Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Systems

Cranfield University

United Kingdom

January 30, 2022


Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Manufacturing Systems


Cranfield University


School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing

Based at

Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire

Hours of work

37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered.

Contract type



Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £44,001 to £49,048 per annum, with potential progression up to £61,309 per annum (Lecturer) and £54,003 to £60,192 per annum with potential progression up to £75,238 (Senior Lecturer)

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  • Role Description

    We welcome applications for this exciting Lecturer/Senior Lecturer post from those with relevant knowledge and experience in manufacturing systems.

    About the Role

    This position focuses on undertaking a leading role in research in sustainable manufacturing operations, and in teaching and management of postgraduate courses in related topics. We are looking for suitably qualified and experienced individuals who would be responsible for the development and delivery of research and high-quality teaching at postgraduate level in at least one of the following areas (more than one is preferable): intelligent manufacturing systems; data-driven decision making in manufacturing; digital twins for manufacturing applications and their link to sustainability; production control and management; applications of cyber-physical embedded systems and industrial internet of things in manufacturing; integration of manufacturing systems.

    About You

    Candidates will have track record in theoretical and practical knowledge in manufacturing management areas such as Manufacturing management, Manufacturing operations, Management of Technology and Innovation, Planning scheduling and inventory control, Production systems analysis and design, Quality management, Lean manufacturing, Global production and service networks, Manufacturing ecosystems management. You will have a PhD in manufacturing, engineering, information technology or a related area. You will have experience in writing high quality papers in top rated journals and in developing research proposals. You must be proficient in oral and written communications and have a strong track record in publication. You must demonstrate the ability to engage with industry and wider stakeholders.

    Senior Lecturer: You must demonstrate a proven track record of teaching and MSc/PhD supervision in a relevant aspect of manufacturing management. You must demonstrate a proven track record of successfully securing funding from research councils.

    You will be expected to write and win funding for research proposals from RCUK, Innovate and Europe as well as directly from Industry. Targets for such funding will be set annually through the Performance & Development Review process.

    About Us

    As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield's world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here. Cranfield is consistently in the top 50 universities in the world in the QS Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering rankings.

    Cranfield Manufacturing (which includes major activities in Materials) is following the ambitious strategy of developing a roadmap for a Sustainable Manufacturing Sector for 2050 by applying fundamental science and thought leadership via conceiving and maturing the concepts of Smart, Clean and Green manufacturing solutions agnostically across all sectors and through all tiers of the supply chain with SMEs as well as OEMs. This is to support the national aspiration of Net Zero UK by 2050. We offer world-class and niche post- graduate level research, education, training and consultancy. We are unique in our multi-disciplinary approach by bringing together design, materials' technology and management expertise. We link fundamental materials research with manufacturing to develop novel technologies and improve the science base of the manufacturing research. Our capabilities are unique, with a focus on simulation and modelling, and sustainability. They also include work in composite manufacture, metallic glasses, nano-materials (graphene, coatings and sensors), low energy casting, thermal barrier coatings and Wire Arc Additive Manufacturing (WAAM).

    Our Values and Commitments

    Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

    We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. Find out about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here. We are currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until April 2022. This means the majority of our staff are spending between 40% and 60% of their time working from the office where job roles allow.

    How to apply

    For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Prof Konstantinos Salonitis, Head of Sustainable Manufacturing Centre, on (T): +44 (0) 1234 758347 or (E): k.salonitis@cranfield.ac.uk

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