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Professor of Quantum Technologies

EmployerUniversity of Glasgow
Published20 March 2017
WorkplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK
CategoryPhysics / Materials Science
Business / Economics


To contribute to the leadership of the University’s research and impact in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science growing an internationally leading research portfolio that is self-sustaining

To contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate level teaching, providing academic leadership

To participate in management and administration, as required, at School, College and University level.

1. To lead and provide strategic vision in the development of in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science research, including participating in the recruitment and appointment of academic staff and subsequent staff mentoring.

2. Lead and sustain internationally leading research activity in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science, by self and others, by planning and coordinating research activities, providing research leadership and setting research direction (internally and externally) in line with School, College and University strategy.

3. Lead a portfolio of individual and/or joint research projects in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science and secure the funding from UK research councils and other required to underpin the long-term growth of the relevant activity.

4. Sustain an extensive track record of published research in leading international journals, and present the research at leading national and international conferences, maintaining the University’s international reputation in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science enhancing the profile of the School, the College and the University.

5. Lead the use of Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science in the generation of economic and societal Impact through knowledge transfer and/or entrepreneurial activities and joint industrial projects.

6. Develop research collaborations with appropriate individuals and groups within the University of Glasgow, including multi-disciplinary collaborations with a view to the integration of various technologies to create functional systems.

7. Develop external research collaborations both nationally and internationally, to ensure the University’s research activities Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science are at the forefront of the field.

8. Have a substantial profile with respect to external academic activities (presentation of Keynote Lectures, External Examining, membership of journal editorial boards, membership of national or international committees, etc), to enhance the national and international reputations of the School, the College, and the University.

9. Supervise research students and staff and ensure their effective development, including doctoral training initiatives.

10. Contribute to the management and administrative duties of the School, College and University, as allocated by the Heads of School and College.

11 Undertake teaching and related assessment at undergraduate and postgraduate level and contribute to ongoing curriculum development to meet the changing needs of students, graduates, employers, the profession and wider society, and in support of a research-led approach to student learning.

12. To contribute to the enhancement of the University‘s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan, Inspiring People, Changing the World ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gla.ac.uk%2Fmedia%2Fmedia_410447_en.pdf&module=jobs&id=109211" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_410447_en.pdf

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Leadership Behavioural Framework

Effective leadership at Glasgow is essential to achieving our vision of a world-class, world-changing university, as set out in our strategy, ‘Inspiring People, Changing the World.’

The Leadership Behavioural Framework describes the leadership behaviours for all university leaders in the delivery of our strategic objectives.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the framework available to download at ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gla.ac.uk%2Fmedia%2Fmedia_410447_en.pdf&module=jobs&id=109211" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_453130_en.pdf before addressing the criteria in the framework.

A1 A good first degree in a relevant discipline.
A2 A PhD (or equivalent) in Physics/Engineering or a related field.
A3 internationally recognised established reputation in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science
A4 Comprehensive and current knowledge of research within Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science.


C1 Ability to provide vision and academic, strategic and operational leadership.
C2 Demonstrated ability, drive, ambition, vision and organisational skills to lead the development of a research group and to provide strategic and operational leadership to all group members in the delivery of high quality research and teaching.
C3 Demonstrated ability to successfully secure research funding, lead a research team and further develop an international research profile.
C4 Ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate level in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science.
C4 Ability to interact effectively with relevant industry or equivalent to facilitate knowledge exchange and impact in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science
C4 Excellent teamwork and communications skills.
C5 Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills and ability to enthuse students.
C6 People/time/project/budget/organisational management skills.
C7 Able to work effectively within a complex multidisciplinary team in a research environment.
C8 Ability to provide leadership and mentoring of other academic staff members.
C9 Ability to provide effective supervision of research students and research staff.


E1 An established strong national and international reputation in Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science with potential for significant further growth in the field and substantial future funding opportunities. The research field should also fit with the strategic plans of the School and the College.
E2 Significant, substantial experience of proposing and managing successful research projects.
E3 A sustained track record of winning substantial research funding.
E4 A strong track record of publishing high quality, high impact research papers.
E5 A sustained record of PhD candidate supervision and external examining of PhDs.
E6 An established reputation with appropriate external funding, academic, industrial, and policy-making agencies.
E7 Demonstrable ability to undertake collaborative research.
E8 A track record of research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and contribution to the development of degree programmes or curricula.
E9 Experience of undertaking a key senior leadership role.

F1 Involvement in multi-disciplinary research projects.
F2 Experience of establishing or leading a major research group.
F3 Active involvement with external bodies in developing research strategy.
F4 Experience of external examining of degree programmes.
F5 Active involvement in change management and structural reorganisation.
F6 Responsibility for professional development of colleagues


Contribute to the leadership of Quantum Technologies and/or Nano Science.
Principal Investigator on significant research grants.
Responsible for the supervision of research students and research staff.
Develop and deliver taught courses at postgraduate and undergraduate level.
Mentoring academic staff as appropriate.
Development of other external links and performance of appropriate external academic or professional activities.
Managerial and administrative tasks as allocated by the Heads of School and College.

Planning and Organising

Strategic planning of development of quantum science and technology, including research directions, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching activities, staff appointments, funding opportunities
Planning and development of research proposals, including reacting to research funding opportunities.
Planning and organisation of personal research and of research undertaken by directly supervised research staff and students.
Planning of taught programmes and development of curricula, including as appropriate activities related to the University’s quality assurance procedures.
Detailed planning and preparation of those taught courses for which given specific responsibility, including intended learning objectives, syllabus, lectures, tutorials, lab/design/project activities and assessment (exams and coursework).
Planning and organisation of interactions with industrial partners, and maximising mutually beneficial collaborations between industry and the University.
Effective organisational skills to manage time and prioritise as appropriate managerial/leadership activities, research activities, teaching activities, administrative activities and external/professional activities.

Decision Making

Decisions on strategic development of the relevant Group/Division.
Decisions on research direction and funding applications.
Decisions related to supervision of research students and staff and their progress and directions.
Decisions relating to research dissemination (journal papers, conferences, external meetings, etc).
Decisions related to format, curricula and marketing of taught programmes
Decisions related to course content, intended learning outcomes, assessment methods, marking schemes, etc for individual courses.
Responsibility for organisation of resources, as appropriate.

Internal/External Relationships

To fulfil the administrative requirements within the structures of the University for completion of teaching, research and line-management responsibilities.

To demonstrate high esteem both academically and professionally by, for example, national and international external examinations, engagement with learned societies or working with government agencies.

Problem Solving

To demonstrate good judgment in the assessment and resolution of academic and business affairs pertaining to teaching, research and line-management responsibilities.

The appointment will be subject to the whole powers and conditions of any Act of Parliament, Ordinances, and Law affecting the University. The appointment is a whole-time appointment, the Professor undertaking to accept paid outside work only with the prior consent of the University Court. This provision does not apply to examinerships and such other appointments as are incidental to the ordinary course of University business.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

Details of three referees should be included on the applicant information form - referees will be contacted for all short listed applicants.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

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