Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge, relevant research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for innovation, business and industry.
Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages. Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.
Shaping Tomorrow Together
The university is running a campaign to identify key academic talent join us across our Edinburgh, Galashiels, and Dubai campuses and across multiple Schools and Disciplines. You will join as an Assistant Professor. This is an exciting campaign to kick off in late 2022 and into 2023. So, we are really interested in hearing from you as we look to you to help us shape tomorrow together.
About our Team
The School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society is one of the UK’s leading institutions for multidisciplinary research and teaching in areas critical to economic development and societal equity. We aim to attain excellence in the teaching of the core disciplines that contribute to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact research and knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges.
The School enjoys facilities consistent with its location in modern, purpose-built accommodation on the Edinburgh campus. The School is well equipped in respect of laboratories for materials, structures, engineering, building services and hydraulics research and teaching. Our research and teaching facilities in Dubai and Malaysia are contained within purpose-built campuses in Knowledge Park and Putrajaya, respectively.
The School’s undergraduate teaching on our Edinburgh campus covers civil and structural engineering, architectural engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying, geography, urban studies, interior design and the biology suite. On our Dubai campus we teach civil & structural engineering, architectural engineering, architecture, construction management, quantity surveying and interior design. On our Malaysia campus we teach civil engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying and petroleum engineering. We offer a high quality educational experience underpinned by practical and laboratory teaching, and informed by contact with professional practice. Most of our degree programmes hold the appropriate accreditation from the relevant professional body. This educational philosophy ensures excellent employment prospects for all of our graduates.
Programmes of postgraduate study are aligned to the expertise contained in each of our research institutes. Our postgraduate students therefore benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge in their chosen study area. You can find further information about the School’s postgraduate programmes at https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/postgraduate-programmes.htm
The School seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise, or with a developing research record, in one of the following areas:
This is an exciting opportunity to develop a leading role in the development and delivery of innovative teaching and research. Heriot-Watt University is known for its research-informed course delivery and the global multi-campus education it provides. The successful applicant will have a strong student-centred approach to pedagogy and curriculum design and will be encouraged to innovate. There are numerous opportunities for teaching/research linkages and for education to be strongly informed by the applicant’s research background.
Heriot-Watt is a research intensive university, with the School achieving world-leading status in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise of 2021. The successful candidate will be expected to make a substantive contribution to the next research assessment process.
This is an exciting time to join an already successful team. Applications from candidates who can operate at the cross disciplinary boundaries of civil engineering and allied fields are particularly welcome. Applicants must have a good record of high quality publications and possess excellent team working and communication skills. Previous teaching experience, a strong commitment to the student experience, and evidence of innovation in teaching delivery are essential. The candidate must also be a graduate in Civil Engineering with a doctorate in a Civil Engineering or a closely related field. Any relevant industrial experience is desirable but not essential.
Research and teaching within the School is structured across six Institutes. The successful candidate will be based within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, with direct links into the Institute for Sustainable Building Design.
The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) undertakes advanced research to deliver technological advances and inform government policy on topics such as climate change, sustainable development, infrastructure deterioration and security as well as covering specialist themes such as water management, high-speed rail, systems engineering; construction materials, geo-mechanics and structures.
Further information, please visit: http://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/research/institute-infrastructure-environment.htm
Our Institute for Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) aims to be world leading in architectural and building systems engineering, construction management and innovative building design. It delivers excellence in specialist areas of high value, high impact research, and postgraduate training across a wide range of fields covering sustainability, design and management in the built environment. Staff are currently working in building energy systems, acoustics, water and drainage, building simulation, low carbon innovations, construction management, and circular economy approaches, and are leading the way in providing research solutions to the challenges in these fields. Further information can be obtained at:
For information on other Institutes within the School, please visit:
Key Duties and Responsibilities
The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:
Research and Knowledge Exchange
Learning and Teaching
Academic Management and Administration
Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.
We will measure applicants based on the essential criteria, not by the key duties.
Education, Qualifications and Experience (i.e. Person Specification)
How to Apply
Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on the 19th February 2023.
Applicants must make their submission via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system and include: (1) Cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) Full CV that includes the list of publications (3) Research and teaching statements, showing their strengths in one or more of the research areas above.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Lynne Jack, Director of Institute – email@example.com
Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all.
Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers https://disc.hw.ac.uk/ .
We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.
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