Assistant Professor/Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Northumbria University

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 🇬🇧



Northumbria University had the biggest rise in research power ranking of any UK University in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), rising to 23rd having previously been place 50th in 2014 and 80th in 2008.   As a result of these successes the Department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering wishes to expand and diversify our academic base in the civil engineering team.  The core research strengths of this team include remote sensing, geotechnics, slope geomorphology, coastal engineering, archeaohydrology, sustainable water management, transportation, the asset condition of infrastructure, recycled construction materials, big data, steel structures, modular building, plate and shell structures and fire safety. We would welcome applications for Assistant Professor/Lecturer from suitably-qualified individuals across all areas of civil engineering.   

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with strengths in any of the following areas:

  • Water supply and transport, hydraulics in general,
  • Environmental Engineering,
  • Geotechnics.

However, we will consider high-quality applications in any area relevant to our teaching or research activities, and we particularly encourage applicants who are researching in earth observation and remote sensing. You will be part of a growing team, with a lively academic community, based on our campus in the centre of Newcastle. 

You will contribute to educational activities in the Department and Faculty including undertaking individual and joint research to produce high-quality academic outputs; designing, developing and delivering high-quality teaching activities; and participating in external activity to generate income and promote the civil engineering subject. We value applicants that display good academic citizenship including mentoring and supporting colleagues, promoting good practice across all aspects of academic life.

You must be qualified to Doctoral level in a relevant discipline and have subject expertise in Civil Engineering with specialist knowledge gained through research activity, professional practice or consultancy. We seek a commitment to, and enthusiasm for, delivering innovative education at all levels. If you are not already experienced at higher education teaching, you will be supported by the University to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

We offer all applicants full guidance on the application process. If you would like an informal discussion about the role please contact Dr Vikki Edmondson, Associate Professor and Head of Subject at [email protected]

This post is advertised across our Assistant Professor (£45,584 – 56,021) and Lecturer (£39,347 – £44,262) roles. 

Colleagues appointed into our Lecturer grade are usually early career academics who are supported through their probationary period to develop their Academic profile. Upon completion of probation objectives these colleagues are automatically moved into the Assistant Professor role. The selection panel will assess your application and discuss with you which role you are being considered for at selection and appointment stages. Further information about the requirements of the Assistant Professor and Lecturer roles is available in the person specifications.

To apply for this vacancy please click ‘Apply Now’, and submit a covering letter, CV including research /education statements, and grants and publications list. Please highlight your highest quality research outputs up to a maximum of 4. In addition, candidates are asked to provide copies of the top 2 research outputs (Journal / book chapter /practice-based portfolio). Where possible candidates are asked to combine all of these documents into a single file.

We welcome applications from the UK and across the world. Visit our web pages for details about Relocation Assistance


At Northumbria, we embrace tomorrow. We pursue new thinking, forge new partnerships, create, and exchange new knowledge, and find new solutions. Our inspirational academics, partners and students work together to tackle tomorrow’s challenges head on. We are ready for the future whatever it may hold. 

Awarded the title of University of the Year in the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards, Northumbria University is a research-intensive modern university with a global reputation for academic excellence. 

Northumbria recorded the biggest rise of any UK university for research power in the Research Excellence Framework for the second time in 2021 and is now ranked top 25 for this measure. 

One of the largest universities in the UK with over 37,000 students from 137 countries, filled with world-leading research, award-winning partnerships, and students at the heart of an outstanding experience, Northumbria is a new kind of excellent university.  Discover more about us.  

Northumbria University is a great place to work.  We empower our exceptional people to achieve shared ambitions and promote a positive work life balance.  To say thank you, we offer a wide range of benefits including excellent pension schemes, flexible working, a generous holiday entitlement, continued commitment to your learning and development and more

Our Northumbria Values are guiding principles that define who we are, what we do and what is important to us. Our Values are: Academic Excellence; Innovation; Inclusivity; Collaboration; and Ambition.

Our Behaviours describe how we do things and how we work together at Northumbria, reflecting our culture and our decision-making. Our Behaviours are: We listen and learn, we support one another to success, we respect everyone and their contributions, we trust in ourselves and each other and we are bold.

Our Behaviours were co-created by colleagues from a range of roles across the University, who worked collaboratively to consider what it feels like to work for Northumbria, and where we need to continue to transform together to achieve what’s important to us. 

Please visit Our Values and Behaviours page to find out more.

We are an on-campus organisation where colleagues work regular patterns of hours and on campus, with some flexibility on the timing of their hours and the location of their work in discussion with their manager. 

Northumbria University is committed to creating an inclusive culture where we take pride in, and value, the diversity of our staff.  We encourage and welcome applications from all members of the community.  The University holds a bronze Athena Swan award in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality, we are a Disability Confident Employer, a member of the Race Equality Charter and are participating in the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme.  We also hold the HR Excellence in Research award for implementing the concordat supporting the career Development of Researchers and are members of the Euraxess initiative to deliver information and support to professional researchers.  

The University has implemented a range of flexible working arrangements, and we are happy to explore candidate requirements as part of the recruitment process.  





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