Shoda Chair of Aerospace Systems

University of Glasgow – James Watt School of Engineering

College of Science & Engineering

We are seeking to appoint a professor to complement or expand our existing activities. We are particularly interested in the areas of Aerospace Autonomous & Robotic Systems, Cyber-Physical Systems, AI Technologies engineering research, education and commercial development. The position will take up a senior role in the School by bringing together research in UAVs, Robotics, Space and Advanced/Autonomous systems. It will enable a wide range of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary collaborations providing at the same time mentoring to ECRs and mid-career academics. The post holder will expand, develop and lead academic and industrial opportunities within the School, building towards an internationally recognised Centre in Aerospace Systems that is self-sustaining, and will improve the international reputation of the School and Aerospace Sciences Division by increasing overseas collaborations by broadening existing and developing new networks.

The successful candidate may be considered for the vacant Shoda Chair of Aerospace Systems. The Shoda Chair was established in 1995 with a gift from the family and friends of (Paul) Taizo Shoda (c 1893-c 1988), a graduate of the University who became a leading figure in Japanese aerospace industry, and is reserved for outstanding academics of international standing. 

They will also be expected to take a senior leadership role supporting the strategic objectives and priorities of the School/College in line with the University’s ambitions, and make a substantial contribution to enhancing a scholarly, research-led ethos within the School/College. We expect our professors to take responsibilities associated with managing external stakeholder relationships that advance knowledge exchange, public understanding and outreach and strengthen links with professional bodies and industry.

The School of Engineering offers world class teaching across all Engineering disciplines. Willingness and expertise to build on and complement our existing portfolio of courses, and develop new and innovative courses, will be greatly valued.

The James Watt School of Engineering is comprised of 5 Research Divisions including: Aerospace Sciences; Biomedical Engineering; Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering; Infrastructure and Environment; and Systems, Power and Energy. The School has 130 staff engaged in all aspects of research and teaching. The annual research income of the School is £19m, and the School is home to the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, the National Wind Tunnel Facility, the Electronic Systems Design Centre and the Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics.

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