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Lecturer in Digital Media Technology

Birmingham City University - School of Computing and Digital Technology

Location: City Centre Campus (Millennium Point)

Salary: £37,505 to £40,766 per annum

Permanent full time

Closing Date: Sunday 12 December 2021

Interview Date: To be confirmed

Reference: 102021-449

Background Information 

Located in a modern £300M campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in student growth and in sustained advancement of research activities, the school has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments. 

Our growing teams are teaching, exploring and practising in some of the most exciting areas in the field of computing and the processing of digital media. Our research groups include the Digital Media Technology Lab (DMT Lab, specialising in HCI/UX research around augmented/virtual reality systems, accessibility and assistive technology, multimodal interfaces, future networks, and audio/music information retrieval), data science and big data analytics, and cybersecurity and digital forensics.

We are a practice-based school, making our teaching and research relevant to the evolving market for computer skills by partnering with local and global enterprise in areas such as smart cities, medical applications, the media production industry, and IoT applications. Our students are encouraged to work on existing innovative research projects or in partnership with external industry organisations to tackle real-world issues. We work in a collaborative and cross disciplinary culture, where interacting freely across the school and with colleagues is encouraged to gain a unique insight into impactful problem domains. 

We invite applications to join our integrated teaching and research teams in the Department for DMT as a Lecturer. For this role we are particularly seeking applicants who bring skills in Digital Media Technology with a strong technical background. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities  

  • Collaborating with colleagues in the DMT Lab to create high quality research leading to publications in reputable journals and conference proceedings, and to assist in developing bids and partnerships for research funding. 
  • Teaching as a member of the Digital Media Technology team in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures at both undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Providing an excellent student experience through innovating on best practice for learning, teaching, support and assessment methods.
  • Supervise student projects at undergraduate level.
  • Lead in the design and development of high quality, up-to-date modules.
  • Setting and marking of assessments and providing constructive feedback and feedforward. 
  • Participate in and orchestrate outreach activities to aid in recruitment. 
  • Ability to build contacts internally and externally to conduct knowledge transfer activities. 
  • Work closely with industry partners to realise the Department’s aim to be an international authority in both research and practice.
  • Acting in accord with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures. 
  • Embody the University’s strategy and values, demonstrating behaviours that align to those values.

Skills and Experience  

Essential 

  • Hold a PhD in an applied technical computing subject (e.g. Computer Science, Computer Vision, Human-Computer Interaction, etc.), or have equivalent industry experience.
  • Excellent knowledge and experience of technical development in an applied computing field.
  • A proven record of research and research publications in leading international conferences/journals.
  • Experience of collaboration across your area of practice. 
  • Evidence of teaching in higher education or have presented to technical audiences in an industry setting. 
  • Excellent team working and communication skills.

Desirable 

  • Experience of applied computing (e.g. HCI, UX, Computer Vision, Web systems) in an industry context.
  • Expertise in programming languages and standard frameworks (e.g. C#, C++, Python, Vue.js, Angular, React, etc.). 
  • To be a member of, or to have submitted for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
  • Experience of income generation, research funding and knowledge transfer.

The specific requirements for each role are detailed in the relevant job descriptions so applicants are advised to review these carefully before making an application.

We also welcome applicants seeking a fractional contract arrangement. If you wish to discuss this option more or to informally discuss the position please contact Dr Roy Priest - roy.priest@bcu.ac.uk

The University Core Values are Excellence, People Focused, Partnership Working and Fairness and Integrity. These values underpin our working practices and student and staff community so applicants need to demonstrate these values during the application process. 

Benefits

In return for your dedication and hard work, can expect great ongoing personal and professional development plus the following main benefits;

  • Generous annual leave entitlement – 40 days including bank holidays and Christmas/New Year closure
  • Sickness/absence entitlement
  • Teachers’ Pension scheme
  • Library facilities on all campuses
  • Life Assurance
  • Personal Accident
  • Travel card scheme
  • Car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car share scheme
  • Catering facilities

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.

We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.


Selection and Interview Process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in an Assessment Centre process, incorporating a detailed interview, teaching activity and a team-based activity. 

If you want to be a part of this amazing opportunity, are passionate about education and want to join our richly diverse community, please apply today as we could be part of your future. Complete the online application and upload a copy of your CV.  Candidates are advised to remove personal information, including name, to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process.

Further details:

The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.

It is each individual successful applicants responsibility to ensure that they have permission to work in the UK. Some applicants may require sponsorship from the University and a visa from UKVI to take up the role if successful. More information on this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Some roles are not capable of sponsorship because they do not meet the UKVI criteria relating to skill and salary level. If you are unsure as to whether you would require sponsorship if successful, or whether the role is capable of sponsorship, please contact us: RTinbox@bcu.ac.uk

Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.  All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do . This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many  different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve.  We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and actively encourage unique contributions, in particular from under-represented groups in respect of age, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status

Birmingham City University ('BCU') is committed to protecting your personal data and being transparent about what we do with your personal data. One of the ways we do this is through our privacy notices. For further information please click here

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £37,505 to £40,766 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th October 2021
Closes: 12th December 2021
Job Ref: 102021-449
   
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