Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research in Mathematics - School of Mathematics

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Birmingham

Vacancy added: 25.07.2019

Employer: University of Birmingham

Resumes due: 28.11.2019


Senior Lecturer - Teaching and Research in Mathematics - 59438

Position Details

Area: School of Mathematics in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences 

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £50,132 to £58,089, with potential progression once in post to £75,744

Hours: Full time 

Duration: Permanent 

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 28 November 2019



To create and disseminate knowledge at a senior level through initiating and conducting significant original research in Geometry or Integrable Systems and through developing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as appropriate to the disciplinary area. In addition, to contributing to the department/school through management/leadership, and enterprise activities, as appropriate.


Summary of Role 

Contribute to the whole range of research, teaching and administration.

Research is likely to involve an established national and developing international reputation through significant original research work and a clear record of impact, and/or designing and developing significant innovative underpinning technologies. 

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 PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Management and administration are likely to include School leadership and management activity with University wide involvement that may include sustained high value impact knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement and similar activities that are of manifest benefit to the College and University.


Main Duties


To pursue sustained research activity through original research and scholarship, including other research-related contributions through conference papers and presentations and/or consultancy projects and advice.  Where appropriate for the discipline, this may include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below:

  • Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
  • Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
  • Manage research activities and/or supervise other research staff
  • Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally
  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.
  • Make a major contribution to the management of research activities
  • Lead successful funding bids which develop and sustain research support for the specialist area (in disciplines where this is possible)
  • Publish leading research that results in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality in the subject area and/or designing and developing innovative underpinning technologies
  • Provide expert advice internally and externally
  • Provide leadership of research that contributes to the progression of the discipline (in disciplines where this is possible)
  • Lead sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that is of manifest benefit to the College and University, and: a) makes a significant contribution to policy development at a national and international level; and/or b) involves development of industrial links and comparable networks and initiatives.


Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates or postgraduates.  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 School, as 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
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work
  • Lead the development of new and appropriate approaches to learning and teaching.  This may be underpinned by research and evaluation of teaching methods and systems.
  • Act as adviser for teaching and learning methods through excellent practice and mentoring other colleagues
  • Lead the design and/or co-ordination of programmes or equivalent activities across the School.
  • Contribute to the development of teaching and learning policy, methods and standards,  more widely than the School
  • Contribute to debate nationally about policy, methods and practices through publications, conference activity and roles that advance quality in the discipline
  • Lead the development and management of assessment strategies within the School.
  • Lead substantial and sustained high value impact activity in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that enhances the student experience and/or employability and is of manifest benefit to learning and teaching in the College and the University.  This may include the development of industrial links and comparable networks and initiatives.



To contribute to 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 School
  • Lead  and manage  a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)
  • Make a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline to chair and/or lead activities in the School and representation on University committees or working groups.  Where appropriate to the discipline, this is likely to include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below.
  • Make an important contribution to the development and running of the School, for example, leading activity on teaching assessment and/or on research
  • Develop and manage staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities
  • Make important contributions to the development of the School’s research strategy and/or learning and teaching strategy
  • Contribute significantly to the development and delivery of knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement and public engagement activities with a sustained high value impact of manifest benefit to the College and the University


Person Specification 

The appointed candidate will collaborate effectively in a team atmosphere by taking a leading research role in Integrable Systems or Geometry, and will contribute to enhancing the research, teaching and enterprise activities in the School. The candidates are required to meet the following criteria:

  • A higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications 
  • Demonstrated competence in Research within subject specialism in Geometry or Integrable Systems;
  • Proven teaching experience within subject specialism.
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels


Research requirements

Normally evidence of success under the following headings or a reason for not meeting them should be provided (such as career breaks), as appropriate to the discipline:

  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • Experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
  • Experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
  • Experience and achievement  in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity
  • A sustained record of high quality outputs.
  • Experience of supervising doctoral students to completion
  • Sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding


Learning and teaching requirements

  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programme
  • Experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability
  • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and stimulates learners’ natural curiosity
  • Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes; approaches to learning; the development of learning resources
  • High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e. in School or College and/or externally
  • Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student experience, and/or employability
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning


Management and administration-related requirements

  • Ability to contribute to School management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g. exams officer)
  • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University
  • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks

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