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University Academic Fellow in Fashion Clothing Engineering

University of Leeds - School of Design, Faculty of Arts Humanities and Cultures

Location: Leeds
Salary: £40,792 to £48,677 per annum (Grade 8)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 28th January 2019
Closes: 10th March 2019
Job Ref: AHCDE1058

Are you an experienced and ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a strong research background in Fashion Clothing Engineering? Do you want to further your career in a World-Leading research-intensive Russell Group University?

With a vision and drive to contribute to a World-Leading research portfolio, as well as a passion for undertaking research-led teaching, you will make a significant impact on the performance, stature and profile of research and student education at The University of Leeds.

The School of Design is part of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures which consists of nine dynamic and diverse Schools which offer vibrant research and a commitment to excellence in teaching. You will join an experienced, innovative and diverse team to teach across our programmes, support module design, course leadership and student experience, as well as leading the development of research projects. In addition to establishing new research you will also be actively involved in producing high quality publications and contributing to the School’s Research Excellence Framework (REF).

The School aims to establish its leadership in Fashion Clothing Engineering by embedding the latest technologies, materials and manufacturing techniques into fashion clothing design. The fellowship will focus on distinct areas within the product lifecycle looking to establish a new fashion recycling philosophy through the digital design of new clothing materials with specifically engineered functionalities and lifetimes, green chemistry and additional disassembly functionality. The ability to effectively engineer new fabrics and garments that are functional, comfortable and importantly recyclable will require a fundamental understanding of the use of 3D computer aided clothing design, the nature of materials and clothing technology. By utilising this knowledge and expertise it will be possible to engineer fabric/garment construction, appearance, handle aesthetics, drape, performance and innovative coloration. In addition it is important to recognise that clothing is increasingly incorporating electronic platforms into its construction and that creates further challenges in terms of comfort, durability, laundering and ultimately the deconstruction and recycling of the wearable electronics as well as the fibres. Therefore the complementary approach of the use of clothing CAD, 3D manufacturing and integration of “hard” materials into the recyclable apparel is both innovative and ground breaking.  

Allied to this challenge has been the recent award of AHRC Creative Clusters funding (Future Fashion Factory) to the School of Design which has given further momentum to the aim of effectively integrating design and technology into fashion clothing within a 21st century circular economy. It is expected that you will provide a coordinating and complementary focus for this strategic UK project where high value products will be recycled into valuable byproducts rather than low value waste materials.

Career Pathway: Tenure track equivalent post requiring successful completion of a 5 year development plan, leading to appointment to a grade 9 Associate Professor, with the potential for accelerated progression.

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