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Assistant Professor in Space Engineering - School of Metallurgy... Birmingham

University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham Birmingham United Kingdom

2 months ago

Job Description

Position Details

School of Metallurgy and Materials

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £43,414 to £51,805, with potential progression once in post to £58,284.

Grade 8

Full Time, Permanent

Closing date: 26th March 2023

Please note: We are advertising both Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, however there is only 1 post available

Academic Development Programme - new Assistant Professors will undertake a 5-year development programme, at the end of which they are expected to be promoted to Associate Professor. The programme consists of a variety of development opportunities and the time to reflect and develop.

Role Summary

The Schools of Metallurgy and Materials and Engineering are multi-disciplinary, vibrant and inclusive environments for outstanding study and research, ranked highly in REF. Overall 94% of the research in Engineering disciplines was recognised as... internationally excellent of which over 35% was given the higher accolade of being world-leading. The Schools have strong links with industry, including a £60m High Temperature Research Centre in partnership with Rolls-Royce, successful research programmes and expertise in the space environment, radio and microwave sensing, space instrumentation testing and development. Our internationally recognised research impact to the aerospace industry is the foundation for our successful, growing, research-intensive aerospace educational programmes, including a new MSc in Space Engineering. We are seeking to further grow our space engineering activities, with a particular focus on one, or more, of the following areas:
• Astrodynamics and flight mechanics,
• Space Systems Engineering, including model-based approaches,
• Spacecraft Energy, Power and Propulsion,
• Spacecraft Structural and Thermal Engineering.

Successful candidates will be expected to initiate and conduct national and international quality research and/or industrial engagement, building collaborative relationships with colleagues from inside and outside the University as appropriate. It is expected that they will develop programmes that attract significant research funding from bodies such as the ATI, RCUK and InnovateUK, and/or the Aerospace Industry, and disseminate their work in leading journals, conferences and/or industrial meetings.

In Education, the successful candidate will be expected to engage with the development and delivery of courses, and student design and research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Management and administration will involve contributions at School level using excellent interpersonal skills to share expertise and best practices

Main Duties


Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):
• teaching and examining courses at a range of levels;
• planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same;
• designing contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging curriculum content;
• working collaboratively with colleagues to deliver teaching, learning and assessment;
• using digital resources/environments effectively to support learning and assessment;
• developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely;
• undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining;
• developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods;
• developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar in own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and which benefits the College and University;
• devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work.


Planning and carrying out research including (as appropriate):
• planning and publishing high quality research, including winning financial support;
• project managing research activities, and/or supervising other research staff;
• presenting findings in publications and conference proceedings;
• effectively supervising and mentoring PhD students or early Career Researchers;
• providing expert advice to staff and students within the discipline;
• participating in research-related enabling activities such as adding value to a cross disciplinary network;
• applying knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding;
• developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of benefit to the College and the University, including ensuring that the impact of your activities is realised fully and the impact is documented.


Contributing to Departmental/School administration, including:
• actively manages equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour;
• contributing to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School);
• leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
• advising on personal development of colleagues and students;
• making a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups);
• managing enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities;
• developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.


Contributing to an inclusive working environment:
• proactive support and involvement in activities specifically contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University;
• demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, Departmental/School committees);
• demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing advice;
• willingness to volunteer for one-off duties (such as supporting School, Institute, and Departmental projects);
• positively engaging in School strategic initiatives.

Person Specification
• A PhD, or equivalent industrial engineering research experience, in a relevant discipline of Engineering or Physical Science.
• Evidence of the knowledge and experience required to deliver research and education in a relevant area of space engineering.
• Highly effective written and verbal communications skills, sufficient to undertake research, teaching and administration duties in English.
• Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels.
• Commitment to Continuing Professional Development through plans and activities that would lead to achievements such as (but not limited to) professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Chartered Scientist (CSci), membership of a professional engineering institution (such as RAeS) or appropriate categories of HEA Fellowship.

• Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
• Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues.
• Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability.

• Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation for significant and original research.
• Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results.
• Evidence of the ability to plan and deliver a substantive academic research programme, including the preparation of fundable proposals and leading all aspects of their delivery;
• Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
• Track record of strong publications in peer-reviewed journals and conferences.
• Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity.

Management and Administration
• Experience of championing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in own work area.
• Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied.
• Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action.
• Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes.
• Ability to assess and organise resources effectively.
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.

For informal enquiries please contact Hugo Williams, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, [email protected] or telephone 0121 414 4931.

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