Lecturer in Atom Interferometry - School of Physics and Astronomy

Location
United Kingdom
Salary
£40,792 - £54,765
Posted
Aug 15, 2019
Closes
Sep 14, 2019
Ref
117082
Organization Type
University and College
Hours
Full Time
Lecturer in Atom Interferometry - 81833

Position Details

Area: School of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £40,792 to £48,677, with potential progression once in post to £56,403

Hours: Full time

Duration: Permanent

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 15 September 2019

Role Purpose

To support the activities of the UK National Quantum Technology Hub in Sensors and Metrology in the area of quantum sensors for inertial navigation and applications of atom interferometry. To create and disseminate knowledge through initiating and conducting original research, through publication and through developing and delivering undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD programmes, as appropriate to the disciplinary area. In addition, to contributing to the department/school through management/leadership, and enterprise activities, as appropriate.

Scope of the Role

Contribute to the whole range of research, innovation activities, teaching and administration.

Research and innovation is likely to involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research. The research and innovation has measurable outcomes and is reflected in a growing national reputation and often an incipient international reputation.

The research area will be in quantum sensors based on cold atoms. We are in particular looking for a position to focus on applications of quantum sensors in the area of inertial navigation.

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching and assessment; and (b) enhancement of the student experience or employability. 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 is likely to involve contributions at Departmental and School level, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activities (e.g. working groups) within the University. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

Research

To plan and carry out research, using appropriate methodology and techniques. This includes:
  • Pursue personal research including developing research ideas and winning support, including financial support.
  • Engage with industry partners to develop collaborative innovation projects and winning financial support.
  • Plan, publish and/or execute high quality research
  • Project manage research activities, and/or supervise other research staff
  • Present findings in high quality publications and conference proceedings
  • Develop novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued
  • 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 which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) and similar activity that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University.


Learning and Teaching

To use a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students. This includes:
  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels
  • 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 Department or School, as appropriate
  • Where appropriate, undertake and develop the full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining (including summative assessment, assessed work, contributing to the final award - as a mark or as credit - such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations.
  • Use appropriate approaches to learning and teaching in their field
  • Disseminate appropriate practices through suitable media
  • Develop and advise others on learning and teaching tasks and methods
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and is of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work


Management/Administration

To contribute to Departmental/School administration or have a high level of responsibility for others. This may include:
  • Contribute to the administration/management of research and/or teaching across the Department/School
  • Lead and manage a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Advise on personal development of colleagues and students
  • Make a major contribution to some administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups)
  • Manage enterprise, business development, and public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and University
  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach.


Person Specification
  • A higher degree relevant to the area of cold atoms and the application of cold atom based quantum sensors (PhD) or equivalent qualifications
  • Experience in inertial navigation applications
  • Track record of collaboration with industry
  • Extensive research/teaching experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/ research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels


Research
  • Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
  • 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
  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity


Teaching
  • 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
  • Experience and success in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability


Management Administration
  • Ability to contribute to School/Departmental 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 Jo Smart - j.c.smart@bham.ac.uk tel: 0121 414 8283

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