Imperial College London

                                     Department of Aeronautics


                                           Further Particulars

1.       The College

Imperial College London consistently achieves one of the highest rankings nationally and
internationally, as listed in the Times Higher QS World University Rankings 2010-2011 .

The Rector, Sir Keith O'Nions FRS, is the College’s academic head and chief executive officer.
The Chairman of the Court and Council is Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller.

The Mission

Imperial College embodies and delivers world class scholarship, education and research in
science, engineering, medicine and business, with particular regard to their application in industry,
commerce and healthcare. We foster interdisciplinary working internally and collaborate widely

Strategic Intent

The College’s vision and intent is to:

        Continue to be a world-leading institution for scientific research and education

        To harness the quality, breadth and depth of our research capabilities to address the
         difficult challenges of today and the future,

        To develop the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics,

        To provide an education for students from around the world that equips them with the
         knowledge and skills they require to pursue their ambitions,

        To make a demonstrable economic and social impact through the translation of our work
         into practice worldwide,

        To engage with the world and communicate the importance and benefits of science to

Formation and History

Imperial College was established in 1907 in London’s scientific and cultural heartland in South
Kensington, as a merger of the Royal College of Science, the City and Guilds College and the
Royal School of Mines. St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and the National Heart and Lung
Institute merged with the College in 1988 and 1995 respectively.

Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School
merged with the College on 1 August 1997 to form, with the existing departments on the St Mary’s
and Royal Brompton campuses, the Faculty of Medicine.

The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology joined the Faculty of Medicine in 2000 and for over a
decade was unique in Europe for its integration of basic science research and clinical facilities in
rheumatology. On 1 August 2011, the Institute moved to Oxford University to build a new centre for
research into rheumatology and inflammatory and autoimmune disease.

In 2007 the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust was formed by merging Hammersmith and St
Mary’s Hospitals’ NHS Trusts with the College, forming the country’s largest NHS Trust. This also
established the UK’s first Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) bringing together healthcare
services, teaching and research for maximum synergistic benefits.

Imperial College was an independent constituent part of the University of London up until the end
of June 2007, when it was granted a new royal charter declaring it an independent university in its
own right.

The academic structure of Imperial College is divided into three faculties, the Faculties of
Engineering, Natural Sciences and Medicine. The College’s other major academic unit is the
Business School.

Staff and Students

The academic and research staff of 3,392 includes 68 Fellows of the Royal Society, 68 Fellows of
the Royal Academy of Engineering, 78 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences, one Fellow of
the British Academy, four Crafoord Prize winners and two Fields Medallists. Fourteen Nobel
Laureates have been members of the College either as staff or students.

The College has over 13,964 students, of whom 36 percent are postgraduate. Thirty percent of
students come from outside the European Union. External assessment of the College’s teaching
quality in many different subject areas has been judged to be of high standard. The proportion of
women students has increased to 36 percent of the total.


The quality of the College’s research has been judged consistently to be of the highest
international standard and the proportion of income from research grants and contracts is one of
the highest of any UK university.

The concentration and strength of research in science, engineering and medicine gives the College
a unique and internationally distinctive research presence.

Generous support for the College’s work comes from a wide variety of sources. From industry
there are donations towards certain senior academic posts, advanced courses, bursaries and
scholarships. The single largest contribution to the College from industrial concerns is in the form
of contracts to carry out research. The College also gains considerable support from research
councils and charities to undertake research.

Teaching and Learning

The College’s overall educational aim is to ensure a stretching and exhilarating learning
experience and, while maintaining its traditional emphasis on single honours degree courses, it
also aims to give students the opportunity to broaden their experience through courses relevant to
student and employer needs.

In its MSc course provision, the College seeks to provide a wide range of specialist courses in
areas in which it has particular expertise. Many of those offered by non-medicine departments of
the College emphasise the valuable interaction between scientific/technological training and
industrial experience, whilst those offered by the medical divisions focus on subjects at the
interface between basic science and medicine and on specialist education for doctors and other
health professionals in training. In addition, the College’s wide range of PhD programmes reflect its
aim of pursuing research at the frontiers of scientific, engineering, management and medical
knowledge and the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of this research.

