Head of Department and Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
21 Mar 2024
20 Apr 2024
Fixed Term
Full Time

Salary: The successful candidate will be appointed to the Academic Professional / Professorial scale for the substantive post. In addition, a Head of Department allowance will be payable for the duration of appointment as Head of Department.

FTE: 1 (35 hours/week)

Term: Initially for 3 years as Head of Department, with the possibility of a second term in office. Running in parallel with this appointment, you will hold a substantive, open–ended, Academic Professional post.

Closing Date: 28 April 2024

As a leading international University, we pride ourselves in recruiting the best academic and professional staff to support our ground-breaking, impactful research, and our first-class student experience.

Strathclyde is home to world-class academics, from almost 100 different countries, who are offered career opportunities which are sector leading. We work together to make our University a dynamic and innovative place to work. Our research changes people’s lives as we work with business, industry and government to find the solutions to the problems which face today’s society. We are committed to useful learning and to being a socially inclusive institution and this guides the way we deliver our teaching, learning and research.

The University was founded as ‘A Place of Useful Learning’ in 1796 and this remains a mission that we deliver today as a Leading International Technological University that is socially progressive. Our Values reflect who we are and underpin our distinctive and authentic ways of working. We are:

People-oriented: committed to our staff and students, providing opportunities and investing in their development.

Bold: confident and challenging about what we do and supportive of appropriate and managed risk in our decision-making.

Innovative: focused on discovering and applying knowledge with impact and encouraging creative thinking and new ideas.

Collaborative: working together, internally and externally, with integrity and in an open, respectful way.

Ambitious: for our institution, staff and students as well as supporting the ambitions of our partners. 

As a socially progressive institution, we pioneer technologies not just for their own sake, but because they help improve society economically, in its health, quality of life and its creativity, enriching us in every sense. Our approach is ambitious, collaborative, and international, recognising that modern challenges are complex, and that approaches to tackling these challenges typically require technical, societal, policy and business insights, working in close participation with the communities involved. This ‘people-oriented’ approach to education, research and innovation, together with an unbroken 200-year commitment to ‘useful learning’, makes Strathclyde a distinctive voice in Higher Education.

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering is a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment known for its friendly and supportive research and teaching culture. We value research and teaching excellence and the willingness to support others and work as a team. Our research has global impact and we are continuing to invest significantly in cutting edge equipment to further bolster our state-of-the-art laboratories, having doubled our industry research income in the past 4 years.  We are committed to delivering an outstanding student experience and were ranked 3rd in the UK for Civil Engineering in the Guardian League Table 2024.  In addition to our strong core undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, we have an innovative range of flexible learning programmes, including an excellent Graduate Apprenticeship degree, popular part time/distance learning options at MSc level and flourishing education programmes with overseas partners.

We are seeking an individual with a collaborative and collegiate approach to leadership for the role of Head of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. You will demonstrate a track record of emotionally intelligent leadership and will be committed to supporting staff and students by ensuring they are given the opportunities and mechanisms necessary to develop and thrive.  The successful candidate will have a strong track record in research and have an active commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, thus helping to sustain our work in this area as reflected in our departmental Athena Swan Gold award for gender equality. You will have a flexible range of leadership skills to support our dynamic, multidisciplinary and friendly research environment, and to champion our innovative teaching practises that enable students from a wide range of backgrounds to flourish.

Applicants from any civil and environmental engineering aligned discipline are encouraged to apply. We particularly welcome candidates that can strengthen our research around Engineering for Net Zero, Engineering for Climatic and Non-Climatic hazards and Innovations in Structural Engineering.

You will be an internationally recognised academic leader with a relevant first degree and a PhD (or equivalent professional qualification), together with a substantial track record in research, teaching and knowledge exchange, including management and leadership roles.  You will be an excellent communicator, capable of inspiring staff and students and driving forward the Department’s ambitions and strategic aims across its full range of activities.

Appointment as Head of Department will be for a fixed-term period of 3 years initially and you will also be appointed to an open-ended substantive post in the Department at a senior level, in accordance with your qualifications, standing and experience.  An indication of what can be expected at the various levels of our Academic Professional staff categories of our Academic Professional staff categories can be found here: Career Pathways.

For appointment at Professorial level: Subject to the Charter and Statutes and Ordinances and Regulations of the University, as Professor you will be responsible to the Court of the University through the Principal for providing leadership in your academic area and will report annually on this. This is in addition to the responsibility, which each Professor owes to his or her Head of Department.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Sophie Lloyd, Executive Officer, at sophie.lloyd@strath.ac.uk.