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Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering - Returnship into Engineering

Salary:   £35,210 to £48,676
Closing Date:   Sunday 13 January 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 07 February 2019
Reference:  A2455

The engineering department at Lancaster University is looking to appoint successful candidates, who have taken an extended career break, to support their transition back into an academic career. We realise that returning after a significant break can be challenging, especially in STEM areas, so we have developed an engineering returnship programme to enable applicants to return to a permanent academic role on either a full or part-time basis.

You will undertake a supported programme, based on your personal requirements, which will include a designated mentor, coaching sessions and a bespoke academic development programme. The scheme is open to people looking to return to work after an extended career break of one year or more, and who have experience in the mechanical engineering subject area and/or relevant transferable skills gained working in industry. You will need to have a PhD in a relevant research field and prior evidence of a research publication record to support your application. 

You will be joining an Engineering Department recognised for international excellence and world-leading research. The Department is ranked highly in national league tables; in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 91% of research and 100% of impact in General Engineering was assessed as internationally excellent and world leading. The Department is 8th in the UK and 112th in the world for paper citations in QS World Ranking 2018. The Department has strong links with industry nationwide and works with a portfolio of hundreds of SMEs in the north-west of England alone, supported by the in-house Lancaster Product Development Unit (LPDU).

Engineering is a strategically important area of investment for Lancaster University with a £50 million ten-year expansion plan in place for bridging our successful Engineering department toward a world leading School of Engineering with cutting-edge spaces and facilities. Phase 1 was concluded in 2015 with the opening of an award-winning £13 million new Engineering building, providing a world-class environment and facilities base for teaching and research. Phase 2 is underway with an ambitious ten-year recruitment plan and a second state-of-the-art engineering building to be opened in August 2021. These new world-leading resources and expanding expertise within our staff base, will foster widespread academic collaborations across HEIs and research centres, adding value to current and future large investments in UK research, and will greatly enhance our ability to form strategic partnerships with large industrial partners.

Lancaster University is campus-based, and is situated adjacent to the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and proximate to another AONB and two National Parks in the north-west of England. Lancaster is one hour from international airports. The town and the region are home to a variety of excellent schools and enjoy excellent public transport and national rail links. A wide selection of facilities is available on campus including a large variety of social facilities, eateries, a new sports centre, and a highly regarded pre-school centre.  A wide range of benefits is available for staff.

We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis, as well as the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address gender equality in higher education and research.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Sarah Green or Professor Claudio Paoloni in the first instance. For information about the Engineering Department please visit

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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