The Centre for Educational Development raises and consolidates the profile of learning, teaching
and educational development throughout the College. Newly appointed non-clinical lecturers must
enrol upon the Certificate of Advanced Study for Learning and Teaching and there are many
learning and teaching activities for more experienced staff.

The Graduate School of Life Sciences and Medicine is the focus of postgraduate education and
research in these areas. It maintains, enhances and monitors quality, and disseminates best
practice, whilst initiating and developing new programmes, particularly those with an
interdisciplinary slant.

The Graduate School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (GSEPS) is the focus for postgraduate
education and research in the Engineering and Natural Sciences faculties and has quality
assurance responsibilities for the two non-faculty departments, Humanities and the Business

The College’s teaching quality is audited regularly, both internally and externally. Recent external
audit found teaching quality to be of a high standard.


The College now has one of the largest operational estates of any UK University. It includes six
central London campuses; the main South Kensington campus, Charing Cross campus, Chelsea
and Westminster campus, the Hammersmith campus, the Royal Brompton campus and St Mary’s

Silwood Park, a postgraduate campus at Ascot in Berkshire, houses the Ecology and Evolution
Section of the Biology Division, in the Department of Life Sciences. The successful Master’s
Courses in Crop Protection, Forest Protection and Ecology, Evolution and Conservation are run at
Silwood together with the newly created Master’s course in Conservation Science, and there is a
thriving postgraduate community. The campus houses excellent research facilities and a wide
range of natural environments. The NERC funded Centre for Population Biology is also based at
Silwood, together with a Business Centre.

2.     The Faculty of Engineering

The Faculty of Engineering is one of 3 faculties within Imperial College London and is led by the
Principal, Professor Stephen Richardson. The Faculty comprises 9 departments together with the
Institute of Biomedical Engineering, and is one of the largest engineering faculties in the UK, with

around 1,200 staff, over 5,000 students and research income of £60M. In the 2008 Times Higher
Education Supplement World University Rankings for Engineering and IT Universities, we were
placed 2nd in Europe and 7th in the World.

The Faculty offers courses in the complete range of engineering disciplines, with members of the
Faculty working with people studying and researching every aspect of engineering.

The Faculty was formed in August 2001 and formally inaugurated in August 2002.

Please see the Faculty of Engineering web pages for further information:

3. The Department of Aeronautics
Aeronautics was first taught at Imperial College in 1909, with the first chair of aviation occupied in
1920 by Sir Richard Glazebrook. It is now one of the largest such Departments in the country. It
has 25 full time academic staff (one as a joint appointment with the Department of Electrical and
Electronic Engineering) and 2 Research Fellows supported by some 18 technical, administration
and clerical staff. The Department has a reputation for excellence in its teaching and research. It
has consistently achieved the highest possible rating in all national assessments of research. In
this latest exercise, the results of which were published in December 2008, Aeronautics was one of
six departments within Imperial College to achieve the highest, top-rated status; 30% of the
department’s research was defined as “world leading” and a further 50% was deemed to be
“internationally excellent”. In all the previous RAE’s, it has received the top 5* research rating. In
the last Teaching Evaluation of the HEFCE Quality Assurance Agency in 1998 it was awarded 22
points out of a maximum of 24.

The Head of the Department is Professor Ferri Aliabadi, Professor of Aerostructures. The
Department is sub-divided into two main sections, Aerodynamics headed by Professor Jonathan
Morrison and Aerostructures headed by Professor Ferri Aliabadi.

