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  • Post Date : January 10, 2022
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Assistant Professor (Education) in Data Science – Biosciences – 80894 – Grade 8  (21000208)








Position Details

School of Biosciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42,149 to £50,296, with potential progression once in post to £56,587

Grade 8

Full Time  – Permanent

Closing date: 2nd February 2022



Data science draws on domain expertise, coding/ programming skills and computational/ statistical methods to extract useful information from often large, complex data sets. By making sense of these ‘big data’, we can enhance our knowledge base and improve real-world decision making. In recent years, the field of data science has gathered momentum due to advances in technologies and ever-expanding data collection tools. Now, data science approaches are used in fields as diverse as metabolomics to atmospheric science to neuroscience to urban planning.

Skills for data science, including programming, coding and modelling, are increasingly taught in the UK’s primary and secondary schools. Though this is encouraging, we need to work on consistently addressing and further developing those skills in our programmes to enable our graduates to compete in today’s employment market. This is particularly important for STEM subjects, which in recent years have witnessed the emergence of “big data” and a need for students and researchers to develop the skills required to analyse it, in fields as diverse as metabolomics and atmospheric science.

The College of Life and Environmental Science (LES) has piloted new approaches for the delivery of Data Science in UG and PGT programmes. To build on this success, an open-ended Teaching lectureship role will enable us to plan our long-term strategic commitment to data science. Forward planning of the LES data science literacy strategy is expected to include the development of common module components through conventional and digital delivery, thus contributing to data science teaching across the College, whilst also facilitating collaboration with other Colleges, thus delivering added value.  In addition to the underlying processes our education delivery should consider the ethics of big data in the context of its interpretation in public understanding of science and its presentation in the news.

The University is current reviewing its programme architecture, implementing a Programme Framework for the Future (ProFF) which aims to facilitate collaborative teaching projects Data Science will contribute to cross college teaching by building education components that can be configured in different ways and so aligned with a range of disciplinary requirements.

Summary of Role

To develop, deliver, disseminate and co-ordinate teaching in the area of Data Science as appropriate in the College of LES. These areas may include undergraduate, postgraduate, Continuing Professional Development (CPD), Transnational Education (TNE), including Dubai,  and Distance Learning (DL) as appropriate and to collaborate with schools to identify new opportunities for collaboration, potentially facilitated by the University’s Data Science Institute.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching (including digital), and assessment at all levels; and (b) enhancement of the student experience; and  c) a particular focus on the needs of employers and on external Graduate Outcomes metrics. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including providing expert advice to staff and students, and developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Teaching focussed post-holders should advance the practice of teaching in their modules within the School, College and University, take a role in leading curriculum development, and play an important role in student academic support. They should also deliver excellent teaching that inspires students, and interacts with and is informed by discipline-based research.

Management and administration is likely to include contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activity (e.g. working groups) within the University. This may include developing and contributing to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities.

Main Duties / Responsibilities


You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:

  • contribute to leading curriculum development and/or renewal.
  • develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are best practice in the subject area or institution.
  • advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment.
  • deliver (where appropriate to the discipline) specific professional programmes.
  • advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school and play an important role in student academic support.
  • inform your teaching practice by discipline based research.
  • frequently update your subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes.
  • you may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise doctoral students to completion.

Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate):

  • teaching and examining courses at a range of levels.
  • planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same.
  • designing contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging curriculum content.
  • working collaboratively with colleagues to design and deliver teaching, learning and assessment.
  • using digital resources/environments effectively to support learning and assessment.
  • developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely.
  • where appropriate, undertaking and developing the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining.
  • developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability, and which benefits the College and University.
  • devising and supervising projects, student dissertations and practical work.


To contribute to Departmental /School administration. This may include:

  • contributing to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School.
  • where appropriate, leading, and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g., new programme or a recruitment drive).
  • advising on personal development of colleagues and students.
  • contributing to administrative activities within the University (e.g., appeals panels, working groups).
  • managing enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities.
  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools’ outreach.
  • promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.


Contributing to an inclusive working environment:

  • pursuing your activities in a way that helps others to pursue their activities effectively and efficiently.
  • demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, Departmental/School committees).
  • demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing advice.
  • willingness to volunteer for one-off duties (such as supporting School, Institute, and Departmental projects).
  • positively engaging in School strategic initiatives.
  • proactive support and involvement in activities specifically contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University.

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the discipline area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications.
  • Extensive teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism.
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.
  • Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others.


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess, and revise teaching programmes.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues.
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability.

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes.
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively.
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.
  • Experience of championing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in own work area.
  • Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied.
  • Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action.

Informal enquires to Jeremy Pritchard, email:



Valuing excellence, sustaining investment 

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working. 


Primary Location



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Job Posting

 22.12.2021, 12:49:42 PM

Grade (for job description) Grade 8

Salary (Pay Basis)


Maximum Salary


Advert Close Date

 02.02.2022, 11:59:00 PM

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