Teaching Fellow

School of Mathematics

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Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 12th Nov 2021
  • Salary: 25,000RMB per month, with consideration for exceptional candidates to a maximum salary of 30,000RMB plus accommodation.
  • REF: 98459
  • Closes: 12th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Position Details

School of Mathematics

Location: Jinan University, Panyu Campus, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PR China

Full time starting salary is normally in the range 25,000RMB per month, with consideration for exceptional candidates to a maximum salary of 30,000RMB plus accommodation.

Grade 7

Full Time FTC up to 12 months

Closing date 12 December 2021


Applications are invited for 3 Teaching Fellow positions within the University of Birmingham School of Mathematics, based at our Joint Institute in Guangzhou, China. The positions are for up to 1 year in duration. Candidates must have a PhD in mathematics, statistics or a closely related discipline, or have submitted their PhD thesis before taking up their appointment.

The successful candidates will support the delivery of the University of Birmingham’s taught courses at the Jinan University – University of Birmingham Joint Institute (J-BJI), and undertake research under the supervision of academic staff within the University of Birmingham School of Mathematics. Applicants may start as soon as possible but must be in post no later than 1st February 2022.
经录用的应聘者将为伯明翰大学在暨南大学-伯明翰大学暨伯学院(“暨伯学院”)开设的教学课程提供教学支持’并在伯明翰大学数学学院教学人员的指导下开展研究工作。录用者须不迟于 2022年2月1日尽快到岗。

Key Information

Location: Jinan University, Panyu Campus, Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, PR China

Teaching Fellow: Full time starting salary is normally in the range 25,000RMB per month, with consideration for exceptional candidates to a maximum salary of 30,000RMB plus accommodation.

Contract duration: up to 1 year.

Contracted hours per week: 37.5

Closing date: 12 December 2021
截止日期:2021 年 12 月 12 日

About the School of Mathematics
The University of Birmingham has an excellent international reputation, and is ranked 87th in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. The University of Birmingham, School of Mathematics (SoM) is one of the UK’s best mathematical sciences departments with an outstanding reputation in research, teaching, and student experience. It has a longstanding tradition of delivering undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and places a particular emphasis upon fostering a supportive and inclusive learning community amongst all staff and students. The SoM ranks an excellent 5th in the UK for Mathematics (Guardian University Guide 2021).
伯明翰大学在国际上享有盛誉’在2021年QS世界大学排名中位列第87位。伯明翰大学数学学院是英国最优秀的数学科学院系之一’在研究,教学和学生体验方面享有杰出的声誉。它在本科和研究生课程教学方面具有悠久的传统’并特别注重为所有教职工和学生打造具有支持性和包容性的学习环境。数学学院的数学学科能力在英国排名第 5(2021年卫报大学指南)。

The SoM consists of over 60 research active academic staff, around 20 postdoctoral researchers and around 50 PhD students, with research groups in a variety of areas of mathematics. It possesses a vibrant and inclusive research and teaching culture with many visitors, seminars, international conferences and workshops being hosted and organised by its members.

We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment for staff to develop as researchers and teachers. The SoM is a supportive and people-focused friendly environment, committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity. We encourage applications from the widest community and provide equal opportunities in our recruitment processes. The SoM holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, supports the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, and is a member of the Piscopia.

For more information, please visit the SoM website:

The Jinan University – University of Birmingham Joint Institute (J-BJI) had its first intake of students in 2017. Currently the J-BJI provides high quality education in collaboration with our partner Jinan University (JNU) to approximately 850 undergraduate students, across four years of study, on four undergraduate dual degree programmes. All four dual degree programmes contain a core of mathematics modules, which are delivered by academics from the SoM. JNU academic staff deliver modules in English Language, Economics, Statistics, Information Computing Science and Mathematics. The combination of these modules forms the four dual degree programmes delivered at the J-BJI. All teaching at the J-BJI is delivered in English.
暨南大学-伯明翰大学联合学院(“暨伯学院”) 于2017年首次招生。目前’我们与暨南大学合作的暨伯学院为约850名四年制本科生提供高品质的教育体验’涵盖四个本科双学位的课程。这四个双学位课程都以一个数学模块为核心’由数学学院的学者教授教学。暨南大学的教学人员负责英语,经济学,统计学,信息计算科学和数学模块的教学。这些模块结合构成了暨伯学院开设的四个双学位课程。暨伯学院的所有课程均采用英语教学。

Role Description
Applications are invited for 3 full time (37.5 hours per week) Teaching Fellow in Mathematics which will run for 12 months, starting no later than 1st February 2022. Teaching duties will be based around supporting the delivery of lecture courses taught by University of Birmingham academic staff.

