Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing University of Edinburgh, School of Engineering

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing


Vacancy Ref: : 041815

Closing Date : 01-Dec-2017


Contact Person : Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh

Contact Number : +44(0)131 6508708


Contact Email : c.obradaigh@ed.ac.uk

 

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 25 institutions of Higher Education and provides exceptional research, teaching, and living environments. The School of Engineering reflects all of the University’s principal characteristics, with a cosmopolitan academic staff numbering over 125, and with a body of 1,700 undergraduate and 640 postgraduate students from all over the world. We carry out internationally excellent teaching and research, attracting high-calibre students and an excellent level of research funding. We are now investing to strengthen and deepen our coverage of Mechanical Engineering by appointment to: Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Additive Manufacturing.

 

The successful candidate will be internationally prominent in Additive Manufacturing or will demonstrate strong potential to be so. They will lead related research within the School, winning substantial external research funding. The Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) has been building up the research portfolio in polymers, metals and metal alloys, fibre-reinforced composites, nano- and multi-functional materials. IMP also has a vibrant collaborative research portfolio with other institutes in the School and it is envisaged that the new post-holder will build on this strong research programme in the development of bespoke materials for additive manufacturing processes.

 

The level of appointment for the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer post will be determined by the selection panel.

 

For informal discussion, potential candidates are invited to contact the Head of School, Prof. Hugh McCann at +44 131 650 5566, or HoS.Eng@ed.ac.uk, Director of Discipline for Mechanical Engineering, Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, +44 131 650 8708, or c.obradaigh@ed.ac.uk, or Prof. Vasileios Koutsos, Head of the Institute for Materials and Processes, at +44 131 650 8704, or vasileios.koutsos@ed.ac.uk

 

LECTURER (Grade UE08)

 

Job Title: Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Additive Manufacturing)

 

School: School of Engineering

 

Line manager: Director of Discipline, Mechanical Engineering

 

Job Purpose

 

You will conduct research in the Institute for Materials and Processes within the School and participate in teaching and administration in the School of Engineering, contributing to the intellectual wealth and collegiate environment of the School.

 

Responsibilities: Teaching (approx. 45% of time)

 

Teach up to senior honours and Masters level, in core topics in the Mechanical Engineering discipline.
Develop, deliver, manage and review courses appropriate to your specific expertise.
Develop student research projects and supervise MSc, MEng and BEng students on these projects.
Provide academic and pastoral support to taught postgraduate (MSc) and undergraduate students.
Be involved in enhancing eLearning and on-line teaching initiatives.
Responsibilities: Research (approx. 45% of time)

 

You will initiate, perform and deliver fundamental and applied research in Additive Manufacturing that complements and integrates with other appropriate research areas in the School. Specifically, the person appointed will be expected to carry out fundamental and applied research into the development of bespoke materials for additive manufacturing processes, including, but not limited to polymers, metals and metal alloys, fibre-reinforced composites, nano- and multi-functional materials. The appointee will work closely with colleagues in materials and manufacturing, in biomaterials and micro and nano-electronics. Their research will contribute to the Institute for Materials and Processes, with strong potential for collaborations with other research centres in the College of Science and Engineering (e.g. the Institutes for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, Bioengineering, and Infrastructure & Environment). The specific responsibilities for this position are to:-

 

  • Initiate, perform, and deliver research of high quality within the area of Additive Manufacturing. The University of Edinburgh aims to build upon its internationally excellent position in this domain.
  • Demonstrate research of at least nationally excellent quality, and deliver significant publishing activity in quality peer-reviewed research journals; demonstrate the potential to win competitive research funding.
  • Engage with and contribute to your sub-group of research staff and students within the Research Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP).
  • Participate in collaborative research projects within the University of Edinburgh, in the UK and around the world, with academic researchers in the field.
  • Develop new research facilities and/or capabilities at Edinburgh, to complement those in existing laboratories and enable analysis, modelling, design and testing in their field of research.
  • Undertake knowledge exchange with Scottish and UK Government, regulators and statutory bodies. This will be under standard University approaches and expectations for advice and assistance.
  • Develop graduating engineering professionals and early career researchers, by means of BEng, MEng, MSc teaching and doctoral training.


Responsibilities: Leadership and Management (approx. 10% of time)

 

You will undertake and deliver appropriate leadership and management duties within the Institute/Discipline/School or the wider University environment. Examples include acting as the teaching laboratory co-ordinator for the specific teaching discipline, liaising with students undertaking extra-curricular innovation projects, etc.

 

Planning and Organising

 

• Develop a research strategy and plan for the research area, including funding for own research projects.
• Plan own workload over short-term (weekly) and long-term (annual) timescales, identifying key priorities in collaboration with the Director of Discipline, and balancing teaching, research and management/administration activities.
• Plan appropriate progression and content for own teaching programme and contribute to overall planning of curriculum.
• Plan and organise overall delivery of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses and programmes as Course or Programme Organiser.

