Chair in Renewable Energy Technology

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Edinburgh, UK
Jun 05, 2020
Jul 05, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top 25 institutions of Higher Education and provides exceptional research, teaching, and living environments. The School of Engineering reflects all of the University's principal characteristics, with a cosmopolitan academic staff numbering over 140, and with a body of 1,700 undergraduate and 680 postgraduate students drawn from all over the world. We carry out internationally excellent teaching and research, attracting high-calibre students and an excellent level of research funding. Due to the expansion of our activities in Renewable Energies we are looking to recruit academic leaders to play a major role in furthering our activities in research and teaching.

• Chair of Renewable Energy Technology

We are looking for individuals with vision who will help us develop our portfolio of research and education and who will play a leading role in helping us achieve our aim of becoming one of the UK's foremost institutions in the area of Renewable Energy Technology.

The culture of the School of Engineering and the University is open and diverse and we are committed to reflecting that in our appointment process.

For an informal discussion, potential candidates are invited to contact the Head of School, Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh on +44 (0)131 650 5566 or, or the Director of the Discipline of Mechanical Engineering, Dr Frank Mill, on +44(0)131 6505673, or

This is a full time (35 hours per week) and open ended post.

This post attracts an annual salary on the Professorial scale.

Closing date: Wednesday 1st July 2020 at 5pm.

Job Details

Job title: Chair of Renewable Energy Technology

School: School of Engineering

Line manager: Director of the Discipline of Mechanical Engineering

Job Purpose

The successful candidate will have intellectual vision and strategic direction in the area of either offshore wind energy technology or renewable heat in the Institute for Energy Systems and in the Discipline of Mechanical Engineering.

You will be an exemplar communicator who is able to inform and enlighten both undergraduate and postgraduate students. You will have a substantial research portfolio in either offshore wind energy technology or renewable heat, providing evidence of collaborative working, attracting external research funding and producing significant outputs. You will have demonstrated skills in influencing, stimulating and inspiring people (students and colleagues) and be able to plan and organise resources effectively. You will have sustained achievement in delivering research project results and/or effective learning programmes with high-quality publications, knowledge exchange and innovation built in as appropriate.

Main Responsibilities

Responsibilities: Teaching

You will lead the development of new programmes in their fields of expertise and contribute to teaching and project supervision on these and other relevant courses. You will participate and take initiative in appropriate CPD ventures. You will be expected to:

• Contribute to the School's general teaching activities, including academic and pastoral support of students.
• Develop and review approaches to teaching - including suitable online provision - that advance Mechanical Engineering based topics.
• Lead developments involving external organisations in teaching, for example through collaborative studentships, student projects, student industrial placements or those involving students in public engagement activities.
• Lead developments which foster and embed a strong student-focused culture;
• Develop, deliver, manage and review courses in Mechanical Engineering up to Senior Honours and Masters level.
• Develop student research project topics and supervise MSc, MEng and/or BEng students on these projects.
• Lead developments in programme development which enhance teaching quality and create opportunities for income generation.

Responsibilities: Research

You will initiate, perform and deliver fundamental and applied research that complements and integrates with other appropriate research areas in the School. You will be expected to:

• Create, lead, and participate in collaborative research projects within the University of Edinburgh, in the UK and around the world, with academic researchers and industry practitioners in the field.
• Build and lead a vibrant and interactive group of research staff and students within the Research Institute for Energy Systems.
• Develop graduating engineering professionals and early career researchers, by means of BEng, MEng, MSc teaching and doctoral training.
• Initiate, plan, lead and deliver research in a strategically important research topic within the area of either offshore wind energy technology or renewable heat and to disseminate results appropriately.
• Participate in Knowledge Exchange and Innovation using the usual University policies and procedures.
• Demonstrate and deliver internationally excellent research, with commensurate publishing activity.
• Generate UK and international external funding to support research.

Responsibilities: Leadership and Management

You will be expected to undertake and deliver administrative duties within the Institute for Energy Systems, the Mechanical Engineering teaching discipline and the School of Engineering, where appropriate. This might include but is not limited to:

• Collegial participation in relevant School management committees and initiative.
• Representing the Research Group, Discipline, School or University to other parts of the University and outside world.
• Contributing to general School activities, e.g. student recruitment.
• Developing and managing staff through workload planning and annual review processes.
• Contributing to staff recruitment processes.
• Acting as a personal tutor for individual students.
• Contributing to the overall planning of the curriculum.
• Developing and organising courses and/or degree programmes.
• Developing suitable research strategies and identifying suitable new areas of activity.

Planning and Organising

• Plan own workload over short-term (weekly) and long-term (annual) timescales, identifying key priorities in collaboration with the Director of Discipline and the Head of Research Institute for Energy Systems and balancing teaching, research, management/administration and external activities.
• Plan appropriate progression and content for teaching programmes and contribute to overall planning of the curriculum.
• Plan and organise overall delivery of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses and programmes as Course or Programme Organiser.
• Develop a research strategy and plan for the research area, including its funding and laboratory facilities.

Problem Solving

• Prioritise and allocate work to staff in own team.
• Resolve problems for individual and class students' learning.
• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems.

Decision Making

• Decide on teaching and assessment methodologies best suited to each course.
• Decide which research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy.
• Decide on research project spend and timescales.

Key Contacts/Relationships

• Work closely with the Director of Discipline and with all colleagues in the Mechanical Engineering teaching discipline and the Head of Research Institute
• Act as personal tutor for assigned taught students.
• Line manage staff on research grants and supervise PhD and project students.
• Represent the University in discipline-focused teaching, research and industrial networks involving peers in the UK and internationally.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential Criteria
• A demonstrated ability to influence, stimulate and inspire others - especially in supporting early career researchers and the development of multi-disciplinary research teams;
• Outstanding contribution to student education at undergraduate or postgraduate level.
• Sustained achievement in the advancement of knowledge and understanding or in professional application in the field of either offshore wind energy technology or renewable heat, evidenced by publication, research grant income or industrial engagement for example;
• Outstanding contributions to research in Either offshore wind energy technology or renewable heat through methods other than publication, which may include applied research, technology transfer, consultancy, or advanced professional practice;
• Professional standing, evidenced by international committee work, membership of engineering institutions, editorships, etc.;
• Excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills and high proficiency in written and oral English language;
• Hold a Doctorate in a STEM related subject, or equivalent;
• The ability to engage with a range of teaching mediums including online and distance learning

Desirable Criteria
• Hold a university teaching qualification, for example a postgraduate certificate in academic practice;
• Experience of planning and leading curriculum development, including the use of innovative approaches to teaching;
• Participation in public engagement activities including, for example public talks and discussions, engagements in festivals and popular and specialist media.
• Significant experience of working with industry and managing/maintaining growing industrial partnerships.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

The closing date is 5pm on Wednesday 1st July 2020.

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