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Wed, 19 Aug 2020 11:53:07 -0400
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The Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual for the new ABB Chair of Autonomous Industrial Systems. The post is sponsored by ABB. ABB is an internationally leading technology company in industrial automation and electrification, working closely with end-user companies in the energy, chemicals, minerals and marine sectors.

The selected chair holder should, either immediately or within one to two years, be at a level suitable for candidacy of prestigious awards such as the Industrial Research Chair scheme of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


We are seeking a person who will initiate and lead a world-leading research programme in digitalisation and autonomous process operation using methods such as industrial Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, modelling, and optimization, with application to the process industry sector.

You will maintain and further develop collaborative research links that currently exist between the Department and ABB researchers in Europe and elsewhere in the world. Mechanisms for this include co-ordination of publicly-funded projects in collaboration with ABB and other partners, arranging industrial placements for doctoral students and researchers, and hosting visits from ABB researchers.


To be a suitable applicant for this role: 

-  You must be able to provide thought leadership and communicate a clear vision of the future of automous operation in industrial systems.
-  You will have domain expertise and deep engineering knowledge relevant to process industries such as energy and chemical industries.
-  You will have knowledge and understanding of digitalisation, and industrial AI (e.g. machine/ deep learning in an industrial context), with application to the process industry sector.
-  You will also have experience of research collaborations between academic and industry.

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