 

Problem-Solving

 

• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems.
• Resolve problems for individual and class students’ learning.
• Prioritise and allocate work to research staff in own team.

 

Decision-Making

 

• Decide what research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy.
• Decide on research project spend and timescales.
• Decide on teaching and assessment methodologies best suited to each course.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

 

Essential requirements

 

• PhD and first degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.
• A nationally-evident reputation for performing quality research or potential to achieve this, with demonstrable track record in the area of Additive Manufacturing.
• Ability to win research funding.
• Proven ability to conduct collaborative research with academia and industry.
• A number of high quality peer-reviewed journal publications.
• Experience in teaching relevant engineering courses in Mechanical Engineering, or evidence of ability to do so.
• Ability to design effective learning programmes and to effectively deliver integrated curricula and assessment.
• Ability to engage with a range of teaching media including online and distance learning.
• Demonstrable academic, research and/or industrial engineering initiative.
• Proven ability to devise and/or manage multiple teaching, learning and assessment and research activities.
• Capacity to develop academic leadership.
• Experience of successful engagement with research and engineering staff, students and projects.
• Excellent communication (including written and spoken English), presentation and organisational skills.

 

Desirable requirements

 

• Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences.
• Qualifications leading to chartered engineer status.
• Relevant industrial experience.
• Good administrative skills.

 

SENIOR LECTURER (Grade UE09)

 

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering (Additive Manufacturing)

 

School: School of Engineering

 

Line manager: Director of Discipline, Mechanical Engineering

 

Job Purpose

 

You will conduct research in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment within the School and participate in teaching and administration in the School of Engineering, contributing to the intellectual wealth and collegiate environment of the School, taking responsibility for development and leadership within research and/or teaching activities.

 

Responsibilities: Teaching (approx. 35-45% of time)

 

  • Carry a normal teaching load, teaching up to senior honours and Masters level, in core topics in the Mechanical Engineering discipline ensuring that teaching activity is of high quality.
  • Develop approaches to teaching, learning and assessment which are innovative and in keeping with best practice, and contribute to the enhancement of excellence in teaching in the Discipline.
  • Develop student research projects and supervise MSc, MEng and BEng students on these projects.
  • Lead by example in the provision of academic and pastoral support to taught postgraduate (MSc) and undergraduate students, and act as a role model in this regard for early career staff.
  • Take the lead in enhancing eLearning and on-line teaching initiatives.

 

Responsibilities: Research (approx. 35-45% of time)

 

You will initiate, perform and deliver fundamental and applied research in Additive Manufacturing that complements and integrates with other appropriate research areas in the School. Specifically, the person appointed will be expected to carry out fundamental and applied research into the development of bespoke materials for additive manufacturing processes, including, but not limited to polymers, metals and metal alloys, fibre-reinforced composites, nano- and multi-functional materials. The appointee will work closely with colleagues in materials and manufacturing, in biomaterials and micro and nano-electronics. Their research will contribute to the Institute for Materials and Processes, with strong potential for collaborations with other research centres in the College of Science and Engineering (e.g. the Institutes for Integrated Micro and Nano Systems, Bioengineering, and Infrastructure & Environment). The specific responsibilities for this position are to:-

 

  • Initiate, plan, lead, and deliver research of high quality within the area of Additive Manufacturing. The University of Edinburgh aims to build upon its internationally excellent position in this domain.
  • Demonstrate research of at least internationally excellent quality, and related leadership and publishing activity, and the ability to win competitive funding (UK, Europe, International) to support this research in the world arena.
  • Build and lead a vibrant and interactive sub-group of research staff and students within the Research Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP).
  • Create, lead, and participate in collaborative research projects within the University of Edinburgh, in the UK and around the world, with academic researchers in the field.
  • Develop new research facilities and/or capabilities at Edinburgh, to complement those in existing laboratories and enable analysis, modelling and measurement in their field of research.
  • Undertake knowledge exchange with Scottish and UK Government, regulators and statutory bodies. This will be under standard University approaches and expectations for advice and assistance.
  • Develop graduating engineering professionals and early career researchers, by means of BEng, MEng, MSc teaching and doctoral training.

 

Responsibilities: Leadership and Management (approx. 10-30% of time)

 

You will undertake and deliver substantive leadership and management duties/roles within the Institute/Discipline/School or the wider University environment, such as Discipline Programme Manager or Senior Tutor or similar roles, chairing committees and task forces for specific projects, leading on key areas of responsibility. This could also include participating in the recruitment and selection of new School lecturers and contributing to the development of colleagues through mentoring or provision of advice.

 

Planning and Organising

 

• Develop a research strategy and plan for the research area, including funding for own research projects.
• Plan and lead major collaborative projects and funding proposals.
• Plan own workload over short-term (weekly) and long-term (annual) timescales, identifying key priorities in collaboration with the Director of Discipline, and balancing teaching, research leadership/management activities.
• Plan appropriate progression and content for own teaching programme and contribute to overall planning of curriculum.
• Plan and organise overall delivery of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses and programmes as Course or Programme Organiser.

 

Problem-Solving

 

• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems.
• Resolve problems for individual and class students’ learning.
• Prioritise and allocate work to staff and students in own team; manage and resolve performance challenges.

 

Decision-Making

 

• Decide what research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy.
• Decide on research project spend and timescales.
• Decide on teaching and assessment methodologies best suited to each course.
• Contribute to management decisions through membership of committees etc.

 

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

 

Essential requirements

 

• PhD and first degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.
• An internationally-evident reputation for performing quality research, with demonstrable track record in the area of Additive Manufacturing.
• Evidence of winning significant research funding.
• Significant experience in teaching relevant engineering courses in Mechanical Engineering.
• A significant number of high quality peer-reviewed journal publications.
• Excellence as a skilled and committed educator with the ability to teach required subjects with highest proficiency across the range of undergraduate provision.
• Ability to engage with a range of teaching media including online and distance learning.
• Demonstrable academic and research leadership, team building and delivery.
• Proven ability to provide leadership for activities in delivering the School’s objectives.
• Experience of managing, motivating and supporting research staff, students and projects.
• Excellence and commitment as a motivated educator.
• Excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills.
• Excellent written and spoken English.

 

Desirable requirements

 

• Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences.
• Professionally qualified, ideally to chartered engineer status.
• Relevant industrial experience.
• Good administrative skills.
• Established relationships with UK and International collaborations.

 

Key Contacts/Relationships

 

• Work closely with the Director of Discipline and with all colleagues in Mechanical Engineering as well as colleagues within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment.
• Line manage staff on research grants and supervise PhD and project students.
• Represent the University in discipline-focused teaching, research and industrial networks involving peers in the UK and internationally.
• Act as personal tutor for assigned taught students.

 

Job Context

 

Engineering has been taught at Edinburgh in one form or another since 1673. In 2002, the present School of Engineering was formed from the previously existing departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Since then, the School has grown from strength to strength, with the largest number of students among the seven Schools in the College of Science and Engineering.

 

The Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) has been building up the research portfolio in polymers, metals and metal alloys, fibre-reinforced composites, nano- and multi-functional materials. IMP also has a vibrant collaborative research portfolio with other institutes in the School and it is envisaged that the new post-holder will build on this strong research programme in the development of bespoke materials for additive manufacturing processes.

 

The School of Engineering at Edinburgh currently offers 34 undergraduate degree programmes: 4 in Chemical Engineering, 6 in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 11 in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, 2 in Mechanical Engineering and 7 joint degrees both within the School and with other Schools across the University. At taught postgraduate level the School offers 7 degree programmes, 2 of which are joint with other Universities. All of the degree programmes are accredited by the relevant professional institutions as follows:

 

• Mechanical Engineering: Institution of Mechanical Engineers
• Chemical Engineering: Institution of Chemical Engineers
• Civil Engineering: Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers
• Electronics and Electrical Engineering: Institution of Engineering and Technology

 

The School offers the following 5-year MEng and 4-year BEng degrees in Mechanical Engineering:

 

• Mechanical Engineering (BEng Hons)
• Mechanical Engineering (MEng Hons)
• Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (BEng Hons)
• Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (MEng Hons)

 

The culture of the School of Engineering and the University is open and diverse and we are committed to reflecting that in our appointment process.

 

Application Procedure


All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

 

The closing date is 5pm on 01 December 2017.

 

Concurrently we are also advertising for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Materials Modelling and Design (vacancy ref. 041813). If you wish to be considered for both vacancies please submit an application to both.

 

Eligibility to Work

 

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).

 

To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

 

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work website

 

If you are not currently eligible to work in the UK, the University has the authority to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa) in accordance with current UK Visas and Immigration rules.

 

For applicants interested in sponsorship information is available on our Working in the UK website

 

However, if you have previously been sponsored by an employer within the UK but your leave has expired or lapsed and you are no longer in the UK, according to Home Office Visa Immigration rules you cannot apply for sponsorship under any category of Tier 2 for a period of 12 months after the date your visa expired and/or you left the UK.

 

If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts and come from outside the EEA, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa.

