Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Theoretical/Computational Chemistry, Physical Chemistry or Soft Matter

Full-time Permanent University of Birmingham
  • Post Date : June 3, 2021
  • Salary: £41526 - £49533
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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Theoretical/Computational Chemistry, Physical Chemistry or Soft Matter – School of Chemistry – 97492 – Grade8/9

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LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN THEORETICAL/COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY, PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY OR SOFT MATTER – 97492 (3 posts available)

Position Details

School of Chemistry in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Lecturer – Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,533 with potential progression once in post to £55,750; Senior Lecturer – Full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,034 to £59,135 with potential progression once in post to £77,108
Lecturer – Grade 8, Senior Lecturer – Grade 9
Full time
Permanent
University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
Closing Date: 4 July 2021

Notes to Applicants:

To apply, please attach to your application the following:
1) Your CV (including full publication list, funding profile, evidence of outreach and engagement with industry and other non-HE organisations)
2) Statement on your teaching (max 1 page), highlighting your teaching experience and philosophy, including design, delivery and assessment methods as well as evidence of innovation and your future plans in these areas.
3) Statement on your research vision (max 2 pages), to include a discussion of your future research objectives and directions, and strategy for impact generation. Please also include a brief summary of how you envisage your research fitting into the research in the School and wider University.
4) Highlight your top 3-5 publications with a brief statement summarising their significance.
5) Contact details of 3 referees (these will only be considered by the selection committee after interview)

Summary of Role

The successful candidate will contribute to research, teaching and administration.

Research will involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research.

Teaching will include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including providing expert advice to staff and students, as well as supervising and examining PhD students.

Management and administration will involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activities within the University. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business and public engagement, widening participation, outreach or similar activities.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Lecturer:

Research

Within our supportive environment, you will plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques, to:

  • Create a distinct research portfolio including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
  • Contribute to advancing our Research Themes and/or establishing new research areas through our Interest Groups.
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding.
  • Plan and execute high-quality research.
  • Project-manage research activities and/or supervise other research staff.
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued.
  • Present findings in high-quality publications and conference proceedings.
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally*.
  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline*
  • Develop and contribute to research impact activity, knowledge transfer, enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity*

Learning and Teaching

We value and have embraced the use of a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduate or postgraduate students. We encourage and support Fellowship of the HEA as part of your professional development. Your role in teaching and learning will provide you with opportunities to:

  • Use appropriate and effective approaches to learning and teaching in your field.
  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels.*
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and experimental work.
  • Plan and review your 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 School, as appropriate.*
  • Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative and formative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.*
  • Disseminate appropriate and effective pedagogical practices through suitable media.*
  • Develop, advise and support others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.*

Management/Administration

You will have opportunities to develop your career through contributions to School administration, leadership and management and/or through increasing responsibility for others, to:

  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the School.*
  • Ability and interest to contribute to the School’s management processes
  • Lead/project manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g., a new programme or a recruitment drive).*
  • Advise on and mentor personal development of colleagues and students.*
  • Contribute to 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, and schools’ outreach.*

Senior Lecturer:

Research

Within our supportive community, you will 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
  • Contribute to advancing our Research Themes and/or establishing new research areas through our Interest Groups.
  • 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.

Learning and Teaching

We value and have embraced the use of a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduate or postgraduate students. We encourage and support Fellowship of the HEA as part of your professional development. Your senior role in learning and teaching will provide you with opportunities to:

  • 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
  • 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.

Management/Administration

You will have opportunities to develop your career through contributions to School administration, leadership and management and 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 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 School’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 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

If you are keen to develop your career in research and teaching, then this role could be for you. You will possess a higher degree, relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD or equivalent qualifications) and we will be looking for you to demonstrate strengths in a number of the following domains:

Lecturer:

  • Research/teaching experience and scholarship within Chemistry specialism
  • 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
  • Experience in planning, undertaking and project-managing research to deliver high-quality results
  • Experience in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity

Teaching

  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Experience in developing appropriate and effective approaches to learning and teaching, and in advising colleagues
  • Experience in research impact, knowledge transfer, enterprise or similar activity that enhances the student experience and/or employability

Management and Administration

  • Ability and ambition to contribute to the School’s management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Desire to develop your ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Desire to develop your leadership potential

Senior Lecturer:

Research

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

  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
  • 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

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 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

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 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
  • Also applies to Senior Lectureship

If you would like to discuss this opportunity informally in advance of applying, please contact Prof. Rachel K. O’Reilly, Head of School, chemhos@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

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 Chemistry
Schedule Regular
Full-time
Job Posting 02.06.2021, 6:00:00 PM
Grade (for job description) Grade 8
Salary (Pay Basis) 41,526.00
Maximum Salary 55,750.00
Advert Close Date 04.07.2021, 5:59:00 PM

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