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Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, Surrey Space Centre

School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £41,526 to £49,553 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Friday 28 May 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 27 June 2021
Interview Date:  Friday 16 July 2021
Reference:  029421


As part of the University’s investment in Space as a strategic priority, the Surrey Space Centre and the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences at the University of Surrey is seeking to recruit a member of academic staff to support its research and teaching in Aerospace Engineering.

Surrey Space Centre has been a pioneering centre of excellence in space engineering for over 40 years. Created in 1979, SSC soon established its world leadership in microsatellite missions and underpinning technologies, forming the highly successful spin-out company Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL). Since then, the Centre’s core strategy has been to lead the development of the space industry through its advanced engineering research programmes.

The successful applicant will be based in the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences and will be expected to contribute to teaching on our Aerospace Engineering or Mechanical Engineering courses. Applicants with experience of teaching of spacecraft structures and mechanisms, material selection for spacecraft design, or robotic control systems are especially encouraged for this post.

Research activity in Aerospace Engineering in the Department currently includes aeronautical and environmental aerodynamics, turbulent flows, turbo-machinery, and wind power. The group includes the Rolls-Royce supported Thermo-Fluid Systems University Technology Centre, which specialises in advanced computer modelling of turbomachinery for aeroengine and power generation, and the Environmental Flow Research Centre (EnFlo), which is an NERC National Centre for Atmospheric Science Facility. The Departmental facilities include a number of wind tunnels and high performance computer clusters. The appointee would be expected to have an appropriate engineering (or related discipline) background, and to undertake high quality research in one of these areas, or to establish new complementary areas. Research may also complement other departmental research areas in Automotive, Biomedical or Materials engineering.

The appointee will be expected to teach students on our undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Aerospace Engineering, and wider programmes in the School. These are well established programmes which attract high calibre students. An ability and enthusiasm for delivering a high quality student experience are essential and experience in and enthusiasm for supervising design projects would be welcome. Chartered Engineer status would also be desirable.

The Department holds an Athena Swan Bronze Award and is committed to building a culturally diverse organisation and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates. The Department wishes to ensure an inclusive interview process and will reimburse up to £250 towards any additional care costs (for a dependent child or adult) incurred as a result of participating in the interview process for this position.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Nick Hills, Head of School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences (T: +441483 682356, E:

Please include with your application a cover letter (of no more than two pages) describing how your research would be complementary to the existing research in the School and detailing your teaching experience.

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We can offer a generous remuneration package, which includes relocation assistance where appropriate, an attractive research environment, the latest teaching facilities, and access to a variety of staff development opportunities.

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