Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

Lecturer (Grade UE08)

Job Title: Lecturer in Civil Engineering

School: School of Engineering

Line manager: Director of Discipline, Civil Engineering

Job Purpose

You will conduct research in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment and participate in teaching and administration in the School of Engineering, contributing to the intellectual wealth and collegiate environment of the School.

Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

Teaching (45%)

  1. Teach up to senior honours and Masters level, in core topics in the Civil Engineering discipline.
  2. Develop, deliver, manage and review courses appropriate to your specific expertise.
  3. Develop student research projects and supervise MSc, MEng and BEng students on these projects.
  4. Provide academic and pastoral support to taught postgraduate (MSc) and undergraduate students.
  5. Be involved in enhancing eLearning and on-line teaching initiatives.

Research (45%)

You will initiate, perform and deliver fundamental and applied research in Water Engineering that complements and integrates with other appropriate research areas in the School. Specifically, the person appointed will be expected to carry out fundamental and applied research in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on: the sustainable water environment (e.g. Earth soil-water-atmosphere system, climate change modelling, novel sensors for detecting water pollution, eutrophication and its treatment, environmental microbiology); water security and health (e.g. sanitation, irrigation, water purification and wastewater treatment systems for developing countries and heavily industrialised/urbanised countries); the water, food, energy nexus (e.g. solar desalination, low flow hydropower systems); water innovation (e.g. smart sensors); hydro-environmental informatics; and water hazards (flood, drought, erosion, pollution, terrorism, ice meltwater). Likely sources of funding include EPSRC, NERC and GCRF. The appointee will work closely with colleagues in the School of Engineering, and the relevant Research Institutes. Their research will contribute primarily to the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment via the Centre for Water Engineering, with strong potential for collaborations with other research centres in the College of Science and Engineering (e.g. the Institute for Energy Systems and the schools of Chemistry, Biology, and Geosciences). The specific responsibilities for this position are to:-

  1. Initiate, perform, and deliver research of high quality within the area of Water Engineering. The University of Edinburgh aims to build upon its internationally excellent position in this domain.
  2. Demonstrate research of at least nationally excellent quality, and deliver significant publishing activity in quality peer-reviewed research journals; demonstrate the potential to win competitive research funding.
  3. Engage with and contribute to your sub-group of research staff and students within the Research Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE).
  4. Participate in collaborative research projects within the University of Edinburgh, in the UK and around the world, with academic researchers in the field.
  5. Develop new research facilities and/or capabilities at Edinburgh, to complement those in existing laboratories and enable analysis, modelling, design and testing in their field of research.
  6. Undertake knowledge exchange with Scottish and UK Government, regulators and statutory bodies. This will be under standard University approaches and expectations for advice and assistance.
  7. Develop graduating engineering professionals and early career researchers, by means of BEng, MEng, MSc teaching and doctoral training.

Leadership and Management (10%)

You will undertake and deliver appropriate leadership and management duties within the Institute/Discipline/School or the wider University environment. Examples include acting as the teaching laboratory co-ordinator for the specific teaching discipline, liaising with students undertaking extra-curricular innovation projects, etc.

Planning and Organising

• Develop a research strategy and plan for the research area, including funding for own research projects. 
• Plan own workload over short-term (weekly) and long-term (annual) timescales, identifying key priorities in collaboration with the Director of Discipline, and balancing teaching, research and management/administration activities. 
• Plan appropriate progression and content for own teaching programme and contribute to overall planning of curriculum. 
• Plan and organise overall delivery of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses and programmes as Course or Programme Organiser.

Problem-Solving

• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems. 
• Resolve problems for individual and class students’ learning. 
• Prioritise and allocate work to research staff in own team.

