Industry Professorial Fellows

The University of Birmingham Industry Professorial Fellowships Scheme aims to recruit individuals who will develop substantial research capability and strengthen collaborative research links between the University, targeted sectors of industry and specific businesses.

 

It is expected that fellows will not only lead their own collaborative research programmes with industry, but will also facilitate broader engagement between other researchers at the university with business and industry.

They should aim to boost the university’s research income by attracting funding both from industry and also from appropriate collaborative Research Council/Innovate UK schemes (e.g., EPSRC Prosperity Partnerships).

It is also expected that individuals will draw on funding sources available via the Industrial Strategy challenge fund.

Research that matters

The appointed individuals may be moving from a senior industry Research & Development (R & D) post, a consultancy role with industry R&D, a senior post at a government research laboratory with close industry links, a unit allied to a University (e.g., a Catapult) or be working closely with industry already in a position at a higher education institution.  In this context, ‘working closely with industry’ could involve having launched one or more spin out companies with which they continue to have a close association.

The postholder will have R&D experience at a level commensurate with the appointment to a full chair.  Where appropriate they will demonstrate this through their publications, patents and other outputs, and research grant income.

It is recognised that in some cases the appointee will not have a standard academic research track record, for example because of the confidential nature of the work within their current posting.  Nevertheless they will need to demonstrate through confidential discussions and/or interviews the high level of research and innovation that they have been leading.

While in many cases the appointee is likely to be working in the area of physical sciences and engineering, life sciences or medical sciences, the University is open to appointing individuals with academic expertise in other disciplinary areas, such as Economics, Management, Law, Behavioural or Health Economics, who work closely with business and industry.

We expect that you will wish to contribute to teaching in one or more of the University’s Schools and Colleges. Taught elements are now incorporated routinely into higher research degrees and naturally the University offers a full range of taught degrees. In addition the benefits of supervising final year projects will be obvious in terms of attracting future research students to the areas of interest of postholders.

The fellowship aspect of the proposal will provide ringfenced time for the first three years to develop their research partnership with industry at the university. Thereafter they will move into a ‘normal’ academic position at chair level on a permanent basis.

Job outline

    • Role type: Full-time Permanent
    • Open to: Internal and External candidates
    • Grade: Professorial
    • Salary: Competitive
Informal enquiries:
    Please contact:
    • Professor Paul Bowen Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor (Industrial Partnerships) 0121 414 5186 or
    • Professor Tim Softley Pro Vice Chancellor (Research and Knowledge and Transfer) 0121 414 3978
  • Closing date: 8th March 2019

Industry Fellow Role Profile

Job Summary

As an Industry Chair you will be expected to lead strategic research programmes that develop and strengthen collaborative links between the University and targeted sectors of industry or specific businesses. It is expected that you will not only lead your own collaborative research programmes with industry, but will also facilitate broader engagement between other researchers at the University with business and industry.

You should also aim to boost the University’s research income by attracting funding both from industry and also from appropriate collaborative Research Council/Innovate UK schemes (e.g., EPSRC Prosperity Partnerships) or other public funders. It is expected that you will draw on funding sources available via the Industrial Strategy challenge fund.

The fellowship aspect of the proposal will provide ringfenced time for the first three years to develop your research partnership with industry at the university. Thereafter you will move into a ‘normal’ academic position at chair level on a permanent basis to lead and establish long term strategic relationships within industry.

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How to apply

Applicants are invited to submit their application on-line to us, via the link below.

Applications must include:

  • Completed application form using the link below, searching for post number 80420
  • Full Academic CV                  
  • Cover letter detailing suitability for the position including an outline of your research ideas, collaborations and development plans.

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