Professor / Reader

University of Glassgow
July 31, 2024
Offerd Salary:£57,696 - £64,914
Working address:N/A
Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
Working type:N/A
Ref info:N/A
Professor / Reader

The James Watt School of Engineering (JWSE) at the University of Glasgow is an energetic and growing international centre of excellence for Engineering research and teaching. The School leads research in Autonomous Systems & Connectivity; Biomedical Engineering; Electronics & Nanoscale Engineering; Infrastructure & Environment; and Systems, Power & Energy. We have 172 academics and 176 post-doctoral researchers supported by 62 technicians and 33 professional services staff. We also have more than 500 research students working towards doctorates.

Our School has been working in partnership with the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China for over a decade and delivers a unique programme of engineering education to over 2,500 students each year. Whilst the base of operations is Chengdu in the west of China, we have recently established a second college in Hainan, south China. Our partnership is widely considered to be a flagship example of transnational education.

Our fundamental research, hosted on the Glasgow campus, is developed with the ambition to lead to industrial and academic impact. We expect the successful appointees to complement and synergise with existing activities and to develop a network of collaborations locally (across the James Watt School of Engineering and the University) as well as to liaise with industry to translate their research to the highest impact.

Whilst this post is based at the University's main campus in Glasgow, you will be required to live and work in Chengdu or Lingshui Li'an for the equivalent of a semester (18-20 weeks) each year, for the discharge of your teaching duties.

We are seeking to appoint multiple positions at Reader and Professorial Level in areas of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (e.g. in Microelectronics, Power Engineering, Engineering Design, Digital Design, Embedded systems, Communications, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, and other relevant fields).

We particularly welcome applications from women and other under-represented groups in engineering to deliver a balanced workforce.

For more information about these positions please contact:

Professor Muhammad Imran ([email protected]), Dean Transnational Engineering Education

Job Purpose

To make a substantial and positive contribution to our strategic direction by leading and shaping our world-changing and internationally-competitive research and transnational education, provide high quality teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, secure research funding, and provide academic leadership and management within the School/GC UESTC/College. To actively engage in relationships with external stakeholders that advance knowledge exchange, public understanding and outreach.

The teaching responsibilities of this post will be delivered from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) campuses and will require you to live and work overseas in Chengdu and Lingshui Li'an, China, for the equivalent of at least one teaching semester per year (typically 18 - 20 weeks).

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Lead, develop and maintain a coherent research programme in the subject area and, as appropriate, lead or contribute to external research funding applications of international standard, participating actively in the development of School and College research strategy.

2. Maintain a track record of publications of international quality in leading peer reviewed journals or with a scholarly press to enhance the international profile of the subject area.

3. Play a leading role in the planning, organisation, development and delivery of the curriculum within engineering including developing research- led courses and new teaching materials and methodologies and adopting inclusive learning approaches which recognise the needs of a diverse student cohort.

4. Participate fully in examination and other assessment processes, as appropriate, using a variety of methods and techniques and provide effective, timely and appropriate feedback to students to support their learning.

5. Supervise individual student projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level to ensure their effective development and assisting with difficulties, e.g. learning support/problems, including actively engaging with potential research students of high calibre intending to undertake postgraduate and doctoral research, building effective working relationships and supervising to completion.

6. Maintain an external profile by attending and participating in appropriate research seminars/conferences within the subject area, including developing an external role in national and international societies, peer review or editorial process, and/or equivalent organisations and roles.

7. Lead the development and maintenance of the subject area's reputation with key stakeholders including developing links with relevant national and international organisations with a view to enhancing research and teaching, and knowledge exchange.

8. Take on a substantial administrative or management role within Glasgow College, as assigned by an Executive Dean, and the wider School.

9. Engage in continuing professional development activities as appropriate.

10. Undertake any other reasonable duties as required by the Head of School.

11. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan Strategy 2025: World Changers Together.

For appointment at Grade 10:

12. Undertake academic management and leadership roles and responsibilities across the School and College in a manner that enhances the student experience, ensures programmes are internationally benchmarked and of international standing, and that values and supports a culture of enhancement.

13. Take a leading role across the School and College in relation to strategic learning and teaching initiatives through: embedding a research-led, evidence-based ethos in teaching and learning; leading on teaching collaborations and teaching innovations; and influencing teaching and assessment practices and policy across the School/College.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Qualifications


A1 Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework level 12 (PhD) or equivalent in related discipline with an extensive and established reputation in research and significant teaching experience within the discipline/subject area.

A2 Membership of a relevant professional body or commitment to achieving professional status within two years of appointment.

For appointment at Grade 10 (Professorial), in addition to the above:

A3 An established and internationally-recognised reputation for high-quality research and knowledge exchange in subject specialism, seeking and securing external grant funding for a portfolio of research projects and mentoring early career staff to support their development in securing funding..

A4 A thorough understanding of, and track record in, contributing to broader academic leadership and management at School/RI/Service/College level.

A5 Engagement with the current and future priorities of University/College/Service strategies, aims and ambitions.


