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Ref no:
RGU05736
Published:
13/1/2023
Closes:
5/2/2023
Location:
RGU Garthdee, AB10 7GJ
Salary:
£36,386 - £51,805 per year
Contract Type:
Permanent
Position Type:
Full Time
Hours:
35 hours per week

Job Summary

Transforming today's technology for tomorrow's world - that's the ethos at Robert Gordon University's School of Engineering.  We combine a wide range of expertise in Engineering with purpose built facilities and strong commercial links. We work closely with local, national and international companies to ensure that we continue to provide professional learning that meets the demands of employers. The result is an impressive suite of degree programmes at all levels.

Contributing to the delivery and development of the School’s portfolio of courses, you will also actively engage in research and/or consultancy.

You will need an Engineering related PhD (or have submitted and awaiting an imminent viva) in either mechatronic systems or control/instrumentation systems and it would be highly advantageous if your PhD (in one of the aforementioned areas) has a renewable energy theme. Teaching and research experience in UK Higher Education relevant to the areas of electronic controllers, mechatronics/automation and/or instrumentation technology is very important for this role. 

You must be highly motivated with ‘self-starting attributes’ and a ‘can do’ working style. We are seeking someone with a solid underpinning, and demonstrable experience, in a number of the following areas: measurement systems, control techniques, mechatronic/automation engineering and electrical renewable energy systems. A sound awareness of broad analogue & digital electronics is a must. Good research output is also expected and a knowledge of Graduate Apprenticeship schemes is also highly beneficial.

Research in Engineering at RGU is broad based covering many Engineering subjects including; Materials, Flow Modelling, Thermo/Fluids, Monitoring and Maintenance, Membrane Technology, Petroleum Engineering, Renewables and Communications & Autonomous Systems. Further information can be found at - https://www.rgu.ac.uk/research

We pride ourselves in having very strong industrial links and most of our research includes industry funding. We aim to continue to improve our research performance as the best modern University, School of Engineering, in Scotland.

Grade 7 Salary Scale: £36,386 – 42,155
Grade 8 Salary Scale: £43,414 – 51,8057
Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.

Candidates with limited or no prior experience as an academic will be placed on the first point of the Grade 7 scale. Consideration will be given to offering an Academic Attraction Payment (adjusted annually) for those candidates who have specific industry knowledge, skills or, expertise which are required for the position.

Please see the job attachments for further information regarding the Grade 7 and Grade 8 criteria.  Further guidance on Academic Attraction Payments can be found here.

We would particularly welcome applications from women as they are under-represented in this area of our workforce.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit: https://www.mygov.scot/basic-disclosure/

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO:  Dean of School / Academic Strategic Lead

RESPONSIBLE FOR: N/A

PURPOSE OF POST:  To contribute to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses, and to actively pursue research/consultancy activities relating to Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics/Automation, Electrical renewable energy systems and Control/Instrumentation Engineering.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES:

Participation in the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses, including: course delivery and assessment, maintenance of course documentation, compliance with course review and validation procedures, student attendance, course advertising and recruitment, etc.

Carries out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, field trips, practical sessions, etc.) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by the Dean of School.

Participates in the development and preparation of teaching materials.

Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students.

Supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

Develops and maintains expertise in subject areas.

Participates in relevant subject and course development.

Participates in curriculum development and, in particular, contributes to the introduction of new methods of teaching and learning.

Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records, assessment results etc.)

Assists in the supervision and visiting of students during their periods of work experience/ placement.

Participates in the promotion and marketing of the School and its courses to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).

Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.

Actively participates in and suggests relevant staff development activities.

Actively pursues research activities (e.g. writing for publication, developing own research, supervising research students, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences etc.).

Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School.

Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School's courses.

Represents the School on relevant University committees and the School and University on external committees.

Carries out such other related duties as may be required by the Dean of School.

Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience can still be considered but will work to the Developing Academic. Full details of both roles can be found in the attached PDF. 

Person Specifications

ESSENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Must hold an Engineering related PhD in one of the following areas: 

-    Control/instrumentation/measurement engineering, 
-    Mechatronic systems/automation, or 
-    Electrical renewable energy systems (with direct links to control/ instrumentation or mechatronics/automation). 

Consideration might be given to individuals with PhDs submitted and awaiting an imminent viva.

Knowledge 

Broad knowledge of Electronic & Electrical Engineering with a particular focus on; Measurement/Instrumentation/Control techniques and Mechatronics/Automation. Familiarity of electrical renewable energy systems linked to the aforementioned themes is beneficial.

Experience

Experience of teaching delivery and associated academic responsibilities at a UK University.


DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications and Professional Requirements

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Chartered Engineer

Knowledge

Awareness of Professional body accreditation and UK Engineering Council requirements.

Engagement with Graduate Apprenticeship schemes. 

Experience

Experience of teaching in Higher Education in at least two or more of the following areas: Measurement/Instrumentation/Control techniques, Mechatronics/Automation, general analogue & digital electronics.

Electrical renewable energy teaching.

Electronic and Electrical research experience in UK Higher Education.

Experience of providing student support.

Supervision of PhD students through to completion.

Evidence of significant number of quality peer reviewed journal publications.

Behaviours

Behaviour 1: Communication- Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Pastoral Care and Welfare- Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support

Behaviour 3: Teaching and Learning Support- Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 4: Service Delivery- Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

Behaviour 5: Liaison and Networking- Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

Behaviour 6: Analysis and Research- Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings