Chair of Autonomous Industrial Systems
Imperial College London Department of Chemical Engineering
United Kingdom

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual for the new ABB Chair of Autonomous Industrial Systems. The post is sponsored by ABB. ABB is an internationally leading technology company in industrial automation and electrification, working closely with end-user companies in the energy, chemicals, minerals and marine sectors. The selected chair holder should, either immediately...

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01290
  • Date posted 7 May 2020
  • Closing date 21 June 2020

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, permanent
  • Salary Internationally competitive plus benefits
  • Department Department of Chemical Engineering
  • Category Academic & Teaching / Non Clinical Academic & Teaching

Job description

Job summary

The Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual for the new ABB Chair of Autonomous Industrial Systems. The post is sponsored by ABB. ABB is an internationally leading technology company in industrial automation and electrification, working closely with end-user companies in the energy, chemicals, minerals and marine sectors.

The selected chair holder should, either immediately or within one to two years, be at a level suitable for candidacy of prestigious awards such as the Industrial Research Chair scheme of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Duties and responsibilities

We are seeking a person who will initiate and lead a world-leading research programme in digitalisation and autonomous process operation using methods such as industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, modelling, and optimization.

You will maintain and further develop collaborative research links that currently exist between the Department and ABB researchers in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Mechanisms for this include co-ordination of publicly-funded projects in collaboration with ABB and other partners, arranging industrial placements for doctoral students and researchers, and hosting visits from ABB researchers.

All academic staff are expected to participate fully in the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities of the Department, and you should have experience of or show clear potential for teaching.

Essential requirements

To be a suitable applicant for this role, you must be able to provide thought leadership and communicate a clear vision of the future of automatous operation in industrial systems.

You will have domain expertise and deep engineering knowledge relevant to process industries such as energy and chemical industries.

You will have knowledge and understanding of digitalisation, and industrial AI (e.g. machine/ deep learning in an industrial context).

You will also have experience of research collaborations between academic and industry.

Further information

The post is based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus).

For informal enquiries about this post please contact Professor Nina Thornhill via email at n.thornhill@imperial.ac.uk

Applications should be submitted on-line using the “Apply Now” link at the top of this page. The first step is registration for an Imperial Jobs account. Step 4 of the process requires the upload of cover letter and CV. The cover letter should give details of how you meet the requirements of the post.

Further guidance on what to include in your application and information about the post is available in the “Further Particulars”.

Should you have any queries about the application process please contact chemeng.staffing@imperial.ac.uk.

Closing date:    Midnight on 21st June 2020

Interviews:       To be held in week commencing 6th July 2020

For technical issues when applying online, please contact: recruitment@imperial.ac.uk


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