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Professor/Reader of Digital Engineering for Future Technologies

School of Physics, Engineering and Technology
Commensurate with experience on the Professorial scale (minimum 67,940) / Reader 53,353 - 65,578
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Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Based at
University of York campus (with some remote working options available)
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Role Description

The School of Physics, Engineering and Technology brings physicists and engineers together to push the frontiers of knowledge, foster innovation and meet the grand challenges facing society. Our aim is to develop new technologies that work for the public good, in an environment where everyone can thrive.

As a School, equality, diversity and inclusion are central to our culture. We strive to provide an environment which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We aim to ensure that there’s a supportive and egalitarian culture at all levels and across all staff groups and offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds. We’re proud of our Juno Champion and Athena Swan awards which recognise our commitment to creating a fully inclusive and supportive environment. We aim to inspire the wider community to engage with science and engineering through our outreach work.

In line with the School’s plans for strategic expansion, we are growing our academic activity in innovative approaches to Digital Engineering. To drive this new initiative, the University is seeking to appoint a number of positions including this role at either a Professor or Reader level, depending on experience. 

The Role
You will lead a group of academics in the broad area of development and deployment of digital engineering for future technologies. Research relevant to Fusion Energy would be useful, but not essential. We’re particularly interested in expertise in Data-Centric Engineering, AI, Digital Twins, High-Performance Computing, Complex Multi-Physics Model Development & Validation and Uncertainty Quantification, and how these could be integrated into future digital engineering to shorten the product development of engineering systems, especially for Fusion Energy Systems.

You will contribute to our growing research reputation and wider impact, in addition to designing, developing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Specifically, you will:

  • Carry out internationally outstanding research, scholarship and innovation
  • Play a leading role in identifying and securing external funding and in developing collaborative research income-generating activities
  • Supervise PhD and Masters students;
  • Foster key institutional collaborations both within the UK and internationally to maximise impact;
  • Contribute to the leadership and management of the School

Key Requirements

  • PhD in relevant discipline, or equivalent experience
  • Outstanding and internationally recognised knowledge in a field of relevance to the vision for Digital Engineering at York
  • Ability to consistently publish academic work that is recognised as internationally leading
  • Exceptional capability in curriculum development, course design and teaching, learning and assessment methods at UG and PG levels and in encouraging student access and engagement
  • Attraction and effective supervision of postgraduate students

Closing Date: 09 April 2023
Interviews: 10 May 2023

For informal enquiries:  please contact the Head of School, Prof Kieran Gibson (,  or Simone Quinn (, if you would like to learn about working at the University of York.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. We also encourage applications from women.

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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