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Associate Professor/Lecturer(Assistant Professor*) in Future Mobility Systems, Autonomous Systems and Robotics

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £64,145
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 30 October 2020
Reference:  1293620DA

The Department of Aeronautics & Astronautics and the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Southampton invite applications for an Associate Professor/Lecturer (Assistant Professor*)  in the area of future mobility systems, autonomous systems and robotics. We are specifically interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas:  

  • Dynamics and control of autonomous systems in manufacturing and mobility (including flight dynamics and vehicle dynamics)
  • Human-machine interactions and control
  • Hybrid and electric vehicles
  • Electric power systems for vehicles
  • Mechatronics including avionics and sensors for single and swarms of autonomous systems
  • Data science for design and operations of future mobility and manufacturing systems

You will join very active departments with inter-disciplinary research interests where fundamental and industrially relevant problems are addressed with a range of theoretical, experimental and computational methods. The Departments are within the School of Engineering where complementary work in aerodynamics and propulsion, battery technologies, unmanned aerial and underwater vehicles, computational engineering and design, mechatronics, biomedical engineering, materials science and additive manufacturing are carried out. The School has recently made major investments in new experimental facilities across different departments in experimental aerodynamics, propulsion, structural mechanics and additive manufacturing. The University also hosts one of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK. 

To be successful you will have an academic reputation, demonstrated by high-quality journal publications in your field as you will be committed to developing, largely through external funding, a research team in your area. In education, it goes without saying that you will develop and deliver a range of innovative teaching and assessment approaches in different areas of Aeronautics and Astronautics and/or Mechanical Engineering continually enhancing the student experience.  You will support us in developing our range of modules and project work and to widen our teaching activities in your area of interest. In Mechanical Engineering we are particularly looking for educational developments in the future of automotive engineering.It is essential you have a PhD or equivalent professional qualifications and experience in Engineering or related subject.

All applicants must include a Curriculum Vitae, a research statement, which includes research vision and grant capture over the next five years (up to 3 pages) and a teaching statement (up to 1 page) highlighting the areas of interest. 

Details of our different undergraduate programmes including modules that are currently delivered can be seen here: 

Aero & Astro:

Mech. Eng:

For informal enquiries, please contact Head of Department(s),

Aero & Astro:  Prof. Bharathram Ganapathisubramani,

Mech Eng: Prof. Philippa Reed,

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy**, onsite childcare facilities

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*You will assume the title Lecturer upon appointment

**subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure  

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4046 or email  Please quote reference 1293620DA on all correspondence.

Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Faculty of Engineering

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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