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Lecturer in Digital Materials Manufacturing

Requisition ID:  977

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date: 

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £35,845 - £55,750 

Closing Date: 17 April 2020

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Digital Materials Manufacturing on with a strong or emerging track record in research. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the leading Engineering Schools in the UK. Applicants will be expected to support and inspire the next generation of Newcastle University engineering graduates.


The School is widely recognised for the quality of its teaching and research, and aspires to grow its capability with strategic appointments that support world-leading research. The successful candidate will join the Advanced Materials and Electrochemical Engineering Group, comprising 50 researchers (15 academic staff) and is internationally renowned. The group is extremely diverse, developing and evaluating a broad range of bio- and energy materials, processing technologies and applications and is a collaborator in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Renewable Energy Northeast Universities (ReNU). The successful candidate will also contribute to the development and delivery of our Chemical Engineering degree programmes.


We are keen to diversify the research strengths of the group and would welcome applicants from the following areas:

  1. Processing of state-of-the-art digital materials using a range of manufacturing techniques to create next-generation macroscopic structures and devices for practical applications such as energy storage and sensing.
  2. High resolution surface characterisation and correlative microscopy to maximise the Materials and process development for additive manufacturing with fibrous materials which would complement a wide range of projects developing laboratory printed components based on different technologies.


You will have growing international visibility, and contribute to the full spectrum of academic activities, including research, teaching and leadership, in a School that is committed to creating an inclusive environment, where staff and students are valued and respected and have equal opportunities to succeed.

We believe that a rich mix of people with different backgrounds will help us to create a Group in which intellectually ambitious academics will want to work and will create a collegiate environment. Our diverse staff attracts a broad range of bright, active and engaged students.


Specifically, a greater diversity in our staff will:

• bring new ideas and different perspectives to both teaching and research;

• refresh our engagement and challenge our thinking;

• enhance our collegiate experience and make us a more effective team;

• provide more diverse role models, attract a wider range of students and enhance    our pastoral care.


 We are keen to attract applicants who:

• will actively contribute to all aspects of the Group and the School;

• have a strategic approach and see a wide range of options in their own work and the work of the Group/School;

• are enthusiastic and committed to new ventures and innovations in teaching.


All applicants who fulfil the criteria are welcome. We are keen to offer opportunities, where possible, to people from groups who are currently underrepresented, such as women and individuals from black or Asian backgrounds. All applications will be considered on the merits, experience and qualifications of the candidate as these relate to the requirements and specifications of the post.


For informal enquiries contact Prof Steve Bull, Director of Expertise in Materials and Manufacturing: steve.bull@ncl.ac.uk
Group Webpage: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/engineering/research/chemical/advanced-materials
Further information on the School of Engineering can be found here.
The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.


Key Accountabilities

Expertise in your research field should be matched by a strong research record, or potential to develop into a researcher of national/international quality. This position provides a significant opportunity for a highly motivated and productive individual to develop his/her research and teaching career within a successful and supportive environment.


 You will be expected:


  1. To undertake and publish independent research of an international standard in collaboration with, or in an area compatible with, the research interests of other academic staff in the group; and to seek external funding for this work.
  2. To lead and coordinate teaching development and delivery of chemical and mechanical engineering modules;
  3. To contribute to the development and delivery of the Chemical Engineering degree programmes;
  4. To contribute to the recruitment and supervision of students and to the expansion and creation of new programmes
  5. To carry out appropriate impact and engagement activities with academic, educational, learned/professional and industry partners and the general public, for the benefit of the University and the discipline.
  6. To represent the group on School, Faculty or University committees/groups  

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • In-depth subject knowledge/expertise in a relevant area        
  • Publications in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • A developing international reputation in the discipline.
  • Leadership potential
  • Ability to establish and lead a research team. 
  • Highly developed planning and organisational skills.  
  • Track record of successful project completion.
  • Evidence of a developing national reputation and potential to achieve international standing in research within a few years through obtaining grant and research contract awards, leading journal publications and conference participation.
  • Experience of teaching relevant subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students.


  • Evidence of the ability to win funds to support research from major funding agencies
  • Counselling skills and pastoral care where appropriate


 Attributes and Behaviour


  • Ability to communicate complex oral and written information clearly.
  • Ability to develop and deliver innovative and effective teaching and learning materials.       
  • Ability to create ideas for attracting undergraduate and postgraduate students for the Engineering degree programmes  
  • Effective time management and prioritisation skills to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability and willingness to work in interdisciplinary environments      
  • Ability to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • Ability to work in a team and willingness for co-creation
  • A clear, ambitious yet realistic vision.  
  • A demonstrable network of professional contacts in field of expertise
  • Willingness to be involved in degree programme management and delivery.


  •  Previous success in developing innovative research proposals and securing research funding. 
  •  Evidence of having brought new insights to the teaching area. 




  • A first degree in chemical engineering and a PhD in a relevant area 


  • Academic teaching qualification or equivalent.
  • A relevant professional qualification. 








Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.


Requisition ID: 977