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Professor of Sustainable Propulsion Systems

Job title Professor of Sustainable Propulsion Systems

Department Mechanical Engineering

Grade Competitive Package

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2311

Placed on Wednesday 13 April 2022

Closing date Thursday 30 June 2022

Interview date To be confirmed

Reference CF8534RR

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Join us in this new role that will strengthen our expertise in cutting-edge propulsion systems research for transport. You will be instrumental in helping to shape our future approaches and developing our relationships with industry. Make an impact through harnessing the opportunities created by our new £70m Institute of Advanced Automotive Propulsion Systems (IAAPS), along with government and industry investment.  Your work on advanced propulsion is expected to contribute significantly to the University’s and the UK’s climate targets and commitments, impacting one or more transport sectors.

About the role:

You will lead high-impact research programmes, provide excellent postgraduate research supervision, and deliver high-quality teaching. Making a major contribution to developing our portfolio of high-quality collaborative research in the sustainable propulsion field.

One of our key areas of activity has always been the development of new experimental and simulation techniques and these areas come together as the industry moves towards a more digital product development process. It will be important for you to help shape the development of new approaches, combining advanced simulation techniques with novel experimental approaches to design a faster, better product development toolchain.  More information about this opportunity and associated vacancies can be found here

About you:

You will have a proven track record in your specialism, which will form part of the overall sustainable propulsion landscape. Suitable specialisms include (but are not limited to): electrified propulsion systems, turbomachinery, H2 and alternative fuels in propulsion systems, energy storage and power transmission systems. Expertise in the development and use of Model Based Systems Engineering approaches leading to formal consideration of system level aspects of design, optimisation and validation will be advantageous.

It is essential that you have experience working with industry partners to secure funding for and deliver, large research collaborations. This will mean that you have an extensive network of close contacts within industry and academic communities, both in the UK and internationally.

About us:

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 new position will support the £70m IAAPS research institute and 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.

The current automotive propulsion research academic team has an excellent track record in delivering industry-relevant projects and has long-established collaborations with industrial partners. We are diversifying our engagement to encompass the wider propulsion landscape – for example in aerospace and marine - and this position is a great opportunity to shape this transition. This new appointment is expected to benefit from, and contribute to, our strong industry partnerships and will also have the freedom to explore fundamental research interests.

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

For more information: 

Please be aware that during the shortlisting process we only see the responses to your questions, and supplementary information is only available to us after shortlisting. Therefore, please try to answer the shortlisting questions as fully as possible. Applicants will be asked to provide a summary of their expertise and interests to deliver research and teaching in the areas outlined above. We would ask that you do still include a CV as part of your application form. 

A start-up resource package would be available through negotiation.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to either:

Professor Andrew Plummer, Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tel: +44 (0)1225 386140 Email:


Professor Furong Li, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tel: +44 (0)1225 386416 Email:

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What we can offer you:

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. We are:

  • a family friendly workplace
  • 39 days (pro rata) holiday (annual leave, discretionary days and bank holidays)
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University.
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

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:

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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 all applicants will be withheld at the initial shortlisting stage.