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Welcome from our Head of Department


to The Department of Mechanical Engineering; I’m thrilled you’re considering joining our community here at The University of Sheffield.  

Our students are great and we're a welcoming department with a fun, friendly and vibrant community.  We offer a combination of real-world experience, academic and research expertise, a dedication to teaching excellence and a commitment to our staff and students.

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Professor Elizabeth Cross
Head of Department of Mechanical Engineering

Current Opportunities

Chair in Composites Manufacturing

We are seeking to appoint a chair of international renown to provide academic leadership in Composites Manufacturing, who has a clear vision for their research and has established a strong international reputation in their field.

You will establish a world-leading research programme in Composites Manufacturing and contribute to the leadership and strategic direction of your research theme, sharing in our ambitious vision and commitment to a culture of collegiality and mutual support.

We are particularly interested in researchers active in the processing of advanced composite materials, including modelling and simulation of automated manufacturing processes and flow phenomena, materials characterisation, process development, in-process control and monitoring techniques, offline characterisation, destructive and non-destructive testing.

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Lectureships in Composites

We are looking to appoint 3 Lecturers or Senior Lecturers in the area of polymer composite materials; individuals who will contribute to maintaining our welcoming, inclusive, diverse and inspiring environment for our students, and whose expertise will complement and enhance our existing capabilities through cross-disciplinary research.

The posts will be held in the most relevant department for your skills - either the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering or at our Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). Joint appointments between departments and the AMRC will also be considered, as appropriate.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about both research and teaching, and who are keen to explore new collaborations and new approaches where possible.

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Digital Twins Opportunities

Our priority in this recruitment call is to bring in excellent individuals with expertise in Digital Twins working in emerging areas within their discipline who are also able to contribute to our cross-disciplinary efforts in tackling global challenges.

We are looking for individuals who are passionate about both research and teaching, and who are keen to explore new collaborations and new approaches where possible. We recognise that applicants will come with a range of experience, and we will make our assessments based on your career stage and your potential to make a positive difference to our departmental activities and culture. Mentorship and training will be provided during your probationary period in order to help with your transition into the Department.

Senior Lecturer in Digital Twins Lecturer in Digital Twins (numerical modelling)
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UKAEA Professor

Do you want to join the UK’s national fusion laboratory and one of the UK’s leading universities to answer some of the most complex and exciting challenges in engineering and technology?

UKAEA and the University of Sheffield are funding a professorship, with the aim of developing novel approaches to the prediction of fusion technology performance.

Addressing the challenges of qualification for fusion will be the core focus of the role and at least half of your time is expected to be in this area, but the role will also come with a positive encouragement to actively and imaginatively push into adjacent areas of research and draw solutions and ideas from the widest range of sectors, alongside contributing to the University through teaching and leadership as part of its vibrant academic community. We envisage that this arrangement will provide the perfect opportunity for an individual who will address this exciting new field in their own way while also building a network of others across academia and industry who will attack similar problems in different ways, to achieve tangible impact and change.

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Our department was established in 1917 and has gained a strong international reputation for research and teaching. We’re one of the UK’s leading departments of Mechanical Engineering and ranked amongst the UK's top five for research. Our research vision is to apply our core strengths in mechanical engineering science, addressing key societal challenges, to advance fundamental science and to achieve stakeholder impact.

We truly believe that this expertise should translate into research-led teaching that is an inspiration for future generations. Our learning and teaching vision is to recruit high calibre students, inspire them and provide a challenging curriculum that will ultimately equip them with the skills to compete globally. With a strong team spirit and collegiate approach, we seek to create such opportunities for our students whilst simultaneously providing a rich and rewarding environment for our academic staff.