Undergraduate Course

The Department offers 4-year undergraduate courses for the MEng degree with a current total
undergraduate population of about 300. These courses cover the main fields of aircraft
aerodynamics, aircraft structural analysis, control and design. Students may study entirely in the
Department or may take their third year in collaborating French or German Universities. The third
year for those studying in the Department contains a significant group design project and the final
year a four-month final individual project which can be taken outside the Department, often outside
the UK, in industry or academic institution. Courses are accredited by both the Royal Aeronautical
Society and by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Postgraduate Taught Courses

The Department offers two taught postgraduate (MSc) courses. One, entitled "Advanced
Computational Methods for Aeronautics, Flow Management and Fluid Structure Interaction", is
taught in collaboration with the Mathematics Department. The second MSc course is in ‘Composite
Materials’. Both MSc courses offer full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) options. They provide
two terms of advanced lectures, which are examined through coursework and conventional written
examinations together with a 5-month research project leading to a research dissertation. Currently
the Department has about 74 students on these two MSc courses.


The current postgraduate population is approximately 80 research students and Research
Associates. There is a wide range of wind tunnels, structural testing machines, manufacturing
facilities, workshops and electronic instrumentation. Several suites of computational programs for
solving problems in solids, fluids and systems exist and these are backed by a range of
departmental computers including a substantial network of PCs and access to several High
Performance Computer clusters in the College as well as to the National Computing Centres.

The main research areas of the Aerodynamics Section include both low speed aerodynamics, with
particular emphasis on separated and turbulent flows and also high speed flows. In all these areas
the Department is strong in both experimental methods and in CFD and application areas include
hypersonic flows, rotorcraft, fluid-structure interaction and flow control. Non aeronautical aero- and
fluid-dynamics include road vehicle aerodynamics, atmospheric and oceanic flows, wind
engineering and wind turbine aerodynamics, physiological flow studies and many areas of the
hydrodynamics of marine technology. Staff of the aerodynamics section also includes specialists in
control, optimisation and aerospace vehicle design.

Within the Aerostructures Section, the strengths of the Department lie in computational modelling
and analysis, in experimental techniques, particularly in Composite Structures and in using each to
validate the other. The Department's suite of finite element programs play a key role in our
research and, allied to commercial CAD packages, put us in a strong position to model and design
in both research and in undergraduate courses. There is now considerable expertise in the field of
Boundary Element Methods and their applications to structural integrity and durability analysis. The
Aerostructures section also has research interests in fluid-structure interaction (hydraulic shock in
cfrp wing boxes), non-linear dynamics (mechanical systems with friction, beam assemblies with
large displacements) and in structural aspects of the biomechanics field (structural analysis of
artery stents, head impact modeling).

The current areas of interest in the Composites Structures field include experimental and
computational research into: test method development, impact and compression after impact,
damage tolerance and notch sensitivity, buckling and post-buckling, crashworthiness of aircraft and
automotive structures, fatigue, ‘smart’ composites and non-destructive evaluation.

4.       The Post

The person sought will be expected to help maintain the highest caliber of research activity and will
be able to contribute both by academic input and also by obtaining substantial funding.

Teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level will also be required and the department
expects the post holder to deliver the highest standards of teaching.

                                        JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:                       Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Aerodynamics

Reporting to:                    Head of Department

Key working relationships:       Head of Department
                                 Academic staff in the Department
                                 Departmental Administrator and other administrative staff
                                 Technician staff

Grade:                           Lecturer: Level C in the Academic and Research Job Family
                                 Senior Lecturer: Level D in the Academic and Research Job

Summary of the Post:

The Department of Aeronautics is looking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the field of
Aeronautics. We expect the applicant to be an enthusiastic teacher and a talented researcher who
will help maintain our high level of scholarship and research. As a department we are looking to
strengthen our research in number of fields including: reducing aircraft development costs, and/or
increasing vehicle intelligence while ensuring safety and reliability. The relevant fundamental
disciplines may include advanced autonomous systems, design, integration and analysis of
complex and intelligent systems, or multi-physics/multi-scale simulations, but exceptional
candidates in any discipline relevant to aeronautics will be considered. The successful applicant
will either have a strong research reputation or possess outstanding potential in one or more of the
above fields. Applicants demonstrating excellence in other areas of Aerostructures are also

