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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering

Requisition ID:  5582

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  04-Jan-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £35,845.00 - £64,959.00 

Closing Date: 1 February 2021


The role

We have an exciting opportunity to join one of the leading Engineering Schools in the UK where you will be expected to support and inspire the next generation of Newcastle University engineering graduates.  


You will be part of a vibrant research and teaching community that is truly pushing the boundaries of fundamental and applied chemical engineering into new and exciting applications such as future of energy, environmental sustainability, healthcare, advanced manufacturing and process industries.  We are keen to enhance the research strengths of the School and would welcome applicants with compatible expertise to our strengths in design, development and characterisation of new advanced materials, chemical reaction, catalysis and electrochemical engineering design, or the design and development of novel process technologies.  However, the principal criteria will be research and teaching quality, regardless of research area. 


The School is widely recognised for the quality of its teaching and research and aspires to grow its capability with strategic appointments that support world-leading research, innovative teaching programmes and outstanding student experience.  As a School that strives to provide an outstanding educational experience, rooted in strong engineering disciplines, this position provides a significant opportunity for a highly motivated and productive individual to develop their research and teaching career, within a successful and supportive environment.  


You will have a strong and emerging track record in research, have growing international visibility, and will contribute to the full spectrum of academic activities, including research, teaching and leadership, in a School that is committed to creating an inclusive environment, where colleagues and students are valued and respected and have equal opportunities to succeed.


We believe that a rich mix of people with different backgrounds will help us to create a Discipline in which intellectually ambitious academics will want to work and create a collegiate environment. Our diverse staff attracts a broad range of bright, active and engaged students.


Specifically, a greater diversity in our staff will:

  • bring new ideas and different perspectives to both teaching and research;
  • refresh our engagement and challenge our thinking;
  • enhance our collegiate experience and make us a more effective team;
  • provide more diverse role models, attract a wider range of students and enhance our pastoral care.


 We are keen to attract applicants who:

  • will actively contribute to all aspects of the Discipline, and the School;
  • have a strategic approach and see a wide range of options in their own work and the work of the School;
  • are enthusiastic and committed to new ventures and innovations in teaching.


All applicants who fulfil the criteria are welcome. We are keen to offer opportunities, where possible, to people from groups who are currently underrepresented, such as women and individuals from black or Asian backgrounds. All applications will be considered on the merits, experience and qualifications of the candidate as these relate to the requirements and specifications of the post

For informal enquiries contact Prof Catherine Biggs, Director of Chemical Engineering Discipline: catherine.biggs@newcastle.ac.uk 
Our research can be found here
Further information on the School of Engineering can be found here. 


The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic colleagues may be expected to perform.


Key Accountabilities


  • Initiate and implement a programme of research of an international standard in collaboration with, or in an area compatible with the research interests of academic staff in the Groups within the Discipline of Chemical Engineering
  • Communicate, publish and promote research outputs and impact 
  • Identify and obtain funding from appropriate sources to support the programme of research 
  • Contribute to the delivery of core modules, across any stage, within the Chemical Engineering programmes, using appropriate instruction methods and other pedagogic work, and to mark and assess students’ work
  • Supervise students’ projects and dissertations and supervise students and staff engaged on higher degree work by research
  • Undertake curriculum development work, planning, development and evaluation of courses and course materials, and supervise course provision
  • Participate in the administrative and management processes of the School
  • Carry out appropriate impact and engagement activities with academic, educational, learned/professional and industry partners and the general public, for the benefit of the University and the discipline
  • Represent the discipline on School, Faculty or University committees/groups 



The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • In-depth subject knowledge/expertise in a relevant area 
  • Research track record, including publications in high quality and internationally recognised research journals
  • Evidence of developing research proposals and seeking research funding, either individually or as part of a team
  • Evidence of presentation of work to the national and international research community (e.g. conferences, seminars and similar high profile events)
  • Effective time management and prioritisation skills to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching, research and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent skills in communication, both orally and in written forms, including the ability to create, organise and present teaching and learning materials effectively for both large group and small group teaching
  • Teaching, lecturing or assessment experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level, which may include laboratory sessions.


  • Experience of successful leadership of funded research and taught programme components.(Senior Lecturer)
  • Experience of recruiting, supervising and motivating different types of students 
  • Evidence of introducing new insights to the content, delivery, or assessment of educational programmes.
  • Evidence of effective management of individual or team projects, and successful task completion.
  • Excellent collaborative, interpersonal and team working skills, resolving tensions/difficulties if they arise, and engaging/signposting pastoral care as appropriate



Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
  • Capacity for original thought, creativity and leadership
  • A clear, ambitious yet realistic academic vision that represents a good fit with the aims of the academic unit
  • Willingness and ability to work in interdisciplinary research and teaching environments
  • Demonstrable commitment to our values: 
    • Professionalism and Academic Excellence 
    • Transparency and Accountability 
    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity 
    •  Collaborative and Multi-disciplinary
    • Ambition and aspiration 
    • Motivation and Passion
    • Inquisitive, Creative and Imaginative 
    • Integrity and Respect
    • Social Responsibility 


  • Ability to create ideas for attracting undergraduate and postgraduate students for the taught programmes
  • Through good networking skills, the ability to develop productive links with fellow professionals from other organisations and agencies, with whom the University interacts, notably representatives of organisations funding or collaborating in research and professional bodies or societies 



  • A good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant subject area 
  • A PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant subject area


  • A recognised qualification or equivalent experience in teaching in higher education.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


Requisition ID: 5582