BAE Systems Professor of Applied Shipbuilding (567775)

Salary range: Commensurate with the skills and experience of the candidate and the seniority of the role

FTE: 1.0 (35 hours per week)

Term: Open-ended

Closing date: Sunday, 3 December 2023

In partnership with BAE Systems, The University of Strathclyde is creating a new Professorial position for an internationally recognised expert in applied shipbuilding. They will drive research and innovation programmes in the field, and fully support the establishment of BAE System’s Applied Shipbuilding Academy. This Academy will deliver capabilities at scale to ensure that current and future employees can perform, innovate, and grow in priority areas of strategic importance to BAE Systems and the wider Shipbuilding and Maritime industry.


BAE Systems is a world leading Security and Resilience services and products company. It helps customers to protect people and national security, critical infrastructure and vital information. It is a world leader in ship design and construction and wishes to strengthen this leadership and its talent pipeline. BAE Systems is building a new Applied Shipbuilding Academy to support delivering these plans. The University is a strategic partner in this initiative and requires a highly performing academic leader to continue to grow the partnership and deliver research, skills development and innovation success.


The University of Strathclyde is situated in the heart of Glasgow and has a vibrant, international community including 22,000 students and more than 3,000 staff from 100 countries. Strathclyde is dedicated to ‘useful learning’ and is recognised internationally for its close working relationships with businesses and its partnerships with industry and government. The University has a long maritime heritage and is proud to be one of BAE System’s strategic academic partners.


This new post will be key to influencing both the formation of the Academy - its teaching methods, core programmes and curriculum – and setting the agenda for future research and innovation to develop excellence in applied shipbuilding. Academic leadership is required to ensure that the appropriate teams and resources are put in place to deliver this. The Academy’s focus is on learning from experience in BAE Systems key capability areas, while developing programmes co-designed with internal and external experts to advance knowledge in applied shipbuilding.


The right candidate for this role will be either an internationally recognised active researcher and academic in the field of applied shipbuilding, or someone with extensive industrial experience of relevant innovative practices and University engagement. We will consider candidates from outside of shipbuilding if they can demonstrate that their expertise and experience will support the discipline.


In terms of shipbuilding, we are focused on innovation across the full enterprise from concept, through design, manufacturing, and delivery to testing and trialling. In terms of the applied aspects, we are particularly interested in those offering a systems approach and systems thinking for the full shipbuilding lifecycle, including, for example, design, modelling and risk management/models.


To be considered for this role, you will have substantial experience in leading complex research and knowledge exchange projects in collaboration with industry, or the equivalent from an industrial perspective. You will be internationally recognised as a strategic leader and/or academic, who has the ability to interact and engage with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.


Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Graham Wren, Special Advisor to the Principal and Major Projects Director, (


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BAE Systems Professor of Applied Shipbuilding (567775)