Town/City:

Birmingham


Position type:

Full time


Salary:

£41,526.00 - £55,750.00

21 May 2020
08 Jul 2020

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-200001NV

Position Details

Full time salary £41,526 - £77,108 (Lecturer full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,553. With potential progression once in post to £55,750 a year). (Senior Lecturer/Reader full time starting salary is normally in the range £51,034 to £59,135. With potential progression once in post to £77,108 a year)

 

Background

In a major strategic initiative, the University of Birmingham in collaboration with Jinan University, Guangzhou, China, has set up a Joint Institute for Teaching and Research, located on Jinan University’s southern Panyu Campus in Guangzhou. The Institute, which took its first undergraduate intake in September 2017, delivers joint degree programmes in mathematics, attracting high quality undergraduate students from across China. These programmes are taught in English at the Joint Institute in Guangzhou, with the mathematics component being delivered by staff based at the University of Birmingham. We are looking for applicants with the ability to develop and deliver high quality modules into these programmes. The successful candidates will be expected to contribute substantially to maintaining and enhancing the School’s high standards in both teaching and research (teaching only in the case of teaching focused appointments). The post holders will be based in the School of Mathematics in Birmingham and will typically be expected to make two trips to Guangzhou per year, each of one month’s duration, to deliver intensively taught modules. There may perhaps be a small number of shorter trips.

 

The team currently consists of 11 members (after one colleague moved to Jinan University) and it will increase to 16 when fully staffed. This will allow four members to be based in Guangzhou during each teaching block, providing resilience to our delivery there. For this round of recruitment to the team, which is attracting exceptional new staff to the School of Mathematics in Birmingham, we are looking to appoint someone with experience of, or demonstrable potential for, teaching third year statistics modules.

 

Candidates working in any area of mathematics or statistics may apply. We particularly encourage applications from candidates working in theoretical or applied statistics, medical statistics, econometrics, stochastic modelling, financial mathematics or data science and machine learning. Candidates should hold a PhD, or equivalent, in statistics, mathematics or a related subject. Unless teaching focused, they will typically have an exciting and active research profile, possibly with research interests that lead to impact activity. Successful candidates will have a track record of (or demonstrable potential for) excellent, enthusiastic and committed teaching and learning in statistics to a broad range of students. They should be able to contribute to the development of the School’s undergraduate or masters curricula. The posts are available at either Lecturer or Senior Lecturer grade depending on the relevant prior experience of the candidate.

 

The appointments panel will consider teaching focused appointments for suitable high quality candidates.

 

Your CV should include:

  • a numbered list of all publications (most recent first) indicating your best four publications over the last six years;
  • a list of all of your teaching experience (including the subject, level of student, class size and your role in the class).

 

 

Role Purpose

Senior Lecturer

To create and disseminate knowledge at a senior level through initiating and conducting significant original research and through developing and delivering undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate to the School of Mathematics, both in Birmingham and overseas, particularly Guangzhou, China. In addition, to contribute to the School through leadership, management, and enterprise activities, as appropriate, both in Birmingham and overseas, particularly Guangzhou, China..

 

Lecturer

To create and disseminate knowledge through initiating and conducting original research and through developing and delivering undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate to the School of Mathematics. In addition, to contribute to the School through management and enterprise activities, as appropriate, both in Birmingham and overseas, particularly Guangzhou, China.

 

 

 

Main Duties

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, in so far as these do not conflict with teaching obligations. 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), in so far as this does not conflict with teaching obligations.

  • 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, both in Birmingham and overseas, particularly Guangzhou, China. 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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

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

 

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, in so far as this does not conflict with teaching obligations.
  • 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, both in Birmingham and overseas, particularly Guangzhou, China. Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels, developing material as required
  • 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 School, as appropriate
  • Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, by Skype , email, telephone, or other mechanism, as appropriate
  • Undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to 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, using Maple TA as appropriate.
  • 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 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 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.

 

Scope of the Role

  • The post is Birmingham based but with several overseas teaching commitments per year of one month’s duration or less.
  • Contribute at a senior level on a sustained basis to the whole range of research, teaching leadership and administration.
  • Research is likely to involve an established national and developing international reputation through significant original research work and a clear record of impact, and/or designing and developing significant innovative underpinning technologies.
  • Teaching is likely to include: (a) development and leadership of major teaching programmes or equivalent; and (b) enhancement off the student experience or 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.

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