Assistant/Associate Professor in Chemical and Mechanical Engineering

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
20 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
20 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

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 unsurpassed NSS outcomes in our engineering disciplines, 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 who can contribute to the continued growth of our research profile in one or more of our research areas summarised below. Candidates are expected to have a strong track record of 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.

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 diverse, multidisciplinary research institute focused on promoting excellence across our main research themes: Novel Energy Systems, Storage and Integration; Biological and Healthcare Eng.; Sustainable Process Engineering; Intelligent Manufacturing Technologies and Systems; Low Carbon Processes; and Multiscale Multiphase Engineering Modelling. Members of the Institute also contribute to innovative teaching of chemical engineering and mechanical engineering with global reach.

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.

We are seeking candidates with a record that will demonstrate that they have the drive and ambition to become a leading international researcher in an area complementary to our existing strengths. We are particularly keen to hear from those with core research and teaching interests that contribute to one or more of the following research areas:

  • Sustainable engineering, including novel energy systems, circular economy, new materials and technologies for energy storage and utilisation
  • Novel manufacturing processes, including flexible additive and subtractive processes
  • Digital Manufacturing throughout the whole product life cycle
  • Separation technologies, including membranes and hybrid systems for carbon dioxide capture and conversion technologies
    • Energy systems and process integration
    • Systems analysis and modelling of low-carbon processes
    • Energy storage and materials for energy
    • Resilient Communities and Sustainable Energy
  • Biomechanical and biomedical engineering and research activities at the life science/engineering interface
  • Engineering modelling associated with any of the above areas with particular emphasis on multi-physics and multi-scale modelling

Candidates are expected to 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 track record of publications in internationally recognised journals. Commensurate with the candidate’s career stage, it is desirable to have a track record of securing external research funding and/or industry work experience. Appointment level will be based on experience and meeting of the essential criteria.

For an informal discussion regarding these positions, please contact Professor Bob Reuben, Head of Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering. Tel: 0131 451 3615, Email: r.l.reuben@hw.ac.uk

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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.

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 20 July 2018

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