortlisting and interview process, with first round interviews scheduled for Monday 8th January and final interviews Wednesday 24th January 2024.




The Department of Engineering supports an inclusive culture and diversity for staff and students. We are committed to encouraging further growth from diverse groups, and we welcome applications from people of all abilities and currently under-represented groups, which we are able to support with our range of flexible and inclusive benefits.



King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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