University Lecturer in Modelling in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology

University of Cambridge

The Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB) invites applications for a University Lectureship in the area of Modelling in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. We are seeking an individual with a strong record of research publications and the potential to make a significant contribution to the advancement of modelling-related research and to the Department as a whole.

Mathematical modelling has always been a core discipline within CEB, and encompasses a broad spectrum of research interests and academics. There are several groups at the forefront of developing novel modelling techniques in the fields of fluid mechanics, process optimization, biochemical interactions and reaction engineering. Modelling capability within CEB enables fundamental insights into phenomena that underpin the department's three strategic research themes, viz healthcare, processing and materials. Existing modelling projects within the Departments range from the simulation of complex chemical and biochemical reaction networks that provide mechanistic data for process optimisation and development, to lattice Boltzmann and finite element simulation of complex fluid flows, providing quantitative insight and comparison to experimentally measured systems. Recent modelling research includes: (i) Prizewinning analytical modelling of fluid dynamics and transport processes; (ii) Stochastic modelling of nano-particulate and powder synthesis and engine simulation; (iii) Optimisation of physical and organisational systems; (iv) Discrete element modelling of fluidised beds and finite element modelling of extrusion flows; (v) Finite element modelling of strain energy density in polymeric heart valves; (vi) Analyte / ligand interactions.

Applications from those whose research applies mathematical modelling to any area within chemical engineering and/or biotechnology are welcome. This does not exclude applicants who also pursue some experimental work, indeed this is encouraged; however mathematical modelling should be a major focus of their research.
The successful applicant will strengthen and extend our modelling research. It is expected that, by employing leading-edge science and engineering and predictive mathematical approaches, there will be a significant increase in our research output. The appointment will be expected to collaborate effectively with other academics in the Department, including one or more of the experimental groups, in order to achieve this. In addition to teaching their own specialism, the successful applicant will be expected to teach effectively and enthusiastically over a broad range of core undergraduate chemical engineering topics, such as fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, process design and control, separations and reactor design.

A University Lectureship in Cambridge is roughly equivalent to an Associate Professorship in the US.

A typical teaching load is 40 hours of lectures per year. In addition, setting and marking of examination papers, coursework and practicals will be required. There is a normal sabbatical entitlement of one term in seven on full pay, subject to University regulations.

More information about the Department is available here: Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our Department.

For an informal enquries about the post, please write to Professor Lisa Hall via e-mail,

Please quote reference NQ20657 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.


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