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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human-Systems Interaction

Requisition ID:  5627

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-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 -  £44,045.00 Lecturer grade F

            £41,526.00 - £55,750.00 Lecturer grade G

            £51,034.00 - £64,959.00 Senior Lecturer


Closing Date: 9 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. 


As a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Human-Systems Interaction, you will have a strong record on user-centered design and applied ergonomics to enhance our design expertise. You will be expected to carry out significant research in areas related to cognitive performance, sociotechnical systems design, human-robotic and human-automation interaction, and human performance modelling, as well as teaching our engineering students. Preference will be given to candidates whose expertise bridges fundamental and applied aspects of engineering design.


Based in the Mechanical Engineering & Marine Technology Discipline, joining the Future Mobility Academic Group, you will be part of a vibrant research and teaching community that is widely recognised for its contributions to advanced manufacturing processes, the design of power transmission systems, bioengineering, mechatronics/robotics, fluid dynamics and thermal systems and transport engineering. There will be particular focus on aspects related to railway systems as well as decarbonisation. The School aspires to grow its capability with strategic appointments that support world-class research.


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. 


Expertise in your research field should be matched by a strong research record, or potential to develop into a researcher of national/international quality, that builds on our strengths in Transport Systems in particular, and Digital Manufacturing and Bioengineering more generally.  You will have growing international visibility, and 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 staff 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 Dr Roberto Palacin, Director of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology: roberto.palacin@newcastle.ac.uk
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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 

This position provides a significant opportunity for a highly motivated and productive individual to develop his/her research and teaching career within a successful and supportive environment.


You will be expected to:

  • 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 and across the School of Engineering
  • Communicate, publish and promote research outputs and impact
  • Identify and obtain funding from appropriate sources to support the programme of research
  • Participate in the administrative and management processes of the School
  • Represent the discipline on School, Faculty or University committees/groups
  • To lead and coordinate the teaching development and delivery of engineering design in aspects related to human-systems interaction, user-centred design and ergonomics
  • To contribute to the recruitment of students and to the expansion and creation of new programmes


The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • In-depth subject knowledge/expertise in a recognised discipline of engineering design 
  • Publications in leading peer-reviewed ergonomics journals
  • •Evidence of the ability to win funds to support research from mjor funding agencies
  • Leadership potential 
  • Ability to establish and lead an ergonomics research team
  • Track record of successful project completion
  • Evidence of developing national reputation and potential to achieve international standing in research within a few years through obtaining grant and research contract awards, leading journal publications and conference participation
  • Experience of teaching ergonomics and related subjects to undergraduate and postgraduate students


  • A developing international reputation in the discipline 
  • Highly developed planning and organisational skills 
  • Counselling skills and pastoral care where appropriate 

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to communicate complex oral and written information clearly
  • Ability to develop and deliver innovative and effective teaching and learning materials
  •  ​​​​​​Effective time management and prioritisation skills to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability and willingness to work in interdisciplinary environments 
  • Ability to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Ability to work in a team and willingness for co-creation 
  • Willingness to be involved in degree programme management and delivery


  • Ability to create ideas for attracting undergraduate and postgraduate students for the Engineering degree programmes 
  • Previous success in developing innovative research proposals and securing research funding 
  • A demonstrable network of professional contacts in the field of Ergonomics 


  • A good degree and PhD in ergonomics or related subject


  • Academic teaching qualification or equivalent 
  • A relevant professional qualification
  • A relevant Masters degree


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: 5627