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Lecturer/Associate Professor - Dynamics and Control

Institute of Sound & Vibration Research

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £64,145
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Sunday 08 August 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1390221DA

 Build your future along with our programmes in Dynamics and Control

The University of Southampton is a unique place in which to explore what you are capable of: as one of the world’s top universities, we know what it takes to create an exceptional student experience. Our Institute of Sound and Vibration is one of the UK’s top research institutes at the forefront of pioneering research with a long history of success since its inception 60 years ago, delivering exceptional academic courses underpinned by a dynamic culture of innovation and research. We take particular pride in the departments uniquely collaborative team spirit, in which our colleagues support one another in their endeavours. You will also have unparalleled opportunities to collaborate with academics from different engineering disciplines and access to state-of-the-art facilities such as material and structure testing machines, wind tunnels and the µ-VIS X-ray imaging centre. The School has recently completed occupation of a new £122m innovation campus which is shared with Lloyds Register and home to the National Infrastructure Laboratory. We have excellent vibration testing facilities including a large 6-axis motion simulator, and a suite of anechoic and reverberation chambers. In addition, we are currently making substantial investments to refurbish our research facilities and teaching laboratories for the next generation. 

To make the most of this incredible opportunity, you will need have a PhD in engineering or physical sciences, or have an equivalent and relevant professional qualification and experience. Your research track-record will be impressive, and you will be passionate about working in partnership with the team to share expertise. While some teaching experience would be useful, it is more important that you have great communication skills with the ability to engage students in their learning, be that through group sessions or one-to-one. As long as you can bring a real passion for the field to our department, we will help you develop your presentation skills. In turn, we are committed to all of our staff achieving a healthy work-life balance, with flexible working hours and onsite childcare facilities. The School is committed to tackling gender inequality and hold an Athena SWAN bronze award.  With a generous benefits package that includes a contributory pension scheme, competitive holiday allowance, subsidised health and fitness facilities, a cycle-to-work scheme and a range of discounts, this is a place where you are sure to excel. To take this fascinating next step in your career, informal enquiries to 

 We are particularly interested if you have experience in areas that complement and expand upon our existing strengths, which include

  • Active and passive vibration control 
  • Smart structures
  • Structural wave propagation
  • Vibro-acoustics
  • Biodynamics

Working alongside colleagues in the ISVR and the School of Engineering, you will contribute to large taught modules in mechanics related subjects but may also act as module lead, taking responsibility for curriculum design, module level assessment and quality assurance. Student projects form a key part of our engineering programmes and you will propose and supervise innovative and exciting projects that provide excellent learning opportunities for our students.

You will either be appointed as a Lecturer (Level 5) or Associate Professor (Level 6), depending on experience. Two Job Descriptions are attached.

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. 

For informal enquiries, please contact Head of Department, Prof. Stefan Bleeck, s.bleeck@soton.ac.uk, or Head of Dynamics Group, Dr. Tim Waters, tpw@soton.ac.uk.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic, 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

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. 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 recruitment@soton.ac.uk. Please quote reference 1390221DA 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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