Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Video Game Technologies

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 28th May 2021
  • Salary: Grade F
  • REF: 8546
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

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.


Grade F – £35,845 – £40,322 per annum

GradeG – £41,526 – £49,553 per annum

Grade H – £51,034- £59,135per annum

Closing Date:28 June2021

The Role

We welcome you to apply as a highly motivated researchers and educators to join 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.

The School is a lively, friendly community with research, innovation and teaching strengths across the spectrum of computing, including distributed systems, Internet of Things, resilient systems, data science, artificial intelligence, model-based and formal methods, bioinformatics and complex biosystems, human computer interaction and educational practice in computing.

The School is located in the Urban Sciences Building, completed in 2017 to provide state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at the heart of the rapidly developing £350m Newcastle Helix site, an innovation hub actively delivering research to market. Alongside the School, 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 related to video game engineering and associated underlying mathematical concepts with a focus on numerical methods for solving rigid and soft body simulations.

This position is available on a full time, open-ended 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 Professor John Fitzgerald, Head of School via email: john.fitzgerald@ncl.ac.uk or Dr Graham Morgan, Director of NUSE research group via email : graham.morgan@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 Expectations

This position provides a significant opportunity for an inspirational Computer Scientist 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:
• Undertaking independent original research in video game technologies
• Developing and supporting teaching activities in the School of Computing
• Developing and delivering excellent student guidance and pastoral care
• Promoting computing science through impact and engagement activities

Essential for Senior Lecturer
• Leading research funding bids individually and as part of a team
• Guiding and promoting the careers of colleagues

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Developing effective teaching and learning materials
• Teaching and assessment at university level
• Academic guidance and pastoral care of students
• Published research in well regarded journals and conferences
• Deep knowledge of numerical methods for solving differential equations
• Highly skilled in programming rigid and soft body simulations
• Experience using toolchains (e.g., source versioning, continuous integration)

Senior Lecturer:
• Track record of securing research funding
• Leadership of academic colleagues

• Experience of engaging industry in developing taught courses

Attributes and Behaviour

• Effective time management that balances research and teaching demands
• Passionate about promoting equality, inclusion and diversity
• Passionate about promoting a positive experience for all students

• Willingness to engage and further international teaching collaborations


• PhD awarded in computing, engineering or mathematics

Essential for Senior Lecturer
• Formal teaching qualification

• Membership of learned societies and academies

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: 8546

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