MOL Professor of Maritime Energy Systems (ENGI_07)

Updated: 18 days ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND

MOL Professor of Maritime Energy Systems (ENGI_07) (
Job Number:
Department of Engineering
Grade 10: - negotiable subject to experience
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contract Duration: Open-Ended/Permanent
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Working Arrangements: 0900 - 1700 Monday to Friday
Closing Date
: 12-May-2024, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

Working at Durham University  


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As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high-quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.  


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Our University Strategy is built on three pillars of research, education and wider student experience, but also on our keen sense of community and of inspiring others to achieve their potential. 


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Find out more about the benefits of working at the University and what it is like to live and work in the Durham area on our Why Durham? information page.   


The Department

The Department of Engineering at Durham University is continuing a period of strategic growth. This is an exciting opportunity to join an expanding, unified Engineering Department which is recognised as one of the very best in the UK, with a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our graduates. In the REF2021 exercise, 95% of our Engineering outputs were graded 3* or 4*. The Department is committed to an ethos of research-led education at all levels of our taught programmes. Engineering at Durham University was ranked 5th in The Guardian University Guide 2024, 7th in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024 and 5th in The Complete University Guide 2024. We were ranked 2nd in Engineering behind only Cambridge in a recent Institute for Fiscal Studies report on the difference in graduate earnings by UK university choice.  We are a scholarly community that is open, representative and diverse: our commitment to this is expressed through work of the Department’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group, and our Athena Swan Silver award.

The Department of Engineering demonstrates significant depth of research excellence across a range of disciplines, with activities that are currently concentrated around three Research Challenge areas: Sustainable Infrastructure, Future Energy Systems and Advanced Materials, Electronics and Communications. Thematically, our research is split into eight Research Nodes which group together our day-to-day activities and expertise. We are particularly proud of the collaborative interdisciplinary nature of our research, which also includes strong industrial partnerships. 

The Role

The Department of Engineering at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of MOL Professor in Maritime Energy Systems.  We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of maritime energy systems and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a strong record of interdisciplinary research in the emerging fields of sustainable marine fuels and their safe use, low-carbon power and propulsion systems for shipping, decarbonised port operations and infrastructure, or improved maritime operations and vessel efficiency. 

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at


Professors at Durham


The University is committed to enabling all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive.  Academic colleagues are supported to publish world-leading and world-changing research in their area of interest in highest impact outputs with a focus on quality rather than quantity. We will fully support your research needs including practical, help such as resources to attend conferences and to fund research activity, as well as a generous research leave policy and a designated mentor. Sitting alongside world class research; teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first-class learning environment and curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to progress through the levels of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).


All of our Professors are encouraged to focus on quality and innovation in their research and teaching, and to provide excellent leadership in the administrative functioning and collegial environment of the Department, discipline and University in support of the wider student experience.  We of course value research income, which is a necessary input to drive research outputs and impact. 

MOL Professor in Maritime Energy Systems

Durham University has been successful in securing funding to lead the UK National Clean Maritime Research Hub (UK-MaRes Hub) and is seeking to appoint the MOL Professor in Maritime Energy Systems to work in partnership with MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd, on a co-created programme of research. 

The UK-MaRes Hub is funded by EPSRC and the Department for Transport, and is a consortium of 13 universities led by Durham, and includes researchers from Aston, Birmingham, Brighton, City, Cranfield, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Solent, St Andrews and Ulster universities.

The Hub will carry out innovative research into sustainable marine fuels and their safe use, low-carbon power and propulsion systems for shipping, decarbonised port operations and infrastructure, improved maritime operations and vessel efficiency. 

MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui O.S.K Lines headquarters in London and is a major UK-MaRes Hub partner organisation which is financially supporting this appointment. The successful appointee will work closely with MOL (Europe Africa) Ltd and Professor Tony Roskilly, who is the Director of the UK-MaRes Hub and Chair of Energy Systems in the Department, to play a pivotal role in the maritime research programme at Durham University.


Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of maritime energy systems, with the ability to take a leading role in the development of the Department’s research and teaching, and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.   The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.  Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.


