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Assistant/Associate Professor in Control Systems Engineering/Mechatronics

New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE)

Do you have a passion for a different kind of engineering education? Do you have a vision for articulate and self-driven engineers with exemplary professional skills who can confidently tackle the interdisciplinary problems of the future? If so, you could be a great fit for the NMITE team!

You might be an established educational innovator looking to take your impact to a new level. You might be earlier in your career but wanting to develop your own teaching philosophy rather than being confined to longstanding structures and practices. You could be an industry professional, with up-to-date knowledge, and a passion for shaping the next generation by moving into teaching. Perhaps you have a passion for interdisciplinary engineering and technology that integrates the liberal arts. Our current team members joined for all these reasons, and more.

Who are we?

NMITE is an innovative new UK Higher Education provider, founded to rethink engineering and technology education and positively impact the region – educationally, economically, and socially. NMITE’s approach to teaching is progressive and connected – with contextualised admissions, active learning, interdisciplinarity, social awareness, and the integration of employers and the community in our teaching and learning.

What are we looking for?

We are looking for a full-time, permanent Assistant or Associate Professor, who can develop learning experiences and teach in the areas of Control Engineering and Mechatronics. The ability and willingness to teach some electronics, data science and AI would be an advantage.

Appointments to the Assistant and Associate Professor role will suit capable individuals with relevant subject knowledge and the ability to take responsibility for the development and delivery of modules and curriculum areas.

Applicants will hold a relevant teaching qualification and/or Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, or be willing to undertake this in the probationary period.

Responsibilities of the Role

Develop and Deliver Learning Experiences

  1. Prepare and lead modules within your field of expertise, assess learning, and provide timely individual feedback within NMITE’s quality assurance framework. You will have the capacity to support learning from first year to Master level and will be enthusiastic about teaching students who are educationally, culturally and cognitively diverse.
  2. Work with industrial and community partners – supported by an Academic Leader for Challenges and our Academic Partnerships Associate – to define projects and challenges that enable, contextualise and underpin planned learning.
  3. Build on our collective learning, student feedback, and your own scholarship to enhance the student learning experience and continually improve the ability of students to systematically develop knowledge and skills at the required standard.
  4. Contribute to an innovative, high-quality curriculum through development, design, implementation and improvement activities.
  5. Be a personal tutor as allocated.

Help NMITE Grow

  1. Assist in developing external relationships and partnerships to enhance the academic programme and the institution as a whole.
  2. Identify and develop your own area of leadership that contributes to NMITE’s goals and the interests of the wider HE sector, for example (but not limited to) admissions, employability, EDI, assessment, outreach, or civic engagement.
  3. Support student recruitment, outreach activities and the broader student experience as requested.
  4. Actively follow and promote NMITE’s vision, ethos and policies.
  5. Be flexible, adaptable, and willing to take on other tasks as necessary to support the entire development and delivery of NMITE.

Developing Scholarship And Impact

  1. Support the development, dissemination, and promotion of the NMITE pedagogy and approach to the broader engineering education community.
  2. Demonstrate your commitment to your own continuing professional development and growing your professional standing.
  3. Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of pedagogical practice in your area of expertise, developing and demonstrating your potential to model and advocate scholarly, evidence-based teaching.
  4. In time and with support, develop and demonstrate your potential to contribute to academic income generation, such as through educational research grants, knowledge transfer funding or short course delivery.
  5. Engage actively and productively with other areas of NMITE outside the academic team.

Qualifications & Experience

Essential

  • Interest in engineering education and a desire to teach future engineers in a forward-looking, unique, start-up HEI.
  • Experience of designing and facilitating high-quality teaching and learning, with positive student feedback, in higher education.
  • Demonstrable ability to teach control systems and mechatronics.
  • Experience of facilitating active learning and assessment-for-learning strategies.
  • Specialist knowledge in cognate fields consistent with the job description.
  • PhD in relevant discipline.
  • Proven success in working in productive and positive teams.

Desirable

  • As there are opportunities to teach outside your core specialism, for example in programming (particularly Python), other technical and transferable skills, or in supporting other academics in the delivery of course engineering modules (e.g., electronics, data and AI), the ability and willingness to teach in other areas will be an advantage.
  • Chartered or Incorporated engineer status (or equivalent international professional engineering registration), or the willingness to work towards this within the probationary period.
  • Experience of using and/or developing novel pedagogies.
  • Knowledge of teaching and learning theory and practice in an HE context.
  • Experience in pastoral/academic tutoring.

Our Values & Behaviours

NMITE aims to be a game changer. Its staff must be able to balance the need to create a well-run, self-critical institution where good governance and rigorous quality controls are in place, with the need to test (and push) the boundaries of existing practice to create new approaches to engineering education. The way we work together is crucial to this mission and our values and behaviours must reflect this.

Our values:

  • Grit and determination. We will be determined in everything we do, demonstrating the staying power needed to see things through.
  • Inclusive. We will respect every individual and every voice will be equally important. We will have a community of students learning with people from a variety of backgrounds and our staff team will be equally diverse.
  • Creative and learning. We will test the boundaries of existing practice and find new ways of doing things. We will always seek to justify the “new” in our title. We will try new things with humility, accepting mistakes and learning from them. We will always seek to learn from experiences by sharing openly what went well and what went wrong.
  • Honest. We will always be courteous and respectful but also honest and straightforward when dealing with each other. We will not hide from uncomfortable truths and staff will be provided with the information they seek to do their jobs and to be well informed about our progress.
  • Curious. We will encourage scrutiny from each other and welcome questions from any colleagues – whoever they are and whatever their role. Communication will always be assumed to be a two-way process. Colleagues should always ask for information they feel they need that is not being provided and we will always listen to each other.
  • Aligned. We will always work to advance the institution’s mission and its core aims, whatever our role. We will challenge work that does not align with our mission.

Our Benefits

NMITE offers a rewarding and dynamic environment with small-group teaching and a workload model that supports all of the activities above. Academic staff can access a personal development budget, developmental support from senior staff across NMITE, a promotion pathway and a sabbatical scheme. NMITE is a young organisation where your impact will be visible and your voice will be heard, and you will be an instrumental part of NMITE’s growth. Be part of it.

We offer a competitive salary of £40,118-£52,705 (Assistant Professor) or £52,705-£66,864 (Associate Professor), plus a benefits package including:

  • Pension scheme.
  • Life assurance.
  • 30 days holiday (plus Bank Holidays & closure days).
  • Flexible working arrangements.
  • Westfield Health & Rewards.

How to apply

Please email and explain why you are a good fit for the role in the form of a covering letter or a video of up to 4 minutes and a full CV to vacancies@nmite.ac.uk (via the ‘Apply’ button above).

Informal questions about the roles can be addressed to Samantha Lewis, Director of People & Operations, by email to samantha.lewis@nmite.ac.uk

NMITE is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can be ourselves and succeed on merit. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in engineering education. Part time proposals and secondment arrangements may also be considered. 

Location: Hereford
Salary: £40,118 to £66,864 plus benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th November 2023
Expires: 29th January 2024
   
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