Chairs in Net Zero, School of Engineering

Ref: 5512

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road, Manchester

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Role Managed by:

Lucy Roper

Research Associate

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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with the Professorial role

Closing Date: 12/02/2022

The University of Manchester are looking to appoint Chairs in Net Zero to join the School of Engineering. Tackling climate change is one of the key global challenges. Whilst countries across the world are increasingly signing up to ‘Net Zero’ targets for 2050, it is action in the next 10 years that will set the path to avoid dangerous climate change and enable an equitable transition of economies, whilst building sufficient resilience into both physical and social infrastructure. The University of Manchester has set Net Zero as a priority in its research, teaching and operations with a major new “Sustainable Futures” platform launching in 2021. In the UK, and globally, Net Zero is increasingly a central part of all research funder priorities and underpins the strategic planning of many organisations and government bodies.

Achieving a rapid transition to Net Zero will involve investment in research which must play a central role in enabling the necessary rapid progress. Our Engineering Impact Cases submitted to REF 2021 were dominated by research in sustainability and decarbonisation. This field is central to the School of Engineering’s research and impact strategy to inform the transition to Net Zero across governments, business, NGOs and citizens. Moreover, the School is well placed to support the ambitions of the Sustainable Futures platform which will help to demonstrate, amplify and grow our world leading, interdisciplinary research and impact in this area.

As an illustration of our commitment to this grand challenge, we seek to appoint leaders who will develop capacity in several areas that are critical to realising rapid decarbonisation and are complementary to our existing activity. We expect world leading research and clearly established and articulated pathways to impact. We further expect a contribution to syllabus development at undergraduate and post-graduate level to train engineers who will deliver Net Zero globally. Successful candidates may also, alongside their core expertise, bring understanding of relevant policy, economic and social context of their research.

The successful candidate will undertake and lead an internationally competitive research programme enabling and underpinning progress towards a Net Zero society. Example areas of interest include: rapid delivery and adaptation of infrastructure;       transformation and operation of power networks for a decarbonised system; new technologies of the future. Additionally, the individual will be expected to establish strong collaborations, including joint projects and joint supervision of PhD students and other researchers, with areas of complementary research at the University of Manchester, and to contribute to teaching and leadership within the University.

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The deadline for applications is midday, Sunday 12th February 2022 (GMT)

Applications should consist of a letter of motivation and a complete curriculum vitae including a publication and research funding list. Applications will be considered by the selection committee in Late February. Dates of the final interviews are to be confirmed.

Salary and terms of employment

This is a permanent position based at Oxford Road, Manchester. The salary on offer is commensurate with the Professorial role.

The successful applicant(s) will be located within one of the Departments in the School of Engineering; the precise location and Department will be decided via discussion with the successful candidate and the Vice-Dean and Head of School, Professor Alice Larkin and the Dean and President, Professor Martin Schröder.

The University actively fosters a culture of inclusion and diversity and seeks to achieve true equality of opportunity for all members of its community. The Faculty welcomes applications from all sections of the community and are committed to having a representative workforce. Across the Schools we hold Bronze and Silver Athena SWAN Awards, which recognise our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and particularly the advancement of women’s careers in STEM.

The University also holds a Bronze Race Charter Mark recognising our commitment to improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. In addition, we are a Disability Confident Employer, guaranteeing an interview for any disabled applicant who meets the minimum requirements for a job.



The University of Manchester is committed to creating diverse and inclusive environments for all staff and students to work and learn – a university where we can be ourselves and reach our full potential. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and Staff Support Networks. We welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds, including race, disability, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion and belief, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, and caring responsibility.

Perrett Laver believes that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual. A broad range of perspectives, backgrounds and opinions amongst our global community of colleagues is crucial in maintaining our culture of openness, intellectual curiosity, and creativity. We take an active role in supporting under-represented communities and groups in becoming better and more fairly represented in the leadership of all organisations. We also know that diverse and inclusive teams have a positive impact on our ability to identify, engage and secure candidates from these groups.

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To ensure inclusion on the basis of age, disability, ethnic or national origin, family circumstance, gender, gender identity, marital status, nationality, political or religious beliefs, race, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, we would like to specifically invite applications from under-represented groups.


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