Professor/Reader in Engineering Systems Management

University of Strathclyde, Design Manufacturing and Engineering Management

Application Deadline: 26 August 2022. 

Further Details: here.


We are the University of Strathclyde. Our vision is innovative and ground breaking, placing us amongst the world’s leading international technological universities. We are dynamic and passionate about solving the challenges facing society and industry through our cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary research, education and knowledge-exchange with global partners.

The University is situated in the heart of Glasgow, with an international community including 22,000 students and more than 3,000 staff from 100 countries. Strathclyde is ‘the place of useful learning’ and is recognised internationally for its close working relationships with businesses and its partnerships with industry, government and industry. The University is focused on recruiting the best academic talent to enhance both research intensity and leadership in areas of strategic importance, and is also investing heavily in new facilities.

The Department of Design, Manufacturing and Engineering Management (DMEM) is an internationally leading department, Delivering Total Engineering for responsible and sustainable futures. We seek to appoint a Professor/Reader in Engineering Systems Management. This post is tenured. It is envisaged to start as soon as possible and is part of a wider talent and thought leader recruitment strategy.

DMEM brings together expertise in creative- and engineering design, manufacturing and engineering operations management. Our research centres and groups focus on through-life product- and system development, with core research themes being creativity and innovation, materials exploration, sustainability and technology. We are proud of our substantial and well-established collaborations with academic and industrial partners throughout the world. With more than 150 staff including the technical specialist centres, more than 100 Postgraduate Research (PGR) students both PhD and EngD, and more than 650 students from over 30 nations, we are a vibrant, international community. Come join, collaborate, innovate, and lead.


Are you passionate about working on global challenge and societal transitions, including sustainability, health, food systems, manufacturing systems? And are you thriving on theory-driven and empirically-validated research excellence, learning and teaching with and for engineering leaders of the future? We’d love to hear from you with research interests especially in digitalisation of production- and service systems, smart and green engineering systems management, understanding and management of complex engineering projects, e.g. in manufacturing, in health, or in the industrial ecology more widely. Your disciplinary expertise may include but not limited to engineering project and programme management, large- or mega project management, technology management, computational- or behavioural operations- and supply chain management, or industrial- and systems engineering. Engineering management is a rapidly developing and important area. Come with your expertise and you will be given the space to develop and grow.


Excellence in engineering management is high on the priority list of both the University and the Scottish and UK governments. The UK government has also emphasised strengthening the future of UK manufacturing and supply chain infrastructure as a key initiative. The government highlights that UK manufacturing contributes £148b GVA and employs over 2.6m people, with many suppliers now coming from overseas. There is a need for “reshoring” and developing the UK manufacturing supply chain with an estimated £30b opportunity that could be realised with commensurate job opportunities.


The post aligns also well with the growth ambitions within the strategic plans as defined by the University, Faculty and the Department for Vision2025. In particular, enabling the growth and expansion of funded research and Knowledge Exchange (KE) projects in the priority University related theme of Advanced Manufacturing, with a focus on engineering operations management, and business and industry engagement.


DMEM have an attractive portfolio of courses in engineering design, manufacturing and engineering management Engineering management is at the core of the Department’s current educational offerings across 7 Undergraduate (UG) and 14 Postgraduate Taught (PGT) and to-date 14 Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes. This includes Engineering Project Management, Manufacturing Engineering with Management, Engineering Management for Process Excellence, Digital Manufacturing, Supply Chain & Sustainability Management, Systems Engineering Management, Mechatronics and Automation, Product Design Engineering, Product Design Innovation, Technology and Innovation Management, Introduction to Systems Thinking, People, Organisation and Leadership, Strategic Technology Selection for Digital Transformation, Lean Six Sigma, or Advanced Project Management). The full portfolio is accessible on the Department website.


Over recent years, Strathclyde in general and DMEM in particular has positioned itself well to deliver across these areas with collaborative teams across the University incorporating resources and expertise from Business, Humanities and Social Sciences, Science and Engineering faculties. This capability is exemplified through cross-department and faculty initiatives such as Strathclyde’s Institute of Operations Management (SIOM), AFRC, NMIS and Glasgow City Innovation District (GCID) and Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS). The position provides an essential resource in a critical area that underpins the whole identity and activities of DMEM and will provide leadership to SIOM, leading the evolution of SIOM into a broader initiative at the interface between engineering and business as well as directly supporting University strategic initiatives in advanced manufacturing such as AFRC, CMAC, NMIS and wider KE industrial engagement.


To be considered for the role you will have a good honours degree and PhD (or significant relevant experience) in an engineering management related discipline. You will have research experience and interests consistent with the strategic direction of the Department, Faculty and University and you will have experience of research leadership, including support of senior researchers in a University or industrial environment and management of research teams/projects/programmes. You will support of early and mid-career academic staff within the research group, helping to ensure they reach their full potential. You will have extensive experience of delivering high quality teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students including experience of developing and managing large teaching programmes and you will have experience of PhD/EngD research project supervision in Higher Education. You will have an outstanding/sustained track record of published research in high quality publications demonstrating standards of excellence, with an international reputation. You will have an outstanding/substantial track record of securing research funding through relevant successful collaborative research grant applications and you will have an established national/international reputation as an expert and leader within Engineering Systems Management. You will be an excellent educator and mentor and will show leadership in identifying key research questions and attracting funding support. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong people skills and an ability to operate as part of a team.


Appointments will be made at a level appropriate to a successful candidate’s experience and career stage. In addition to the position described here, the Global Talent Programme makes clear the University’s commitment to attracting world leading academics to Scotland. The University is also committed to developing the next generation of leaders, nurturing talented individuals through the early stages of their career and providing the opportunities for professional rewards and ‘making a difference’.


Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Anja Maier, Head of Department, via email

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