Teaching Responsibilities:

      Teaching across the broad remit of either Structures and/or Fluid Mechanics and possibly
       in ancillary aeronautics subjects such as mathematics, mechanics and numerical analysis if
       appropriate, subject to the candidate’s skill base
      Contributions will be expected at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The subject
       to be taught will depend on the successful candidate’s expertise and interests and will
       encompass lectures, seminars, coursework, tutorials, field courses and supervision of
      Acting as personal tutor to a number of students
      An interest in innovative and novel teaching methods would be welcome and very much

The appointee will be required to:

      Plan and review his or her own approach to teaching
      Contribute to the development of teaching, teaching methods and assessments to enhance
       the quality of teaching
      Develop approaches to teaching which are innovative and reflect best practice developing
      Develop course proposals and contribute to curriculum development
      Supervise research projects at both undergraduate and master’s level

Research Responsibilities:

The department is recognized worldwide for the quality of its research and it will be a key
responsibility of the successful candidate to be research active. This will include:

      Personal scholarship
      Interaction with other academics
      Development of a research group, based on the supervision of research students and staff
      Attraction of grants and contracts to fund these activities

Administrative work:

We have a number of Officers who are responsible for procedures and practices necessary for the
smooth running of the department and in due course, the successful candidate will be expected to
contribute to this work. Examples include:

      Course management
      Admissions
      Examinations
      Quality assurance
      Industrial Liaison

The post holder is expected to observe and comply with all College policies and
regulations, for example, Health and Safety, financial regulations, data protection, etc.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, equal treatment and to eliminating
discrimination. All employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in the Equal
Opportunities in Employment Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Disability Policy, Gender
Equality Policy, and all other relevant guidance and good practice frameworks.

                                    PERSON SPECIFICATION

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they possess the following attributes:


      A honours degree (or equivalent) from a UK university, or its equivalent abroad, in
       Mathematics, Physics, Aeronautical Engineering or a related engineering discipline

      A PhD (or equivalent) in an area of Aeronautical Engineering of relevance to the

Experience and Knowledge:

The candidate should have:
      A proven track record in securing research grants and contracts or has the potential to
       achieve such a track record
      Experience of teaching at a high standard at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the
       Aerodynamics field

Skills and Abilities:

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the following:
      A proven ability in an area of structures or aerodynamics
      Ability to conduct internationally-leading research
      Ability to secure research grants and contracts
      Ability to supervise research students and research associates
      Ability to publish research findings
      Willingness to undertake administrative duties

Interpersonal Skills:

The candidate will be able to:
      Relate to undergraduate and postgraduate students and Research Associates in an
       academic and social context, to fulfill the role of teacher, personal tutor and supervisor
      Present herself/himself to potential funding agencies with authority and coherence
      Interact with academic colleagues as part of a team in research and teaching

A summary of the different levels is outlined below:

Roles at this level are held by individuals experienced in research and/or teaching at all levels in
the relevant field. In some cases, their contribution spans research and education (teaching
leadership and management), although the relative importance of each of these strands may vary
considerably from role to role. The research conducted should have measurable outcomes and be
reflected in growing national reputation. Teaching experience should show innovation in course
design and/or delivery.

Senior Lecturer / Reader
Roles at this level commonly reflect extensive professional experience. Individuals will have a
substantial reputation in their field and will have made a significant impact on their discipline or
profession, through effective and innovative academic leadership in research and/or education.
Roles which have focused on research will have an established national and international
reputation gained through original research and a clear record of impact will be shown, for example
a substantial and sustained research income. Other roles will combine an established research
profile with a focus on teaching, research student supervision, course development and
departmental leadership and management activity.

It is the responsibility of the department/institute/school/centre to arrange for shortlisted candidates
to visit the College and, in many instances, the head of department/institute/division/school/centre
will want candidates to give a research seminar prior at the formal College interview.

