Heriot-Watt University is a forward-looking, research-focused university, with world-leading expertise in science, engineering, business management, languages and design. Our mission is the creation and exchange of knowledge for the benefit of society. Since its foundation in 1821, the University has taken pride in supporting academically excellent research which delivers significant impact to industry and beyond. We have a strong track record of engagement with the private sector, other universities, professional institutions, and the general public.

In line with the 200th anniversary in 2021 of the founding of Heriot-Watt University, we have launched the Bicentennial Research Leaders programme, which aims to augment the talent already active within our University and to make targeted investment in order to help meet the ambitious goals set by our research strategy. The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) contains the largest research activity within Heriot-Watt and is active across a wide range of research areas, supported by strong external funding, ranging from Photonics and Quantum Sciences to Robotics and Data Science. With a highly-regarded tradition of industry-leaning research, EPS has particular strengths in laser-based manufacturing and in robotics and autonomous systems.

The School is seeking to strengthen and complement its research in manufacturing and intends to appoint one or more Research Leaders who have demonstrable experience in the use, analysis or development of digital methods for manufacturing. Candidates will have a track record of internationally high profile and high impact research in a relevant discipline, as evidenced through publications in major international journals. They will also have a track record of sustained and significant research funding, strong links with industry and excellent leadership skills. The exact title of the role will reflect the specific expertise of each individual appointed but, broadly speaking, these appointments will sit within the scope of “digital manufacturing” and will align with one or more of these three hubs:

  • Factories of the Future (robotics and autonomous systems)
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Additive Manufacturing

How to Apply:

Enquiries or applications can be made, in confidence, to Mary Comer at  maryc@wittkiefferinternational.com

For further information, download the Professor of Digital Manufacturing information pack here