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University Assistant/Associate Professor in Automation Systems

Applications are invited for a University Assistant or Associate Professorship in Automation Systems. The field of this post is in the general area of understanding and addressing the needs of industry in responding to rapid changes in industrial automation and robotics technologies and application domains.

You will be required to develop a record of world-class research related to emerging industrial trends commensurate with the Department's long-standing international reputation in this area. The role will require a balance of teaching, research and administrative duties. For teaching, responsibilities will include full participation in the design and delivery of undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising student projects (including team-based industrial placements), examining, and supervising post-graduate research students. This role will be based at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in West Cambridge.

In exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a small supplement to the salary range stated for these roles for a five-year period.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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In addition to this, please ensure that you upload the application documentation as follows:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • A full publications list

  • A statement which covers professional, teaching and research experience and describe your future research plans (no more than two pages in total);

  • Covering letter

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please clearly state in your application the role for which you are applying.

The closing date for applications is Monday 4 September 2023. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Office (, +44 (0) 1223 332615).

The interviewing panel will meet soon after the closing date in order to produce a short-list; references may be solicited. Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the Department, give a short seminar/lecture, deliver a teaching exercise and attend a formal interview. This is expected to take place early in 2024.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Duncan McFarlane (

Please quote reference NM31727 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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