Reader in Engineering


London, Strand Campus


  • Posted on: 01st Feb 2021
  • Salary: £57,631-£64,405 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 014848
  • Closes: 10th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

As part of the growth of the Department of Engineering, we are seeking applications for a Reader in Electrical Engineering with research interests in areas such as local energy systems, power conversion, DC micro-grids, integration and interaction of energy sources including load management and alternative and local power distribution strategies, particularly in the context of the impact of electrification of transport and heating.

We are creating a vibrant Department that looks to lead innovation in education and research at one of the world’s leading universities. To support our ambition, King’s is investing in new multi-million pound teaching and research laboratories (over 3000 sqm) at heart of its Strand campus.

In moving our ambition forward, we are appointing academics to join us in shaping the future of education and research for King’s Engineering.

Department staff are expected to participate actively in the development and delivery of our new and existing engineering degree courses. We are developing an innovative pedagogy involving design and project-based teaching integrated while embedding team-working, leadership and system thinking into our students to prepare them for their future careers. It is essential that applicants have the enthusiasm and commitment needed to ensure the success of these programmes and to contribute to their delivery.

We welcome academics who will actively pursue new research opportunities and collaborations within the department and externally to extend their current research track record. We are building a strong research profile with existing activities in mechatronics, sensors, signal and information processing, control, and wireless communications. Recent appointments have broadened our portfolio to include manufacturing, energy, systems engineering, and heat transfer. We have research links across the College and beyond. King’s is part of the London Centre for Nanotechnology with shared research and facilities between King’s, UCL and Imperial. All of these foster an active, vibrant, and collaborative research environment.

Information on the Department of Engineering and the Faculty of Natural and Mathematical Sciences can be found at the following links:

This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract

Key responsibilities

Successful candidates are expected to:

  • Provide academic leadership in Electrical Engineering in the Department.
  • To help lead the design, development, and delivery of our educational programmes.
  • Provide teaching and leadership in administration within the Department as required.
  • Enhance the research profile of the Department, through maintaining a consistent high-level output of publications and portfolio of research projects.
  • Engage actively and regularly in the pursuit of research funding through grant applications to Research Councils, etc., and to support other members of the department in the development of research proposals.
  • Supervise and train postgraduate students and postdoctoral research staff to ensure their effective development.
  • Lead/contribute to service activities within the Department, Faculty and College.
  • Actively promote and participate in equality and diversity.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria


  • PhD degree with a subject-specific qualification in one or more engineering disciplines


  • Ability to define and lead a research area
  • Ability to make a significant contribution to administrative work
  • Ability to develop and teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in engineering


  • Research record of international stature
  • Established record of acquiring external research funds/grants
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching

Personal Characteristics/Other Requirements

  • Ability to work in a demanding environment with excellent task management skills for self and others – ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to manage and interact with staff and students at all levels, including experience of supervision of research staff and students.
  • Ability and willingness to work effectively on personal initiative as well as in a team

Desirable criteria


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • Knowledge of UK research funding


  • Experience in leading others to develop their research and teaching and enabling learners/researchers to achieve their maximum potential


  • Ability to build durable networks with colleagues and stakeholders across the University and externally

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