Decision-Making

• Decide what research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy. 
• Decide on research project spend and timescales. 
• Decide on teaching and assessment methodologies best suited to each course.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential requirements

• PhD and first degree in Civil Engineering or a related discipline. 
• A nationally-evident reputation for performing quality research or potential to achieve this, with demonstrable track record in the area of Water Engineering. 
• Ability to win research funding. 
• Proven ability to conduct collaborative research with academia and industry. 
• A number of high quality peer-reviewed journal publications. 
• Experience in teaching relevant engineering courses in Civil Engineering, or evidence of ability to do so. 
• Ability to design effective learning programmes and to effectively deliver integrated curricula and assessment. 
• Ability to engage with a range of teaching media including online and distance learning. 
• Demonstrable academic, research and/or industrial engineering initiative. 
• Proven ability to devise and/or manage multiple teaching, learning and assessment and research activities. 
• Capacity to develop academic leadership. 
• Experience of successful engagement with research and engineering staff, students and projects. 
• Excellent communication (including written and spoken English), presentation and organisational skills.

Desirable requirements

• Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences. 
• Qualifications leading to chartered engineer status. 
• Relevant industrial experience. 
• Good administrative skills.

Key Contacts/Relationships

• Work closely with the Director of Discipline and with all colleagues in Civil Engineering as well as colleagues within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. 
• Line manage staff on research grants and supervise PhD and project students. 
• Represent the University in discipline-focused teaching, research and industrial networks involving peers in the UK and internationally. 
• Act as personal tutor for assigned taught students.

Senior Lecturer (Grade UE09)

Job Title: Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering

School: School of Engineering

Line manager: Director of Discipline, Civil Engineering

Job Purpose

You will conduct research in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment within the School and participate in teaching and administration in the School of Engineering, contributing to the intellectual wealth and collegiate environment of the School, taking responsibility for development and leadership within research and/or teaching activities.

Responsibilities (Approx. % of time)

Teaching (35-45%)

  1. Carry a normal teaching load, teaching up to senior honours and Masters level, in core topics in the Civil Engineering discipline ensuring that teaching activity is of high quality.
  2. Develop approaches to teaching, learning and assessment which are innovative and in keeping with best practice, and contribute to the enhancement of excellence in teaching in the Discipline.
  3. Develop student research projects and supervise MSc, MEng and BEng students on these projects.
  4. Lead by example in the provision of academic and pastoral support to taught postgraduate (MSc) and undergraduate students, and act as a role model in this regard for early career staff.
  5. Take the lead in enhancing eLearning and on-line teaching initiatives.

Research (35-45%)

You will initiate, perform and deliver fundamental and applied research in Water Engineering that complements and integrates with other appropriate research areas in the School. Specifically, the person appointed will be expected to carry out fundamental and applied research in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a focus on: the sustainable water environment (e.g. Earth soil-water-atmosphere system, climate change modelling, novel sensors for detecting water pollution, eutrophication and its treatment, environmental microbiology); water security and health (e.g. sanitation, irrigation, water purification and wastewater treatment systems for developing countries and heavily industrialised/urbanised countries); the water, food, energy nexus (e.g. solar desalination, low flow hydropower systems); water innovation (e.g. smart sensors); hydro-environmental informatics; and water hazards (flood, drought, erosion, pollution, terrorism, ice meltwater). Likely sources of funding include EPSRC, NERC and GCRF. The appointee will work closely with colleagues in the School of Engineering. Their research will contribute primarily to the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment via the Centre for Water Engineering, with strong potential for collaborations with other research centres in the College of Science and Engineering (e.g. the Institute for Energy Systems and the schools of Chemistry, Biology, and Geosciences). The specific responsibilities for this position are to:-

  1. Initiate, plan, lead, and deliver research of high quality within the area of Water Engineering. The University of Edinburgh aims to build upon its internationally excellent position in this domain.
  2. Demonstrate research of internationally excellent quality, and related leadership and publishing activity, and the ability to win competitive funding (UK, Europe, International) to support this research in the world arena.
  3. Build and lead a vibrant and interactive sub-group of research staff and students within the Research Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE).
  4. Create, lead, and participate in collaborative research projects within the University of Edinburgh, in the UK and around the world, with academic researchers in the field.
  5. Develop new research facilities and/or capabilities at Edinburgh, to complement those in existing laboratories and enable analysis, modelling and measurement in their field of research.
  6. Undertake knowledge exchange with Scottish and UK Government, regulators and statutory bodies. This will be under standard University approaches and expectations for advice and assistance.
  7. Develop graduating engineering professionals and early career researchers, by means of BEng, MEng, MSc teaching and doctoral training.

