An academic is a multifaceted professional, and the term encompasses roles from university lecturers to professors. The role involves a combination of leading research activities, teaching the next generation of innovators, and varied leadership roles to aid with the efficient running of activities. Academics usually hold PhDs. The role follows on from a post-doc/fellowship.

Whilst the blend of activities varies from individual to individual, below is a summary of general activities performed by an academic.

Research

Teaching

Administration

What helps to secure an academic position?

Research

Teaching

Administration

Additional considerations

Case studies

Alistair Hales, Lecturer in Sustainable Electromechanical Systems at the University of Bristol

Mona Faraji Niri, Associate Professor in Battery Modelling at WMG, University of Warwick

David Howey, Professor of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, focused on energy storage systems

Huizhi Wang, Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London

Case studies