Appointment of Professor in Biomedical Engineering

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in the role of Professor in Biomedical Engineering.

City, University of London has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university led by its President, Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein.

The Professor in Biomedical Engineering will join the Department of Engineering in the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering.  The School is a multi-disciplinary centre of research and education located in the heart of London’s vibrant design community.  We are proud of our strong industrial links, the high level of employability of our graduates and the expertise and publications of our staff members.

The new Professor will play a leading role in the well established Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering which is part of the Institute of Sensors and Instrumentation.   The successful candidate will enjoy access to state of the art facilities – equipment and laboratories.

The new Professor will be an outstanding academic with a good track record in Biomedical Signal Processing and who can amply demonstrate the application and contribution of such computational biosignal analysis techniques in healthcare.

The role offers an excellent opportunity to develop an internationally recognised research group, to facilitate inter-disciplinary research links and to play a part in the delivery of high quality teaching in this exciting and growing area.

About us

Founded in 1894, City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location.

City attracts around 20,000 students (35% at postgraduate level), from more than 150 countries and staff from over 75 countries.

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research.

Led by the President, Professor Sir Anthony Finkelstein, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: its Vision & Strategy 2026 is published at https://www.city.ac.uk/about/governance/vision-strategy-2026.

To find out more about City, please visit https://www.city.ac.uk/

School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering

City, University of London owes its origins to the Northampton Institute in the 1890s, establishing its reputation for high quality courses in Engineering and Mathematics since the first Engineering courses were offered in 1896. The tradition is carried forward within the School of Mathematics, Computer Sciences and Engineering, which offers a wide range of courses at Bachelors and Masters level within its four departments, with its research being organised across 12 multi-disciplinary Research Centres. The School produced an excellent performance in the REF 2014 research exercise and prides itself on its strong industrial links, the high level of employability of our graduates and the expertise and publications of our staff members.  Further details are shown on our website at www.city.ac.uk.

Education: City offers both BEng and MEng programmes, with and without placement years and with the option of entry through a Foundation year through three departments of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In 2017 City admitted the first cohort of undergraduates to a newly re-structured programme which provides a common baseline for all Engineering students, in keeping with current trends in Engineering HE and following recommendations from the Royal Academy of Engineering, so as to prepare our graduates better for the changing face of Engineering jobs in the 21st century. This bringing together of the programmes is nearly complete and our staff are refining the programme delivery to maximise the benefits of this multidisciplinary approach both for students and academic staff.

The BEng and MEng programmes in both Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering are delivered by the Department of Engineering with a number of shared modules. Education in these programmes makes use of the extensive laboratory facilities as well as research facilities for students’ projects. The post holder should be able to teach across a breadth of the Biomedical Engineering curriculum including, but not limited to, the following subjects in the discipline: Biomedical Engineering Data Science/Analytics, Biosignal processing, and Biomedical Instrumentation and sensors.

Research: Within Engineering, research is organised in 5 research centres. Of most relevance to this position is the Institute of Sensors and Instrumentation (ISI). The ISI is a new Institute comprising the Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering and the Research Centre for Photonics and Instrumentation within the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering, with its vision as an internationally-leading ‘flagship’ Institute in research, recognized for its achievements, its contribution to and impact in its field of expertise, from applied to basic scientific research. The Institute addresses today’s challenges in science and engineering, through excellence in sensing and instrumentation technologies, with a particular interest in photonics, biomedical engineering, instrumentation systems and devices. It has the strength and expertise to exploit its skills in photonics across a wider range of healthcare applications, a unique opportunity given UKRI and GCRF investment in this area and addressing many of the UN Sustainable Goals, fostering and promoting innovation as well as research, making impact internally and externally, with academia and industry. The ISI is widely supported by external funding, including from the EU, EPSRC, Innovate UK, the Royal Academy of Engineering and a number of major engineering companies and organisations in the UK and overseas, including major industrial organisations such as Samsung, Medtronic, Metropolitan Police, etc.

