Lecturer in Chemical Engineering - Microfluidics - School of Chemical Engineering - 97513 - Grade 8

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University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
£41,526.00 - £55,750.00
Jun 08, 2021
Jun 30, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Position Details

Area: School of Chemical Engineering in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £41,526 to £49,533 with potential progression once in post to £55,750

Band/Grade: Grade 8

Hours: Full time

Duration: Permanent

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 30 June 2021

Note to Candidates:

The interview process will take place over July 21st and 22nd. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to give research talks and mock lectures on day one, and an interview with the panel on day two. Candidates must be available for both days.

Role Purpose

The School of Chemical Engineering is a multi-disciplinary and vibrant environment for outstanding study and research. A recipient of a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher Education in 2011 for research excellence, the School was ranked highly in the REF 2014 exercise for the impact of its research within the industry. The School has 43 permanent academic staff, over 65 research staff, over 150 postgraduate research students and some 650 undergraduate students. We have a research income in excess of £10 million per year through a balanced portfolio of grants from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the European Union and Industry.

The School is internationally renowned for its pioneering research in the areas of:
  • Energy, including Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, Bioenergy and Fuel Cells and their Fuels, Thermal Energy Research Accelerator (T-ERA) investment and recently launched Centre for Centre for Sustainable Cooling (CSC)
  • Formulation Engineering, including microstructure engineering, particle technology and multiphase processing
  • Healthcare Technologies Institute, including nanoengineering, biomaterials and tissue engineering

The School is a partner in the University of Birmingham Healthcare Technologies Institute (HTI), joint with the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, led by Professor Liam Grover. We have been pioneering new treatments for wound healing (anti-scarring) and the repair of bone and tissue, including improved methods for the diagnosis of circulatory diseases and trauma.

We seek to recruit a Lecturer to support our activities in these fast-growing areas. It is expected that the successful candidate will interact with the research activities of Professors Simmons and Grover, funded by the recently awarded £6.3M EPSRC PREMIERE Programme Grant with Imperial College London.

The overall roles within this position are:
  • To initiate and conduct international-quality research between Chemical Engineering and the HTI, bringing expertise in complex fluids, fluid diagnostics and bio-microfluidics to solve problems in this interdisciplinary area and to bring originality and new research directions. It is expected that the candidate will bring in significant research funding from RCUK, Innovate UK, Industry and international funding organisations.
  • To develop and deliver teaching resources in Chemical Engineering, particularly for undergraduate research and design projects and our MSc programmes in healthcare technologies, in line with the School's teaching strategy and to participate in the School's overall contribution to the University.

To seek knowledge transfer and business engagement opportunities to support the sustainable development of new methods for diagnosis and new treatments, including in vitro and in silico models of circulatory disease and injury.

Scope of the Role

We are seeking to appoint a candidate who will carry out international quality research within the School of Chemical Engineering. The School is internationally leading in the areas of energy, formulation engineering and healthcare technologies; this post is aligned with the latter and the activities of the HTI where the successful candidate will apply their research expertise in soft matter, complex fluids and bio-microfluidics to research programmes in bone and tissue healing and diagnosis. We require an individual who can apply their research knowledge to further expand our activities and make a novel contribution and open up new areas of research, working with our strategic industrial partners.

The successful candidate will develop international research and teaching in their field. He/she will write technical papers, apply for grants and disseminate the results of the programme. It is expected that the candidate will bring in significant research funding from RCUK, InnovateUK, international funding organisations, clinical partners and industry to push research forward.

The applicants should have a clear understanding of how he/she might interact and forge collaborations that will develop the area and exploit the excellent environment for multidisciplinary research.

The individual will be able to demonstrate potential to carry out research at a level that is commensurate with an emerging international reputation, by evidence of high-quality archival peer-reviewed journal publications. The individual will contribute to the whole range of research, teaching and administration. Research will involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research.

Teaching will include programme/module review and development as well as delivery and assessment at all levels. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Management and administration are likely to involve contributions at School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/administrative activities within the University (e.g. working groups).

Main Duties and Responsibilities


To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. To pursue personal research in chemical engineering and healthcare technologies, including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support. To leverage funding for projects with funding bodies, particularly UKRI (EPSRC, InnovateUK)

Other duties include to
  • Plan, publish and/or execute high-quality research in chemical engineering.
  • Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff.
  • Present findings in high-quality peer-reviewed academic publications, conference proceedings and/or book chapters, as appropriate.
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate for their research.
  • Supervise and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally.
  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline.
  • Apply knowledge in a way that develops new intellectual understanding.

Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students.
  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels within the School in particular in the areas of transport phenomena, healthcare technologies, bio-microfluidics and soft matter.
  • Plan and review own teaching approaches and act as a mentor to encourage others to do the same.
  • Develop programme proposals and make substantial contributions to the design of teaching programmes more widely in the School, as appropriate.
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining.
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in the field of chemical engineering.
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media.
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work, particularly for the UG design and research projects.


To contribute to School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others.
  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the School as required.
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive).
  • Advice on the personal development of colleagues and students.
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).
  • Contribute to widening participation, schools outreach, and/or public understanding of the discipline.

Person Specification

Key Skills
  • A good first degree together with a PhD in Chemical Engineering or a similar discipline of relevance to soft matter, complex fluids and bio-microfluidics.
  • Membership of relevant Professional bodies.
  • A record of internationally leading publications and evidence of a forward publication trajectory that will enhance the reputation of the School, College and University.

New staff with teaching responsibilities who have little experience of teaching in UK higher education are normally expected to register for the University's Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and to successfully complete the first 20 credit modules of the programme as a probationary requirement. At the point at which an offer of employment is made the successful candidate will be informed if the selection panel requires them to complete the first module of this PG Certificate programme.

  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation in the areas of soft matter, complex fluids and bio-microfluidics.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results.
  • Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods.


  • Ability to design, deliver, assess and revise teaching programmes.
  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching, and advising colleagues.

Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School management processes
  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Mark Simmons; m.j.simmons@bham.ac.uk

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

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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