Vacancy Type/Job category
School of Engineering
£43,414 - £51,805 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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)
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,
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)
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.
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