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Associate Professor/Lecturer(Assistant Professor*) in Astronautics and Spacecraft Engineering

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £64,145
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 30 October 2020
Reference:  1293720DA

We invite applications for an Associate Professor/Lecturer (Assistant Professor*). You will join the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton supporting all areas of Astronautics and spacecraft engineering. Some research areas that would complement our existing strengths are: 

  • Space-systems/CubeSat design engineering and/or new concepts for future space systems
  • Space/satellite technology including instrumentation, communications and/or remote sensing
  • Data science for space applications
  • Astrodynamics and space environment including mission design, simulation and analysis
  • Space robotics, space-vehicle control and autonomous systems
  • Additive manufacturing and structures for/in space

We would also welcome applications from candidates with expertise in any combination of above-mentioned areas and indeed all other areas relevant to astronautics and spacecraft engineering. You will join a very active department with inter-disciplinary research interests across Aeronautics and Astronautics where fundamental and industrially relevant problems are addressed with theoretical, experimental and computational methods. We have a strong Astronautics research thrust within the department with work in orbital mechanics, propulsion, instrumentation, debris modelling, spacecraft structures and aerothermodynamics of ballistic and re-entry vehicles. The Department is within the School of Engineering where complementary work in Material science, X-ray/CT Scanning, additive manufacturing and macro-/micro-vibrations are carried out. The school has recently made major investments in new experimental facilities across different departments in experimental aerodynamics and 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 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. 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 three-page research statement, which includes research vision and grant capture over the next five years and a one-page teaching statement highlighting the areas of interest and ideas for innovation in education in Aeronautics and Astronautics. 

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

Aero & Astro:

For informal enquiries, please contact Head of Department, Prof. Bharathram Ganapathisubramani,

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** and 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.

**subject to qualifying criteria

*Upon appointment you will assume the title of Lecturer.

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 1293720DA 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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