Leadership and Management (10-30%)

You will undertake and deliver substantive leadership and management duties/roles within the Institute/Discipline/School or the wider University environment, such as Discipline Programme Manager or Senior Tutor or similar roles, chairing committees and task forces for specific projects, leading on key areas of responsibility. This could also include participating in the recruitment and selection of new School lecturers and contributing to the development of colleagues through mentoring or provision of advice.

Planning and Organising

• Develop a research strategy and plan for the research area, including funding for own research projects. 
• Plan and lead major collaborative projects and funding proposals. 
• Plan own workload over short-term (weekly) and long-term (annual) timescales, identifying key priorities in collaboration with the Director of Discipline, and balancing teaching, research leadership/management activities. 
• Plan appropriate progression and content for own teaching programme and contribute to overall planning of curriculum. 
• Plan and organise overall delivery of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses and programmes as Course or Programme Organiser.

Problem-Solving

• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems. 
• Resolve problems for individual and class students’ learning. 
• Prioritise and allocate work to staff and students in own team; manage and resolve performance challenges.

Decision-Making

• Decide what research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy. 
• Decide on research project spend and timescales. 
• Decide on teaching and assessment methodologies best suited to each course. 
• Contribute to management decisions through membership of committees etc.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential requirements

• PhD and first degree in Civil Engineering or a related discipline. 
• An internationally-evident reputation for performing quality research, with demonstrable track record in the area of Water Engineering. 
• Evidence of winning significant research funding. 
• Significant experience in teaching relevant engineering courses in Civil Engineering. 
• A significant number of high quality peer-reviewed journal publications. 
• Excellence as a skilled and committed educator with the ability to teach required subjects with highest proficiency across the range of undergraduate provision. 
• Ability to engage with a range of teaching media including online and distance learning. 
• Demonstrable academic and research leadership, team building and delivery. 
• Proven ability to provide leadership for activities in delivering the School’s objectives. 
• Experience of managing, motivating and supporting research staff, students and projects. 
• Excellence and commitment as a motivated educator. 
• Excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills. 
• Excellent written and spoken English.

Desirable requirements

• Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences. 
• Professionally qualified, ideally to chartered engineer status. 
• Relevant industrial experience. 
• Good administrative skills. 
• Established relationships with UK and International collaborations.

Key Contacts/Relationships

• Work closely with the Director of Discipline and with all colleagues in Civil Engineering as well as colleagues within the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment. 
• Line manage staff on research grants and supervise PhD and project students. 
• Represent the University in discipline-focused teaching, research and industrial networks involving peers in the UK and internationally. 
• Act as personal tutor for assigned taught students.

Job Context

Engineering has been taught at Edinburgh in one form or another since 1673. In 2002, the present School of Engineering was formed from the previously existing departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Since then, the School has grown from strength to strength, with the largest number of students among the seven Schools in the College of Science and Engineering.

The Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE) has been building up the research portfolio in Water and Environmental Engineering; IIE also has a vibrant collaborative research portfolio with other institutes in the School and it is envisaged that the new post-holder will build on a strong research programme in Environmental Engineering (via the Centre for Water Engineering).

The School of Engineering at The University of Edinburgh currently offers 16 undergraduate degree programmes: 2 in Chemical Engineering, 2 in Electronics and Electrical Engineering, 6 in Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2 in Mechanical Engineering and 4 joint degrees, both within the School and with other Schools across the University. At taught postgraduate level the School offers 8 degree programmes, 2 of which are joint with other Universities. All of the degree programmes are accredited by the relevant professional institutions as follows:

• Chemical Engineering: Institution of Chemical Engineers 
• Civil Engineering: Joint Board of Moderators, which includes the Institution of Civil Engineers 
• Electronics and Electrical Engineering: Institution of Engineering and Technology 
• Mechanical Engineering: Institution of Mechanical Engineers

The School offers the following 5-year MEng and 4-year BEng degrees in Civil Engineering:

• Civil and Environmental Engineering (BEng Hons) 
• Civil and Environmental Engineering (MEng Hons)

The School also runs a very successful MSc programme in Fire Engineering.

UoE Vacancy Ref: 

042233

Closing Date: 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

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Contact Telephone: 

+44 (0) 131 650 5752