Assistant Professor (Teaching and Research Focused) (30271-0922) . Job Reference: 1887910

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

October 13, 2022

Description

Vacancy Type/Job category

Academic

Department

School of Engineering

Salary

£43,414 - £51,805 per annum

Location

University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.

The School of Engineering is seeking to recruit a talented and enthusiastic Assistant Professor in the area of Control and Engineering Biology. We are looking for someone who can help us strengthen and broaden our research activities, while also contributing to our core teaching aims.

Research areas of particular interest for this appointment include: systems modelling and control, engineering biology/synthetic biology and data analytics, although other relevant areas may be considered.

You will have a PhD in a relevant discipline and must be able to demonstrate the capability to establish an independent research group which has the ambition and potential to become internationally leading. You will initiate, develop, and deliver high quality research, publish top-tier journal papers, and demonstrate the potential for impact from your research.

You are also expected to have the relevant experience and skills to deliver teaching and assessment in Control and Engineering Biology and related areas in Systems and Information Engineering, and you may teach on a range of taught programmes at undergraduate, specialised masters, and/or degree apprenticeship levels. You are expected to engage with higher education pedagogy and be willing to develop novel teaching methods, embracing changes in teaching technology and expectations.

You will be appointed for a probationary period (usually five years) during which there is a reduced teaching and administration load to enable you to establish your research group. Successful completion of probation will coincide with promotion to a permanent Associate Professor position. You are also expected to have the relevant experience and skills to deliver teaching and assessment in Control and Engineering Biology and related areas in Systems and Information Engineering, and you may teach on a range of taught programmes at undergraduate, specialised masters, and/or degree apprenticeship levels. You are expected to engage with higher education pedagogy and be willing to develop novel teaching methods, embracing changes in teaching technology and expectations.

As well as completing the standard application form all applicants must include: (a) a curriculum vitae which includes a full publications list; (b) an outline of no more than two pages showing their research vision and plans for grant capture over the next five years; and (c) a one-page statement demonstrating their teaching expertise and interests. Plans will be treated in the strictest confidence and with full respect for ownership. Attachments other than those requested should not be provided, and applications submitted without the required documents will not be progressed.

Applications from candidates in groups under-represented in the Engineering sector are particularly welcome.

The University aims to promote work life balance for all employees and the School of Engineering will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements in order to recruit the best candidate.

We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description

JOB PURPOSE

To undertake research, teaching, administration, and other activities in order to develop own career and profile, supporting the work of the School of Engineering and developing and enhancing its reputation, both internal and external to the University.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

Research and scholarship

1. To carry out independent research of internationally recognised standard in control and engineering biology.

2. To contribute to the research activities of the School of Engineering by planning, developing and co-ordinating an independent research programme, sustaining an extensive track record of published research findings, and maintaining an expert reputation in a subject area at least at national, and usually international, level.

3. To lead and contribute to successful external research grant applications to support research projects.

4. To publish research in appropriate refereed journals of international standing, and to disseminate the outcomes of research and scholarship in other appropriate outlets.

5. To engage in external academic activities in accordance with the School of Engineering's research strategy, including those which enhance the School's national/international research profile. Such activities may include presentation of research papers at conferences, membership of committees of academic or professional bodies, external examining, participation in knowledge transfer activities, development of industrial links, development of external academic collaboration, and holding journal editorships.

6. To develop joint research activities with other members of academic staff in the School of Engineering and the wider Warwick community.

Teaching and Learning Support

1. To engage diligently in teaching and assessment at all levels using relevant teaching methods (including lectures, seminars, laboratories, and tutorials, these may be in person, on-line as well as pre-recorded), working as a collegial member of the School of Engineering's teaching team.

2. To develop and apply appropriate teaching techniques and materials, which may be novel or innovative, which create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students. This will include contribution to regular reflection on the enhancement of School-wide curricula.

3. To supervise research students (PhD, MSc), subject to the usual University of Warwick criteria, including joint supervision where appropriate.

4. To supervise undergraduate and taught postgraduate student individual and group projects and, where appropriate, to supervise placements and field trips.

5. To take responsibility for academic duties (e.g., setting examination questions, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high-quality teaching.

6. To co-ordinate and undertake pastoral support for students within the programmes, courses, or modules, liaising where necessary with other University agencies.

7. To support and comply with the University and School of Engineering teaching quality assurance standards and procedures including the provision of such information as may be required by the School of Engineering or the University.

Administration and Other Activities

1. To contribute to School of Engineering committees and administrative duties and tasks and taking on additional duties to support the School as required. Supporting School open and offer holder days.

2. To work within budget constraints and in-line with University Financial Regulations.

3. To ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, other University regulations, and good working practices in all aspects of work.

The duties and responsibilities outlined are for guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their duties. Occasional weekend, evening and overseas working may be required, in turn the School offers flexible working where possible.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline (PhD must have been awarded at time of appointment. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 2

Good honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate subject. (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Evidence of strong relevant research potential and the demonstrated ability to initiate, develop and deliver internationally leading research and to publish in peer reviewed journals. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 4

Proven ability to teach undergraduate and MSc programmes in the area of control and engineering biology and/or other relevant areas within Biomedical/Systems and Information Engineering, using a range of delivery techniques. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 5

Ability to initiate development in the curriculum and to take responsibility for the effective and efficient delivery of teaching programmes developing the curriculum and appropriate assessment techniques. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 6

Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic, administrative and technical colleagues, including those external to the University, to promote and contribute towards a collegial environment. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Able to demonstrate a capacity to contribute collegiately to the life and community of the School by undertaking a variety of duties, such as supporting offer holder days and outreach activities, which will occasionally require weekend work. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 8

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well to colleagues and students. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 9

Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability or potential to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc.) to support research projects. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 11

Ability to perform to required deadlines and to initiate, plan, organise and deliver programmes of work. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 12

Willingness and ability to work with a range of partners, including through multidisciplinary projects and/or links with industry. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 13

Engaged in continuous professional development. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 14

Understanding of equal opportunities and safeguarding and prevent as they may impact on areas of teaching and a commitment to promoting an inclusive teaching environment. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Chartered Engineer and member of relevant professional engineering institution, or potential to become one. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Experience of teaching control and engineering biology and/or other relevant areas within biomedical engineering. (a, c, d)

Desirable Criteria 3

Ability to show impact of previous work within clinical/medical/biomedical environments. (a, c, d)

Further Particulars

There will be opportunities to undertake collaborative activities with other disciplines at Warwick and other universities in the UK and overseas, and also with existing and new industrial partner organisations as appropriate. You will have research experience in your field of engineering and have the potential to deliver research of international quality and to publish in leading peer reviewed journals. You will have relevant experience to provide high quality and innovative teaching within the School of Engineering, along with the ability to meet deadlines and to initiate, plan, organise and deliver programmes of work.

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

The School of Engineering is committed to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter, which recognises work undertaken to address gender equality, representation and progression for all staff working in an academic environment. The School currently holds the Athena SWAN Silver award and the University holds an Institutional Silver award. Further information about the work of the School in relation to Athena SWAN can be found here.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

The University of Warwick is one of the six founder institutions of the EUTOPIA European University alliance, whose aim is to become by 2025 an open, multicultural, confederated operation of connected campuses.

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Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy

As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

13 Oct 2022

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