Teaching Fellow (Mechanical Engineering Design)– School of Engineering

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Birmingham

Vacancy added: 26.07.2019

Employer: University of Birmingham

Resumes due: 25.08.2019

 

Position Details

School of Engineering

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677. With potential progression once in post to £54,765 a year.

Grade 8

FTC – up to 12 months

Closing date: 25 August 2019

 

Job Summary

Based at the Edgbaston campus, this Teaching Fellow post will create and disseminate knowledge through developing and delivering undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate to the disciplinary area of Mechanical Engineering and design. In addition, they will contribute to the department/school through management/leadership, and enterprise activities, as appropriate. The postholder will contribute to the whole range of teaching and administration.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability.  The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining Ph.D. students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Management and administration are likely to involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activities (e.g. working groups) within the University.  This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

The postholder will be expected to teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level whilst committing to maintaining the University’s high standards in learning and teaching.  They will engage in the development and delivery of courses in mechanical engineering design. They will also be expected to supervise final year undergraduate and postgraduate Masters projects.  The reward will be educating and inspiring some of the most promising future engineers in the UK.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in engineering including (or working towards) a Ph.D. related to mechanical engineering (and ideally with some design). Industrial experience, either through working in or with industry would also be advantageous.

 

Main Duties

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students.  Where appropriate to the discipline this may include:

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the Department or School, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award – as a mark or as credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement,  public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations, and practical work 

Management/Administration

To contribute to Departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:

  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School
  • Advise on the personal development of colleagues and students
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach. 

Planning and Organising 

  • Plan for and set teaching programme objectives over a number of years
  • Plan and manage own teaching courses at a range of levels (including design, delivery, assessment) as agreed with the Head of School
  • Organise meetings/conferences/symposia
  • Contribute to the administration/management of teaching across the Department/School
  • Lead/manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. a new programme or a recruitment drive) 

Decision Making 

  • Develop learning and teaching approaches, including an approach to mentoring
  • Develop programme proposals and decide what contributions to make to the design of teaching programmes
  • Decide where and when to present pedagogic research findings and what publications and conferences to target for this purpose (with guidance, if required)
  • Advise, supervise and examine Ph.D. students
  • Contribute to School/Departmental management processes 

Internal/ External Relationships 

  • Contribute to the recruitment of students
  • Develop links with external contacts (such as businesses, other educational bodies, public sector organisations, organisations with public engagement opportunities Provide expert advice internally and externally in a specialist area
  • Maintain contact (including membership of) appropriate professional bodies
  • Liaise with the relevant external research community via seminars and conferences 

 

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications and Experience Required

  • A first degree in engineering or equivalent qualifications or experience
  • Hold, or be close to completion of, a Ph.D. relevant to the teaching area
  • Extensive teaching experience and scholarship within the subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning
  • Demonstrable skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels
  • Proven  ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
  • Proven experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability
  • Demonstrable ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Demonstrable ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Demonstrable understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management /administration processes
  • Industrial experience, either through working in or with industry would be advantageous. 

Informal enquiries to Professor Karl Dearn, k.d.dearn@bham.ac.uk or telephone 0121 414 4190

 
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