Lecturer in Computing - RGU05307

The Robert Gordon University

United Kingdom

October 23, 2022


Job Summary

The School is a lively, friendly community with research, innovation and teaching strengths across the spectrum of computing science. We are internationally recognised for our research in Computational Intelligence, Case-Based Reasoning and Machine Learning with growing expertise in Cyber Security, Digital and Immersive technologies and educational practices in computing. We have a thriving research environment supported by national and international funding to bring together early-stage and career researchers across all areas to carry out leading-edge applied computer science research with high industrial and societal impact.

The School runs a full range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well as a range of Graduate Apprenticeship and short courses. Key themes of these courses include general computing science, data science and artificial intelligence, multiplatform development, Mixed reality design, digital technologies and cybersecurity.

The School seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, and highly motivated person to join our academic community to strengthen the School's high-quality teaching and research teams. We are looking for an excellent communicator who can support our student experience with a strong commitment to delivering high quality, novel and relevant content to a diverse range of students.

Our research directly inspires our teaching, and you will be expected to undertake high quality research, secure funding, disseminate results through the highest quality publications, develop industry/academic collaborations and engage with our courses and students at all levels. Candidates with a strong interest or experience in interdisciplinary research and its application are also desirable. You would be expected to hold a PhD in a relevant subject area with evidence of high-impact publications in areas related to our research themes. The School has a strong student community, and you will be expected to participate in recruitment, promotional and outreach events to help inspire the next generation of computer scientists.

You will be joining the top modern university in Scotland (GUG 2022) and a school (School of Computing) that was listed as the top modern in Scotland for Computer Science (GUG 2022).

Grade 7 Salary Scale: £35,326 – 40,927 Grade 8 Salary Scale: £42,149 – 50,296 Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.

Candidates with limited or no prior experience as an academic will be placed on the first point of the Grade 7 scale. Consideration will be given to offering an Academic Attraction Payment (adjusted annually) for those candidates who have specific industry knowledge, skills or, expertise which are required for the position.

Please see the job attachments for further information regarding the Grade 7 and Grade 8 criteria. Further guidance on Academic Attraction Payments can be found here.

We would particularly welcome applications from women as they are under­represented in this area of our team.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit: https: // www. mygov.scot/basic-disclosure/

Please direct any further enquiries about this post to John Isaacs, Dean of School at j.p.isaacs@rgu.ac.uk

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO : Dean of School

RESPONSIBLE FOR : No supervisory responsibilities

PURPOSE OF POST : Delivery of taught provision and contribution to applicable research.


Contribute to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as directed by the Dean of School.

In particular:

  • Develop and deliver high-quality educational content
  • Devise and deliver assessments and examinations as required
  • Participate in subject and course development.
  • Participate in curriculum development and, in particular, contribute to the introduction of new methods of teaching and learning.
  • Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students.
  • Supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
  • Undertake research activity contributing to one or more of the identified research areas.

    In particular:

  • Apply for and obtain external research funding
  • Publish high-quality research outputs that contribute to the research impact of the School
  • Actively pursues and/or encourages research activities (eg developing own research, supervising research students, presenting at conferences and seminars etc).
  • Contribute to the School research strategy and research groups
  • Contribute to recruitment, promotion and outreach delivery as directed by the Dean of School.

    In particular:

  • Outreach workshop development and delivery of STEM events and promotion
  • Contribute to university open days.
  • Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary.
  • Undertake administrative duties as directed by the Dean of School

    Person Specification


    Qualifications and Professional Memberships:

    PhD in Computer Science or closely related field


    A demonstrable knowledge and practical ability of techniques and practices in one or more of the following fields, computer science, software development, games, computer graphics, or HCI

    A proven interest in research in one of the following: computer graphics, VR, mixed reality, or HCI.


    Funding or publication success appropriate to early career staff (Grade 7) or established researcher (Grade 8)

    Teaching experience at higher education level in Computing Science or closely related field with evidence of successful student learning outcomes.


    Qualifications and Professional Memberships

    Recognised teaching qualification


    Knowledge of professional body requirements, codes of conduct and industry practices.

    Knowledge of higher education practices and procedures.

    Knowledge and demonstratable use of novel and engaging teaching methods and practices.


    Experience of course or module development at HE level.

    Experience of quality assurance processes including moderation and peer review.

    Experience of developing outreach and recruitment activities. Particularly addressing gender imbalance in the field.

    Evidence sustainable research activity.

    Experience and demonstratable funding in industrial focused research or other research engagement


    Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner.

    Behaviour 2: Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum.

    Behaviour 3: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers' expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards.

    Behaviour 4: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation.

    Behaviour 5: Decision Making - Experience of using own judgement to make decisions, making collaborative decisions with others to reach conclusions and providing advice or information that will influence the decisions of others.

    Behaviour 6: Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings.


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