University Lectureships in Mechanics and Materials

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

Applications are invited for two University Lectureships in Mechanics and Materials Engineering, to be known as the ‘Granta Design University Lectureships in Engineering’.

One University Lectureship is primarily an experimental position, with an emphasis on coupled phenomena in the mechanics of materials. The applicant may also support their research interests with appropriate theoretical research where appropriate. The field includes the intersection of mechanics and chemistry, solid-fluid interactions and thermo-mechanics. Typical applications are energy materials (for example for the conversion and storage of energy for ‘green machines’) and additive manufacture, but other application areas are welcomed.

The other University Lectureship is primarily in the area of data-driven methods in mechanical engineering. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate a strong interest in developing and applying novel methods to solve societal challenges. Applications include, but are not limited to, probabilistic methods for inverse problems, data-driven methods for structural health monitoring, and application of machine learning methods to mechanics and materials problems.

Together these posts are anticipated to strengthen the Engineering Department's research in mechanics and materials engineering, with applications particularly encouraged in areas relating to sustainable engineering and the development of “green machines”. In this context a “machine” is seen as any device that may use, store, or generate energy. New greener solutions will require fundamental research in mechanics and materials engineering, ranging from detailed components (for example electrical materials, batteries, mechanical design) to whole system design and usage (for example vehicle fleets, power generation devices, digital twins).

The University Lectureships will be based in the Materials, Mechanics and Design Division in the Engineering Department, but with collaboration expected with other Divisions in the Engineering Department, with other Departments in the University and more widely. The lecturers will be expected to develop strong externally funded, globally recognised research programs and to participate in the teaching mission of the Mechanics, Materials and Design Division as well as the wider Engineering Department.


All Lecturers are expected to develop their own research portfolio, including winning research grants and recruiting research students. It is essential that the appointee plays a full part in ensuring that the Department maintains its top rank research rating. Lecturers are expected to establish an independent theme of research, as well as collaborating with others in related fields. Candidates will demonstrate clear evidence of a strong publication track record commensurate with career stage. Experience of working with in collaborative projects will be essential. A start-up package is available to support the development of a research portfolio.

The positions fall within the Applied Mechanics and Materials Engineering Groups of the Mechanics, Materials and Design Division of the Department of Engineering (Division C). Division C is one of six academic Divisions, with the others being: (A) Energy, Fluid Mechanics, and Turbomachinery; (B) Electrical Engineering; (D) Civil Engineering; (E) Manufacturing and Management and (F) Information Engineering. The Department operates as a single entity, and research collaboration across the Divisions is encouraged and expected. The Applied Mechanics Group spans a broad range of methods and applications in Mechanics including: the development of computational methods; dynamics and vibration applied to structures; development of micro-electro-mechanical devices; climate repair; transportation research in freight transport, vehicle dynamics and driver interaction. The Materials Engineering Group applies engineering principles to further our understanding of the behaviour of materials, and includes research into battery materials; lightweight structural materials; bulk superconductors and micro-architectured materials. Further details about the Divisions, the Research Themes and the Department can be found on the Departmental website (


Almost all undergraduates in Engineering take a 4-year course leading to the MEng degree. The Engineering Tripos (Course) at Cambridge consists of four parts. Part IA and Part IB examinations are taken by all students at the end of the first and second years respectively. Part IIA and Part IIB examinations, taken by about 80% of students, are at the end of the third and fourth years respectively. The remainder of students take the Manufacturing Engineering Tripos, Management Studies Tripos or the Chemical Engineering Tripos.

At the Part I undergraduate level, courses cover the foundations of engineering common to all of the main disciplines. At the Part II level, the courses are modular and become more specialised, especially in the 4th year where courses often include aspects of current research. In the 4th year, students also do a major project and all staff are expected to propose and supervise projects. These can range from software development and basic experimentation through to mini-research projects.

The teaching responsibilities associated with this post lie across all four years of the undergraduate course, contributing to undergraduate courses, laboratory coursework, student projects (including Part I integrated design projects, IIA projects and IIB individual projects), examining and supervising of post-graduate students. Teaching duties are reviewed annually to ensure a fair allocation of load. Further details regarding the undergraduate course can be found on the Departmental website.

A start-up package is negotiable for the successful applicants.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for this role of up to 11%, £5500, for a five year period. Any such supplement would be awarded on the basis of a demonstrable history of exceptional achievement and is entirely at the discretion of the University.

The positions are based in the Engineering Department in Cambridge.

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