Associate Professor in Toxicology (Education)

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Associate Professor in Toxicology (Education) – School of Biosciences – 99542  (220000RR)



Position Details

School of Biosciences

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,799 to £60,022. With potential progression once in post to £78,265 a year

Grade 9

Full time – Permanent

Closing Date: 21st August 2022

Please note: We are advertising both Assistant Professor and Associate Professor, however there is only 1 post available


Summary of Role

The Associate Professor (Education) in Toxicology post-holder will take on a leadership role within a team of existing academic staff who deliver research-led and skills-based teaching on the highly successful Masters programmes in Toxicology within the School of Biosciences. These programmes have continuously attracted high quality students from the UK and beyond since 1979 and benefits from strong external and industry interactions. The appointee will be expected to contribute to plans to grow the MSc Toxicology programme by managing and contributing to existing modules and by helping to develop new modules reflecting recent advances in the toxicology landscape.

Teaching will include making a substantial contribution to delivery of the MSc Toxicology programme as well as introducing toxicology and environmental health protection within the existing undergraduate degree curriculum. The post-holder will also need to be able to contribute to our fundamental Biochemistry programme in molecular and chemical sciences. There will be many opportunities for creativity and impact; the appointee will also be expected to network and collaborate with diverse stakeholders in the design of new modules.

Education focussed role-holders should advance the practice of teaching in the programmes and modules within their area, take a role in leading curriculum development across the institution, and play an important role in student academic support.  They should also deliver excellent teaching that both inspires students and other academics, and is informed by disciplinary -based research.

Specifically, the appointee will:

  • Contribute to the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment at all levels across our UG and PGT programmes.
  • Contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis to teaching leadership and administration.
  • Contribute to academic citizenship
  • Enhance student experience and employability.
  • Demonstrate a significant contribution to the advancement of teaching pedagogy, policy and practice.

Management and administration are likely to include Departmental/School leadership and management activity with University-wide involvement – for example through sustained high value impact knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement or similar activities.

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.

Main Duties / Responsibilities


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

  • undertaking own teaching, which will include teaching and examining courses at a range of levels, planning and reviewing own teaching approaches, developing programme proposals, supervision, marking and examining in the area of toxicology at a PGT and UG level. You will ensure that your teaching practice is informed by discipline-based research, through participating in the research culture of the School.
  • making a significant contribution to the pedagogical knowledge base of the subject that advances teaching through the enhancement of practice, the development of teaching resources and/or through practice-based research;
  • leading on the management and the development of approaches to teaching and learning, including designing innovative approaches and supporting colleagues to use them in the subject area or institution;
  • leading on curriculum design at module and programme level to ensure it is contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging;
  • actively engaging students in curriculum design;
  • making an impactful, high-quality contribution to debates about education policy, methods and practices through internal and external publications, subject societies and conference activity;
  • developing an external profile evidenced through engaging in external quality assurance activities related to teaching, e.g., external examining and engaging with/supporting education in other institutions;
  • where appropriate, playing an important and sustained role in the recruitment and admission of students;
  • motivate a team to ensure effective development of teaching, learning and assessment policies and strategies;
  • acting as an education mentor to colleagues in the School/Department/College or more widely;
  • leading the development of new and appropriate approaches to learning and teaching;
  • collaborate with others to develop sustained high value impact in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that enhances the student experience and/or or employability, and is of manifest benefit to learning and teaching in the College and the University;
  • where appropriate co-supervising doctoral students to completion;


  • Lead activities in the Department/ School and represent the School on College/ University committees or working groups.

Where appropriate to the discipline, this is likely to include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below.

  • making an important contribution to the development and running of the Department or School, for example, leading activity on teaching assessment;
  • leading a successful international engagement at School or College level;
  • developing and managing staff and resources in support of major teaching activities
  • making important contributions to the development of the Department’s (and the University) learning and teaching strategy
  • contributing significantly to the development and delivery of knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement and public engagement activities with sustained high value impact of manifest benefit to the College and the University in a teaching/education context;
  • develop and implement a culture (including policies and procedures) that promotes Equality and values diversity and inclusion
  • leading, serving on and assisting the work of committees and task and finish groups beyond School/Department, e.g., Senate, Council, University Education or Research Committee etc.;
  • leading external committees, e.g., those associated with public/professional bodies or delivery of activities for an external body at an appropriate level, e.g., chairing sub committees associated with large elements of work;
  • leading/project managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);
  • making a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline;
  • contributing to administrative activities within the University (e.g., appeals panels, working groups).


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.
  • identifying wellbeing issues within the School/College/University and collaborating to develop appropriate solution to address these;
  • taking collective ownership of challenges faced by the School of College and working with colleagues to develop solutions;
  • Mentoring and coaching of colleagues, particularly those in the early stages of their career

Person Specification

  • A PhD degree and substantial prior teaching experience in molecular, cellular or mechanistic toxicology.
  • Demonstrated experience or knowledge in either human or environmental toxicology. Together with experience teaching molecular or chemical biology.
  • Demonstrated excellence in Learning and Teaching, and Management and administration.

Learning and teaching requirements

  • An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality.  Teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship.
  • Evidence of success under the following headings.
  • Proven ability to design, deliver, assess, and revise teaching programmes which address the needs of students at UG and PG level.
  • Proven ability to conduct curriculum reviews and implement the redesign through the revision of existing modules and the introduction of new ones.
  • High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the discipline
  • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive, and current and stimulates learners’ natural curiosity.
  • Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes, approaches to learning, and the development of learning resources.
  • High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e. in the Department/School or College and/or externally.
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University and enhances the student experience or employability.

Management and administration-related requirements

  • Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives.  Evidence of success under the following headings.
  • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g., exams officer).
  • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University.
  • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching, and administrative tasks.
  • Actively promotes equality and diversity to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Able to use data to identify equality and diversity issues.
  • Experience in developing interventions to address equality and diversity issues.


Informal enquires to Julia Myatt, 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



 Academic Non-clinical






Job Posting

 21.07.2022, 11:12:40 AM

Grade (for job description) Grade 9

Salary (Pay Basis)


Maximum Salary


Advert Close Date

 21.08.2022, 11:59:00 PM

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