Assistant/Associate Professor in Human Factors

Country: United Kingdom;

Deadline: 03.07.2019



The University of Nottingham's Faculty of Engineering is seeking a new colleague in the area of human factors to teach human factors content in our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in the department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing engineering as well as undertake original research to an international standard. The successful candidate will join an institution with a strong research track record in the human factors area, particularly in the fields of transport; healthcare; education; the creative industries; manufacturing; natural environments; and urban settlements. We are advertising this role at both assistant and associate professor level, aiming to appointment at a level appropriate to the experience of the successful candidate.

The Human Factors Research Group is a multidisciplinary, world-leading team comprising of specialists in: cognitive, physical and environmental ergonomics; architecture; urban design; building physics; psychophysics; psychology; engineering; computer science; and product design.

Core to our research is the application of human/person centred theories, methods and approaches to tackle contemporary, real world challenges faced by individuals, organisations, communities and societies, across a variety of application domains.

We believe that diverse teams deliver the highest quality teaching, research and student experience. Consequently we hope to attract applications from high quality people including those whose backgrounds, experience and identity broadens and enhances the diversity of our existing team. 

The Faculty is committed to creating opportunities for people from groups traditionally under-represented in the Faculty of Engineering.

We are looking for someone who can:

  • Lead original research in the field of human factors
  • Write proposals to develop and manage new research programs
  • Lead and support the development of human factors content in our undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses.
  • Plan and deliver high quality teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a ergonomics, human factors, human-computer interaction, psychology or other relevant area, preferable in an engineering context. We are looking for someone with excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex information with clarity. Candidates must be self-starting and pro-active, demonstrating an ability to work alone or in a team to meet deadlines and to prioritise tasks. 

For the Associate Professor level we are looking for an established research reputation in the area of human factors with a track record of securing grant income as principal investigator and high quality publications in peer reviewed journals.

This is a permanent, full-time post available from 1 August 2019. Job share arrangements may be considered.

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Sue Cobb (Head of research group) ( or Dr Kathy Johnson (Head of department) ( ) Please note that applications sent directly to these email addresses will not be accepted.

Our University has always been a supportive, inclusive, caring and positive community. We warmly welcome those of different cultures, ethnicities and beliefs - indeed this very diversity is vital to our success, it is fundamental to our values and enriches life on campus. We welcome applications from UK, Europe and from across the globe. For more information on the support we offer our international colleagues, visit;