University Lectureship in Propulsion and Power

Employer: University of Cambridge
Job location
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Job salary
£41,526 - £52,559
Job term
Job closing date

Applications are now invited from suitably qualified candidates for a University Lectureship in Propulsion and Power.  The particular specialty of the appointee is not prescribed but is likely to lie in the broad areas of Turbomachinery, Aircraft Propulsion Systems, and/or Aircraft Design.  

The appointee will be based at the Whittle Laboratory in the Department of Engineering. The Whittle Laboratory has an international reputation as one of the world’s leading centres for research in propulsion for flight and in land-based power generation. This is a thriving research area with strong international links and collaborations with industry, government research labs and academia. The Whittle Laboratory has a 50 year history of industrial engagement with Rolls-Royce, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Siemens and more recently with companies such as Dyson, Reaction Engines, Blue Bear Systems Research and Lilium. The appointee should therefore have experience in working closely with industry.

The Whittle Laboratory currently has a strong focus on reducing the emissions of aviation. This aligns with the establishment of the UK’s Jet Zero Council, the FlyZero project and the UK government’s aim of achieving zero carbon flight by 2035. At the same time, Airbus has announced its intention to have a green hydrogen powered aircraft on the market by 2035.

The duties of the post mainly concern research and teaching, and research activity is expected to account for 60% of time whereas teaching and administration is expected to account for 40% of time. For research, the primary requirement will be to develop a record of world-class research commensurate with the Department’s international reputation. The successful candidates will play a full part in ensuring that the Department maintains its top-rank research rating. Responsibilities will include teaching within thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer throughout the four-year Engineering Tripos and at post-graduate level.

The successful candidate will be based at the Whittle Laboratory in West Cambridge. The appointment will be for a probationary period of five years and, subject to satisfactory performance, with appointment to the retiring age thereafter.

To submit an application for this vacancy, please click on the link in the ‘Apply online’ section of the advert published on the University’s Job Opportunities pages ( This will route you to the University’s Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. In addition to this, please ensure that you upload the application documentation as follows:

    • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    • A publications list
    • Statement of professional, teaching and research experience and describe your future research plans (no more than two A4 pages)
    • Cover letter

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 1 August 2021. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Office (, +44 (0) 1223 332615).

The interviewing panel will meet soon after the closing date in order to produce a short-list; references may be solicited. Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the Department, give a short seminar/lecture and attend a formal interview. It is anticipated that this process will take place in late September 2021.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Rob Miller (, +44 (0)1223 339835), and Juliet Teather, Whittle Laboratory Administrator (