Professor of Civil Engineering

Employer: University of Warwick
Job location
Coventry, West Midlands
Job salary
Competitive
Job term
Permanent
Job closing date

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a new Professor of Civil Engineering to take a leading role in carrying out research of internationally leading quality, through development of research activities. We welcome applications from candidates whose research area is in resilience. You will lead major collaborative research activities with other institutions or bodies to bring significant benefit and impact to the University’s national and international standing. 

You will teach and lead the development, management and delivery of courses within civil and environmental engineering, including those at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development levels. You will engage in professional development in relation to teaching, learning and assessment, related to academic, institutional and/or other professional practises and will contribute leadership/management to other activities (including administration) that will influence and shape outputs and strategies within the School of Engineering, the Faculty of Science and the University. 

All applicants must include both a Curriculum Vitae and a two-page outline of your strategic vision over five years for the development of innovative research in the area of resilience. This bespoke vision will be treated in the strictest confidence and with full respect for ownership. This is a mandatory component of our selection process, without which we will be unable to progress your application. 

Applications from female candidates and those from a minority ethnic background are particularly welcome as these groups are currently underrepresented within the School of Engineering. 

The School is looking for candidates who hold a PhD level qualification or equivalent in an associated field associated with the research area of resilience, along with substantial experience of research, teaching and administration at a major university or equivalent. A major academic and/or professional track record in an appropriate field, with evidence of extensive impact through peer-reviewed journals and/or other outcomes is essential. 

Candidates must be able to evidence their ability to develop strong national, European and International links with academia and industry as well as demonstrate strong ability in teaching at all levels. Ability to initiate development in the curriculum and to take responsibility for the effective and efficient management and leadership, delivery of teaching programmes, developing the curriculum and appropriate assessment techniques is essential for this role. 

For an informal and confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Toby Mottram, Discipline Stream Leader for Civil and Environmental Engineering at J.T.Mottram@warwick.ac.uk or Tel: 02476 522528. 

The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate. 

The School of Engineering is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter which recognises work undertaken to address gender equality, representation and progression for all staff working in an academic environment. The School currently holds the Athena SWAN Bronze award and the University holds an Institutional Silver award. Further information about the work of the School in relation to Athena SWAN can be found at the following link: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/eng/about/athenaswan/

 

JOB PURPOSE 

To lead new research of international excellence in civil and environmental engineering within the broad research area of resilience that complements the strategic aims of the School of Engineering. 

To promote and lead the continued development of teaching modern civil and environmental engineering within the range of taught programmes offered within the School of Engineering at undergraduate, specialised taught masters, research degrees and continued professional development levels. 

To establish and lead collaborative research activities with other disciplines at Warwick, with other universities in the UK and overseas, and with existing and new industrial partner organisations. 



DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Research and impact 

1. To take a leading role in carrying out research of internationally leading quality, through development of research activities. 

2. Lead major collaborative research activities with other institutions or bodies to bring significant benefit to the University’s national and international standing. 

3. To take a leading role in developing research funding applications to the research councils, central and local government agencies, the European Union and UK and overseas industry. 

4. Where appropriate and expedient, to secure contract work to the benefit of (your) research activity and to provide resources to underpin this activity. 

5. To publish highest quality research outcomes in appropriate journals of international standing and to publish and disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets. 

6. Provide leadership to maximise the non-academic impact of research, including knowledge and/or technology exchange and/or public engagement activities, including a range of partnerships with external organisations. 

7. Where appropriate, to contribute to the development of impact case studies and to assist the School of Engineering in submitting these for Research Excellence Framework or other purposes. 

8. Contribute leadership to the development and implementation of research strategies within the School of Engineering. 

9. Contribute to the enhancement of the postgraduate research student environment, including through leadership of a doctoral training centre and external/internal partnerships. 

Teaching 

1. To teach and lead on the development, management and delivery of courses within civil and environmental engineering, including those at undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing professional development level. 

2. Assess student work and progress and provide them with constructive feedback comments. 

3. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarships in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the standards expected within a research-led University. 

4. Engage in professional development in relation to teaching, learning and assessment, related to academic, institutional and/or other professional practises. 

Management, collegiality and leadership 

1. Represent Warwick University as an acknowledged expert in the appropriate discipline; could be as a member of a professional engineering institution or to participate as an expert witness or give professional advice to government bodies and other agencies. 

2. To contribute leadership to activities (including administration) that will influence and shape outputs within the School of Engineering, the Faculty of Science and the University. 

3. Be a pro-active representative within groups beyond the University, especially internationally, bringing benefit over a sustained period of time. 

4. To ensure compliance with Health and Safety and other University regulations and good practise in all aspects of your academic work. 

Administration and Other Activities 

1. To contribute to School of Engineering committees and administrative duties and tasks. 

2. Work within budget constraints. 

Duties and responsibilities outlined above are not intended to be an exhaustive list, but provide guidance on the main aspects of the post. The post holder will be required to be flexible in their duties and to carry out any other duties as directed by the line manager.

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