Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

Location
United Kingdom
Posted
Aug 04, 2017
Closes
Aug 31, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time

Job Purpose

The University of Birmingham is continuing to make strategic investments across its research base in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. As part of a significant investment in Geography / Environmental Sciences staffing, we are now seeking to appoint up to two posts at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level in Physical Geography. The successful candidates will join the Physical Geography Research Group, which has core research strengths in Ecohydrology, Biogeochemistry, Biogeography, Fluvial Geomorphology, Wetland and Forest Hydrology, Hydro-Climatology and Sociohydrology.

Evidence of a strong track record (as appropriate to career stage) in publishing work of the highest academic quality and impact is essential, alongside a track record of / potential for obtaining external research funding. In addition to demonstrating (or showing potential for) internationally excellent research, applicants must have a commitment to delivering excellent teaching and learning at all levels (i.e. undergraduate, postgraduate, and higher research degrees) and communicating the relevance and impact of their research to stakeholders. The successful candidates will be involved in administrative tasks (appropriate to their appointment grade) to support delivery of research and teaching within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Appointees will also be expected to supervise postgraduate taught and doctoral research projects in relevant areas.

Researchers within the Physical Geography Research Group collaborate with colleagues within the School and across campus. There are thus significant opportunities for interdisciplinary activities.

There would be an expectation that the appointee will engage internationally, building on the strong links already established by the University with European and wider funding agencies and partners, and through a Global Engagement strategy that has partnerships in Brazil, China, India and North America as well as through Universitas 21.

 

Person Specification

Skills Experience - Lecturer

  • A higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • An enthusiastic and committed approach to both research and teaching
  • As appropriate to career stage, research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability (or potential) to independently devise, manage and deliver learning and research


 

Research

  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation, as appropriate to career stage
  • An independent contribution to published outputs of 3-star and 4-star quality (grades as used in REF 2014)
  • Strong evidence of ability or potential to win research grant funding
  • Scope to attract funding from industry, business and private sector organisations
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising relevant research models, techniques and methods
  • Achievement or potential for impact, knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity


 

In addition for senior-level appointments:
Research peer esteem as evidenced by
Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully

 

Teaching

  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes at UG and PGT levels
  • Experience of / potential to develop appropriate (research-informed) approaches to learning and teaching


In addition for senior-level appointments:

  • 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 the School or College and/or externally


 

Management and Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes


In addition for senior-level appointments:
• Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role(s), and contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University

 

Skills and Experience – Senior Lecturer
Demonstrated competence in Research; Learning and Teaching; and Management and Administration; and excellence in at least two of these areas.

 

Research requirements
An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:


High level peer esteem as evidenced by:

  • Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
  • An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
  • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University


Learning and teaching requirements
An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality. The teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship. Evidence of success under the following headings:

 

  • High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the discipline
  • 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 the Department/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
Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives. Evidence of success under the following headings:

  • 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