Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human Neuroscience (Research and Teaching)

Fulltime Permanent University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 4, 2021
  • Salary: £41526 - £49553
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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human Neuroscience (Research and Teaching) – School of Psychology – 97393 – Grade 8/9

– (210000RC)

Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Human Neuroscience (Research and Teaching)

School of Psychology

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Lecturer – Grade 8 – Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553, with potential progression once in post to £55,750

Senior Lecturer – Grade 9 – Full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,034 to £59,135, with potential progression once in post to £77,108

Full Time/Permanent

Closing date – 8th June 2021

2 x posts available

We wish to appoint two neuroscientists/psychologists with expertise in human neuroscience. The posts will be within the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH), School of Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

The CHBH is a £25M multi-disciplinary initiative aiming to consolidate basic science and clinical expertise in the area of brain health. Our members come from a range of scientific disciplines including human neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry, neurology, physiology, physics, computer science, sport and exercise science, biology and mathematics. The Centre has a physical hub in purpose-built accommodation on the University of Birmingham Edgbaston campus, and has excellent collaborations across the University of Birmingham, as well as with the Barberry National Centre for Mental Health, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital. It houses state-of-the-art imaging facilities, including research dedicated 3T MR (Siemens Prisma) and MEG (Neuromag TRUIX) systems, an OPM facility, an Imagent near-infrared spectroscopy system, two sleep laboratories and facilities for EEG, brain stimulation and exercise.

They will promote human neuroscience as an academic discipline in the School and the CHBH. They will complement existing academic strengths and open up new collaborative opportunities with staff within the Centre, the School of Psychology, the wider College of Life and Environmental Sciences, the University as a whole, and our external partners.

They will undertake research in human neuroscience or other linked research themes, forming networks across the School and wider University. Research that compliments the CHBH’s interdisciplinary focus on translational and cognitive neuroscience will be particularly encouraged. The successful applicant will have access to the state-of-the-art human neuroimaging and neurophysiology facilities at the CHBH, as well as research opportunities within the wider University space such as The Institute for Mental Health, the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine, The Clinical Trials Unit and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Data Science and AI.

In addition to making a major contribution to an area of research, the successful applicant will contribute to the wider delivery of the strategic plans of the Centre, School of Psychology, College and University. They will also play an active and collegiate role within the Centre, the wider University, and the external environment, including internationally.

They will possess an excellent teaching profile and demonstrate evidence of teaching experience commensurate with the level of appointment. They will be expected to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and have teaching expertise that will complement existing knowledge in the CHBH and School of Psychology teaching teams.

Role Summary

Contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis to research, teaching, leadership and administration with the Centre for Human Brain Health and the School of Psychology

Research is likely to involve an established national and developing international reputation through significant original research work and a clear record of impact.

Teaching is likely to include: (a) contributions to the BSc Psychology and BSc Human Neuroscience, and potentially other programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level; and (b) enhancement of the student experience and employability that is of manifest benefit to the College and University.

Management and administration is likely to include School leadership and management activity with University-wide involvement that may include sustained high value impact knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement and similar activities that are of manifest benefit to the College and University.

Main Duties

Lecturer

Research
To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This may include, where appropriate to the discipline:

  • Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
  • Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
  • Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
  • Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally
  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.
Learning and Teaching
To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students. Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
Management/Administration
To contribute to Departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach
  • Actively manages equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour

Senior Lecturer

Research
To pursue sustained research activity through original research and scholarship, including other research-related contributions through conference papers and presentations and/or consultancy projects and advice. Where appropriate for the discipline, this may include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below:

  • Make a major contribution to the management of research activities
  • Lead successful funding bids which develop and sustain research support for the specialist area (in disciplines where this is possible)
  • Publish leading research that results in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality in the subject area and/or designing and developing innovative underpinning technologies
  • Provide expert advice internally and externally
  • Provide leadership of research that contributes to the progression of the discipline (in disciplines where this is possible)
  • Referee and peer review articles for peer reviewed academic journals and grant applications by research councils and/or other major funding bodies
  • Lead sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that is of manifest benefit to the College and University, and: a) makes a significant contribution to policy development at a national and international level; and/or b) involves development of industrial links and comparable networks and initiatives.
In addition, research responsibilities will include some but not necessarily all the indicative responsibilities from grade 8 listed below:

  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally
  • Manage research activities and/or supervise other research staff
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued
Learning and Teaching
To contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis in learning and teaching. Where appropriate for the discipline, this may include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below:

  • Lead the development of new and appropriate approaches to learning and teaching. This may be underpinned by research and evaluation of teaching methods and systems.
  • Act as adviser for teaching and learning methods through excellent practice and mentoring other colleagues
  • Lead the design and/or co-ordination of programmes or equivalent activities across the School or Department
  • Contribute to the development of teaching and learning policy, methods and standards, more widely than the School
  • Contribute to debate nationally about policy, methods and practices through publications, conference activity and roles that advance quality in the discipline
  • Lead the development and management of assessment strategies within the School
  • Lead substantial and sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that enhances the student experience and/or employability and is of manifest benefit to learning and teaching in the College and the University. This may include the development of industrial links and comparable networks and initiatives.
In addition, the learning and teaching responsibilities will include some but not necessarily all the indicative responsibilities from grade 8 level listed below:

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
  • Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods
Management/administration
To chair and/or lead activities in the School and representation on University committees or working groups. Where appropriate to the discipline, this is likely to include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below.

  • Make an important contribution to the development and running of the Department or School, for example, leading activity on teaching assessment and/or on research
  • Develop and manage staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities
  • Make important contributions to the development of the Department/School/PAU’s research strategy and/or learning and teaching strategy
  • Contribute significantly to the development and delivery of knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement and public engagement activities with a sustained high value impact of manifest benefit to the College and the University
  • Develops and implements a culture (including policies and procedures) that promotes Equality and values diversity and inclusion.
In addition, the management/administration responsibilities will include some but not necessarily all the indicative responsibilities from grade 8 listed below:

  • contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School
  • Lead/project manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of staff and students
  • Make a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline
  • Contribute to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)
  • Develop and manage staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities


Person Specification

Lecturer

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels
Research

  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity
Teaching

  • 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 success 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

Senior Lecturer

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications

Demonstrated competence in Research; Learning and Teaching; and Management and Administration; and excellence in at least two of these areas.

Research requirements
An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:

  • High level peer esteem as evidenced by

o Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high-quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
o An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
o Evidence of successful grant capture commensurate with experience and opportunities

  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
  • Commitment to the development of a new or existing research theme that will fully complement/strengthen existing research in the CHBH
  • Experience in collaborative research projects
  • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University
Learning and teaching requirements
An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality. The teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship. Evidence of success under the following headings:

  • 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; 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
  • Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student experience, and/or employability
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning
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 of developing interventions to address equality and diversity issues
Skills and Knowledge

  • Specialist knowledge of human neuroscience research
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Interdisciplinary expertise and/or a willingness to develop interdisciplinary research and teaching programmes
Personal Attributes

  • A commitment to inclusive and transparent ways of working
  • An academic leader committed to personal and professional development
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team
  • Gains confidence and trust from others
  • Able to respond to and cope with change
  • Demonstrates honesty and integrity

For further information please contact Professor Edward Wilding E.L.Wilding@bham.ac.uk or/and Professor Ole Jensen o.jensen@bham.ac.uk, Dr Andrew Bagshaw (a.p.bagshaw@bham.ac.uk);

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 GB-GB-Birmingham
Job Academic Non-clinical
Organization Psychology
Schedule Regular
Full-time
Job Posting 11.05.2021, 3:48:25 AM
Grade (for job description) Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis) 41,526.00
Maximum Salary 55,750.00
Advert Close Date 08.06.2021, 5:59:00 PM

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