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Lecturer in Civil and Structural Engineering (two posts)

Closing date: 24 April 2019
Job ref: UOS022090

Open ended contract

We are seeking to recruit two talented and ambitious Lecturers who will enhance our teaching and research in Civil and Structural Engineering, and contribute to the success of our new £9.2m cross disciplinary Integrated Civil And Infrastructure Research (ICAIR) Centre. ICAIR seeks to address pressing industry challenges to transform the intelligence, resilience and resource efficiency of physical infrastructure for the benefit of people and the planet.

We are seeking applications from outstanding candidates with expertise across the range of civil and structural engineering disciplines who feel they are able to contribute to the success of the ICAIR centre to take full advantage of the large scale physical research facilities and interdisciplinary networks that ICAIR offers. We would particularly welcome applications in the areas of infrastructure systems and civil engineering materials. Infrastructure systems could include areas of risk, resilience, complexity, economics, and smart and connect systems, with application to multiple infrastructure systems. Civil engineering materials to range from concrete, composite and new sustainable materials, to innovative construction processes, such as on-site robotics and automation.
Overall we are seeking applications from candidates with fresh ideas and the desire to make the world a better place.

Further information and application details

Introduction from Professor Joby BoxallProfJobyBoxall

Our department was founded in 1917 and we have a strong research history in fundamental areas such as structures and water. We continue to strive to be the best civil engineering department in the UK by developing and delivering our plans for excellent research and teaching.

We're in the top four in the UK for research excellence according to the last Research Excellence Framework (2014), 44th in the world (5th in the UK) according to the latest QS World University ranking by subject (2019), and we’re justifiably proud of our teaching and research, which goes beyond the traditional areas of the profession. We’re well known for our work in structural fire engineering, earthquake engineering, blast engineering, flood prediction and prevention, and leakage management.

But civil and structural engineering is no longer just about the built environment above and below ground. We have a responsibility and passion to address emerging global engineering challenges, and our growing expertise in resilient infrastructure, sustainability and carbon-neutral construction, energy generation & storage, digital technologies, characterisation of new materials, and managing risk and hazards, means we’re dedicated to making the world a better place and to producing engineers who will build a better future.

Professor Joby Boxall
Head of the Department of Civil & Structural Engineering


Research in the department is split into eight individual groups, namely Computational Mechanics & Design, Geotechnical Engineering, Water Engineering. Steel Structures, Concrete and Earthquake Engineering, Resources, Infrastructure Systems and Build Environments, Earthquake Engineering, and Blast & Impact Engineering.

We recently undertook a review to map our research on to big picture challenges; an overview of the state of the construction industry, a review of the wider infrastructure sector as a context for research, and global research opportunities. The review highlighted that we’re working in areas that align well with the government’s National Infrastructure Plan and the International Sustainable Development Goals. Our mapped research themes are Hazards & Resilience, Infrastructure, Energy, Digital, and Materials.

A great example of this is our recently opened Integrated Civil & Infrastructure Research Centre (ICAIR). This £8 million laboratory investment will facilitate and conduct internationally leading research and development in civil and infrastructure engineering and act as a catalyst for the introduction of technologies capable of delivering step changes in the design, fabrication, and operation of constructed infrastructure. Most importantly it will leverage expertise from across the University, local industry and beyond.

By redefining our research goals and outputs, transforming our research culture by supporting and encouraging those who are showing research ambition and potential, and cultivating inter-disciplinary networks, we hope to demonstrate the true impact of our work, and show how our strengths as a department feed into the most important global challenges we face.


The Diamond

We offer three-year BEng and four-year MEng undergraduate degrees in Civil and Civil & Structural Engineering. We also offer uniquely interdisciplinary programmes such as Structural Engineering & Architecture, Architectural Engineering, and Urban Engineering & Development

Our first and second year undergraduate students are taught in the Diamond, a world class facility for engineering education opened in September 2015. The building allows all engineering students the opportunity to get hands-on learning in state-of-the-art labs, develop skills in on industrial scale equipment, and study in over a thousand study spaces.

Our undergraduate teaching starts with the engineering fundamentals, incorporates plenty of laboratory classes and project work, and culminates in students specialising in Masters level optional modules in specific areas. Our award winning Integrated Design Project takes up an entire semester of 3rd year and allows students to take part in a realistic design project, from conception, to design and build. It contextualises their studies and gives them the employability skills that are valued in the workplace. Our courses incorporate a wide-range of careers support, so much so that in the last Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (2016/17) 100% of our students went into graduate-level jobs or further study.

Our range of postgraduate MSc courses covers Architectural Engineering Design, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering and Water Engineering. 2020 will see the launch of three new courses that will cover Infrastructure, Risk and Resilience, and Management.

Working at the University of Sheffield

We actively work towards creating a socially diverse workplace where everyone can be themselves, and where we all embrace each other’s unique backgrounds and heritage, strengths and skills. Diverse, inclusive teams solve problems better and develop broader and more creative solutions, and so we work hard to help staff tap into this power.

When we recruit we aim to bring together diverse teams with the relative skills, strengths and identities to make a positive impact on the University and the world. Find out more

The City of Sheffield

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Peak District

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

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If you join the University you will have access to a Total Reward Package that includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. You will have access to your own personalised portal where you can also access a comprehensive selection of benefits and offers to suit your changing lifestyle needs, for example financial wellbeing, travel options, shopping and cinema discounts.

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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 Matthew Gilbert

If you have any administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter: Gillian Callaghan

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