Chair in Energy Transition Engineering



The School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen is a research-intensive academic unit engaged in fundamental and applied research across five Engineering disciplines: Chemical, Civil, Electrical and Electronic, Mechanical, and Petroleum. 85% of the School’s research output was ranked as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF2014).

Striving to work towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals of protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all, the School of Engineering at the University of Aberdeen seeks to appoint a Chair in Energy Transition to strengthen its leadership in research into various aspects of transition from decarbonising of hydrocarbon recovery and usage to low carbon sustainable energy systems. We invite applications from individuals with extensive expertise in interdisciplinary cutting-edge research, outstanding communication skills and a passion for engaged and innovative teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Appointment to Chair requires evidence of strong leadership, of working with industry, and an outstanding record of achievements.

The successful applicant will have extensive expertise in working with industry or in collaboration with other external stakeholders in the energy transition, an excellent research track record, outstanding communication skills and the desire and ability to teach well at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Appointment to Chair requires evidence of strong leadership, especially in research, and an outstanding record of achievement.

We are particularly seeking individuals with a PhD in Engineering or related discipline with an excellent research track record in one or more of the following areas:

  • Low carbon, high efficiency energy systems;
  • Energy conversion, transport and storage;
  • Offshore sustainable energy;
  • Integration of renewable energy into national electrical grid;
  • Hydrogen production from renewable resources;
  • Hydrogen distribution and storage;
  • Solar energy;
  • Geothermal energy;
  • Wind and tidal energy;
  • Biomass conversion technologies;
  • Carbon capture, sequestration and utilisation;
  • Fuel cell technologies;
  • Energy productivity;
  • Decommissioning.

A competitive remuneration package will be available for exceptional candidates considered at Professorial level.

This role is based in the UK and as such the successful candidate will be required to live and work in the UK.

The candidate appointed to this post may be eligible for homeworking on an occasional or regular basis.  For more information please refer to our Homeworking Policy.

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 September 2021

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Igor Guz, Head of School

01224 272808

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Guz

Please quote reference number ENG174A on all correspondence

The University embraces a diverse working environment and recognises the many benefits this can bring. Applications from individuals from across all of the equality protected characteristics are encouraged.