Lecturer/Associate Professor in Structural dynamics

University of Southampton / Institute of Sound & Vibration Research

Highfield Campus

Contract Type
Full Time Permanent

£44,263 to £72,018 per annum

Closing Date
3 January 2024

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Lecturer/Associate Professor in Structural dynamics

Institute of Sound & Vibration Research

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £44,263 to £72,018 per annum
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Wednesday 03 January 2024
Reference:  2303423DA-R

We invite applications for the post of lecturer or associate professor in structural dynamics in the Dynamics research group at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), University of Southampton. We are particularly open to applications in disciplines that complement and expand upon our existing strengths, which include vibration and noise control, structural wave propagation, smart structures and non-destructive evaluation, in application areas such as aerospace, rail and utility infrastructure.

The ISVR has been at the forefront of research and education in sound and vibration since its inception 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 vibration and acoustic testing facilities including a large 6-axis motion simulator, and a suite of anechoic and reverberation chambers. In addition, we have recently made substantial investments to refurbish our research facilities and teaching laboratories for the next generation.

As a department within the School of Engineering, the ISVR offers unparalleled opportunities to collaborate with academics from different engineering disciplines and access to state-of-the-art facilities such as material and structure testing machines, wind tunnels and the µ-VIS X-ray imaging centre. The school has recently completed occupation of a new £122m innovation campus which is home to the National Infrastructure Laboratory.

You will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualification in structural dynamics or structural acoustics. A proven track record in publishing quality papers in international journals is essential. Ideally, you will already have 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 future research programmes, the drive to attract external funding and a willingness and versatility to branch out into new areas. You will enjoy working in and contributing to a supportive and collegiate environment within the ISVR but will also seek opportunities to collaborate across the University, and with other world leading institutions. Interdisciplinary research interests are strongly encouraged.

You will have excellent communication skills and be enthusiastic to embrace innovative teaching practices to enhance students’ experience and foster independent learning. Working alongside colleagues in the ISVR and the wider School of Engineering, you can expect to teach on specialist modules and to contribute to larger taught modules in mechanics related subjects. You may also act as module lead, taking responsibility for curriculum design, module level assessment and quality assurance. 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 Dynamics Group, Prof. Tim Waters, tpw@soton.ac.uk.

Posted on 30th November 2023 in Job Opportunities in Acoustics, Early Careers Group