Lecturer/Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering
University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering
United Kingdom

Lecturer or Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher and teacher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a strong research background in the structural design and optimisation of lightweight and composite structures? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading Universities? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in a research-intensive Russell Group University?

We are looking for an outstanding candidate to play a key role in the research and taught provision relevant to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive Engineering. Joining the , your research will contribute to advancing understanding in the general areas of design optimisation and lightweight structural design, and you will have a strong research reputation in one or more of the following fields:

  • Multidisciplinary Design / Topology Optimisation / Meta-modelling
  • Artificial intelligence;
  • Development / Manufacturing of multi-functional composite materials and structures for lightweight vehicles;
  • Aero-elastic behaviour modelling.

Current related research activities within the School include: air vehicle design and autonomous UAS development and operation, topology and multi-disciplinary optimisation and metamodeling, and advanced manufacturing. Within this role is the provision for developing laboratory-based studies, to both support and drive predictive understanding, and developing computational modelling methodologies. 

You will have the academic or industrial experience and capability to deliver outstanding teaching in Leeds, and potentially at our Joint School campus in Chengdu, China.

Teaching duties will be in areas relevant to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Mechanical, Aerospace and Automotive programmes and you will be expected to offer undergraduate and postgraduate projects. You will also contribute to the School’s continuing professional development and knowledge transfer activities and provide academic leadership to further enhance the international research and teaching reputation of the School of Mechanical Engineering.

What we offer in return

  • 26 days holiday plus approx.16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That’s 42 days a year!
  • Generous pension scheme plus life assurance– the University contributes 21.6% of salary.
  • Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, for example if you are applying directly from industry, please contact: 

, Head of School, School of Mechanical Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6812 or email:  

Please read the ‘How to Apply’ section in the Candidate Brief on what documents to include as part of your online application.

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute: School of Mechanical Engineering
Category: Academic
Grade: Grade 8 to Grade 9
Salary: £43,414 to £61,823 p.a.
Working Time: 37.5 hours per week
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Ongoing
Release Date: Tuesday 03 January 2023
Closing Date: Thursday 02 February 2023
Interview Date: To be confirmed
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