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The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is seeking to appoint suitably qualified and experienced candidate to the post of University Teacher in Informatics.

The post will involve facilitating student learning, through the planning and delivery of effective teaching to undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses. This will include development and adaption of course teaching materials, production of assessment materials, marking, moderation, providing feedback and participation in Boards of Examiners. Additional duties will include a combination of course tutoring, Honours and Masters’ project supervision, and acting as a personal tutor to a group of students.

Candidates for the role should have, or be nearing completion, a PhD in an area of Informatics, plus evidence of the ability to impart knowledge and to motivate and inspire students to engage in learning. Alternatively, candidates with a Masters’ degree in an area of Informatics and substantial previous experience and achievement in delivering and facilitating student learning will be considered.

Experience in developing teaching materials and with a range of teaching mediums, methods and approaches are all desirable, as is some experience as a post-doctoral researcher in an area of Informatics.

The post is full-time and is fixed term for three year, available from 1 October 2020.
Grade: UE07 (£33,797 to £40,322pa)
Closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 15th October 2020.

Application Process
As part of the application process, in addition to completing the online application, please upload a sample of your work along with your application and CV. Instructions for what we would like to see are available at https://www.ed.ac.uk/informatics/about/work-with-us/vacancies/university-teachers-sample-of-work-guidance
Informal enquiries can be addressed to Director of Learning and Teaching: Bjoern Franke bfranke@inf.ed.ac.uk

Further Information
Post-holders will be encouraged and supported to undertake relevant personal development in appropriate subject areas and in learning, teaching and student support. In particular we encourage progressing within HEA fellowship categories.

Details
Job title: University Teacher in Informatics
School/Support Department: School of Informatics
Line manager: Director of Teaching

Job Purpose
To deliver teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and to undertake teaching and student support related duties.

Main Responsibilities

  • Facilitate undergraduate and taught postgraduate student learning, including:
  • Planning and delivering effective teaching to undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate courses.
  • Development and/or adaption of course teaching materials.
  • Production of assessment materials, marking, moderation, providing feedback and participation in Boards of Examiners.
  • Course tutoring.
  • Honours and Masters project supervision.
  • Acting as a personal tutor to a group of students. 80%
  • Undertake scholarship and/or research in Informatics related disciplines and/or in the pedagogy of Informatics learning, teaching and assessment. Seek, or advance, recognition as a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 10%
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties, including administrative duties, as determined by the line manager. 10%

Planning and Organising

Examples Of Planning And Organising Include

  • Assess course resource requirements and secure and organise resources effectively.
  • Plan course delivery over the Semester, including teaching, tutorials, project work and assessment
  • Simultaneously manage multiple teaching, learning and assessment assignments.

Problem Solving
Examples of the type of problem and challenges the post-holder might encounter include:

  • Managing teaching related logistics and timetables.
  • Supporting students with a wide range of abilities and cultural backgrounds.
  • Adapting teaching materials and methods to different media and approaches (eg blended and online learning).

Decision Making
Examples of the type of decision the post-holder might need to make include:

  • Development or adaption of course teaching materials to meet required learning outcomes and maintaining currency of content.
  • Application of appropriate learning and teaching methodologies to individual courses, appropriate to student needs and learning styles.
  • Make recommendations for potential improvements to course content and structure.
  • The use of professional judgement in the provision of assessment and feedback to students.

Key Contacts/Relationships

  • Director of Teaching (line manager).
  • Head of Informatics Student Services, Teaching Organisation Manager and teaching organisation staff.
  • Senior Tutor.
  • Year Organisers.
  • Academic and teaching staff within the School of Informatics.
  • Academic and teaching staff from other Schools within the University.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential

  • A PhD in an area of Informatics, or nearing completion of a PhD, and evidence of ability to impart knowledge and to motivate and inspire students to engage in learning.
  • Alternatively, a Masters’ degree in an area of Informatics and substantial previous experience and achievement in delivering and facilitating student learning.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in a range of contexts.
  • Good interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Knowledge of coding and relevant programming languages (eg Python, Java, C++, etc)
  • Willingness to seek membership of the Higher Education Academy, if not already a member.

Desirable

  • Experience in developing teaching materials, methods and approaches.
  • Experience with a range of teaching mediums, including online and distance learning.
  • Membership of the Higher Education Academy and/or completion of a formal tertiary teaching qualification.
  • Experience as a post-doctoral researcher in an area of Informatics.

Dimensions
A full-time appointment will undertake the following duties, or equivalent:

  • One 20 point course, per Semester, and related assessment, marking and course administration.
  • Four tutorial groups, per Semester.
  • A proportionate Honours and Masters project supervision load.
  • A proportionate personal tutee load.
  • Other administrative duties, as appropriate.

The actual mix of duties may vary, however equivalence to the above will be maintained.

  • Job Context and any other relevant information
    The post may be held on a part-time basis. For part-time positions, in particular, hours of work may be flexible providing that they meet the requirements for timetabled teaching and related duties. This includes the possibility of asymmetric hours, with an uneven distribution over the academic year (ie annualised hours).
    Post-holders will be encouraged and supported to undertake relevant personal development in appropriate subject areas and in learning, teaching and student support.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

    The closing date is 5pm on 15th October 2020.

    Right to Work

    In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
    To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

    For further information on right to work please visit our right to work webpage

    If You Are From Outside The EEA And Not Currently Eligible To Work In The UK, There Are Visa Routes That May Be Available To You, For Example

    • Global Talent: If you are an academic, researcher or technical specialist in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Global Talent visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by an endorsing body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech Nation, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
    • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

    Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has

    • ended or expired.
    • the CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and
    • you are either:
    • applying for entry clearance from outside the UK, or
    • you are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2.

    You must wait 12 months before applying again.

    Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our Pensions website.

    Salary
    The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,797 to £40,322 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

    The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

 

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