 

The Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa route offers a greater flexibility in your employment compared to other UK immigration routes, meaning you can, for example, move organisation, location and/or job role. By contrast with, a Tier 2 visa where you are ‘tied to a UK sponsor’. Tier 1 provides greater flexibility in undertaking additional engagements, such as collaborations and is intended as a route to settlement. Allowed absences from the UK are up to 180 days per year without losing the eligibility to qualify for settlement, with no restriction on the reason for absence (unlike Tier 2, where any absences from the UK must be for a purpose consistent with the person’s employment or economic activity, including paid annual leave, or for serious or compelling personal reasons).

 

You would initially need to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK).

 

Tier1 (Exceptional and Exceptional Promise) Endorsement Criteria

 

Once successfully endorsed, you are able to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. More information on this entry route is available at UKVI Website.

 

Conditions of Employment

 

Pension Scheme

 

This role is either Grade UE08 or Grade UE09 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

 

For further information please visit our pensions website.

 

Salary

 

The role at grade UE08 attracts an annual salary of £39,992 to £47,722 and the role at grade UE09 attracts an annual salary of £50,618 to £56,950. Each role for 35 hours per week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month.

 

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

 

Research Institute for Materials and processes


The Institute for Materials and Processes carries out world-class research into every conceivable kind of material, ranging from fluids, and soft matter to hard materials. Its researchers study processes spanning biomedical, mechanical and chemical engineering and its focus ranges from nanosystems and multiphase flows to carbon capture.



The School of Engineering


The integrated School of Engineering addresses diverse complex challenges across the entire field of engineering, at the micro- and macro/global scales. At the microscopic scale, its research supports the design and deployment of novel nanotechnology and devices for biological monitoring and medical diagnosis; at the macro/global scale, it optimises the security and sustainability of the built environment and develops engineering solutions to climate change issues. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School’s joint submission with Heriot-Watt University was first in the UK in research power (662) with 94% of our research activity achieving world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) ratings. The School has a strong track record in producing more than 50 technology spin-outs and developing industry links that enable our graduates to build career-long relationships. In the last three years, the School has achieved an average of £18.5M pa in research funding awards.

 

Engineering has been taught at Edinburgh in one form or another since 1673. In 2002, the present School of Engineering was formed from the previously existing departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Since then, the School has grown from strength to strength, growing rapidly in the last 5 years, now having the largest number of students among the seven Schools in the College of Science and Engineering, offering undergraduate degree programmes across all disciplines and taught Masters courses in niche areas. All of the undergraduate degree programmes are accredited by the relevant professional institutions.

 

Aims


Specifically, the School aims:


• To provide an environment that fosters outstanding learning and scholarship across Engineering;
• To produce graduates equipped for and inspired towards high personal and professional achievement;
• To enhance the scientific, cultural and economic well-being of society through the discipline of Engineering, contributing to wealth creation and the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally;
• To promote and perform research of the highest quality, motivated by both scientific curiosity and societal needs;
• To promote multi- and inter-disciplinary, flexible research, while continuing to reflect the needs of the major Engineering professions;
• To create efficient technology transfer to and from the School's research base.

 

Dimensions and Structure


The School is one of the largest in the University, comprising 125 academic staff, 1,700 undergraduate, 180 taught postgraduate and 480 postgraduate research students drawn from all over the world. The School is located on the University's King's Buildings site in South Edinburgh. Each member of academic staff teaches in an engineering discipline and is a member of a Research Institute:

 

Research Institutes


• Bioengineering
• Digital Communications
• Energy Systems
• Infrastructure and Environment
• Integrated Micro and Nano Systems
• Materials and Processes
• Multiscale Thermofluids

 

Teaching disciplines


• Chemical Engineering
• Civil & Environmental Engineering
• Electrical Engineering & Electronics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Engineering Mathematics (not a graduating discipline)

 

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.

 

The School of Engineering holds a bronze Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education & research.

 

Further information, including details of undergraduate & postgraduate taught programmes:
www.eng.ed.ac.uk


College of Science and Engineering (http://www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering)


The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is one of the largest and highest-ranked science and engineering groupings in the UK. Headed by Professor Dave Robertson, CSE comprises seven Schools (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy). Informatics is located in the University’s Central Area near George Square, with the other six 2 miles further south at the King’s Buildings. The College has over 3,000 academic and support staff, and educates some 6,000 undergraduates, over 1000 taught postgraduates and more than 2,000 research students. It is in the front rank of UK university science and engineering groupings for research quality and income, and is a key player in many European and international research collaborations.

 

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

 

In the 2014 REF over 95% of our staff were submitted. Of our seven submissions, four of which were as a joint research school in combination with a strategic research university partner through pooling, 3 were ranked top in the UK and all 7 were in the top 5 in their discipline in the Times Higher Power rankings.


The University of Edinburgh


For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.


The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

 

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

 

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

 

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment. See our University Initiatives website for further information.


University Initiatives website


The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.


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