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Senior Lecturer in Sound and Music Technology

Birmingham City University - School of Computing and Digital Technology

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £46,376 to £50,408 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th March 2020
Closes: 12th April 2020
Job Ref: 032020-127

We invite applications to join our integrated teaching and research teams in the DMT centre. For this role we are particularly seeking applicants who bring skills in Music Technology alongside expertise in course management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Your key responsibilities a course leader include:

  • Leadership of the course team, overseeing the curriculum and its continuing development
  • Course development to reflect fast-evolving industry practices 
  • Ensuring student engagement, satisfaction and graduate employability 
  • Planning and co-ordination of physical and human resources
  • Ensuring high quality assurance to meet the academic standards 
  • Efficient management of courses within the allotted resources and budget
  • As Course Leader you will also provide strong and active commitment to the encouragement and furtherance of staff professional development, practice and research

In addition to academic administration, the Course Leader also undertakes teaching on the BSc (Hons) Music Technology / BSc (Hons) Sound Engineering & Production programmes and will be expected to

  • Lead on development of high-quality applied research leading to publications in reputable journals and conference proceedings, and to develop bids and partnerships for research funding in collaboration with colleagues in the Centre;
  • Teach as a member of the Digital Media Technology team in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures
  • Manage learner cohorts ensuring the efficient delivery of teaching programmes in accordance with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures.
  • Set and mark assessments and provide constructive feedback to students.
  • Seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback.
  • Lead the enhancement of the Centre’s professional audio network. 
  • Work closely with industry partners to ensure the continued currency of course content and to explore potential collaboration through research and knowledge transfer.

 Skills and Experience


  • Hold a PhD in an area related to music technology / audio engineering, or significant industry experience.
  • Excellent working knowledge of music technology / audio engineering with a core expertise in one or more of the following: acoustics, live sound, audio software development, studio recording, embedded systems and game audio.
  • Experience of course/programme management and the supervision and development of teaching staff
  • Substantial knowledge and extensive experience of academic framework of higher education
  • Knowledge of contextualising academic programme content and curriculum development to fulfill requirements of accreditation and for programme enhancement
  • Proven ability in managing curriculum planning, programme budgets and programme delivery
  • Strong pastoral care skills
  • Applicants should have a track record of excellence in teaching in higher education and demonstrated the ability to engage students through a range of delivery modes
  • Ability to work well as a member of a team and collaborate with colleagues at all levels
  • Excellent team leadership, analytical and communication skills 


  • Have a strong record of research and research publications
  • A proven record of attracting research funding and/or partnering across their areas of practice
  • Display a thirst for knowledge and academic learning in the context of real-world challenges and a strong desire to see their theoretical work applied in solving impactful problems
  • Experience of music technology / audio engineering in an industry context
  • Eligible for Senior Fellow status under the Higher Education Academy’s Professional Standards Framework

For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Dr Ian Williams on +44 (0)1213315458. 

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