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London South Bank University

School of Engineering

The School of Engineering at London South Bank University is internationally recognized and was the founding discipline of the university in 1892. The School is currently building on its strengths, particularly our 25th ranking nationally by research intensity, and looking to recruit academic staff that have the potential to be leaders in their academic field. Following two rounds of recruiting staff within the last year academic year, we are investing in facilities and wish to expand the numbers of early career staff to complement our research strengths.

This recruitment round we are looking for multiple early career academics that broadly align with either Mechanical Engineering or Computer Science. Candidates should be driven to succeed and are motivated to enhance the School of Engineering’s research and enterprise. For our part, we are establishing a supportive environment where academics have the freedom to carry out high risk research, transfer knowledge to research-informed teaching and develop industrial impact. Further details on the School of Engineering and the positions are below.

The deadline for all applications is June 21st 2020 and interviews are planned for July 2020. Informal discussions should be directed towards Prof. Asa Barber, Dean of Engineering, at barbera8@lsbu.ac.uk

About the university and school

London South Bank University is located within the centre of London and enjoys all the benefits of a major cosmopolitan city. The university is renowned for its applied research and education including being the Good University Guide’s University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the last two years. London South Bank University hosts The Clarence Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, which was ranked 15th in the world by the UBI Global Rankings (2017/18) for business incubators. The university recently ranked in the top 200 globally in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings and in the QS Top Universities world top 150 universities under the age of 50.

The university was established over 120 years ago to serve the education needs of south London as Borough Polytechnic Institute. The university has grown to approximately 18,000 students and 2000 staff and enjoys prime location in central London, with many of the major sites within easy walking distance of the university. More information can be found here.

The School of Engineering has over 60 academic staff distributed over four divisions that represent the academic disciplines of the School (Electrical & Electronic Engineering, Computer Science & Informatics, Mechanical Engineering & Design and Chemical & Energy Engineering). The majority of the staff are research active and contribute to an annual spend of over £4 million on research activities, mostly through the awards of external grants and contracts. The student body is diverse with significant numbers of mature and/or employer-sponsored part-time students. Our current institutional Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) is silver but the School consistently achieves higher than the institutional average. More information can be found here.

Our ethos

The School has a relatively new leadership team that has long-term commitments to our ambitions of excellence in research and teaching. The School is competitive, so our expectations are that staff with significant research responsibilities can compete with academics at other leading institutions within the UK. We have confidence that we achieve this from the quality of our publications and successes in securing external funding, as well as recent recruitment of world-leading senior staff. However, we perhaps differ from many other research intensive engineering schools by supporting our staff in their actions and not necessarily their outcomes. For example, we acknowledge that research is competitive and that even the strongest grant proposals may not get funded. If our academic staff are motivated and develop great ideas then this has more value to us than the amount of grant secured.

We also expect to support all our academic staff appropriately. The School of Engineering has balance in its activities, so some staff have research obligations and we expect to provide a teaching workload that allows high quality research to be carried out. We also expect that early career academics need mentoring and some funds to start their independent researcher careers. Our approach is to be open and transparent on what we want to achieve and agree as a collective.

Our research facilities and structure

The School of Engineering has significant academic staff and facility resources as well as extended collaborative networks around the world. We place importance on physical laboratory space with dedicated hardware and software facilities to accommodate the collaborate research and teaching between researchers. Some of the pivotal research assets are described here. Facility highlights include:

  • Advanced materials laboratories. We have a number of facilities particularly in materials discovery, thin film and materials manufacturing facilities. Our capacities included small-scale production, through to 3D printing and larger scale prototyping. We have a track record of vacuum-based processing and have a number of deposition setups such as exploiting chemical vapour type routes. The applications are broad and range from coating biomedical devices, production of antennas through to photovoltaic devices.
  • Bioengineering laboratories. We have a range of capabilities, with our strengths employing in-house RF characterisation using a dedicated 40GHz anechoic chamber (35m2). EMC testing, RF imaging and antenna characterisation are carried out here alongside modelling software such as CST and COMSOL. The chamber also contains 3D manipulation equipment and dedicated User Interfaces for remote testing. Applications include studies in skin, bone and cancerous tissue. We additionally house a range of mechanical testing equipment across a wide range of loading conditions and extensive 3D printing facilities for bioinspired and biomimetic studies.
  • Cognitive systems laboratories. This theme is growing and is broad, ranging from newly established cybersecurity laboratories towards extensive robotics laboratories, with strengths both in software and the use of sensing in robotic systems. Many of the facilities include high performance computing and collaborate with energy and bioengineering themes.

Note that the above facilities are expanding due to the development of research groups associated with our new members of academic staff. In addition, we are about to launch new research centres that consolidate our strengths and build critical mass of interests into three major themes:

  • London Centre for Energy Engineering: our interests are broad and cover fundamental topics in materials discovery, through to scale-up of energy systems and management of large scale energy networks. Specific areas of strength are around functional materials and their manufacture, photovoltaics, biofuels, explosion and fire safety, pollution management, green and renewable technologies, heating and cooling systems.
  • Centre for Bioengineering: our focus is typically on engineering approaches to solve problems within healthcare and structural biology. These interests are predominantly in medical devices and development, medical imaging, RF and signal processing applied to healthcare, biomechanics and biomimetics.
  • Centre for Cognitive systems: an inherently broad area, our research in this area aligns with robotics, machine learning particularly applied to signal processing, computer vision and imaging, data science for vertical applications such as smart cities and industry 4.0, smart internet technologies and applications in evolving communication systems such as 5G and 6G.

The websites and organization around research is expected to change through the recruitment of new staff but further information can be found here.

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