Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

University of Bath

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking to recruit a Lecturer in either a Teaching-only or a Teaching and Research role, able to contribute to Design teaching.  Candidates with industrial experience are encouraged to apply, in addition to those with academic experience.

The major teaching element of the role is to co-ordinate and support the full-time Group Business and Design Project (GBDP), which is a key part of the third year of our undergraduate degree programmes. In the GBDP project, students learn to integrate business tools and methods in large technical design and development projects to solve problems, often set by industry. 

Candidates with a PhD and suitable research track record may be appointed on a Teaching and Research contract, and will be expected to publish high-quality research papers, demonstrate the potential to obtain significant external research funding, and supervise postgraduate research students.  You will need to be able to contribute to one or more of our priority research areas:  advanced manufacturing (including robotics, control, data and design), energy (generation, transmission and storage, including future fuels), net zero transport, advanced materials, biosensors / biomedical engineering, sustainability and climate change adaptation.

You will be expected to design and deliver high quality teaching informed by significant experience gained through industrial practice, previous teaching roles, or research.  Teaching duties will include:

•        Preparation of teaching material; delivery of lectures, tutorials, and studio sessions

•        Assessment and marking of coursework

•        Providing advice and support to students

•        Pastoral care of students, in line with University policy

•        Supervision of student projects

•        Teaching-related management and administration duties

•        Contribution to innovation in the design and delivery of teaching.

The GBDP co-ordination role requires a knowledge of the engineering design process, and experience of mechanical design.   Engineering design experience gained in industry would be an advantage.  The role requires liaising with external industry contacts to help define project briefs.  You will work with and be supported by a team of academic supervisors, and a business specialist.  Working closely with staff running a parallel activity in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering is expected.

We are one of the leading Mechanical Engineering Departments in the UK, consistently near the top in league tables, with about 70 academic staff. You will benefit from the supportive, collaborative and well-organised Department and Faculty system at the University. There is a strong culture of providing newly appointed staff the necessary support and freedom to develop their academic careers. 

Application requirements

As well as your online application, you must provide the following uploaded as additional documents (these are mandatory):

  • A CV of no more than 2 pages, covering current and key previous employment, education including degree titles/departments/universities, selected published journal papers, and a brief summary of research and teaching experience.  Note that this may be distributed widely within the Department for comment as part of the recruitment process and please ensure that personal contact details (address/phone/email) and any other sensitive information are not included.  The document should be called ‘2-page CV’.
  • Only for candidates interested in a Teaching and Research position.   A four-page outline of a potential research grant application and be prepared to discuss this at interview. Typically this application would be aimed at the EPSRC New Investigator Award and it would be expected that the successful candidate submits this within the first year of the appointment. The document should be called ‘Research proposal’.
  • You may upload other documents if you wish.

    As part of the selection process, you will normally be required to give a presentation to academic staff in the Department before being shortlisted for formal interview. 

    Informal enquiries about the post may be made to either: 

    Professor Andrew Plummer, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tel: +44 (0)1225 386140, [email protected]

    Dr Elies Dekoninck, Head of Design and Manufacturing Group, Department of Mechanical Engineering. Tel: +44 (0)1225 384029, [email protected]

    What we can offer you:

    We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award . We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

    We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff .

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