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Teaching Fellow

School of Physics and Astronomy

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Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 16th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927. With potential progression once in post to £43,434 a year.
  • REF: 98197
  • Closes: 30th September 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time


We are seeking an enthusiastic Teaching Fellow to help deliver our undergraduate and postgraduate taught physics programmes, develop teaching innovations, and play a role in our wider communication and outreach activities.

Summary of Role

We are seeking an enthusiastic Teaching Fellow to help deliver our undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes, develop teaching innovations, and play a role in our wider communication and outreach activities.

The teaching focus will be on the undergraduate second- and third-year laboratories, which form part of our degree programmes in physics; and our postgraduate taught programmes in nuclear physics. You will also play an important role in helping to develop new experiments to enrich the lab experience for our students.

You will contribute to our rich and varied programme of outreach activities with schoolchildren, helping to coordinate and run events and workshops, working with staff across the School.

You should have a PhD in physics, a track record of contributing to practical/laboratory teaching, as well as experience with physics outreach. You should be passionate about physics and the opportunities afforded by sharing your expertise and knowledge with our undergraduate and postgraduate students, and with schoolchildren and teachers.

The University of Birmingham is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all qualified applicants, but applications from traditionally under-represented groups in physics and astronomy, such as women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic, are particularly encouraged.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is an Institute of Physics Juno Champion since 2014 and holder of the Athena SWAN Silver Award. Both initiatives recognise the School’s commitment to promote diversity and equality, and to encourage better practice for all members of the community, whilst also working towards developing an equitable working culture in which all students and staff can achieve their full potential.

Main Duties

• Teach as a key member of the academic teams delivering undergraduate and postgraduate taught modules, working closely with academics, teaching technicians and other relevant professional services staff.
• Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the teaching programme.
• Contribute to the design and development of new experiments and projects to enhance our laboratory offerings, working with relevant academics and teaching technicians.
• Devise and supervise projects as part of our undergraduate teaching programme
• Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining, working closely with fellow academics
• Provide supervision to postgraduate teaching assistants as part of teaching teams
• Contribute to the leadership and delivery of our programme of outreach activities with schoolchildren, interacting with academics across the School, and relevant professional services staff from the School and College.
• Undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes.
• Promote equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

• PhD in physics
• Experience of, and proficiency in teaching in the university environment, in particular in labs
• Experience in outreach activities in physics
• High level analytical capability
• Strong interpersonal and team-working skills
• Ability to design and deliver module materials successfully
• Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

Informal enquiries can be made to William Chaplin -w.j.chaplin@bham.ac.uk

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We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working

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