The Research Centre for Biomedical Engineering (RCBE) at City, University of London was founded in the mid-90s with the aim of pursuing research in the emerging field of Biomedical Engineering, a discipline that applies the principles of physics and engineering to the complex medical devices used in the diagnosis and treatment of the sick and injured. The Centre occupies state of the art laboratories and has built a global reputation, offering world-class facilities and expertise to researchers and collaborators including scientists, engineers and clinicians from around the world. Working in close partnership with leading London based hospitals (ie St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children) and healthcare technology companies (ie Medtronic, Samsung), researchers in the Centre develop medical devices, biosensors and signal and image processing techniques for applications across a wide range of medical specialities, addressing patients’ and societal needs including breakthroughs in diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and prevention of disease.

Engineering at City is renowned for its extensive state-of-the-art facilities, including newly upgraded biomedical laboratories, instrumentation laboratory, electronics laboratories, wind tunnels, flight deck and motion simulators, a large number of well-equipped test-cells for research into both thermo-fluids and renewable power generation and high-performance computing for numerical simulations, through some £15M of investment in the 2012-20 period from City, in addition to funding from external grants and contacts.  The Department of Engineering within the School has strong links with industry (local, national and global), maintaining partnerships through research projects and student placements.

The role

Professor in Biomedical Engineering

Job reference:
AQ1327

Post: Professor in Biomedical Engineering
Department: Engineering
School: School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering
Grade: Professor
Tenure: Permanent and full-time
Responsible to: Head of Department

Job purpose

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding academic at the Professor level in Biomedical Engineering with a good track record in mathematical and computational methods of biomedical signal/data analysis who can demonstrate the application of these methods to selected domains of high importance for Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare (eg biomedical signal and system analysis, medical imaging, clinical diagnostics and treatment monitoring).

Relevant research interests could include:  Health Tech Algorithms;  ML/AI in Healthcare/Biomedical Engineering;  Bio signal Deep Learning;  Clinical/Physiological/Wearable Monitoring;  Digital Health;  Mobile healthcare.

Main responsibilities

  • Undertake teaching activities at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, particularly for Biomedical Engineering students in Biomedical Engineering and Healthcare Data Science/Analytics, Biosignal/image processing, and Biomedical Instrumentation and sensors.
  • Develop an internationally-recognised research group supported by a variety of income streams, research contracts and grants and managing funded research projects to successful conclusions.
  • Take an appropriate role in facilitating inter-disciplinary research links with other research centres and groups in the School, nationally and internationally.
  • Collaborate with other academics, bringing together areas of expertise for innovative research and to mentor early-career academics towards a successful research career.
  • Take a leading role in the well-established Research Centre of Biomedical Engineering and the Institute of Sensors and Instrumentation.
  • Support and supervise research students to achieve success both personally and for the School.
  • Play a leading role in raising the national and international profile of the Department/School through promoting the School by publishing articles in international journals, attendance at conferences, enhancing appropriate links with industry and institutions and through other appropriate routes.
  • Lead curriculum development and delivery of existing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in all aspects of Biomedical engineering with particular emphasis on Biosignal processing, Biomedical Engineering Data Science/Analytics.
  • Undertake teaching and project supervision in related topics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Undertake other academic and management duties as specified by the Head of Department including contributions to Academic Committees, Assessment Boards and other academic and management committees.
  • Act as Personal Tutor to students, providing pastoral care and resolving standard welfare issues.
  • Play an appropriate role in planning and shaping future strategy and direction of the department and the school, working with other staff within the School in a collegiate framework.