Key responsibilities:


  • Pursue research that is world-leading, and world-changing in terms of originality, significance and rigour, showing leadership in a research field within and/or beyond the academy which is commensurate with the Department’s continuing emphasis on international excellence;
  • To lead the development of successful research project/fellowship proposals in pursuit of suitable national and international funding opportunities to support research and end-user engagement.
  • Deliver excellent teaching, offering lectures, seminars and tutorials at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels.  Demonstrate leadership and innovation in the design and delivery of high quality learning environments and curricula.
  • Enhance the quality of the research environment in the Department, providing leadership of national and international research groups and networks which is recognised at an international level.  Engage in the mentoring of early career researchers;
  • To attract and provide excellent supervision to research students, and contribute significantly to the development of PhD programmes.  Enhance the Department’s commitment to its vibrant and international postgraduate culture.
  • Contribute significantly to the administrative functioning and collegial environment of the Department and wider University, demonstrating sustained excellence in leadership activities which support the functioning of the Department and wider University.
  • To fully engage in, champion and enhance the values of the Department;
  • Carry out such other duties as specified by the Head of Department.


Durham University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion 


Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  


As a University equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values  and our Staff Code of Conduct.   At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. 


We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities and people from racially minoritised ethnic groups.


We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted on the volume and recency of research outputs, such as maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application.  We also understand that the Covid-19 pandemic will have had differential impacts on different people and welcome information on this if you wish to share it. The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly. 


The University has been awarded the Disability Confident Employer status. If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role. 

Person Specification  


Applicants must demonstrate research excellence in the field of maritime energy systems with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship and values of the University.  

We are particularly keen to hear from candidates who have already achieved Chartered Engineer status. As a minimum, if not already professionally qualified, candidates will be expected to demonstrate the ability and desire to become Chartered.


Candidates will demonstrate world-leading and world-changing research, and leadership in a research field within and / or beyond their institution(s), with research outputs consistently recognised as internationally excellent.   


Essential Research Criteria – Grade 10


  • Qualifications - a good first degree and a PhD  directly related to energy engineering and maritime decarbonisation.
  • Outputs - evidence of research outputs directly related to energy engineering and maritime decarbonisation which are consistently recognised as internationally excellent with some output being evaluated as world class. Candidates are asked to submit four research papers with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below).  Candidates may additionally choose to submit evidence such as external peer review of their outputs.
  • Personal Research Plan - evidence of a personal research plan which supports activity in sustainable marine fuels and their safe use, low-carbon power and propulsion systems for shipping, decarbonised port operations and infrastructure, improved maritime operations and vessel efficiency and enhances the Department of Engineering’s research strategy. Candidates are asked to submit a Personal Research Plan (max 4 pages) with their application (as outlined in the How to Apply section below)
  • Research Leadership - leadership of national / international research groups and networks, with an internationally recognised contribution to the development of research fields, as well as leadership of research groups and / or mentoring of early career researchers.  Candidates may choose to include information about research group leadership, mentoring of research colleagues, invitations to and engagement with significant external events, and engagement with international networks or projects. 
  • PhD Supervision - a significant contribution to the development of PhD programmes and / or groups, including successful recruitment and excellent supervision of PhD students. 
  • Research Impact – demonstrable leadership of research that has significant impact beyond the Candidate’s institution(s).
  • Income Generation – evidence of leadership of successful research projects and / or quality fellowship proposals.



    Candidates will be able to evidence excellence in the development and delivery of teaching. They will demonstrate leadership, distinction and innovation in the design and delivery of high-quality learning environments and curricula, including curriculum development, that enables student to achieve their potential. 


