Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering

Updated: 16 days ago
Location: Glasgow, SCOTLAND
Job Type: FullTime

Job Purpose

To deliver teaching on the degree programme in Mechanical Design Engineering offered by University of Glasgow (through University of Glasgow Singapore, UGS) in partnership with Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT); to contribute to research of international standard in Mechanical Engineering, and to undertake administrative and management tasks associated with UGS activities. The required areas of expertise are Mechanical Engineering, with knowledge of materials and structural mechanics and Finite Element Analysis (FEA).
The University of Glasgow Singapore is a subsidiary of the University of Glasgow and works in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). Its mission is to:
• deliver in-country undergraduate honours degree programmes to the same high standard as those of the University of Glasgow in the UK, for a high-quality education that equips students for lifetime careers as leaders in industry and commerce;
• provide PhD training in support of Singaporean industry, and develop research and development collaborations with industry and other organisations in Singapore;
• engage with the research community in Singapore and develop links with research groups on the Glasgow campus;
• establish and promote our multidisciplinary research portfolio in an international context and fully engage with societal changes as identified by major international funding bodies.
This post is based at the UGS office on the Ngee Ann Polytechnic campus in Singapore with a requirement to visit the UK annually for induction, development and research collaboration activities as appropriate. Applicants must be willing and able to work in Singapore to deliver this role, subject to working and residency permissions.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Take a leading role in the planning, organisation, delivery and assessment of undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching activities in Mechanical Engineering or related subjects within UGS, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning.
2. Collaborate with colleagues at the University of Glasgow and SIT to ensure coherent delivery of the degree programmes.
3. Participate fully in assessment and examination processes using a variety of methods, as appropriate, and provide feedback to students that is relevant, timely and supports learning.
4. Supervise and oversee individual student projects.
5. Contribute as appropriate to the Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) taught at the Glasgow campus during the summer.
6. Lead and sustain internationally leading research activity in Mechanical Engineering and/or interdisciplinary aspects of engineering and contribute to the organisation and activities of the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow. This includes developing and sustaining a track record of publications of international quality and funding required for this research.
7. Work with colleagues in Glasgow and Singapore to develop joint research projects and to secure the funding required to underpin long-term growth of the research activity. This will include, where appropriate, the development of multi-disciplinary activities and internal and external collaborations.
8. Disseminate research outcomes through publications in leading international journals and presentations at national and international conferences, enhancing the reputation of the University of Glasgow Singapore.
9. Undertake co-supervision (with colleagues in Glasgow and Singapore) of research students and ensure their effective development.
10. Engage in professional development activities as appropriate and in external academic and professional activities to enhance the reputation of the University of Glasgow Singapore.
11. Contribute to the administrative and management duties of the University of Glasgow Singapore, as allocated by the UGS Director and/or the UGS Mechanical Engineering Programme Director.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Qualifications
A1 A good first degree in a relevant discipline
A2 A PhD or equivalent in a Mechanical Engineering or related field
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism
A4 A developing reputation in an internationally competitive field of research within Mechanical Engineering that matches or enhances existing research themes within the School
A5 Willingness to work in Singapore to deliver this role, subject to working and residency permissions.
B1 Chartered Engineer status or equivalent.
B2 An academic teaching qualification or equivalent.


C1 The ability, drive and the organisational skills to secure research grant funding, lead a research team and develop an international research profile
C2 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability
C3 A proven track-record of effective teaching at undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate level
C4 A commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching
C5 Excellent team leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills
C6 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills
C7 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach
C8 Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in appropriate range of contexts
C9 Strong problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
C10 Ability and willingness to take on appropriate administrative duties within UGS
C11 Ability to provide strategic contribution within UGS and at School level
E1 Postdoctoral research experience in relevant area or equivalent industrial experience
E2 An established track record of publications of international quality
E3 An excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching, tutoring or demonstrating at undergraduate or postgraduate level
E4 An established track record of successfully applying for and securing research funding
E5 Experience of research collaborations at national and/or international level
E6 An excellent track record of contributing to the development, organisation and delivery of research activities and projects
E7 Evidence of independence in research
E8 Proven ability to present research results at international workshops and conferences
E9 An excellent track record of performing administrative duties in a professional environment

Job Features


1. Undertake teaching in accordance with the University of Glasgow Singapore workload.
2. Organise and mark student assessments (coursework and examinations).
3. Supervise and assess individual student projects.
4. In collaboration with colleagues, develop research plans and submit grant proposals.
5. Co-supervision of research students.
6. Publication of papers in leading international journals and presentations at conferences.
7. Administrative tasks as assigned by the UGS Director and/or UGS Mechanical Engineering Programme Director.
Planning and Organising
1. Weekly/monthly/annually – planning and preparation of taught courses.
2. Weekly/monthly – research activities of self or research students/staff.
3. Monthly/annually – research grant application writing and submission with colleagues.
4. Plan and organise administrative duties on an ongoing basis.
5. Reactive – daily queries from students/staff.
6. Effective organisational skills to manage time and to prioritise appropriately teaching, research and administrative duties.
Decision Making
1. Curricula, intended learning outcomes, course content and assessment methods for undergraduate courses.
2. Strategic decisions on research directions and decisions on grant submissions, including development of collaborative activities.
3. Choice of journals, conferences and other media for dissemination of research outcomes.
4. Prioritisation of responsibilities.
5. External involvement including collaborations, refereeing applications and papers, journal editing
Internal/External Relationships
1. UGS Director and/or UGS Mechanical Engineering Programme Director for exchange of information, learning and teaching strategy and research strategy.
2. Academic colleagues regarding teaching and research.
3. Undergraduate students, to optimise student learning.
4. Research students, to supervise, advise and motivate.
5. Administrative staff within University of Glasgow Singapore and Singapore Institute of Technology for exchange of information relating to student progress and support, grant applications etc.
6. Researchers at other universities or organisations to develop and maintain national and international research collaborations.
7. Research funding bodies and industry to maximise potential for research funding.
8. Scientific or professional organisations to maintain external links and undertake professional activities.
Problem Solving
1. Act as a first point of contact for problems/enquiries from undergraduate on issues relating to taught courses and individual projects.
2. Scientific research, experimental design and associated problem solving.
3. Assist research students with problems related to research.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Assistant Professor Level: The salary will be S$80,000 - S$115,000 per annum.
Enquiries can be directed to the Director of UGS [Singapore-based] Dr Cindy Goh ( ) or to the Head of Mechanical Engineering Discipline [Glasgow-based] Dr Donald Ballance ( ).

Interviews will take place during October 2017. Interview candidates may attend in either Glasgow or Singapore.

The successful candidate will be employed by UGlasgow Singapore Pte Ltd.
Vacancy reference: 019044, Closing date: 1 October 2017
It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.
We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity
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