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Teaching Fellow (Postgraduate Taught)

University of Birmingham - School of Biosciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £34,980 to £44,263 p.a. Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 5th December 2023
Closes: 2nd January 2024
Job Ref: 102918

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £34,980 to £44,263 with potential progression once in post to £46,974. Grade 7 

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to February 2025

To devise and implement efficiency gains in delivering research projects at post-graduate taught (PGT) and undergraduate (UG) level.

To teach and advise undergraduate, postgraduate within the established taught programmes in Molecular Biotechnology or Microbiology & Infection or Toxicology, supervised by a member of staff who has ultimate responsibility for the design, delivery and assessment of the teaching programme.

Role Summary

  • Devise and implement a new and efficient mode of research project provision for undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate taught (PGT) students.
  • Teaching of scholarly content in the areas of microbiology, molecular biotechnology or toxicology within established MSc programmes (under the supervision from an academic member of staff) 
  • Contribute to enhancement of the student experience or employability and contribute to generating funding; may contribute to delivery of CPD programmes, consulting on own specialism and the like, under the supervision of a project leader.

Main Duties

  • Teaching at postgraduate and other levels within the areas of microbiology, molecular biotechnology or toxicology, through lectures, workshops and laboratory practicals, enabling students to achieve learning outcomes.
  • Plan and implement new mode of postgraduate taught project delivery, including organising equipment and consumables provision, managing health & safety approvals and risk assessments. 
  • Organise and deliver day-to-day supervision of research projects in the teaching laboratories (CTL/Biolabs), including organisation of supervisory support through post-graduate teaching assistants (PGTAs). 
  • Develop and deliver lab skills and lab safety sessions to PGT project students. 
  • Develop an analogous model of practical project delivery for UG students at BSc level.
  • Liaise with academic supervisors of PGT projects (later on UG projects) to enable effective and appropriate project supervision.
  • Contribute to the design of modules with other colleagues.
  • Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the teaching programme.
  • Develop an approach to planning and reviewing own teaching.
  • Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining. (Summative assessment, including assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as a credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations, is subject to validation by the academic supervisor.)
  • Frequently update own subject expertise.
  • Undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes. 
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader.
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

  • PhD Doctorate (or one near to completion) in life sciences or equivalent qualifications
  • Research laboratory expertise or experience at postdoctoral level

Informal enquiries to Dr Jan Kreft, J.Kreft@bham.ac.uk or telephone 0121 41 48851.

To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the above ‘Apply’ button.

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