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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

There are no current vacancies for our Presidential Fellowship scheme. You can view our other vacancies under

We welcome strong applications from all disciplines within the Faculty of Science and Engineering but we are particularly interested in applications from the following themes:

  • Engineering (all areas of engineering including computer science)
  • Industrial Biotechnology (including chemical biology and its interface with materials)

Presidential Academic Fellowships in science and engineering disciplines offer a salary of £41,526–£51,034, 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 two academic schools; the School of Natural Sciences and the School of Engineering. The Schools are made up of the following Departments:

School of Engineering

Departments of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Computer Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.

School of Natural Sciences

Departments of Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Materials, Physics and Astronomy.

There is also a Faculty Teaching College and a Faculty Research College which develop initiatives across Department, School and Faculty structures, and which ensure consistency of approach and proactive sharing of best practice.

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.

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