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Senior Lecturer in Child Health

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 29th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £51,799.00 - £60,022.00 per annum
  • REF: 14484
  • Closes: 01st March 2022
  • 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.

Salary: £51,799.00 – £60,022.00 per annum

Closing Date: 03/01/2022

The Role

We are seeking an experienced and enthusiastic person to join us as Senior Lecturer to lead and further develop research and teaching in child health. As part of this role, you will be expected to contribute to curriculum development and the wider academic, scholarly and professional requirements of the Institute and the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University.

This is a full-time, open ended post.

The Population Health Sciences Institute is committed to supporting equality and diversity for all colleagues and students. Applications for part time/flexible working and/or jobshare will be considered; please state your desired working arrangements in your application.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Judith Rankin (judith.rankin@newcastle.ac.uk)

For more details about research within the Population Health Sciences Institute, please visit: https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/institutes/health-sciences/

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

Key Accountabilities
1. To contribute to developing research within the Reproduction, Development and Child Health faculty theme and current research topics in child health in consultation with appropriate senior academic colleagues in the Population Health Sciences Institute. This is a new, vibrant, highly collaborative Theme of around 40 lead investigators https://www.ncl.ac.uk/medical-sciences/research/research-themes/reproduction/. The Theme’s work cuts across the full spectrum from biomedical sciences to clinical and population health.
2. To work independently and to take a lead in developing and submitting research proposals to external funders; manage research, ensuring the projects are within budget, meet milestones and the deadlines for project completion.
3. To demonstrate expertise and academic leadership with a view to supporting and developing academic researchers, collaborators and post graduate students in the Population Health Sciences Institute, including mentoring and co-ordinating the work of Early Career Researchers and support staff, including identifying training and development needs.
4. To create and maintain strong collaborative links with other researchers based in the Institute, Faculty, University and external partners working in child health, and to develop collaborative links with national and international colleagues working in this area.
5. To successfully bid for research funds from prestigious funders.
6. To publish in high impact peer reviewed journals and to present findings/research papers at national and international conferences.
7. To produce research and activities that lead to societal impact.
8. To lead and contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and assessment; supervise undergraduate and Masters dissertations and postgraduate research students.
9. To carry out other management and administrative tasks within the Population Health Sciences Institute, the Faculty and the University as required by the line manager and the Institute’s Dean.

The Person Specification (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

• Track record of success in bidding for and attracting research funding
• Excellent record of publications suitable for REF submission
• Expertise in design and conduct of research including all aspects of research ethics, good research practice and research governance
• Demonstrated ability to conduct high quality research related to child health with experience of using routine datasets that commands international recognition
• Experience of carrying out high quality child health research within agreed timelines, meeting project milestones and producing research to an appropriate standard
• Evidence of a range of research skills and analysis techniques
• Knowledge, ability, and expertise to lead and contribute to the delivery of undergraduate and post graduate teaching within the Institute and Faculty
• Experience of designing, co-ordinating and leading modules or courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level
• Experience of supervising student research projects in the area at both undergraduate and postgraduate level
• Experience of successful PhD supervision
• Experience of supervising and mentoring ECRs
• Good record of engagement with national or international research networks or institutions
• Ability to provide leadership in teaching and research
• Evidence of collaborative inter-disciplinary and cross-sector working
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills (including presentations to academic/non-academic audiences, written outputs)
• Evidence of ability, and willingness, to work as part of a team and on own initiative
• Experience of working with practitioners and policy makers in child health
• Ability to engage in leadership roles within the Institute

Attributes and Behaviour

• Role model of the University values and guiding principles
• Committed and enthusiastic
• Ambitious
• Confident communicator
• Works in partnership with others and has exceptional interpersonal and collaboration skills
• Empathetic to the needs of staff and of a diverse student body
• Promotes a culture of mutual respect
• Willingness and ability to engage in leadership roles within the Institute


• PhD in a relevant health related discipline (e.g. child health, epidemiology)
• 2:1 or First class undergraduate degree in a relevant health related discipline

The Person Specification (Desirable)

• Experience of using routine datasets to further child health research that commands international recognition
• Ability to provide methodological support across diverse research projects and student supervisions
• Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) or equivalent qualification for teaching in UK Higher Education
• Masters in any relevant discipline
• Experience of service on grant awarding bodies
• Evidence of successful engagement with external bodies, bringing demonstrable benefit to the Institute

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

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