Assistant Professor in Low Carbon Processes

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Jun 2018
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Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

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Building on our outstanding REF2014 results in Engineering and the growth of our research activities in energy, the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) wishes to enhance and complement its existing research capacity within its Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE). We are seeking individuals (2 positions) who can contribute to the continued growth of our research profile in low carbon processes and specifically our world-leading Research Centre for Carbon Solutions (RCCS). We have grown this area to encompass over 40 students and staff, 10 laboratories, well above 400 publications on carbon mitigation and attracted more than £17m of funding, including 14 active research projects in a wide range of technologies needed to meet necessary carbon targets.

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an international research reputation and close connections to the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology. Our research ranges from fundamental chemical, physical and biological sciences through to engineering, with applications in biology, medicine, energy, photonics, chemical and biochemical process, manufacturing amongst others, all of which are supported by strong external funding. We have around 180 full-time academic staff driving this research activity based in 5 research institutes: Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering; Institute of Chemical Sciences; Institute of Photonics & Quantum Sciences; Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems; and the Institute of Biological Chemistry, BioPhysics & BioEngineering. Together with the University of Edinburgh we represent the “most powerful” General Engineering unit in the UK, as measured by the 2014 REF.

The Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering (IMPEE) is a dynamic, multidisciplinary research Institute focused on promoting excellence across our main research themes: Low-Carbon Processes; novel Energy Systems, Storage & Integration, Sustainable Process Engineering and Biological and Healthcare Engineering. The mission of this vibrant Institute with around 30 academic staff is to foster research excellence across its main research themes. Much of our work involves strong industrial links across a range of sectors and through our expertise, skills and experience we work together with industry to identify new areas of interest.

The REF2014 results for Heriot-Watt University are truly excellent. Relevant to these posts is our joint submission with University of Edinburgh in General Engineering that ranks first in the UK for research power and we are seeking individuals who can make a complementary contribution and also offer research leadership.

These roles are being recruited as part of Heriot-Watt’s Global Platform Initiative which aims to increase the number of Research Leaders in the University by creating new posts when we identify the best talent, in support of the University’s five year strategic plan to build on our position as a leading research and knowledge transfer institution.

Heriot-Watt has received the Bronze Award from the Athena SWAN Charter recognising excellence in championing employment of women in the fields of science and technology, engineering and mathematics.

Candidates are expected to have a demonstrable record of relevant research coupled with an ability to contribute to the quality and innovation of our teaching in our core areas of mechanical engineering or chemical engineering.

Candidates will be expected to have a strong track record of research in one or more of the following areas:

Candidates should have a first degree in chemical engineering or mechanical engineering (or a closely related discipline), a PhD in one of the areas of interest to us and a record of publications in internationally recognised journals. Commensurate with level of appointment, candidates are also expected to have secured external research funding.

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Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer at M.Maroto-Valer@hw.ac.uk

Work activities will vary according to the requirements of the job and individual areas of teaching and research responsibility, however general responsibilities are typically, but not restricted to, the following:

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

Desirable Criteria

CEng or working towards CEng status

Demonstrates evidence of willingness to be involved in collaborative research.

Demonstrates willingness to participate in international delivery of programmes.

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 5 June 2018

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

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