Essential :

C1 An established and internationally recognised reputation for high-quality research and knowledge exchange in the subject area.

C2 A substantial track record of publications (national and international) compatible with

enhancing the School's submission to the REF.

C3 Established track record of successfully securing funding for research projects, and project

managing as appropriate for the subject specialism.

C5 Engagement with the current and future priorities of the School and College strategies, aims and ambitions.

C6 Proven ability to lead and deliver high quality and innovative research lead teaching, including assessment and curriculum development.

C7 Excellent communication skills with the proven ability to engage at all levels within the Subject, School, College, University, and beyond, in the academic, policy and practitioner communities.

C8 Record of fostering inclusion, equality and diversity within a University community, the curriculum, or the discipline appropriate to career stage.



E1 An established strong national and international reputation in a field of research within the subject area, with potential for significant further growth in the research field and substantial future funding opportunities. The research field should also fit with the strategic plans of the University.

E2 An strong track record of publication of high quality and impact in leading international journals.

E3 An sustained record of gaining considerable research grant funding or equivalent.

E4 Extensive experience of delivering and leading teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level in engineering or a cognate discipline.

E5 Experience of supervising staff and/or students and of providing leadership to others.

E6 Experience of successfully managing research projects and grants.

E7 Contributions to scientific/learned societies.

For appointment at Grade 10 (Professorial), in addition to the above:

E8 An extensive track record of publications (national and international) compatible with enhancing the School's submission to the REF.

E9 An extensive track record of significant research income generation from a range of sources including large-scale interdisciplinary programmes of research, non-academic, multi-institutional and international partnerships.

E10 A commitment to and track record of academic leadership and management, including a proven commitment to leading a research group and supporting the career development of colleagues, and to other forms of collegiality appropriate to the career stage.

Further Information

Job Features

Multiple positions are available.

Whilst your post is based at the University's main campus in Glasgow the teaching responsibilities of this post will be delivered from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China (UESTC) campuses and will require you to live and work overseas in Chengdu and Lingshui Li'an, China, for the equivalent of at least one teaching semester per year (typically 18 - 20 weeks) and, if appropriate, at any other of the University's overseas bases, or elsewhere as may be required in order to discharge your duties.

We are one of the most research-intensive Engineering Schools in the UK with an annual research income of more than £30M. In the 2021 Research Excellence Framework, we were ranked top in Scotland for engineering research excellence and joint 12th in the UK. The dissemination of our research results ranked 5th in the UK. The School has a collegiate and interdisciplinary vision to tackle societal challenges in Healthcare technologies, Quantum and Nanotechnologies, Net Zero and Connecting People. It operates the James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, a £50M research asset; major capabilities for the UK National Wind Tunnel Facility; the Centre for Advanced Electronics (CAE); the Centre for Medical and Industrial Ultrasonics (CMIU); the Scottish Government Centre for 5G technology; the Centre for the Cellular Microenvironment (CeMI), the Glasgow Computational Engineering Centre (GCEC) and the Glasgow Centre for Sustainable Energy. All our Research Divisions support a broad range of research, led by our world-leading academics. All our research is carried out in our extensive laboratory and computing facilities.

The School offers three dual award EEE undergraduate BEng (Honours) programmes with specialisations in Information Engineering, Communications, and Microelectronics and has in the region of 2,500 students studying with our partner in China.


It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive and collegial climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. The James Watt School of Engineering strongly endorses the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the School in promoting gender equity.

We particularly welcome applications from women and other under-represented groups in engineering to deliver a balanced workforce. It is widely reported that prospective candidates evaluate their fit with essential criteria differentially by gender. If you are unclear whether you meet the essential criteria, you are encouraged to contact us informally for a confidential discussion.

Details of JWSE's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group and our Athena SWAN Silver Award, Action Plan and activities can be found at:

The School's Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group is happy to answer questions from applicants on gender equality in representation, progression and success (Dr Rair Macedo: ([email protected]).

How to apply

Please note that as part of your application you must supply the following documents appended to your cover letter. A failure to do this may mean that you are not shortlisted for interview.

(i) A point-by-point summary indicating how you meet the essential and desirable criteria listed in the job description. This must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential / desirable criteria, e.g., “A1: I graduated with a PhD in Engineering, specialising in the area of X, from the University of Y in 2010.”

(ii) A one-page research statement outlining your vision for research.

(iii) A one-page teaching statement outlining what you think matters for teaching and confirming your flexibility to teach in China for the equivalent of one semester each year.

Terms and Conditions

Reader: Salary will be Grade 9, £57,696 - £64,914 per annum.

Professor: Salary will be within the Professorial range and subject to negotiation.

This post is full time and open ended.

As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

As a valued member of our team, you can expect:

1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared.

2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension - pensions handbook https: // www., benefits and discount packages.

3 A flexible approach to working.

4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University https: // www.

We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community https: // www.

We endorse the principles of Athena Swan https: // www. and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

Vacancy reference number: 148973

Closing date: 31st July 2024

Vacancy Ref : 148973 Close Date : 31-Jul-2024 23:45

From this employer

Recent blogs

Recent news