Teaching Fellowships offer the opportunity of valuable experience to those early in their academic careers. The post of Teaching Fellow will involve a teaching load of approximately 18 hours per week during the two 20-week semesters at the J-BJI, albeit some teaching and teaching-related administrative responsibilities (related to exams) may extend into the holiday periods. Successful applicants will be able to communicate clearly in English given that all teaching at the J-BJI is delivered in English. Moreover, successful applicants will be capable of supporting a variety of modules delivered by University of Birmingham at the J-BJI covering core mathematics, statistics, optimization and mathematical finance (for example a complete list, see here for details).

Research is a component of these roles, and accordingly, successful candidates can expect to spend approximately 18 hours per week on research during the semesters in addition to their teaching commitments. Under supervision from (or in collaboration with) an academic in the University of Birmingham SoM, successful candidates will pursue a research project (agreed in collaboration with the corresponding University of Birmingham academic) throughout the year.

Additional opportunities related to education and scholarship exist for those wishing to develop their cv in this area. Alongside the role, the SoM can also provide support and mentoring to aid candidates seeking to develop their teaching and learning expertise, and those looking to achieve national recognition in teaching and learning.

It is expected that successful candidates will have a record of excellent teaching in the mathematical sciences or within a discipline with substantial mathematical content, or sufficient potential for excellent teaching. This record may include teaching conducted as a postgraduate teaching assistant supporting lecture course delivery. All applicants will be expected to demonstrate during the application process their interest and commitment to excellent teaching and support for student learning within the mathematical sciences.

Successful candidates will join the J-BJI academic team within the SoM, and receive regular support from the J-BJI management within the SoM, their research supervisor, and the J-BJI academic team responsible for delivering courses to J-BJI students.

The posts are for a fixed period only, and it is not anticipated that the post will be extended beyond this fixed term. Successful applicants will ideally be in post by 1st February 2022. The post is offered full time, however if part time working would support, for example, family or personal commitments, suitable arrangements can be discussed at the offer stage.

Key Duties
•Support the delivery of mathematics and statistics modules taught by SoM academic staff. This will include:

o1-1 / small group support for students;
omarking in-term assessments and examinations;
odesigning and testing new mathematical content;
oinvigilation of examinations;
otesting computer aided assessment questions.

•Undertake research under supervision of an academic in the University of Birmingham SoM. This should be on a project agreed between the supervisor(s) and the successful candidate.
•Manage your teaching and research responsibilities. This will include regular meetings with your research supervisor, and various members of the J-BJI academic team.
•Effectively complete any administrative or related roles allocated by the Head of School, J-BJI Deputy Dean, or J-BJI Head of Education in the SoM.
•Contribute to an inclusive and respectful community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated, and all staff and students are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
•Engage with continued professional development opportunities provided by University of Birmingham.
•(Optional) Development new computer aided assessment content J-BJI computer aided assessments, delivered in Möbius.

Person Specification
Candidates applying for this role will have recently completed their PhD, or will have submitted their PhD before commencing this role. Whilst they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate clearly that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the following essential criteria:

•An excellent degree in Mathematics or a discipline with a substantial mathematical component equivalent to a UK Class 2:1 degree or above.
•A PhD (or be close to submission) in Mathematics or a closely-related subject, or equivalent demonstrable practitioner experience.
•Experience of teaching and assessing at university level with positive student feedback gained.
•Experience of contributing to the development and delivery of high-quality teaching or assessment materials.
•Demonstrate the ability to participate in the collegial/administrative activities of an academic department and discipline. Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to engage with a range of students and colleagues across a variety of forums.
•Must have Chinese residency and be able to work from the start of the term of employment.
•Must be able to communicate clearly in English.

Application process
All applicants are asked to submit the following in support of their application:
•A CV and covering letter. The covering letter of no more than 2 pages should clearly state:
ohow their teaching experience and skills demonstrate that they meet the criteria for the role (see Person Specification, and Key Duties above);
othe academic supervisor in the SoM who will supervise their research project;
oa short summary of their research project;
otheir academic aspirations;
•Applicants are expected to have discussed and agreed their research project with their academic supervisor in advance of their application submission.
•Names and contact details of 3 referees should be included in your CV.

The assessment for the post will include the delivery of a 30-minute teaching session, followed by an interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview and assessment soon after the closing date.

Further Information
Informal enquires should be made to SHANG Xiaocheng, email: x.shang.1@bham.ac.uk
非正式的沟通请联系SHANG Xiaocheng’电子邮件:x.shang.1@bham.ac.uk

INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTSApplications received through this system will not be considered. Please send your cv and cover letter to Ms Carol Wang – email: c.wang.2@bham.ac.uk

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