Additional information

  • The post holder must at all times carry out their responsibilities with due regard to City, University of London’s Equal Opportunities Statement.
  • The post holder must accept responsibility for ensuring that the policies and procedures relating to Health and Safety in the workplace are adhered to at all times.
  • The post holder must respect the confidentiality of data stored electronically and by other means in line with General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • The post holder must carry out their responsibilities with due regard to the non-smoking environment of City, University of London.
  • Sustainable Development:
    • City, University of London is committed to a policy of best practice to assist in building a sustainable way of life by taking a positive, solutions-orientated approach. All post holders are encouraged to contribute through their roles to improving the environment for City and the wider community.
    • Details of policy, information and staff development supporting the policy on the environment and sustainability can be found at www.city.ac.uk/green-policies.

The above list is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. All members of staff are required to be professional, co-operative and flexible in line with the needs of the post, Department, School and City, University of London.

Job descriptions should be regularly reviewed and at least prior to the annual appraisal, if applicable or on a regular basis to ensure they are an accurate representation of the post.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

City, University of London is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all its activities, processes and culture, under its Public Sector Equality Duties and the Equality Act 2010. This includes promoting equality and diversity for all, irrespective of any protected characteristic, working pattern, family circumstance, socio-economic background, political belief or other irrelevant distinction. Where relevant to the policy, decision-making panels will ensure a reasonable gender balance and will actively consider representation of other protected groups.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Qualifications and knowledge

 Essential

  • Good first degree and PhD in a relevant field of biomedical engineering or a related discipline.
  • A breadth and depth of knowledge in any of: Biomedical Engineering Data, Science/Analytics, Biosignal processing, medical instrumentation and sensors.

Desirable

  • A good understanding of modern trends in higher education and the engineering employment market in the biomedical and healthcare engineering sector.
  • CEng and HEA Fellowship (or equivalent) or willingness to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy within the first 3 years.

Experience

 Essential

  • Track record of extensive collaboration with industry/the health sector and with other researchers, both domestically and internationally.
  • Original, high-quality, peer-reviewed activity in research eg in generating publications and obtaining research grants and an associated international reputation in the field.
  • An impressive record of grant capture for both fundamental and applied research.

Desirable

  • Track record in industry/the health sector, particularly leading and delivering major projects and achieving recognised outcomes.
  • Track record of involvement with and leadership of activities in professional and governmental bodies in the subject area.
  • Experience of leading curriculum development and managing student achievement at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Experience of supervising research students to successful completion.

Skills and abilities

Essential

  • Excellent verbal and written English communication skills including presentation and paper writing.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills appropriate for academic work.

Desirable

  • Ability to enthuse students encouraging them to engage in the highest levels of scholarship and achievement.
  • Ability to provide research leadership (or potential to provide that leadership, depending upon experience/grade) including networking internally.
  • Ability to network successfully with various external organisations, to identify and attract research support and funding, commensurate with experience/grade.
  • Demonstrable ability to work in a collegiate and interdisciplinary setting.
  • Capability of working in highly successful teams.

Terms of appointment

The salary and benefits package includes:

  • A competitive salary will be agreed with the preferred candidate.
  • Annual Leave of 30 days, plus 8 statutory and 4 additional days during the Christmas holiday period.
  • Automatic entry into the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) with the option to opt out.
  • Season ticket loan.
  • Access to fitness and social facilities.

City confirms its commitment to equal opportunities in all its activities.  It is intended that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of political belief, sex, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion or social class.  Selection and promotion criteria are kept under review to ensure that individuals are treated on the basis of the job requirements and on their relevant personal merits; and are not disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an employment advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of three pages) outlining how you meet the person specification.
  • Please include details of three referees, though please note that we will not approach your referees without your prior consent and only should you be shortlisted.
  • Please complete the following Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form

Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates  using the reference AQ1327.

The closing date for applications is Friday 25 March 2022. 

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Imogen Wilde on +44(0)7864 652 633; imogen@andersonquigley.com or Elliott Rae on +44(0)7584 078 534; elliott@andersonquigley.com.

Provisional Timetable

Closing date: Friday 25 March
Shortlisting: April
Informal meetings/discussions: April
Final panel interviews: TBC