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Solid Mechanics Professorship at Imperial College London

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Professorship in the Mechanics of Materials Division
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Imperial College London

Imperial College is one of Europe's leading teaching and research institutions and the Department of Mechanical Engineering had the highest possible rating in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

We are seeking to recruit a motivated and enthusiastic academic staff member of the highest calibre in the general area of the failure of engineering materials. Applicants with teaching and research interests in any aspect of engineering materials will be considered, but particular areas of interest are the modelling of fracture processes and the fracture of metals, with a general interest in applying continuum fracture mechanics to the failure of materials. The successful applicant would also be expected to head the 'Mechanics of Materials' Research Division of the Department. This group of researchers consists of about 10 academic staff and 5 support staff, and about 35 research staff and students.

Candidates for the professorial post will have an international standing, outstanding publication record, an established record of raising research funding, experience in managing and delivering research projects and/or programmes, and substantial experience of supervising (and inspiring) junior researchers.

Competitive Salary

Informal queries to:

Professor Tony A Kinloch
+44 (0) 207 594 7082

Further particulars and an application form can be obtained from the
links below:

Application Form

Further Particulars 

Please send your completed application to:

Maria Monteiro
Appointments Administrator (Professors and Readers)
Human Resources Division, Imperial College London
Exhibition Road, Level 3, Faculty Building
South Kensington
London SW7 2AZ
Tel: +44 (0) 207 594 5498
Fax: +44 (0) 207 594 5543

Closing date for application:  19 August 2007

Valuing diversity and committed to equality of opportunity



My class-mates (and even people younger to me) have already become Full Professors. At highly ranked universities in USA or in IITs/IISc. I suppose I do have knowledge and expertise. See: Please note, some of the achievements have *not* been mentioned on the Web site.

But,  I am not applying.

I *am* a good learner.


Explanatory Addendum (July 21, 2007--I have noticed that not even timestamps remain the same here!): After years of disbelieving people who reported otherwise, finally, I too have given up my belief in (an objective idea of) justice as the dominant idea or the prevalent condition in the West. I have begun to see how, in the West today (practically speaking, as far as I go, in USA, UK, may be Canada), how easy it has become for incompetents to so easily put up obstacle after another obstacle in the path of a competent. I can see, if my experience with (at least some of the) iMechanica moderators is anything to go by, how easy it would be for someone to make it impossible to perform my job without either having to make a fool of myself or having to make a show of it all... (The issue applies to MNC's or their major Indian contractors in Pune too--as also to other Indian employers following the same kind of games under the name of "ethics".) May one of the moderators (or one of their favorites having a "PhD"--whatever that means!) well fit into this job! By posting this, I have the satisfaction of exposure--in case anyone in the larger world out there still cares!! Or, even if not, if that is the illusion the decision makers in the world at large believe in!! Though I took long, finally, I did learn my lesson of what people--including the decision makers--in the West really mean--that's what I meant when I said I am a good learner. (I am sure the context made it absolutely clear to many regular readers of iMechanica.)

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