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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in Future Flight

Job title Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in Future Flight

Department Mechanical Engineering

Salary Salary for a Lecturer is £43,414 rising to £51,805 per annum. Salary for a Senior Lecturer or Reader is £53,353 rising to £61,823 per annum.

Grade Grade 8 to Grade 9

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2311

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Wednesday 02 November 2022

Closing date Wednesday 30 November 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF10008

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering is seeking to recruit a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader to undertake high quality research and teaching, with expertise in aerospace engineering which will contribute to net-zero flight.

About the role

The role will complement our aerospace research and encompass at least one of the following areas: novel architectures for future aircraft, zero carbon propulsion systems, electric fuel cells, hydrogen systems integration, hybrid and distributed propulsion schemes, automated manufacture and process control for zero-emissions aerospace component.

The post holder will:

  • contribute to next-generation propulsion and/or airframe technology leading to zero-carbon flight
  • undertake transformative multidisciplinary research and disseminate results via high quality academic publications
  • bid for grant income available from government and industry to underpin the rapidly changing research landscape
  • develop new industrial partnerships

Fourteen of the fifteen largest aerospace businesses have a significant manufacturing or research presence in the South West of England, providing a pull for industry-relevant research. The position is aligned with the ATI FlyZero initiative for the UK to achieve zero-carbon flight by 2035, and the recently published ATI Destination Zero strategy.

The post will also contribute the development of a new Net Zero Transport centre, which is a broadening of our £70m Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS). 

Teaching is expected to particularly support our well-established and highly successful Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering MEng undergraduate degree programmes, and MSc postgraduate programmes where required. In addition, the post holder will be expected to fully participate in teaching activities for students undertaking significant individual and group projects encompassing research or design activities.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate the ability to conduct independent and/or collaborative research, publish high-quality research papers including journal papers, and demonstrate the potential to obtain significant external research funding. The post holder will hold a PhD and have an emerging or established track record in research in a relevant subject.

About you

The post holder will have a proven track record in their specialism, usually evidenced by high quality research publications. For Senior Lecturer or Reader appointments, they are likely to have led research projects for which they have attracted substantial funding, had research impact though user-exploitation of research outcomes, a record of PhD supervision, and a record of successful taught course development and delivery. Applicants with less usual backgrounds are welcomed, for example from industry rather than academia, and may provide a different mix of evidence.

Further information about the department

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at Bath is one of the largest in the UK, with 70 academic staff and 1450 students. We have a strong record in engineering research, particularly application-orientated research which leads to high impact and tackles some of the world’s major problems. In teaching, the Department has a sustained record of combining both high academic standards in engineering science with industrially relevant problem-solving skills. The latter are developed in our undergraduate courses through the long-standing focus on Design, industrial placements, and challenging design-and-make ‘competition’ projects. The five-year MEng with-placement programmes are undertaken by most of our undergraduates. In addition, our taught postgraduate programmes on engineering and engineering management topics have been significantly development in recent years.  We rank highly in league tables (e.g. for 2022, 2nd in The Guardian,  3rd in The Times).

This position will support our new cross-Faculty Net Zero Transport research centre which is under development, and is an expansion of the £70m IAAPS research institute with its new laboratory complex, which is one of the best equipped sites in the world for advanced propulsion systems research ( ).  It builds on 40 years of continuous propulsion research and education at the University and includes an EPSRC Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT), which in the current 5-year cycle is providing at least 86 fully funded PhD studentships. IAAPS has already broadened from its original automotive propulsion focus, and links with aerospace-related research on sustainable fuels, hydrogen and electrification. Other areas of expertise at Bath are aerostructures, gas turbines, aerodynamics, and autonomous systems. Sustainability is one of the University’s three research themes, and its Hydrogen Beacon is a rapidly growing activity.  

The Department of Mechanical Engineering holds a Silver Award for the Athena SWAN scheme, which promotes gender equality among all disciplines. We particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups.

This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding research team that is receiving substantial investment from government, the transport industry and the University.

Application requirements

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

  1. 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’.
  2. A four-page outline of a potential research grant application and be prepared to discuss this at interview. Typically for Lecturer grade applicants, 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,

Dr Anna Young, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tel: +44 (0)1225 384065 Email:

What we can offer you:

We are an equal opportunities employer and have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award

A family-friendly University with an increasingly agile workforce, we are open to flexible working arrangements. We’re also proud to be a disability confident leader and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require. 

We offer:

  • a very generous employer contributory pension scheme;
  • generous annual leave allowance with an additional 5 discretionary days so that you can enjoy a positive work life balance;
  • an excellent reward package that recognises the talents of our diverse workforce; 
  • a wide range of personal and professional development opportunities.
  • a number of support options available for new and existing staff to help with the cost of some immigration expenses which you may be eligible for. Please visit the following webpages for more information:

     - Relocation Procedure

     - Visa Reimbursement Scheme

     - Interest-Free Loan Scheme

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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Visa information:

If you think you may require a visa to work in the UK you should refer to our guidance on the Skilled Worker Visa before embarking on a job application to ensure that you understand the requirements for sponsorship. You may be eligible to work in the UK via other alternative visa routes such as the Global Talent Visa or by having Settlement / ILR, please refer to our Staff Immigration webpages for further details.

Update to our application process:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this the personal details of applicants may be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.