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Assistant Professor in Computational Chemistry for Mechanochemistry (Research and Education)

University of Birmingham - School of Chemistry

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £45,585 to £54,395 with potential progression once in post to £61,198. Grade 8 

Academic Development Programme - new Assistant Professors will undertake a 5-year development programme, at the end of which they are expected to be promoted to Associate Professor. The programme consists of a variety of development opportunities and the time to reflect and develop.

The School of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham is a vibrant and thriving academic community, with over 110 academic and research staff, 20 professional services staff and over 600 students. We provide an inclusive and supportive environment where we strive to support every member of staff in realising their career potential. With a strong focus on our four Research Themes of Energy, Sustainability, Environment and Health, and a number of interdisciplinary Interest Groups serving as testbeds to explore new and emerging areas of interest, we are a dynamic place to work. We have ambitious plans to expand our research activity and are in an exciting period of growth: major investment from the University has delivered a state-of-the-art molecular sciences research building, and new multi-million pound high-performance computing facilities, which will ensure UK-leading compute capability. These investments build on a major recent expansion of our academic staff and investment in our teaching and learning provision, with our Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, which opened September 2018, already revolutionising how we teach undergraduate practical chemistry.

We are seeking outstanding candidates and invite applications for an Assistant Professor position in Computational Chemistry for Mechanochemistry, potentially co-aligning with areas of existing or emerging strengths in the School of Chemistry and other schools in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences. This includes computational studies of sustainable synthesis, computational approaches to understanding environmentally friendly mechanochemistry-based synthesis, or fundamental theoretical studies of mechanochemical reactions, mechanochemistry-based manufacturing and process design. Demonstrated experience in theoretical or computational aspects of mechanochemistry is seen as particularly valuable. The candidate is anticipated to work as a member of our exciting new hub of mechanochemistry researchers, and help grow this area through assisting in the development of a unique Centre for Mechanochemistry Research, Development and Applications.

This post will bring opportunities for career development, enable you to realise your ambitions in research and teaching, and enhance your leadership and management skills. You will initiate, conduct and disseminate original research, which will have measurable outcomes reflected in your growing national – and ideally international – reputation. In teaching, you will make substantial contributions to the management, development and delivery of teaching and assessment, and to enhancing the student experience and employability. Management and administration activities will allow you to make important contributions at School level and to managerial/leadership activities (e.g., working groups) across the wider University. 

We are a collegiate School community. You will demonstrate academic citizenship, develop and maintain generous, mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with the School, ensuring the way you carry out your role impacts positively on how others carry out theirs.

Role Summary

You will contribute to a range of research, teaching and administration. In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, developing and maintaining generous, mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students, and ensuring the way you carry out your role impacts positively on how others can carry out theirs.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods. 

Main Duties

Education

Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students, including (as appropriate): 

  • Teaching and examining courses at a range of levels; 
  • Planning and reviewing your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same; 
  • Designing contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging curriculum content; 

Research

Planning and carrying out research, including (as appropriate): 

  • Planning and publishing high quality research, including winning financial support; 
  • Project managing research activities, and/or supervising other research staff; 

Management/Administration

Contributing to Departmental/School administration, including: 

  • Contributing to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School; 
  • Leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive); 

Citizenship

Contributing to an inclusive working environment: 

  • Demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, Departmental/School committees); 
  • Demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing advice; 

Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications 
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism 
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/research 
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels 

Informal enquiries to Prof. Neil Champness, Head of School, n.champness@bham.ac.uk; Prof. Tomislav Friscic, Leverhulme International Professor in Green and Sustainable Chemistry t.friscic@bham.ac.uk 

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

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment
We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £45,585 to £54,395 p.a.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 21st February 2024
Closes: 19th March 2024
Job Ref: 103281
   
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