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Associate Professor - Human Factors Engineering

Civil, Maritime & Environmental Engineering

Location:  Boldrewood Campus
Salary:   £51,034 to £64,145
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 30 June 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1383421DA

Move transport forward faster. And see your own career accelerate.

 Lead the way in a world-renowned centre for education, research and enterprise.

 Are you driven by an interest in human-machine interaction? Can you inspire others in human-factors-related research and learning? Then the University of Southampton’s Department of Civil, Maritime and Environmental Engineering is the ideal place to develop your career. We have brand new, world-class facilities and a vibrant 50-strong departmental academic community. Civil Engineering at Southampton was ranked #1 and #2 in the UK this year by the Guardian and the Times Good University Guides respectively.  Meanwhile, the wider Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences was ranked top in research power in the UK for General Engineering in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014.

 Based in the Transportation Research Group, with strong links across all departments in the School of Engineering, you will help drive our human-factors-related research.  You will have a particular focus on the design of autonomous air, land and sea systems and the rules governing human-and-machine command and control strategies during partial states of automation. You will also support delivery of current Human Factors modules and projects on undergraduate and masters taught programmes. In addition, you will lead on the development of new pathways – specifically a dedicated Human Factors in Transportation MSc and related short-course programmes.

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 To make the most of this exciting role, you will need a PhD (or equivalent professional qualifications and experience) in human factors, along with a track record of published research. You will be eligible for Fellowship of the HEA due to your past involvement in the development and delivery of teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate level or supported to achieve this at Southampton.  You’ll have a proven ability to develop innovative research proposals and attract research funding.  Highly organised, with strong communication skills, you’ll be ready to manage and motivate others.

 In return, we help you shape a role that’s uniquely tailored to your interests and lifestyle. As a university with an Athena SWAN silver award, we are recognised for our commitment to improving equality for all in science and engineering.  Our comprehensive benefits package also includes a contributory pension scheme, generous holiday allowance, subsidised health and fitness facilities, a cycle-to-work scheme and a range of discounts.

 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.

 *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 Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1383421DA on all correspondence. 

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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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