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3x Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Materials Science (Teaching & Research) - QMUL25484

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £42,433 - £52,833/ £55,840 - £62,415 per annum (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL25484
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 07-Jul-2021
Closing date: 06-Aug-2021

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About the Role

Post-holders will be expected to assume responsibility for leading one or more aspects of teaching in the JEI curriculum, as well as contributing to the administration of the JEI and other Queen Mary activities, including contributing to our Joint Research Institute (JRI), between Queen Mary and NPU.

About You

Candidates are sought with research strengths that would enhance the research portfolio of SEMS, and the JRI with NPU. Candidates should be able to demonstrate research expertise in one or more of the following fields:

  • Advanced polymer synthesis or advanced functionalisation techniques, supramolecular engineering, bioelectronics devices, sensing materials or devices, optical materials or devices, surface characterisation, or modelling of functional polymer-based materials.
  • Ceramic materials, including thermoelectric, ferroelectric, piezoelectric or triboelectric, sensing materials, texturing of ceramics, advanced ceramic processing technologies (including processing in strong magnetic fields) and characterisation.
  • Advanced materials processing methods including but not confined to: polymer processing; composite materials; ceramics processing; processing materials in strong magnetic fields; low embodied energy methods, digital design to manufacture.

It is expected that successful candidates will possess a PhD or equivalent, with an established track record of research in the relevant area. Post-holders will be expected to act as subject lead with an extensive up-to-date knowledge of the field. A commitment to high quality teaching is essential to support our thriving undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes in China. Successful candidates will be appointed as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, depending on experience.

About the School

The School of Engineering and Materials Science (SEMS) has an excellent track record in research across a range of engineering disciplines, including Materials, Mechanical, Aerospace, Biomedical, Robotics and Design. In the 2014 REF, QMUL’s General Engineering was ranked 7th in the UK with research publications ranked 4th. Supporting QMUL’s commitment to internationally leading education, SEMS have established a Joint Educational Institute (JEI) with Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in Xi’an, China, delivering degree programmes in Materials Science in China. Applicants with experience in the area of materials science and engineering are sought for a key Teaching and Research role to contribute to this international collaboration.

Transnational education is a key feature of Queen Mary’s strategic plan and the THE University World rankings places QMUL in the top 25 universities for international outlook. The QMUL-NPU JEI is a flagship for best practice in international, research-led university education. The development of the JEI presents an excellent opportunity to be part of this outstanding collaboration.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers. We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme, staff networks and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The role will be based in London but it is expected that the post-holder will spend time in Xi’an to deliver their full teaching load to our JEI students in 2 week blocks during the teaching semester. Travel, visas and accommodation for delivery of duties in China will be provided, and Queen Mary employs support staff on the ground in Xi’an

It is a full time, permanent appointment with an expected start date of August 2021. The starting salary will be Grade 5/6, in the range of £42,433 - £52,833 per annum for those appointed as Lecturer, or in Grade 7, in the range of £55,840 - £62,415 as Senior Lecturer, in both cases inclusive of London Allowance. A generous academic support package will also be available.

Your application must include a completed application form and CV plus relevant supporting documentation.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.  We particularly welcome applications at Senior Lecturer level from people who identify as Black, Asian or Other Minority Ethnic groups and women as these groups are underrepresented at this level at Queen Mary.


Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Andy Bushby at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button below.

The closing date for applications is 06 August 2021.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.


The School of Engineering & Materials Science holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Charter for Women in Science and is a registered member of WISE. We are committed to the equality of opportunities and to advancing women’s careers. We have policies to support staff returning from long-term absence, for flexible arrangements for staff with parental responsibilities and for childcare support for the attendance of conferences. As part of the School’s commitment to the Athena SWAN and the WISE principles we strongly encourage applications from women.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

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