Teaching Fellow - Mechanical Engineering - Thermodynamics and Vehicle Engineering - 99884

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


£32,348 to £44,737

06 Aug 2022
26 Aug 2022

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-220001A0

Position Details

School of Engineering 

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £32,348 to £42,155, with potential progression once in post to £44,737

Grade 7 

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to August 2025

Closing date: 26th August, 2022


It is an exciting time to be an engineer at the University of Birmingham. Following the creation of the School of Engineering in 2016, which brought together the disciplines of Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electronic, Electrical & Systems Engineering, we are in Phase 2 of our renaissance. We are investing significantly in people and infrastructure – our new £65m signature build and our £28m UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN) Centre of Excellence for Digital Systems have recently opened their doors. In addition, our world-leading £26M National Buried Infrastructure Facility opened in 2020.

We are interested in motivated applicants to provide increased teaching support in Thermodynamics, Vehicle Engineering, and Core Mechanical Engineering subjects. Duties will include developing and delivering tutorials, laboratories, group project exercises, and coursework and examination marking for our cohorts of undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD students. This role will cover baseline teaching, including group project supervision, delivering synoptic lectures, and supervising final year projects. The role will allow the successful candidate to work with other Teaching Fellows and existing academic staff to develop and support our students' outstanding learning experience and prepare them for their future careers in engineering. Please note – that this is a three-year fixed-term position.

Role Summary

  • Take responsibility for a limited number of taught modules in the applicant's area of expertise.

  • To support the development of new programmes in mechanical engineering, and to support the existing undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes.

  • To assist in teaching support activities supervised by members of staff with ultimate responsibility for the design, delivery, and assessment of the teaching programme.

  • Development and delivery of tutorials, laboratories, and group project exercises for undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD students

  • Marking of coursework and examinations under the direction of academic staff

Main Duties

  • Supporting the work of the school and enhancing its teaching at a range of levels within the specified subject area and within own area of subject specialism to undergraduates, postgraduates and CPD students.

  • Act as industrial placement supervisor

  • Identify, with the team, areas where current learning and teaching opportunities need revision or improvement.

  • Contribute to the design of laboratories, assessment, and group projects with other colleagues to address these.

  • Plan and prepare own teaching support material, including guidance notes and handouts following the established objectives of the teaching programme.

  • Supervise students work, provide advice on study skills, and assist with learning problems.

  • Set and assess work and examinations and provide timely feedback to students

  • Assess the work and progress of students using appropriate criteria and provide constructive feedback to students

  • Mark examinations and coursework

  • Work closely in collaboration with other staff who are engaged in teaching relating to projects and design.

  • Act as a personal tutor or be responsible for the pastoral care of students within a specified area.

  • Undertake, under the direction of module leaders, a full range of responsibilities concerning supervision, marking and module administration.

  • Frequently update own subject expertise.

  • Undertake personal professional development in education practice, including self-reflection on own teaching support activities, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes. 

  • Contribute to knowledge transfer on own specialism that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under the supervision of a project leader.

  • Undertake management/administration arising from teaching.

  • Contribute to Departmental/School teaching-related activities and teaching-related administration.

  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

  • Higher degree relevant to research or teaching area or equivalent qualifications

  • High level analytical capability

  • Ability to design and support module materials successfully

  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively

  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Informal enquires to Karl Dearn, email: k.d.dearn@bham.ac.uk


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