Professor Rodgers was appointed to Brunel University in 1989 as a lecturer in Physics, becoming a Reader in Mathematical Physics in 2001 and Professor of Theoretical Physics in 2003. In 2004 he joined the Brunel Graduate School and was appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2008. He was promoted to Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research in 2014. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Higher Education Academy. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Havana, Cuba. Between 2010 and 2014 he chaired the Research Excellence Group of London Higher, made up of the PVCs for Research of the universities in London. Professor Rodgers is currently leading the Science and Innovation Audit on Sustainable Airports on behalf of BEIS.
As Deputy Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor Rodgers of responsible for all aspects of the research strategy and operations at Brunel University London. He has lead a number of multi-partner academic projects including NSIRC with TWI, BP, Lloyd's Register and Network Rail, the Women in Engineering Programme and the initiation of a STEM Learning Centre at Brunel.