Associate Professor or Lecturer in Automotive Engineering

University of Leeds

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher and teacher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a strong research background in Automotive Engineering? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading Universities? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in a research-intensive Russell Group University?

We are looking for an outstanding candidate to play a key role in the research and taught provision relevant to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Automotive Engineering.

Joining the School of Mechanical Engineering, your research will contribute to advancing understanding in the general area of Automotive Engineering. Current related research activities within the School include: tribological interfaces in automotive engineering (especially brakes, clutches and lubricated systems); lightweight vehicles and structures (especially composites); vehicle dynamics (especially in relation to vehicle-driver interactions and self-driving vehicles) and vehicle aerodynamics. You will have the experience and capability to deliver outstanding teaching in these areas, with the vision and drive to tackle new challenges.

Within this role is the provision for developing laboratory based studies, to both support and drive predictive understanding, and developing computational modelling methodologies. Teaching duties will be in areas relevant to our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Automotive Engineering (e.g. vehicle design and analysis, drivetrain and chassis engineering, self-driving vehicles) and you will be expected to offer automotive-related undergraduate and postgraduate projects and to make a major supervisory contribution to our Formula Students racecar activities. You will also contribute to the School’s continuing professional development and knowledge transfer activities and provide academic leadership to further enhance the international research and teaching reputation of the School of Mechanical Engineering.

For appointment as Associate Professor, you must also be able to demonstrate international standing in your field, a track record of successful and substantive grant applications, the capacity to deliver an outstanding student experience and an ability to undertake successful academic leadership. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, for example if you are applying directly from industry, please contact: 

Professor Harvey Thompson, Head of School, School of Mechanical Engineering
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2136 or email:

Further information 

The Faculty of Engineering is proud to have been awarded the Athena Swan Silver Award from the Equality Challenge Unit, the national body that promotes equality in the higher education sector. Our equality and inclusion webpageprovides more information.

Location: Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service: Faculty of Engineering
School/Institute: School of Mechanical Engineering
Category: Academic
Grade: Grade 8 to Grade 9
Salary: £39,992 to £56,950 p.a.
Interview Date: Wednesday 28 March 2018

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