About our team
The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences has an international research reputation and close connections to the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology. Our research ranges from fundamental chemical, physical and biological sciences through to engineering, with applications in biology, medicine, energy, photonics, chemical and biochemical processes, and manufacturing amongst others, all of which are supported by strong external funding. We have around 120 full-time academic staff driving this research activity, based in 5 research institutes: Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering; Institute of Chemical Sciences; Institute of Photonics & Quantum Sciences; Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems; and the Institute of Biological Chemistry, BioPhysics & BioEngineering. Together with the University of Edinburgh we represent the “most powerful” General Engineering unit in the UK, as measured by the recent REF.
In addition we deliver teaching across 5 first degree programmes: Chemistry; Physics; Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering; Chemical Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. Heriot-Watt is in the UK’s Top 20 and second in Scotland in the 2016 Guardian League Tables with five subjects in the top 5 and ten subjects in the top twenty. We pride ourselves on the student experience we offer and were ranked UK University of the Year for Student Experience 2012/13 in the Sunday Times University Guide, as well as Scottish University of the Year 2012/13 and 2011/2012. In the 2014 National Student Survey, Heriot-Watt University was ranked 1st in the UK for Chemical Engineering (for the fifth year running) and Electrical Engineering, receiving 100% student satisfaction rating. The following of our subjects ranked in the top ten within the UK: Chemical Engineering; Chemistry; Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering.
Building on the outstanding REF2014 results in Engineering and unsurpassed NSS outcomes in our engineering disciplines, Heriot-Watt University is looking to grow and complement its existing research capacity within its Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering (IMPEE). We are now looking to recruit our future academic leaders across a range of our portfolio; this post relates to Biomedical Engineering.
The Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering (IMPEE) is a dynamic, multidisciplinary research Institute focused on promoting excellence across our four main research themes: Energy Harvesting and Conversion; Biomedical Engineering; Computational and Digital Engineering; and Multiphase Flow. The mission of this vibrant Institute with around 30 academic staff is to foster research excellence across its main research themes. Much of our work involves strong industrial links across a range of sectors and, through our expertise, skills and experience we work together with industry to identify new areas of interest. The REF2014 results for Heriot-Watt University were truly excellent. Relevant to this post is our joint submission with University of Edinburgh in General Engineering that ranks first in the UK for research power and we are seeking individuals who can make a complementary contribution to one of our themes and who have the potential to grow into a position of research leadership.
The Biomedical Engineering theme focuses on highly interdisciplinary and cutting-edge research at the interface between mechanical engineering, material science and bioengineering. We bring together our expertise in micromechanics, tissue engineering, laser tissue interaction, novel optical fibres, computational mechanics, micro/nano manufacturing, thermo-fluid mechanics, and digital design and manufacture to address the challenges in biomedical engineering including cancer diagnostics and therapy, minimally invasive procedures, tissue mechanics, patient-specific modelling, tissue engineering and characterisation. Applications are welcome from individuals whose core disciplines are in the areas of mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering or are in other relevant engineering domains or applied sciences and can complement our existing strengths
Key duties and responsibilities
actively engaging in research and contributing to the University’s research profile;
actively pursuing research funding through the submission of high-quality grant proposals;
establishing collaborative research and teaching links outside the university via funding councils, industry, business and public bodies;
Publicising research through the preparation and submission of journal and conference papers and participating in academic conferences;
representing the institution in a professional capacity, particularly with regard to research dissemination and development e.g. conferences, meetings, with industrial partners, etc.;
supervising and mentoring undergraduate students, postgraduate students and research associates;
teaching through the delivery of lectures, tutorials and laboratories, assessing the relevant students’ work as well as setting and marking examinations and coursework;
designing and developing teaching materials and new teaching methods, using personal research to inform teaching where appropriate;
Education, Qualifications and Experience
- Minimum qualification: Doctorate
Candidates will be expected to have a strong track record of research in one or more of the following areas:
- microfabrication or testing with relevance to biological systems;
- biological process engineering, including process control using mechanical, electrochemical or biochemical sensors and actuators;
- design/fabrication of hybrid biological/physical structures and devices.
The successful candidate will have some experience in making grant applications (commensurate with level of appointment), authoring high-quality publications and forming a research team. We also need individuals who can make a positive contribution in innovative teaching in our core areas or mechanical engineering and chemical engineering.
How to apply
Applications for this vacancy should be made online through the Heriot-Watt University iRecruit system.
Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 11th December
When applying for this role please include in the cv your publications list, teaching experience, grants obtained and contact details for at least two referees.
Informal enquiries regarding this position can be directed to Prof. Bob Reuben R.Reuben@hw.ac.uk
Appointments will be made according to experience, bands are; Professor from 57,674, Associate Professor 48,327 – 55,998 Assistant Professor 39,324 – 46,924.
Consideration will be given to applications on a part-time and/or job-share basis.
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