Research Fellow /Teaching Fellow (100786/103452 - 0721)

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Warwick, ENGLAND
Deadline: 15 Aug 2021

Vacancy Type/Job category
£30,942 - £40,322 per annum
University of Warwick - Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Fixed Term Contract until 28 February 2023 based on 50% working in the role of Research Fellow and 50% Teaching Fellow
36.5 hours per week
This role offers a unique position for early career researchers to prepare for a future career as a full-time academic due to its unique combination of teaching and research roles at this level.
The role offers a unique opportunity for an early career researcher to engage in both teaching and research of the highest calibre at a leading university.
Research Fellow
50% of this post will be conducting research in Visual Computing. The position will be supporting a project on manual operation tracking, whereby target individual motions are learnt and subsequently followed and evaluated during task performance. Further research in aspects of visual computing including human computer interaction, graphics, image processing and vision may also be conducted. A PhD/EngD in a visual computing field, or a student about to finish, is a requirement (graphics, image processing or computer vision). Experience with machine learning and publications in the area are also required.
Teaching Fellow
50% of this post will support teaching activities in WMG, University of Warwick, in the following areas: programming and fundamental algorithms and machine learning. In particular, applicants need to be very experienced in C/C++, Python and Pytorch. The successful candidate will deliver a programming and algorithms module and partially support machine learning and visual computing modules. They will also provide supervision for MSc students and co-supervise PhD/EngD students if required.
We will provide a great range of benefits which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days holiday plus bank holidays and Christmas closure, some fantastic savings on a wide range of products and services, and excellent learning and development opportunities.
At WMG we are committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. We currently hold the Athena SWAN Silver Award and the University of Warwick also holds an Institutional Silver Award: a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, and onsite childcare facilities. We will consider applications for employment on a part-time or other flexible working basis, even where a position is advertised as full-time, unless there are operational or other objective reasons why it is not possible to do so.
If you have not yet been awarded your PhD but are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant on level 5 of the University grade structure (£30,046). Upon successful award of your PhD and evidence of this fact, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of the level 6 of the University grade structure (£30,942).
If you require further information about this position, please contact Prof Kurt Debattista via
Interview Date - TBC
Job Description
Research Fellow
You will undertake research in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally. Assist the Project Leader and, where appropriate, project collaborators in the successful execution of the project.
Teaching Fellow
As a member of a teaching team in a developing capacity within an established programme of study, undertake teaching in order to support the work of the department and develop and enhance its teaching reputation, both internally and externally.
Project Specific Responsibilities
• Form an understanding of the project requirements
• Based on the literature prepare a research plan using the latest state-of-the-art methods
• Implement any potential solutions based on the research plan
• Deliver solutions and results in a timely fashion
• Produce documentation of high research standard to be published in top fora
• Present implemented solutions to stakeholders and wider audiences
Principal Accountabilities
Research and scholarship
Research Fellow
1. Help establish a sound research base within the department in order to assist the development of research objectives and proposals for own or joint research.
2. Conduct individual and collaborative research projects.
3. Write up research work for publication.
4. Translate knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity.
5. May contribute to preparing proposals and applications to external bodies, e.g. for funding and contractual purposes, to support a developing research agenda.
6. May present information on research progress and outcomes to bodies supervising research, e.g. steering groups.
7. May contribute to the preparation of papers for steering groups and other bodies.
8. Communicate complex information (orally and in writing) and material of a specialist or highly technical nature.
9. Continually update own knowledge and understanding in field or specialism.
Teaching Fellow
1. Reflect on practice and the development of own teaching and learning skills.
Teaching and Learning Support
Research Fellow
1. Could be expected to contribute to the teaching and learning programmes in the department.
2. Assist in the supervision of student projects and the development of student research skills.
3. May be involved in the assessment of student knowledge and supervision of projects.
Teaching Fellow
1. Teach as a member of a teaching team in a developing capacity within an established programme of study, with the assistance of a mentor if required.
2. Develop own teaching materials, methods and approaches with guidance.
3. Identify learning needs of students and define appropriate learning objectives.
4. Ensure that content, methods of delivery and learning materials will meet the defined learning objectives.
5. Supervise the work of students, provide advice on study skills and help them with learning problems.
6. Select appropriate assessment instruments and criteria, assess the work and progress of students by reference to the criteria and provide constructive feedback to students.
Administration and Other Activities
Research Fellow
1. May be required to attend departmental meetings and to participate (where necessary) in other committees and working groups within the department, the faculty and the University.
2. Ensure compliance with health and safety in all aspects of work.
3. Work within budget constraints.
Teaching Fellow
1. Undertake duties related to course administration, such as attendance records, etc.
2. May be expected to attend departmental meetings.
3. May be expected to assist in the preparation of proposals or applications to external bodies.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
Good honours degree and possession of a PhD or equivalent doctoral qualification in relevant discipline (visual computing) (RF/TF) (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Programming in C/C++ and Python (incl. Pytorch) Machine learning, in particular computer vision (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 3
Proven ability in research and evidence of quality research output in relevant field. Competence in teaching (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 4
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of teaching methods and techniques to work within own area (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 5
Possession of a teaching qualification or HEA accreditation, or willingness to complete Warwick APPTE or seek HEA accreditation when in post (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 6
A developing research profile with the ability to publish and/or produce high quality research output (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 7
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 8
Ability or potential to contribute to the development of funding proposals in order to generate external funding to support research projects (a) (c).
Essential Criteria 9
An understanding of equal opportunity issues as they may impact on areas of research and teaching content (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 10
Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 11
Good interpersonal skills (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 12
Developing familiarity with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning (a) (c) (d)
Essential Criteria 13
Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team and contribute positively to a collegial team environment and to be able to work independently (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 14
Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines (a) (c)
Essential Criteria 15
Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and, where relevant, industry audiences. Engaged in continuous professional development (a) (c)
Further Particulars
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars .
For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website .
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The University of Warwick provides an inclusive working and learning environment, recognising and respecting every individual’s differences. We welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010.

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Closing Date
15 Aug 2021
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