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Lecturer in Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance

Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 p.a.
Location: Leeds
Company: University of Leeds
Hours: Full time
University Of Leeds
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Are you a committed researcher and teacher looking for your next challenge? Do you have a strong research background in applied robotics? Do you want to further your career in one of the UK’s leading Universities? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in a research-intensive Russell Group University? 

The School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Leeds invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance. We are a highly-ranked academic department with a vibrant research culture and a commitment to excellence in our teaching. We are seeking candidates with an exciting research vision, an ability to carry out excellent research and passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in a top research-intensive University.

Applicants should have a PhD in Robotics, Electronic and Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science or related fields, and we will offer appointees strong support and mentoring in order to allow you to progress your career at Leeds. We welcome applications from both academic and non-academic organizations and particularly encourage women and members of ethnic minorities or other under-represented groups to apply.

This position forms part of an ongoing process of investment in the School of Mechanical Engineering that has generated continuing growth in staff, student numbers and research income. As part of this strategy, we are seeking to strengthen our activities in robotics into the application area of robotics for inspection and maintenance. We particularly welcome applicants with experience in one or more of the following areas research: Miniaturised robotics, bioinspired robotics, field deployed systems, bespoke manufactured robotics. Opportunities exist for teaching across a wide range of the undergraduate Mechanical & Electrical and Electronic Engineering syllabus in Leeds and in partner Universities overseas. Specifically this post will be expected to deliver teaching content and labs in applied electronics, as well as involvement in the teaching activities of Product Design.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, for example if you are applying directly from industry, please contact:

Prof Robert Richardson, School of Mechanical Engineering

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 2156 or email:

Your application should include:

  1. A one-page statement outlining your research vision and future funding strategy including an outline of your plans for delivering this, looking ahead to the next five years;. You should explain how your research aligns with school and university research strengths, how it complements existing activity and how you would utilise and build upon established facilities and expertise.  
  2. A one page-statement of your experience in student education and how your approach aligns with University of Leeds aspirations.
  3. A copy of your curriculum vitae giving full details of qualifications, experience and a record of research grants and publications.

Prior to applying, candidates are strongly encouraged to talk to staff members in the school and the wider university to identify how research activities align and to explore potential future opportunities.

What we offer in return

  • 25 days holiday plus 15.5 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – That’s over 40 days a year!
  • Health and Wellbeing: including options for flexible working, discounted access to our state-of-the-art Campus gym and sports facilities, and more.
  • Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.
  • Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team and self-development courses.
  • A large but compact university campus housing state-of-the-art research facilities, transformational research, and a bustling innovation hub.

And much more!

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