Professor in Connectivity and Autonomous Systems

University of Glasgow

Job Purpose

To take a senior leadership role by conducting internationally-leading research in aerospace systems, delivering research-led education and demonstrating excellence in teaching that supports the strategic objectives and priorities of the School/College in line with the University’s ambitions, and makes a substantial contribution to enhancing teaching and research within the School/College. To undertake substantial responsibilities associated with managing external stakeholder relationships that enhance the University’s reputation, advance knowledge exchange, public understanding and outreach and strengthen links with professional bodies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1.    Provide leadership across the School and College in relation to research and publication in order to enhance the quality of the School’s international research profile, including conducting personal research of the highest quality and maintaining a consistent high- level output of publications and presentations of world-class quality.

2.    Sustain internationally leading high-quality research activity, seeking and securing funding for a portfolio of research projects through grant applications to external funding bodies, e.g. Research Councils and mentoring early career staff to support their development in securing funding.

3.    Take a leading role across the School and College in relation to strategic learning and teaching initiatives through: embedding a research-led, evidence-based ethos in teaching and learning; leading on teaching collaborations and teaching innovations; and influencing teaching and assessment practices and policy across the School/College.

4.    Undertake academic management and leadership roles and responsibilities across the School and College in a manner that enhances the student experience, ensures programmes are internationally benchmarked and of international standing, and that values and supports a culture of enhancement.

5.    Demonstrate leadership in supervising research projects undertaken by research staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students and ensure the effective development of the staff and students. Actively engage with potential research students of high calibre intending to undertake postgraduate and doctoral research, building effective working relationships and supervising to completion.

6.    Make a substantial contribution to University Committees/Working Groups to ensure the advancement of learning and teaching policies and practice that align with local and international challenges in Higher Education, evolving student needs and other related changes in the University’s strategic context.

7.    Build effective internal and external collaborations to support the development and mentoring of academic staff and their learning, and to enhance research and teaching within the School and College.

8.    Represent the School/College/University on key external bodies and at significant external events nationally and internationally to promote excellence in research and teaching, and the development of professional practice.

9.    Ensure a substantial track record of, and demonstrate leadership in, knowledge creation and transfer, ensuring impact on external bodies and contributions to public understanding and contributing fully to key strategic initiatives that underpin School, College and University strategies for external engagement.

10.  Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

11.  Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School.

12.  To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Word Changers Together.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge/ Qualifications

Essential:

A1    Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 [PhD] or equivalent in related discipline with an extensive and established reputation in research and significant teaching experience within the aerospace systems area.

A2    An established and internationally-recognised reputation for high-quality research and knowledge exchange in subject specialism.

A3    A thorough understanding of, and track record in, contributing to broader academic leadership and management at School/RI/Service/College level.

A4    Engagement with the current and future priorities of University/College/Service strategies, aims and ambitions.

A5    Membership of a relevant professional body.

Skills

Essential:

C1    Proven ability to lead and deliver high quality and innovative University teaching, including assessment and curriculum development.

C2    A track record of research income generation from a range of sources.

C3    Comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of research issues and debates, both nationally and internationally, and future direction of research and teaching in the subject area.

C4    Maintaining a portfolio of research activity of international quality, reputation and impact.

C5    Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage at all levels within the Subject, School, College, University, and beyond, in the academic, policy and practitioner communities.

C6    Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to foster collegiality and collaborative working.

C7    Proven ability to foster research collaborations with colleagues in other disciplines, Schools, Colleges and Universities as appropriate.

C8    Proven project, people and budget management skills.

Experience

Essential:

E1 Providing academic leadership across the School/College, leading innovation and management of teaching, setting standards and monitoring progress.

E2 Leading student supervision and mentoring/coaching early career staff, providing specialist advice, support and academic leadership.

E3 Contributing to the academic leadership and management of the School/College, e.g. by chairing committees and leading on key processes and new initiatives.

Job Features

We are one of the most research-intensive Engineering Schools in the UK with an annual research income of more than £20M.  In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, we were ranked top in Scotland for engineering research excellence and joint 12th in the UK.  The dissemination of our research results ranked 5th in the UK.  The School has a collegiate and interdisciplinary vision to tackle societal challenges in Healthcare technologies, Quantum and Nanotechnologies, Net Zero and Connecting People. It operates the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, a £50M research asset; major capabilities for the UK National Wind Tunnel Facility; the Electronic Systems Design Centre; the Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics; the Scottish Government Centre for 5G technology; the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment and the Glasgow Computational Engineering Centre. All the Divisions support a broad range of research, led by our world-leading academics. All our research is carried out in our extensive laboratory and computing facilities.

The School offers 20 undergraduate programmes in Aeronautical, Biomedical, Civil, Electrical and Mechanical disciplines leading to B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees. Our programmes provide for both single discipline and interdisciplinary studies to meet the needs of employers, and most are in the top-10 of UK league tables. The School also offers a range of taught postgraduate Masters programmes including interdisciplinary studies with Computing Science, Earth Sciences, Physics and Life Sciences. The School leads two Centres for Doctoral Training and is a partner in two more. Opportunities to study for a Ph.D. are available in every Division.

Diversity

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive and collegial climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. The James Watt School of Engineering strongly endorses the principles of Athena Swan, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the School in promoting gender equity.

We particularly welcome applications from women and other under-represented groups in engineering to deliver a balanced workforce.  It is widely reported that prospective candidates evaluate their fit with essential criteria differentially by gender.  If you are unclear whether you meet the essential criteria, you are encouraged to contact us informally for a confidential discussion.

Details of JWSEs­ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group and our Athena SWAN Silver Award, Action Plan and activities can be found at:
gla.ac.uk/schools/engineering/aboutus/equalitydiversityandinclusion/

The School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group is happy to answer questions from applicants on gender equality in representation, progression and success (Professor Cindy Smith: [email protected]).

How to apply

Please note that as part of your application you must supply the following documents appended to your cover letter.  A failure to do this may mean that you are not shortlisted for interview.

(i)      A point-by-point summary indicating how you meet the essential and desirable criteria listed in the job description.  This must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential / desirable criteria, e.g., “A1: I graduated with a PhD in Engineering, specialising in the area of X, from the University of Y in 2010.”

(ii)     A one-page research statement outlining your vision for research.

(iii) A one-page teaching statement outlining what you think matters for teaching.

Terms and Conditions

Salary will be  within the Professorial range and subject to negotiation.

This post is full time and open ended.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

3 A flexible approach to working.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community

https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/equalitydiversity/

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Vacancy reference: 119928

Closing date: 31st August 2023

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