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Professor or Professor of Practice of Electric Drives & Director of the DER Industrialisation Centre

Requisition ID:  6802

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  11-Jun-2021


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.


Newcastle University School of Engineering and the Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering are proud to announce its search to appoint a new Professor or Professor of Practice of Electric Drives and Director of DER Industrialisation Centre North East.


The Driving the Electric Revolution (DER) Challenge Programme is aimed at enabling and equipping the UK to seize the economic opportunities stemming from the global transition to clean technologies and electrification by accelerating the development of a UK based supply chain for Power Electronics, Machines and Drives (PEMD).


The DER Challenge Programme is an £80m national programme funded by Innovate UK and is a core part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Newcastle University was successful in securing a £33m grant to lead the DER Industrialisation Centre (DER-IC) project. Newcastle therefore has a national role in leading the overall scheme, as well a local role in establishing and then leading the DER-IC-North East. To support this major initiative, they are looking to attract an outstanding Professor / Professor of Practice of Electric Drives and Director of the Centre.


As the Academic Lead, you will be the key interface between industry and a variety of stakeholders and academic colleagues. You will have responsibility for leading and inspiring the generation of a range of research and innovation projects and a skills development agenda to ensure the success of the North East Centre and the delivery of its ambitious agenda. 


It is expected that the appointee will have extensive experience of collaborating closely with industry in the PEMD related sectors and will play a strong role in securing DER industrial collaborators, as well as research grant income for the DER-IC North East and School.


The appointee will also teach in the field of electrical power. The Electrical Power Group supports undergraduate programmes, operates large MSc programmes (over 100 students) and a Degree Apprentice scheme.


Initial contact should be made with WittKieffer, the executive search firm exclusively engaged to assist with the appointment. Applications must include a full CV and covering letter explaining how you meet the criteria set out above. Enquiries or applications can be made, in confidence, to Evan Yeckley via eyeckley@wittkieffer.com / +447408834744 or Natalie Derry via nderry@wittkieffer.com /+447408851596.


The closing date for applications is Sunday 27th June 2021. 


Interview date is Monday 2nd August 2021


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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.


Requisition ID: 6802