Assistant Professor (Teaching Focussed) (104027-1122) . Job Reference: 1889098

University of Warwick
December 14, 2022
Offerd Salary:£43,414 - £51,805
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Contract Type:Other
Working Time:Full time
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Vacancy Type/Job category

Teaching Only


School of Engineering

Sub Department

Mechanical, Materials and Process Stream


£43,414 - £51,805 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Permanent position, 1.0 FTE.

We are seeking to appoint a permanent full-time teaching-focussed Assistant Professor to join the Mechanical, Materials and Process Engineering Stream in the School of Engineering. This is a post primarily to support a recently launched Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (EMDA) programme, although there may also be opportunities to contribute to other degree programmes in the School.

You will have the experience necessary to develop, deliver and manage modules on the Mechanical Engineering side of the EMDA programme, with requirements in statics, dynamics, engineering design, thermodynamics, fluid mechanics and other topics. You will teach to a high standard in a way compatible with the degree apprenticeship teaching model, which is expected to involve teaching in week-long blocks combined with blended learning at other times. You will use a range of teaching methods, including lectures, tutorials, seminars and laboratories. You will supervise and co-ordinate group and individual projects, including projects in collaboration with companies. You may also support teaching activity on established courses running in the School of Engineering, particularly relating to our BEng/ MEng courses in Mechanical Engineering.

This is a key role in the EMDA programme. Working with the Director of Studies in Mechanical, Materials, and Process Engineering and Head of Teaching, you will manage relationships with other engineering disciplines, departments, and employers of EMDA students. You will have responsibility for the development of the course and the curriculum, and you will ensure relevant accreditation requirements are met.

You will have academic or industrial research experience in the broad area of mechanical, materials and process engineering, or engineering / technology teaching pedagogy. You are expected to engage in higher education pedagogy and be willing to develop and apply novel teaching methods, embracing changes in teaching technology and expectations.

All applicants must include both a curriculum vitae (no length restriction) and a statement not exceeding five pages of how they meet the person specification for the post. Applicants should not upload documents (e.g. theses, research papers, certificates) which have not been specifically requested.


You will have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. You will have significant professional experience gained in a relevant technical area or engineering-related education. You will have the knowledge required to teach a broad variety of topics in mechanical, materials and process engineering. You may have experience working with industry, or in industry. You will engage with higher education pedagogy.

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.

Interview Date: TBC.

Job Description


To undertake development, delivery and administration of teaching and assessment in Mechanical, Materials and Process Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Warwick with a particular focus on the Electromechanical Degree Apprenticeship programme. To support learning by giving lectures, tutorials and seminars, by supervising laboratory, design and project work, and by assisting students working remotely. To support the management of the overall Electromechanical Degree Apprenticeship programme. To support the work of the School in general and help it develop and enhance its reputation, internally, nationally and internationally.


Teaching and Learning Support

1. To develop module content and a delivery framework for the Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (EMDA) programme, focussing on some of the topics most relevant to Mechanical, Materials and Process Engineering (e.g. statics, dynamics, engineering design, vibrations, thermodynamics, and fluid mechanics).

2. To use an appropriate combination of teaching methods (e.g. lectures, seminars, tutorials, design exercises, laboratory exercises), which may be novel or innovative, to achieve EMDA aims as effectively and as efficiently as possible while creating interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.

3. To play a leading role in the development of the EMDA programme, working with the Stream's senior teaching staff (e.g. Director of Studies) and as part of the School of Engineering's multidisciplinary teaching team.

4. To undertake programme-level engagement with participating employers, and to provide leadership and administration support to apprenticeship activities as needed, including specific apprenticeship open days.

5. To monitor the performance of the degree apprentices, including by way of tripartite review meetings to ensure both on- and off-the-job training requirements are met, working alongside employers to ensure their apprentices fulfil the vocational elements of the apprenticeship.

6. To take responsibility for academic duties (e.g. designing assessments, setting examination questions, marking, participation in examination boards, invigilation, reviewing of modules) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.

7. To supervise student projects (group and individual) and, if appropriate, placements or field trips.

8. To engage in activities necessary to promote the EMDA programme and other School of Engineering courses to potential students or employers as appropriate.

9. To co-ordinate and undertake pastoral support (including being a personal tutor) for students within relevant programmes, courses or modules, liaising where necessary with other University agencies.

10. To reflect on teaching activities and curricula on a regular basis, reviewing and improving as required.

11. 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, University or relevant accrediting bodies.

12. To contribute, when required, to the teaching of other taught courses (undergraduate and masters) in the School of Engineering.

