Lecturer/Associate Professor in Acoustics and Signal Processing

Closing Date
8 July 2021

Lecturer/Associate Professor in Acoustics and Signal Processing

Institute of Sound & Vibration Research

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £64,145 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Thursday 08 July 2021
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1350921DA-R

We invite applications for the post of Lecturer or Associate Professor in the Signal Processing, Audio and Hearing research group at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton. We are open to applicants from a broad range of disciplines from within the fields of Acoustic, Audio and Speech Signal Processing.

The ISVR has been at the forefront of sound and vibration research and education since its inception nearly 60 years ago. We have built an international reputation through pioneering academic research, strong and enduring collaborations with industry, and generations of graduates who have spread throughout the acoustics profession. We have excellent experimental facilities including anechoic and reverberation chambers, a 6-axis motion simulator and multiple audio focused laboratories. In addition, we are currently making substantial investments to refurbish our research facilities and teaching laboratories for the next generation, and it is expected that you will contribute to help guide these critical developments.

You will have a PhD or equivalent qualifications and experience in engineering, computer science or a related discipline. A proven track record of publishing high-quality journal papers is essential. Ideally, you will have already demonstrated the ability to secure external research funding, and this will be a requirement for appointment at Associate Professor level. In any case, you will have clearly devised ideas for ambitious future research programmes that, coupled with your track record and drive, will be able to secure external funding with the ultimate objective of building a research team in your area. A willingness and versatility to branch out into new areas and conduct interdisciplinary research are strongly encouraged.

You will demonstrate a collaborative ethos and have a positive approach towards both colleagues and students, thus mirroring the supportive and collegiate environment of the ISVR and the School of Engineering. You will also be encouraged to seek opportunities to collaborate across the University, and with other world leading institutions.

You will have excellent communication skills and be enthusiastic to embrace innovative teaching practices to enhance students’ experience and foster independent learning. You may already have academic teaching qualifications but will otherwise be expected to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Working alongside colleagues in the ISVR and the School of Engineering, you will contribute to large taught modules across a range of engineering related subjects but may also act as module lead taking responsibility for curriculum design, module level assessment and quality assurance. You will also be expected to lead and contribute to more specialist modules. Student projects form a key part of our engineering programmes and you will be expected to propose and supervise innovative and exciting projects that provide excellent learning opportunities for our students.


All applicants must include a Curriculum Vitae, a three-page research statement, which includes research vision and grant capture over the next five years and a one-page teaching statement highlighting the areas of interest and ideas for innovation in education.

For informal enquiries, please contact Head of Department, Prof Stefan Bleeck s.bleeck@soton.ac.uk and/or Head of Group, Dr Jordan Cheer j.cheer@soton.ac.uk.

Equality, diversity and Inclusion is central to the ethos in the School of Engineering. We particularly encourage women, Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), LGBT and disabled applicants to apply for this position. In recognition of our continued commitment to improving equality for women in science we were awarded an Athena SWAN bronze in 2013 and 2016.   We give full consideration to applicants that wish to work flexibly including part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break. The University has a generous maternity policy* and onsite childcare facilities.

The University of Southampton is in the top 1% of world universities and in the top 10 of the UK’s research-intensive universities. The University of Southampton is committed to sustainability and being a globally responsible university and has recently been awarded the Platinum EcoAward.  Our vision is to embed the principles of sustainability into all aspects of our individual and collective work, integrating sustainable development into our business planning, policy-making, and professional activities.  This commits all of our staff and students to take responsibility for managing their activities to minimise harm to the environment, whether this is through switching off non-essential electrical equipment or using the recycling facilities.

*subject to qualifying criteria

Application Procedure 

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Farrance (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750 or email recruitment@soton.ac.uk  Please quote reference 1350921DA-R on all correspondence.

Posted on 11th June 2021 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics