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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Intelligent Control of Mechanical Power Transmissions

Requisition ID:  21041

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  28-Jul-2022


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.

What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.



Lecturer Grade F: £28,756 to £30,497 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £42,149 to £50,296 per annum

Senior Lecturer Grade H: £51,799 to £60,022 per annum


Closing Date: 02 September 2022


The Role


We have an exciting opportunity to join one of the leading Engineering Schools in the UK. Here in the School of Engineering, you will deliver world leading engineering research, as well as support and inspire the next generation of Newcastle University engineering graduates.  


As a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Intelligent Control of Mechanical Power Transmissions, you will have a strong record in the subject, particularly in the application of existing and novel sensing technologies to the development of smarter control approaches for mechanical power transmission, using an Industry 5.0 approach. We are especially keen to add to our established reputation in innovative mechanical power transmission systems for transport and energy generation applications. Preference will be given to candidates whose expertise bridges fundamental and applied aspects of engineering design.


Based within the Mechanical Engineering & Marine Technology discipline and joining the Design, Manufacturing and Materials (DMM) Academic Group, but with an interdisciplinary ambition, you will be expected to contribute to the further development of our expertise in areas of interest through supporting existing research initiatives, developing new ones, and contributing to teaching on our UG and PG Mechanical Engineering and Engineering programmes, and relevant industry focussed CPD programmes. The School aspires to grow its capability with strategic appointments that support world-class research. 


As a School that strives to provide an outstanding educational experience, rooted in strong engineering disciplines, this position provides a significant opportunity for a highly motivated and productive individual to develop their research and teaching career, within a successful and supportive environment.  


Expertise in your research field should be matched by a strong research record, or potential to develop into a researcher of national/international quality, that builds on our strengths.  

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.


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, innovative teaching programmes and outstanding student experience.  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.  


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

We are keen to attract applicants who:
•     Will actively contribute to all aspects of the Discipline, and the School.
•     Have a strategic approach and see a wide range of options in their own work and the work of the 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 to people from groups who are currently underrepresented. 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


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The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.

To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples. 

This post is a full time, open-ended position


Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Roberto Palacin, Director of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology: 


Key Accountabilities
•    Identify and obtain funding from appropriate sources and 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
•    Disseminate and promote research outputs and impact through appropriate engagement activities with academic, educational, learned/professional and industry partners and the general public, for the benefit of the University and the discipline
•    Engage with appropriate and agreed consultancy, commercialisation and CPD activities 
•    Contribute to the development and delivery of Engineering degree programmes, including supervision of PGR students and student projects
•    Participate in the administrative and management processes of the School and represent the group on School, Faculty or University committees/groups 
•    Engage with any other duties as required by the Head of School, the Discipline Director and/or academic group head


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    In-depth subject knowledge/expertise in a relevant area
•    Publications in leading peer-reviewed journals
•    Evidence of the ability to win funds to support research from major funding agencies.
•    Evidence of presentation of work to the national and international research community (e.g. conferences, seminars and similar high-profile events)
•    Effective time management and prioritisation skills to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching, research and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines
•    Excellent skills in communication, both verbally and in written forms, including the ability to create, organise and present teaching and learning materials effectively for both large group and small group teaching
•    Teaching, lecturing or assessment experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level
•    Excellent collaborative, interpersonal and team working skills, resolving tensions/difficulties if they arise, and engaging/signposting pastoral care as appropriate


•    Leadership potential (essential for Senior Lecturer)
•    Experience of successful leadership of funded research and taught programme components. (Essential for Senior Lecturer)
•    Experience of recruiting, supervising and motivating different types of students, including responsibility for pastoral care (essential for Senior Lecturer).
•    Evidence of introducing new insights to the content, delivery, or assessment of educational programmes
•    Evidence of effective management of individual or team projects, and successful task completion
•    Experience in delivering laboratory/field sessions and technology enabled learning
•    Post-doctoral research or industrial experience in a relevant area


Attributes and Behaviour

•    A role model for professionalism and commitment to the University’s values and guiding principles
•    Advocate and ambassador for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in every aspect of the role and the wider University
•    Able to act objectively in dealing with complex problems, issues and decision making
•    Engages others, communicating effectively with all stakeholders including colleagues and students
•    Able to manage conflicting priorities
•    Engages positively and actively with innovation, change and continuous improvement within own area and across the organisation
•    Ability to work well as a member of teams and groups
•    High energy, enthusiasm, creativity and integrity. Personal resilience, able to work well in a changing environment, sometimes under pressure and managing conflicting priorities


•    A first or 2:1 Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant subject
•    A PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant subject area

•    A recognised qualification or equivalent experience in teaching in higher education
•    Membership of relevant professional body or equivalent professional qualification
•    A relevant Masters degree


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN 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.


Requisition ID: 21041