Shoda Chair in Aerospace Science

University of Glasgow – James Watt School of Engineering

The James Watt School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a Professor who will provide leadership in research and research-led education in Aerospace Systems as a member of the Division of Aerospace Sciences.

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.

We are particularly interested to hear from candidates with proven expertise in conducting research related to aerospace in one or more of the following areas: avionics, ATM, aerospace autonomous, robotic or AI systems, technologies for electric and hybrid aircraft, design optimization and uncertainty quantification, computational cognitive modelling. The successful candidate will take up a senior role in the School by bringing together research in UAVs, cyber-physical and autonomous systems, and sensor technologies. 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 activity in Aerospace Systems, 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 selected candidate is expected to have a strong track record and commitment to delivering excellent teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The James Watt 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. 

We are one of the most research intensive Engineering Schools in the UK with an annual research income of £19m p.a. In addition to the Research Divisions, we host the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, a £50m research asset; major capabilities for the UK National Wind Tunnel Facility; the Electronic Systems Design Centre; the Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics; the Scottish Government Centre for 5G technology; and the Glasgow Computational Engineering Centre. All the Divisions support a broad range of research, led by our world-leading academics. All our research is carried out in our extensive laboratory and computing facilities. 

For more information about this position please contact Professor Konstantinos Kontis,

For more information and to apply online: Click here

Closing Date: 25th April 2021

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. The James Watt School of Engineering strongly endorses the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the School in promoting gender equality.

We would therefore particularly welcome applications from women and other groups who are currently underrepresented in these positions in JWSE.

Details of JWSE's­ Athena SWAN Award and activities can be found here:

The School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group is happy to answer questions from applicants on gender equality in representation, progression and success (Professor Cindy Smith: or Debbie Goldie:

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