13. To perform other teaching-related duties under the direction of the line manager.

Administration and Other Activities

1. To contribute to School of Engineering and University's Committees, when requested.

2. To contribute to the efficient management and administration of the School, by performing administrative duties diligently and by taking on appropriate Stream and School responsibilities.

3. To provide leadership to those working within programme areas by, for example, co-ordinating the work of others to ensure that courses are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans.

4. To work within budget constraints, contributing to the management or monitoring of budgets, and/or may contribute to the establishment and management of programme / departmental financial plans and budgets, in collaboration as appropriate.

5. To ensure compliance with Health and Safety regulations, and other University regulations, and to ensure good working practices in all aspects of work.

6. To contribute to the development of teams and individuals through relevant appraisal systems and by providing advice on personal development.

7. To act as a personal mentor to peers and colleagues.

8. To participate in appropriate internal and external professional activities.

Research and Scholarship

1. To reflect on own practice and the development of own teaching and learning skills in the context of pedagogical research.

2. To engage in professional, pedagogical or practitioner research, or other scholarly activity, and to disseminate the results of this appropriately

3. To extend, transform and apply knowledge acquired from scholarship and teaching to appropriate external activities.

4. To engage with appropriate outreach activities to raise the profile of the Engineering discipline.

5. To collaborate with research-focussed colleagues to help identify and secure funding for possible research opportunities, including those with EMDA employers.

The duties and responsibilities outlined above are for guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their duties and undertake any other task requested by their line manager and/or management team. Occasional weekend, evening and overseas working may be required, in turn the School offers flexible working where possible. The EMDA programme is likely to include teaching activities outside of normal University terms.

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

Essential Criteria 2

A PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline. (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Substantial professional experience gained while working in an appropriate technical or educational role in a company, research institution or university. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 4

Sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge required to teach topics in Mechanical, Materials and Process Engineering of relevance to the Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship programme. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 5

Evidenced ability and achievements in teaching and learning at the level required at a research-intensive university. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 6

Proven ability to define, develop, deliver and assess modules at undergraduate level, and a willingness to use these abilities for modules on the Electromechanical Degree Apprenticeship programme. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 7

The ability to manage an interdisciplinary degree programme, including co- ordination of teaching activities, effective and efficient use of resources, quality monitoring and improvement, and management of accreditation and compliance issues. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 8

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

Essential Criteria 9

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 10

Good interpersonal skills and the ability to relate well to colleagues and students, including those students with non-traditional academic backgrounds. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 11

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

Essential Criteria 12

Engagement with continuous professional development, and, if not already held, the willingness to work towards formal teaching qualifications and external recognition of teaching achievements. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 13

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

Desirable Criteria 1

Significant research achievements as evidenced by published research in high- quality journals, the development of recognised intellectual property or other recorded outputs. (a, c, d)

Desirable Criteria 2

Significant experience working in industry, or (in the case of applicants with a university employment background) with industry to deliver tangible benefit or impact. (a, c, d)

Desirable Criteria 3

A formal qualification in teaching relevant to higher education and/ or Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. (a)

Desirable Criteria 4

Involvement with a relevant professional engineering institution and the award of Chartered Engineer status. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 5

Detailed knowledge of the degree apprenticeship course model and/ or prior experience with developing and managing successful applied engineering courses. (a, c, d)

Further Particulars

The Post The Electromechanical Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (EMDA) was launched by the School of Engineering in September 2021 and is growing rapidly. The course runs over five years part-time and the teaching will be provided by all four Discipline Streams in the School (Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Mechanical, Materials and Process Engineering, and Systems and Information Engineering). A range of academic posts have been established to support the course, including this one which is to be based in the Mechanical, Materials and Process Stream. The holder of this Associate Professor level position is expected to take a leading role in the management of the EMDA course. This position provides an opportunity for the post holder to develop a major programme of teaching activity for the School of Engineering. The post holder will report to the Discipline Stream Leader for Mechanical, Materials and Process Engineering, and will work closely with the Stream's Director of Studies and the School's Head of Teaching.

The School already has a series of successful conventional undergraduate degree programmes (c. 1200 students), and the largest course is typically Mechanical Engineering. In 2018, we launched a Civil and Infrastructure Engineering Degree Apprenticeship (CEDA). The EMDA course builds on the successes of these established programmes.

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. John Murphy (Discipline Stream Leader for Mechanical, Materials and Process Engineering, or Prof. Georgia Kremmyda (Head of Teaching, School of Engineering,

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.

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Closing Date

14 Dec 2022

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