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Head of School of Engineering and Materials Science and Professor in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering - QMUL21365

Department: School of Engineering & Materials Science
Salary: £80k plus (competitive salary will be paid in line with experience) £12.5k allowance for Head of School (Grade 8)
Reference: QMUL21365
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 28-Jan-2020
Closing date: 29-Feb-2020

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About the Role

The Head of School leads the academic and financial performance of the School supporting all of its colleagues in meeting the strategic aims of the Faculty and of Queen Mary. This will include further enhancing the School’s world class research activity, maintaining and developing its excellent teaching and student experience, continuing to foster the School’s key stakeholder relationships and growing its international reputation and links

The Head of School reports to Vice-Principal & Executive Dean of the Faculty of Science & Engineering. The appointee will form close working relationships with other Heads of School in the Faculty and will play an active role as a member of the Faculty Executive.  They will liaise with other senior colleagues in the School, including the Deans for Education, Research and Global Engagement in order to coordinate, promote and implement Faculty-wide strategies.  The Head of School will supervise, via delegation as appropriate, all academic staff within the School.  The Head of School will work with members of the professional services, at school and university level, to represent the School's interests and ensure compliance with Queen Mary regulations.

About You

Applications are invited from Professorial level candidates with exceptional records of research in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, in order to balance senior academic numbers in those areas in the longer term. All candidates should show evidence of strategic vision, strong commitment to maintaining and developing a collegial learning community and proven strengths in academic leadership and management.

About the School

One of five schools within the Faculty of Science & Engineering, the School of Engineering and Material Sciences is a large school which provides outstanding degree programmes coupled with internationally leading research.  The School has strong international relationships, including a key strategic partnership with Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU) in China to provide transnational university education in Engineering Materials.

The School has seen a £50m investment in its buildings in the last 5 years and access to high performance computing as well as state-of-the-art experimental facilities incorporated within laboratories for Chemical Engineering, Material Science, Electro-hydrodynamics, Aeronautical Engineering, Thermo-fluids and Biomedical Engineering. The School has a proven track record of success in attracting the brightest minds from across the country and the world. 

The School holds a departmental-level Bronze Athena SWAN award and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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.

Queen Mary University of London is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions, a member of the elite Russell Group of UK universities. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), the School’s General Engineering submission was ranked 7th in the country out of 62 UK universities based on World Leading (4*) overall research performance, and 4th in the country for outputs (quality of publications).


The Head of School position is expected to be for a three year term (alongside the substantive permanent Professorial appointment), with the prospect of a second term. In recognition of the significance of the role, Queen Mary protects the postholder’s time by allowing 80% of full time hours to be dedicated to the leadership and management activities of the Head of School role, with the balance devoted to academic activity.  The position is based at the Mile End Campus with the expectation that some duties may require attendance at other Queen Mary sites.  The Professorial salary will be competitive and commensurate with the experience and academic standing of the postholder. The Head of School position attracts an additional responsibility allowance.

We offer access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum and a season ticket loan scheme. 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.

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. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Professor Wen Wang at or on +44 (0) 020 7882 3031.

Applicants must include their full CV, a statement of future research plans (max 4 pages), and a cover letter explaining how they match the job description.

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

The closing date for applications is 29 February 2020. Interviews are expected to be held in April.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.


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