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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction

Requisition ID:  8204

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-May-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: Lecturer Grade F £35,845 - £40,322 per annum

            Lecturer Grade G £41,526 - £49,553 per annum

            Lecturer Grade H £51,034 - £59,135 per annum

Closing Date: 17 June 2021


The Role


We welcome applications to join the academic staff of the School of Computing, recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework as one of the UK’s top 10 units for research, and top for research impact in computing. Our research directly inspires our teaching in postgraduate degrees, professional courses for industry, and a software focussed undergraduate programme that delivers exceptionally strong outcomes for our students from a wide range of intellectual and personal backgrounds.     

The School is a lively, friendly community with research, innovation and teaching strengths across the spectrum of computing. Including secure and resilient systems, data science and artificial intelligence, model-based and formal methods, bioinformatics and complex biosystems, distributed systems, educational practice in computing, and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).


The School is home to Open Lab, one of the world’s leading HCI and Ubiquitous computing research groups, with an extensive portfolio of research funding including an EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics and an EPSRC Next Stage Digital Economy Centre – the Centre for Digital Citizens. The group has a broad portfolio of interests but has particular strengths around designing community-focused civic technologies, sustainable systems and health-tech. 


The School is located in the Urban Sciences Building, a state-of-the-art teaching and research facility at the heart of the rapidly developing £350m Newcastle Helix site, an innovation hub actively delivering research to market. Helix is home to the National Innovation Centres for Data and Ageing as well as national research hubs in urban systems, energy and infrastructure.  


You will be expected to undertake high quality research and education, securing funding, disseminating results through the highest quality publications, developing industry/academic collaborations, and engaging with our courses and students at all levels.  You should complement your research strengths with evidence of innovative and successful teaching of computing-relevant subjects. For the Senior Lectureship position, you should demonstrate inclusive leadership and programme management.  

Please state in your application whether you are applying to be considered for Lecturer or Senior Lecturer. 


This position is available on a full time, open basis and available immediately.  To apply, please complete an online application and upload a plain text copy of your CV and covering letter only. In your covering letter, you should evidence how you meet or exceed the essential and desirable requirements for the role. Please note, any other ‘Additional Document’ you upload may not be received by the reviewing panel.


For informal enquiries please contact the Deputy Head of School, Dr Graham Morgan (comp.hos@ncl.ac.uk) or Director of Open Lab, Prof David Kirk (david.kirk@ncl.ac.uk). 


For more information about the School of Computing and our research, please click here

For more information on our State-of-the-art Urban Science Building, please click here.



Key Accountabilities

This position provides a significant opportunity for an inspirational individual to develop their research while taking a central role in the delivery of teaching within a successful and supportive environment. This position requires close collaboration with colleagues (Academic, Professional Services and Technical) and students. 


This role will focus on:


  • Developing and delivering research-led teaching in core undergraduate and postgraduate computing areas including Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Interaction Design
  • Carrying out research in HCI- relevant areas
  • Contributing to strategies for improving student guidance and pastoral care


For Senior Lecturer, additional focus on:

  • Acting as Degree Programme Director for our MSc in HCI
  • Leading research funding bids individually and as part of a team


The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience 


  • Deep knowledge of Human-Computer Interaction and/or Interaction Design 
  • Course preparation and delivery skills relating to computing-relevant subjects
  • Experience of University-level teaching of computing-relevant subjects
  • Experience of providing academic guidance and pastoral care of students
  • Published research in well-regarded HCI-relevant journals and/or conferences


Essential for Senior Lecturer

  • Experience of applying for research funding 
  • The ability to guide and promote the careers of colleagues 
  • Experience of organising a team to design and/or deliver teaching 
  • Successful supervision to completion of HCI-focused PhD students 


  • Industry experience in User Experience/web roles
  • Experience of examining PhDs


Attributes and Behaviour


  • Passionate about promoting a positive experience for all students
  • Effective time management that balances research and teaching demands
  • Passionate about promoting equality, inclusion and diversity in research, education and all aspects of employment
  • Willingness to engage and further international teaching and/or research collaborations (Desirable)




  • PhD awarded in computer science or related subject
  • Membership of learned societies and academies (Desirable)


Essential for Senior Lecturer

  • Formal teaching qualification 



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.


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.


Requisition ID: 8204