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Working with the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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Current Vacancies

  • Lecturer in Medical Robotics - closing date 05/01/2020

  • Lecturer in Machine Learning and Control - closing date 05/01/2020

  • Chair of Control and Power Systems - closing date 12/01/2020

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Our Department: Introduction from Professor Daniel CocaDCoca

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) was established in 1968, in response to the growing importance of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering to all branches of industry world-wide.

We have since grown to become the largest Control and Systems Engineering Department in Europe, with over 130 academic staff, research assistants and research students and over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate students.  Our growth has been due both to the increasing demand for education in the area and the effects of rapid changes in computing technology.

We are a world-leading research department, as evidenced by the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014) exercise - out of 62 UK institutions specialising in multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary engineering, the department was ranked: First for quality of research publications, with 98.5% of our publications assessed as either world-leading (41%) or internationally excellent in terms of their originality, significance and rigour; Third for overall research quality with 96% of our research being assessed as world-leading (44%) or internationally excellent.

We have a vibrant culture that supports collaborative research, and a strong programme of training and development for our researchers, from postgraduate research students to our research leaders. Our high quality physical infrastructure facilitates excellent research, spanning all aspects of Systems and Control Engineering.

Our research is organised into three groups: Complex Systems and Signal Processing; Intelligent Systems, Decision and Control; and Autonomous Systems and Robotics.  We host the Centre for Signal Processing and Complex Systems and the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre in Control and Monitoring Systems Engineering.  We also play full and active roles in other University research centres and institutes, including Sheffield Robotics, the Institute for In Silico Medicine, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare.

To drive our research agenda forward, and to further support our excellence in teaching, we are now making a number of strategic appointments. Over the next five years we expect to recruit up to 19 additional academic staff, in areas such as Machine Learning and AI for Engineering, Signal Processing, Autonomous Systems and Robotics, Bioengineering, Aerospace Engineering, Digital Manufacturing, Intelligent Sensing and Data Analytics, Complex Systems Modelling and Analysis, Optimisation and Decision Support Systems.  This is a tremendously exciting time for the department and I look forward to working with our new members of staff.

Professor Daniel Coca
Head of the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

Research in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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Our vision is to carry out groundbreaking research to address challenges posed by the complexity of natural and manmade systems and the demand for higher levels of autonomy and intelligence of future engineering systems.  Thanks to our academics, researchers, PhD students and support staff, the department produces world leading research resulting in impact to industry, the public sector and government.  Our highly interdisciplinary approach ensures the results of our research are felt across not just engineering, but also life sciences, healthcare and the environment.

We are major contributors to research centres and institutes of national importance, in the areas of robotics (Sheffield Robotics), in silico medicine (Insigneo), translational neuroscience (SITraN), assistive technologies for healthcare (CATCH), advanced manufacturing (AMRC), intelligent infrastructure (ICAIR), future manufacturing hubs (MAPP, Metrology and Power and Electricity) and advanced materials processing (Royce Translational Centres). We also host the only Rolls Royce University Technology Centre in Control, Monitoring and Systems Engineering in the UK, which was established in 1993

The department attracts a high level of external funding from UK Research Councils, the European Union and industry. Our record for leadership in collaborative research is outstanding. We currently host one RAEng Chair and one EPSRC Fellow.

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Teaching in the Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering

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We offer 3-year and 4-year undergraduate degrees in Systems and Control Engineering, Mechatronic and Robotic Engineering and Computer Systems Engineering. We were among the very first universities in the world to offer a degree in control engineering, back in 1968. We have an enviable reputation for innovative teaching methods based on enterprise, industrial projects and problem-based learning.

Our first and second year undergraduate students are taught in the Diamond, a world class facility for engineering education opened in September 2015. Following a recent visit, Professor Fei Fei Li (director of the Stanford AI lab and Chief Scientist for Google AI) commented that “every university engineering dean worldwide should visit here”.

At masters level we offer programmes in Advanced Control Systems Engineering, Robotics as well as Autonomous & Intelligent Systems.FESTO

Our academic staff lead innovative research-inspired project work, enhancing the experience of our students as part of our curriculum, as well as in extracurricular activities. For further information on some of our extra curricular activities, please visit:

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Opportunities for collaboration with academia and industry

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering (ACSE) is a member of the Faculty of Engineering at Sheffield, one of the biggest and best providers of engineering research and education in the UK. The faculty has over 5,000 students and is among the top three faculties in the UK for research income (at approximately £40 million annually). There are many opportunities for collaboration between staff in ACSE and colleagues in related departments such as Chemical and Biological Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Engineering. We also collaborate closely with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in areas such as digital manufacturing, robotics and cybersecurity.

At ACSE, we work closely with a range of partners to ensure that our research and teaching meet what is needed in industry. Our long standing and excellent reputation allows us to develop strong links with industry and create partnerships for research collaboration. Companies we collaborate with include, Airbus, BAE Systems, Caterpillar, GKN Aerospace, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, Renishaw, Rolls Royce, Siemens, Thales and TWI.

Working at the University of Sheffield

We are the only university to feature in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit organisations to work for 2018. In our staff survey (2016) 94% of staff said they were proud to work for the University and 89% of our staff would recommend the University as an excellent place to work.

The University builds teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience. The University of Sheffield is proud to be a Two Ticks employer:

The Department of Automatic Control and Systems Engineering is holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to equality and diversity. The Department has a very active equality and diversity agenda, linking to national initiatives such as Code First: Girls.

The City of Sheffield

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Sheffield is a vibrant, friendly, safe city surrounded by some of the most breathtaking countryside in the UK. It has been called the UK’s greenest city; there are 50 public parks and 170 woodlands within the city boundary. England’s fourth-largest city, Sheffield has the wealth of facilities you’d expect to find in a major city, yet more than a third of the city lies inside the Peak District National Park.

The city of Sheffield contains an abundance of entertainment and cultural activities. With a thriving cultural industries quarter and a range of city-wide events throughout the year, there is something on offer to suit everyone’s taste and interests.

Located in the centre of the UK, Sheffield is at the heart of an excellent transport network. There are 6 international airports within 65 miles and a bustling railway station offers access to every corner of the UK, and beyond.

To find out more about how we work with partners and friends in Sheffield to help shape a culturally and economically vibrant city visit:

Rewards and Benefits

We offer an excellent reward and benefits package (‘The Deal’):The Deal logo

  • Highly competitive pay, pension, reward and recognition opportunities linked to performance.
  • An extraordinary health and wellbeing offer ‘Juice’, that promotes happiness and wellbeing amongst our staff through a broad range of inclusive activities.
  • A comprehensive selection of benefits to suit your lifestyle needs under the umbrella of ‘The Deal’.
  • Access to extensive development and training opportunities, including our award-winning Sheffield Leader programme.
  • Award-winning equality and diversity action which enhances working life for all. 92% of staff tell us that they are treated with fairness and respect (staff survey 2016).

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How to apply

Applications should be made online via quoting the job reference number.

Informal enquiries

If you would like to talk to someone informally about this job and the recruiting department, contact:
Professor Daniel Coca on or on 0114 222 5619.

If you have any administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter:
Rebecca Fieldsend on or on 0114 222 5134.

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