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Lecturer in Railway Infrastructure Engineering

Are you an influential academic with the ability to carry out teaching and research in railway infrastructure engineering and related topics? Do you have an excellent research record and the vision and drive to tackle new challenges? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in a research-intensive Russell Group University?

We are seeking applicants who will develop leading research and/or innovation in education in the field of railway infrastructure engineering, but just as importantly work at the interface with other disciplines.  In line with our wider ethos of inter-disciplinarity we are open to a broad definition of the discipline and will place greater importance on the impact, originality and potential for work across disciplines than on a particular topic.  As a Lecturer, you will carry out research, teaching and management within the School, Faculty and University.  You will also contribute to academic leadership in the field of Railway Engineering, while developing and delivering railway engineering related modules for the MSc in Railway Engineering with Project Management and Undergraduate programme in Civil Engineering with Transport programme at University of Leeds, and the joint programme at Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu, China. A strong feature of teaching at Leeds is the extensive use of design project work and you would be expected to bring enthusiasm and preferably practical skills to this area of the curriculum.

The University has a large breadth of railway research expertise and is currently developing a new Institute for High Speed Railway and Systems Integration.Highlights of the new institute include:

  • Significant investment to develop a world leading railway track and earthworks test facility.  This facility will allow for full-scale track-embankment structures to be constructed and tested under realistic, yet accelerated, high speed train loading. Therefore, many years worth of train passages can be simulated in a matter of days, thus replicating long-term track behaviour.

  • Large investment to develop a world leading railway vehicle test facility; and

  • Unique financial support for developing the Systems Integration and Innovation Centre to work closely with the above two initiatives.

The institute will complement other university-based research centres in the UK and respond to industry demand for undergraduate and postgraduate skills in railway engineering and systems, and other related areas. The post of Lecturer in Railway Engineering has been created to accelerate the growth of the Institute, by raising its international research and education profile.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr David Connolly

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 6304 or email:

Further information

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Engineering & Physical Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Civil Engineering
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Wednesday 18 December 2019
Closing Date:  Sunday 19 January 2020
Reference:  EPSCV1011
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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