Mechanical Engineering at The University of Sheffield

Our Department: Introduction from Professor Neil Sims

Neil SimsThe Department of Mechanical Engineering at The University of Sheffield has gained a strong international reputation for its research and teaching over the last century. Established in 1917, we are one of the UK’s leading departments in the field - ranking amongst the UK's top five Mechanical Engineering departments for research excellence, and achieving consistently high student satisfaction.

We have a vibrant team here at Sheffield. With over 200 members of staff – including academics, researchers, technicians, support and professional colleagues – our community is home to academics holding EPSRC fellowships, Royal Academy of Engineering Chairs, and EPSRC Programme and Network Grants. Our work also involves strong links with industry.

The Department’s long-standing successes in research and teaching have led to significant infrastructure investments over the past decade. In 2015, the University opened the Diamond building, an £81m investment that is home to extensive teaching laboratories for engineering students. This year will also see the refurbishment of the Department’s original home, to become the new £50m Engineering Heartspace development, complete with state-of-the-art laboratories, workshops and postgraduate research space.

At a tremendously exciting time for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, both for our research and teaching, we are looking to welcome new colleagues to the team who will support our drive to continually grow and develop, providing cutting-edge research and teaching in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

More details of our available positions can be found via the links above, and we welcome applications from forward-thinking, collaborative and committed colleagues from diverse backgrounds who want to work with us as we build on our ambitions into the future.

I look forward to working with our new colleagues.

Professor Neil Sims
Head of Department, Mechanical Engineering

Our Research

The Laboratory for Verification and ValidationWe have a rich and varied research community here at Sheffield. Our vision is to apply the Department’s core strengths in mechanical engineering science into research that addresses key societal challenges, advances fundamental science, and achieves stakeholder impact.

Within the Department, our research is organised into six themes: dynamics, fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, manufacturing, biomechanics, and energy. The breadth of our research creates many opportunities for collaboration and inspiration.

  • In dynamics we have recently commissioned the Laboratory for Verification and Validation, providing unique facilities for testing full-scale structures (pictured)
  • In solid mechanics, we have an extensive research agenda focusing on tribology and the friction of interfaces, as well as experimental stress analysis, modelling, and fatigue.
  • In fluid mechanics, we have exciting fundamental research on turbulence, computational methods, and optimisation.
  • In manufacturing, we are developing new capabilities for additive manufacturing of polymer, metallic, and functional materials, and have strong links to the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
  • Our biomechanics research is an exemplar of cross-disciplinary activity that is a key part of the Insigneo Institute for in silico Medicine.
  • Energy research is a key feature of the Department’s research and innovation portfolio. We also lead the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre, a national consortium that brings together world-class academics to provide a national focal point for CCUS research and development.

Our Teaching

The Diamond BuildingAt Sheffield, we firmly believe that our research expertise should translate into research-led teaching that inspires future generations of mechanical engineers.

Our learning and teaching vision is to recruit high calibre students and inspire each one to become a self-motivated and adaptable learner. To achieve this, we provide our students with a challenging curriculum, preparing our graduates to contribute to the diversity of challenges present in global engineering and technology. With a strong team spirit and collegiate approach, we create a positive and stimulating learning environment for our students, whilst simultaneously providing a rich and rewarding environment for our academic staff.

In 2018 we were successfully re-accredited by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers across all our programmes of study with exemplar feedback from assessors. Building on this solid foundation we are now in an exciting process of curriculum review, looking to enhance the individual development of each student and equipping them to create value in rapidly-evolving industrial and/or research contexts.

To achieve this, we can draw on motivated and expert staff, a vibrant student environment and the significant infrastructure investments over the past decade, all possible as a result of our long-standing successes in research and teaching.

Collaboration and Industry

Collaboration is at the core of our research and teaching, and we are proud to work with a wide variety of industrial and academic partners.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is a member of the Faculty of Engineering at The University of Sheffield, one of the biggest and best providers of engineering research and education in the UK. The Faculty has over 5000 students and is among the top three faculties in the UK for research income (at approximately £40m annually).

There are many opportunities for collaboration between staff in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and colleagues in related departments, such as Civil and Structural Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering.

We also actively encourage collaboration with industrial partners and other universities. For example we lead the UK Acoustics Network, and the UK Carbon Capture and Storage Research Centre. We also collaborate in the EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hub in Manufacture using Advanced Powder Processes.

We work to make a positive impact for our partners through our collaborations, supporting them to increase production, reduce costs and drive innovation.

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 (2018), 92% of staff said they were proud to work for the University, and 83% of our staff would recommend the University as an excellent place to work. You can find out more about living in Sheffield and working at the University here and by checking out two of our Staff Profiles:

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 Disability Confident employer.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of very few in the UK that holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to equality and diversity. 

The DealRewards and Benefits

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

  • 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).

For more information on reward and benefits visit:

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 a post, please see the 'About the Job' information via the vacancy links above. Here you will find the contact details for the most appropriate person to speak to.

If you have any administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter: Julie Fryer on or 0114 222 7712.

If you need any support with your online application, visit: