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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Mechanics and Engineering Design

Requisition ID:  25116

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  22-Feb-2023



Lecturer Grade F: £37,474 to £42,155 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £43,414 to £51,805 per annum

Senior Lecturer: £53,353 to £61,823 per annum


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.


Closing Date: 23 March 2023



The Role


We have an exciting opportunity to join one of the leading Engineering Schools in the UK where you will support and inspire the next generation of Newcastle University engineering graduates.  


As a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Computational Mechanics and Engineering Design, you will have an outstanding record in mechanical engineering, particularly in engineering design using data-driven mechanics, design optimization and modelling. You will work within and across boundaries to address major research challenges, attract grant income, generate high quality impact outcomes and expand existing capability in the School and University. The post holder will also be expected to actively contribute to the planning, governance and delivery of an innovative, positive and inspiring mechanical engineering educational offer. Preference will be given to candidates whose expertise bridges fundamental and applied aspects of engineering design.


The post is in the Mechanical Engineering & Marine Technology discipline, specifically the Design, Manufacturing and Materials (DMM) Academic Group.  With interdisciplinary ambition, however, 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. The post holder will be based at the state-of-the-art new £110m Stephenson Building.


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 their research and teaching career, within a successful and supportive environment.  


Expertise in your research field should be matched by an outstanding research record that builds on our strengths in fields such as Transport Systems, Digital Manufacturing and Metrology and Advanced Transmission Systems.  


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 team 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.

Post Available:1x full time, open-ended position


Presentation Date: 05/04/2023; Interview Date: 24/04/2023 (anticipated)


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


For more information about our research, please click here.


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.

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. 

Key Accountabilities

  • 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
  • We are committed to a diverse, inclusive and supportive environment. We therefore welcome applications from any aspiring talented individual within our domain
  • You will be expected:
  • 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; and to seek external funding for this work
  • To communicate, publish and promote research outputs and impact
  • To contribute to the development and delivery of the Mechanical Engineering degree programmes using appropriate instruction methods and other pedagogic work, and to mark and assess students’ work
  • Supervise students’ projects and dissertations and supervise students and staff engaged on higher degree work by research
  • Undertake curriculum development work, planning, development and evaluation of courses and course materials, and supervise course provision
  • 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
  • To represent the group on School, Faculty or University committees/groups
  • 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 modelling of mechanical systems and sub-systems, engineering mechanics or structures
  • Research track record, including publications in high quality and internationally recognised research journals
  • 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 orally 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

Desirable (Essential for Senior Lecturer)

  • Expertise in either sensing and data collection, digitalisation of manufacturing products and processes, transport structures, design of transmission systems for electric drives, e-fluids
  • 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
  • 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
  • Excellent collaborative, interpersonal and team working skills, resolving tensions/difficulties if they arise, and engaging/signposting pastoral care as appropriate
  • Experience in delivering laboratory/field sessions and technology enabled learning
  • Post-doctoral research or industrial experience in a relevant area


Attributes and Behaviours

  • Ability to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Capacity for original thought, creativity, and leadership
  • A clear, ambitious academic vision that represents a good fit with the aims of the academic unit
  • Willingness and ability to work in interdisciplinary research and teaching environments
  • Demonstrable commitment to our values: 
    • Professionalism and Academic Excellence 
    • Transparency and Accountability 
    • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusivity 
    • Collaborative and Multi-disciplinary 
    • Ambition and aspiration 
    • Motivation and Passion
    • Inquisitive, Creative, and Imaginative 
    • Integrity and Respect
    • Social Responsibility 

Desirable (Essential for Senior Lecturer)

  • Ability to create ideas for attracting undergraduate and postgraduate students for the taught programmes
  • Through good networking skills, the ability to develop productive links with fellow professionals from other organisations and agencies, with whom the University interacts, notably representatives of organisations funding or collaborating in research and professional bodies or societies



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

Desirable (Essential for Senior Lecturer)

  • A recognised qualification or equivalent experience in teaching in higher education
  • Membership of IMechE or equivalent professional qualification


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.


We are 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.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 25116