Applicants should note that it may be necessary to disclose personal data and sensitive personal
data between relevant organisations during the recruitment and selection process; for example,
between the College and a particular NHS Trust in order to determine seniority and starting salary.

The drafts should be in a standard form, (preferably in Microsoft Word format). A model
advertisement and further particulars can be obtained either by clicking on the links above or from
Maria Monteiro (0207 59) 45498, e-mail

5.   Salary and Conditions of Service

A full set of terms and conditions will be given to the successful candidate, together with the
College’s most important policies which affect staff. The principal terms and conditions are as

The Minimum salary for a Lecturer is £43,350 (effective from 1 August 2011 until further notice, for
London and Silwood Park. The post will be graded at Level C in the Academic and Research Job
Family. An incremental scale is in operation and the increment date is 1 October each year, up to
a current maximum of £48,400.

Senior Lecturer/Readers
The minimum salary for a Senior Lecturer or Reader is £53,450 (effective from 1 August 2011 until
further notice, for London and Silwood Park). The post will be graded at Level D in the Academic
and Research Job Family. Enhancements to pay will be based on individual performance. Annual
cost of living increases will be determined by Imperial College through its local collective
bargaining machinery.

Salaries are payable on the 24th day of each month (the exception being December) by transfer to
a bank or building society account. Deductions in respect of income tax and National Insurance
contributions will be made from salary at the statutory rates.

Academic staff normally take annual leave during College vacations and by arrangements with
Head of Department in the light of the academic and departmental requirements. Annual leave
entitlement is 39 days for full time staff (pro rata entitlement for part time staff). This is inclusive of

8 days Public holidays and a total of six days each year when the College is closed over Easter
and Christmas.

In some years, because of the day of the week on which Christmas Day falls, a decision may be
made to increase the College closure to seven days. In these circumstances the annual leave
entitlement will be increased to 40 days for full-time staff (pro-rata for part-time staff).

At the beginning of the leave year staff will be required to allocate the appropriate number of days
of their mandatory leave entitlement to cover the College Closure days and Public holidays that fall
within that leave year. For part-time staff the allocation should cover their normal working days
that fall upon a College closure day, bank or public holiday during that leave year.

The College Closure days and Public Holidays are listed on the HR website.

The occupational pension scheme is the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Staff who
are already members of the Federated Superannuation System for Universities (FSSU) or the
National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (NHSPS) may, if they are still eligible, retain their
membership in these schemes.

Unless stated otherwise in the offer of employment, or agreed by the head of department, the
appointment may be terminated by either side by giving a minimum of three months’ notice in
writing. The last day of service should fall on one of the following dates: 31 December; 31 March;
30 June or 30 September or at the end of a term by agreement with the Head of Department.

All appointments have a probationary period of six months, or, in the case Lecturers and Senior
Lecturers (clinical or non clinical), a training and development review period, which lasts 3 years for
non-clinical Lecturers, and 5 years for clinical Senior Lecturers.

Staff on a fixed term contract receive notice of the ending of their employment within that contract.
No further contractual notice will be given unless the contract is to terminate prior to the end date
specified in the offer of employment. In these circumstances the notice from the College would be
as above.

6.     Applications

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at the following link: (select “Job Search” and enter the job reference no
EN20110297SKG). Please complete and upload an application form as directed and submit any
other relevant supporting documents such as your full CV.

Alternatively, you may e-mail your application and CV to: Tayo Nong (
Telephone: +44 (0)207 594 5498

Applicants must complete a College application form and attach to it a copy of their CV, to include
the following information:

       a) Applicant’s full name, private address and telephone number
       b) A confidential fax number and e-mail address, where possible
       c) Degrees (including Universities and dates)
       d) Past and present posts
       e) List of publications
       f) Brief description of future research plans
       g) Information on research grants and contracts which have been obtained, student
       supervision, etc.

Closing date: 15 February 2012

All candidates will be contacted after the shortlist is completed and shortlisted candidates will be
invited for interview.


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