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Science and Engineering

The Faculty of Science and Engineering is proud of its pioneering heritage. Ernest Rutherford split the atom here 100 years ago; Alan Turing is regarded as the father of modern computing; and the recent isolation of the advanced material graphene has given the world one of its most transformational technologies.

This marriage of brilliant science with engineering excellence, along with a focus on the needs of industry and society, sees the Faculty acting as a leading knowledge partner, underpinning the regional and national economies. Evidence of this can be seen in the decision to locate in Manchester the hub for the £235m Henry Royce Institute, the national centre of excellence for research and development in Advanced Materials.

The award

The closing date for applications was Tuesday, 3 April 2018. A further call for applications will be announced in 2019.

Presidential Academic Fellowships in science and engineering disciplines offer a salary of £32,236–£50,132, plus £5,000 per annum for research support costs and access to key technology platforms. Following a four-year probationary period, and subject to satisfactory performance, you will then transfer to an appropriate academic contract.

Candidates should have been awarded a PhD not more than five years prior to the closing date for applications.

Fellows will have a significantly reduced teaching load and will undertake a limited amount of teaching (up to six hours per week).

The award is open to internal candidates and those applying from outside the University.

Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black, Asian and minority ethnic applicants. All appointments are made on merit.

Scale of activity

The Faculty consists of nine academic Schools. More than £360 million is being invested in our Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) – a new, dynamic engineering campus providing a range of modern facilities in a bespoke environment, supporting excellent research, innovative teaching and collaborative learning.

MECD will provide a state-of-the-art home for the Faculty’s Engineering Schools with modern spaces to facilitate interdisciplinary work, showcase real-world impact and provide a partner of choice for industry.

Research excellence

Our research is world-leading, as demonstrated by the results of the most recent Research Excellence Framework and with the award of Nobel Prizes to Professors Sir André Geim and Sir Konstantin Novoselov for their work on graphene.

The Faculty supports a diverse research community with 70 specialist research centres and groups, ranging from pioneering computer architectures inspired by modelling of the human brain to the Dalton Nuclear Institute to the mapping of the universe at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory and the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), the world’s largest radio telescope.

The sheer scale of the University’s interdisciplinary research activity sets us apart. We are able to combine disciplines and capabilities to meet both the challenges of leading-edge research and the external demands of government, industry and communities.

Public engagement

The Faculty is committed to social responsibility and engaging with a diverse range of audiences and communities. Flagship projects include the Manchester Robot Orchestra, a citizen-science scheme that encourages local youngsters to create musical robots from discarded technology. The ensemble has gone on to give public performances and was featured on BBC Radio 1.

We also take science to people locally and nationally, including our long-standing support of the Manchester Science Festival; #ScienceX, our own science fair hosted at the intu Trafford Centre; and our long association with the national Big Bang Fair, which attracts 80,000 visitors. Our cultural institutions (Manchester Museum, the Whitworth Gallery, John Rylands Library and the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre) are exciting and visited by more than one million visitors per year.

Science and Engineering