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​​​​​​​Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in Flight Sciences

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
Grade 8/9, £48,350 - £56,021 / £57,969 - £64,941 per annum.
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

Job Details

College of Science & Engineering

James Watt School of Engineering

Vacancy Reference: 146048

Salary: Grade 8/9, £48,350 - £56,021 / £57,969 - £64,941 per annum.

This post is full-time and is offered on an open-ended basis.

The James Watt School of Engineering (JWSE) at the University of Glasgow is an energetic and growing international centre of excellence for Engineering research and teaching. The School leads research in Autonomous Systems & Connectivity; Biomedical Engineering; Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering; Infrastructure & Environment; and Systems, Power & Energy. We have 172 academics and 176 post-doctoral researchers supported by 62 technicians and 33 professional services staff. We also have more than 500 research students working towards doctorates.

Our School hosts fundamental research that is developed with the ambition to lead to industrial and academic impact. We expect the successful academic to complement and synergise with existing activities and to develop a network of collaborations locally (across the James Watt School of Engineering and the University) as well as to liaise with industry to translate their research to the highest impact.

We are now seeking to fill academic positions for priority areas within the Autonomous Systems & Connectivity Division, and specifically within the Flight Sciences Research Group. Glasgow is a centre of excellence for research in un-conventional flying machines and we have pioneered research in rotorcraft design, CFD, aeroelasticity, acoustics, flight mechanics, flight simulation as well as, wind turbine simulation.

At present, there is existing research in areas such as decarbonisation and personalisation of flight with electric Vertical Take-Off and Landing (eVTOL), and the successfully applicant will be expected to bring their distinct research vision to Glasgow and grow a network of strategic collaborations.  Glasgow is at the leading edge of advances in flight sciences, with more than 25 years of experience in vehicle simulation and design, and building on a 75-year-old tradition in aerospace teaching and research.

The research work at Flight Sciences is sponsored by EPSRC, ATI, DSTL, the US Army, and the EU, DOWTY Propellers, MBDA, Leonardo Helicopters, GKN Aerospace, Rolls-Royce, and Vertical Aerospace. Furthermore, Flight Sciences is a founding member of the UK Vertical Lift Network (UKVLN) and of the Vertical Flight Society of the UK, co-operating with the VFS in the US.

As research in Flight Sciences becomes more and more multi-disciplinary, we are seeking to recruit staff to strengthen our current research and to grow new strategic priorities. As future designs of flying vehicles are aiming to cater for point-to-point, personalised, carbon-neutral, and net-zero, transportation under the Advanced and Urban Aerial Mobility initiatives, Flight sciences is looking for candidates with a strong background in simulation of flow, acoustics, aeroelasticity, rotorcraft, flight mechanics and flight simulation. Some examples of our research can be found at

The candidate would be expected to contribute to the delivery and development of a range of courses within the degree programmes within the School. These could range from core fundamental courses taught to all/most degree disciplines within the School, to more specialist courses on the Aerospace degree programmes. In particular we have preference for candidates with interests and experience in the teaching of flight mechanics, dynamics and distributed control to support both the Aeronautical Engineering and Aerospace Systems degree programmes. As research led University, we would expect courses on these topics at senior Honours level to be influenced by recent and current research activities.

We particularly welcome applications from women and other under-represented groups in engineering to deliver a balanced workforce.

For more information about this position please contact Dr Ian Taylor ( with respect to teaching responsibilities of this role and Professor George Barakos ( regarding research requirements.

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Closing date: 23rd June 2024

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community   

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