    Essential Teaching Criteria –


  • Qualification - candidates must evidence substantial and sustained educational leadership demonstrated by:
  • Evidence of at least one example of co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others in relationship to learning and teaching, or;
  • Successful completion of the DELTA3 course (“Leadership in Learning and Teaching”) or the DELTA4 course (“Strategic Leadership in Learning and Teaching”), or;
  • Achievement of Senior or Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (https://www.heacademy.auk/individuals/fellowship/fellow ), which is the national body that champions teaching excellence.
  • Quality - evidence of excellence in the development and delivery of high-quality and distinctive teaching, at least at a nationally competitive level. 
  • Candidates may choose to provide MEQ scores and / or peer reviews of teaching.
  • Innovation – leadership and influence in in curriculum/new programme development and the development of innovative teaching and the design of learning environments/curricula that provide high quality teaching and student experience at an internationally competitive level including lectures, small group learning and/or using technology or other techniques to enhance learning and/or assessment.    
  • Strategic - demonstrating leadership and influence in the design and delivery of excellent teaching activities and the creation of learning environments that enable students to achieve their potential.

    Services, Citizenship and Values


    Candidates will demonstrate sustained excellence of leadership in the provision of the administrative and collegial functioning requirements of the Department, Faculty and University, positively contributing to the University Values and to fostering a respectful environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.


    Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria – 


  • Collegial contribution – evidence of a significant contribution to the collegial work and environment of the Candidate’s Department, Faculty, institution, industrial concern or other type of research-intensive organisation and / or discipline.  (Candidates may choose to evidence Faculty, University or significant industrial roles, mentoring activity, contribution to equality and diversity initiatives and membership or engagement with external bodies).
  • Leadership - evidence of sustained excellence in leadership activities that support the administrative functioning of the candidate’s Department, Faculty or University and / or which support the development of their discipline.  (Candidates may choose to detail any leadership roles which they have undertaken, preferably in an academic context).
  • Communication - candidates must have excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.
  •  To be either already professionally qualified as a Chartered Engineer, or able to demonstrate they are progressing towards becoming Chartered.

    Contact Information 


    Department contact for academic-related enquiries 

    Professor Charles Augarde, Head of Department, [email protected]

      Professor Tony Roskilly, Chair of Energy Systems, [email protected]


    Contact information for technical difficulties when submitting your application 


    If you encounter technical difficulties when using the online application form, we prefer you send enquiries by email.  Please send your name along with a brief description of the problem you’re experiencing to [email protected]  


    Alternatively, you may call 0191 334 6801 from the UK, or +44 191 334 6801 from outside the UK. This number operates during the hours of 09.00 and 17.00 Monday to Friday, UK time.  We will normally respond within one working day (Monday to Friday, excluding UK public holidays).  


    University contact for general queries about the recruitment process 

    Lauren Gulliver-  [email protected] 


    How to Apply  


    We prefer to receive applications online.    

    Please note that in submitting your application, we will be processing your data.  We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement  which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.  


    If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us on [email protected] .  


    What to Submit 

      All applicants are asked to submit: 

    •   A CV  
    •  A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in the requirements set out above (2-pages A4 maximum).
    •  Personal research plan for the next 3-5 years. Your strategy for securing funding to support the intended research should also be described (4-pages A4 maximum). 
    •  Four of your most significant pieces of written work.  Where possible your written work should have been published or submitted since 2020, however work prior to 2020 may be submitted where candidates have had career breaks. 
    •    An EDI & values statement – (of no more than 500 words) that outlines work which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values. I.e. Involvement in quality, diversity, and inclusion activities such as mentoring, volunteering, or attending conferences. 


    Where possible we request that you provide accessible web links to your publications, which the hiring Department will use to access your work.  The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links. Please note we are unable to access publications behind a paywall.   


    In the event you are unable to provide accessible links to online hosting of your work, your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs are not  larger than 5mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria.


    Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files. 


    We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.  




    You should provide 3 academic referees and they should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s).  The majority should be from a University other than your own (save for early career applicants applying for their first post). 


    References will be requested for candidates who have been shortlisted and will be made available to the panel during the interview process. 


    As part of your application, you will be asked whether you give your consent to your academic references being sought should you be invited to attend an interview. We will only request references where permission has been granted.  


    Next Steps 


    All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates.   


    Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University, either virtually or in-person and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department.  The assessment for the post will normally include a presentation to staff and students in the Department followed by an interview and we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days in  late June / early July 2024.


    In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date. 


    Applicant Guidance  


    For further guidance on your application please see HERE  


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