United Kingdom

Position type:

Full time


£39,993 to £47,722

09 Nov 2017
29 Nov 2017

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-58342

Job Purpose

Contribute to the whole range of research, teaching and administration. This is a fixed-term position for 30 months, from January 2018 to June 2020.

Research is likely to involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research. The research has measurable outcomes and is reflected in a growing national reputation and often an incipient international reputation. Research specialism for this post is open.

Teaching is likely to 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: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods. Philosophy has particular teaching needs in social and political philosophy; this position will involve delivering a large undergraduate module, ‘Bodies and Beauty’, in Spring 2018 and subsequently delivering a range of other undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

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

Main Duties / Responsibilities


  • To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This may include:
  • 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 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 and postgraduates. 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.

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.


Person Specification

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
  • Experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching.

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.

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