Job Vacancy: Professor of Intelligent Infrastructure Systems & Director of iCAIR

Contract Type: Open-ended
Working Pattern: Full time
Faculty: Faculty of Engineering
Department: Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering
Salary: Will be on the Professorial Pay Scheme Structure
Closing Date: 19th June 2017


The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is one of the world’s leading departments in the field, renowned for high quality, multidisciplinary research and teaching. In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment, we achieved the highest ranking for quality of research publications and were ranked 3rd amongst all General Engineering Departments in the UK. We have excellent research facilities and are very proud of our research culture that promotes and nurtures collaborative research.

The University and Faculty of Engineering have identified infrastructure as a strategic area for research growth. With support from the European Regional Development Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the University has embarked on the development of a new state-of-the-art research facility that will host and support the Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (iCAIR). As Director of the Integrated Civil and Infrastructure Research Centre (iCAIR), you will provide the strategic leadership required by a transformative project of this scale. You will be responsible for overseeing the management of centre activities, for developing and leading the research and innovation agenda for iCAIR and the strategic relationships with a range of high-value SME’s.

The role will involve sustained engagement and the collaboration with senior people within SMEs, local and national industry, government and academia. It requires a forward thinking, collaborative approach combining an understanding of industry
sector needs with research and innovation opportunities and utilising the research capacity of all Departments in the Faculty of Engineering to deliver both major long-term economic impact to regional SMEs as well as high-quality research.

As a Professor, you will have an outstanding international reputation, research track record and publication profile in one of the following research areas pertaining to intelligent infrastructure systems:

  • Infrastructure robotics
  • Cyber-physical infrastructure systems
  • Distributed intelligent systems

You will develop a nationally recognised research program in intelligent infrastructure systems and will collaborate effectively with researchers within and beyond the Department, as well as with other institutions. Synergy with the departmental
research themes is essential. You will be expected to provide strategic leadership in research and teaching, to instigate and lead major research initiatives in a multidisciplinary environment, raise substantial research funding from a variety of sources, lead teams of researchers effectively and to contribute to enhancing the Department’s overall reputation for excellence in research and teaching. Please note that to allow the Director to focus fully on research and innovation the post holder will not be required to undertake teaching duties during the first three years of this post.

A PhD in a relevant subject area is essential for this role. You will have an excellent and a proven track record in obtaining research funding and conducting research in collaboration with industrial partners.

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