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Director of Surrey Space Centre (Professor/Reader)

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Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £62,727 to £110,663 per annum plus Director of Centre allowance
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 25 August 2021
Closing Date:  Sunday 26 September 2021
Interview Date:  Friday 15 October 2021
Reference:  029521-R


As part of the University’s investment in Space as a strategic priority, the Centre is seeking to recruit a new Director to lead the Surrey Space Centre (SSC). The postholder will have a unique opportunity to take a leading role in driving and shaping an internationally renowned space research centre, and will have the vision, ambition and leadership skills to lead and support the members of the Surrey Space Centre into its next phase.

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.

This post will also enable a research leader with an international profile and an excellent track record to lead a substantial and sustained portfolio of space-related research, in fields such as: space robotics and autonomous systems, space situational awareness, space traffic control, space debris, space radiation environment, space avionics and microelectronics, software-defined reconfigurable satellites and space cyber security. In parallel the new leader will boost Surrey’s in-space presence via new payloads and/or missions to support the Centre’s research and education.

The postholder will also take an active role in training the space engineers of the future by leading, developing and delivering teaching activities at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, between the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences.

The postholder will have access to the Centre’s extensive facilities on campus, including a range of test facilities and a unique satellite control room, and will be able to draw on the University’s infrastructure and collaborative, interdisciplinary research culture.

The Centre is open to candidates with an academic or industry background, and from a broad range of specialisms in space engineering, and welcomes discussions about existing projects and related staff. The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences both hold Athena SWAN Bronze Awards, and we place great value on diversity and welcome applicants from all backgrounds. We would particularly like to encourage applications from women, disabled and Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic candidates, since these groups are currently underrepresented in our area.

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

In your application, please include a CV with list of publications (no page limit) and a supporting statement outlining your vision for the role, and highlighting the particular skills and experience which you feel you would bring to the role (2 pages max).

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Mark Plumbley, Head of School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (, Dr David Carey, Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (, or Prof Nick Hills, Head of School of Mechanical Engineering Sciences (


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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.




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