Teaching Fellow (
Department of Biosciences
Grade 7: - £36,333 - £43,155 per annum
Fixed Term - Full Time Term Time Only (9 Months)
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
: 13-Mar-2023, 7:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable.
Durham University is one of the world’s top universities, boasting a welcoming and vibrant international community. Durham is an exceptional place in which to base your career. Our strengths across the Arts and Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences see us listed as a top 5 UK and top 100 global university with our students and our world leading academics sitting at the heart of delivering our ground-breaking work. As part of our ambitious strategy we are growing and we look forward to welcoming your application.
About Durham University
As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career while enjoying a high-quality work/life balance. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.
The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.
Less than 3 hours north of London, and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh, County Durham is a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breath-taking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of city, suburban and rural residential locations. If you’d like to find out more about the University, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/recruitment/
The Department of Biosciences is composed of 62 academic staff and research fellows; around 50 research and technical support staff; over 90 Research Postgraduate students and over 500 Single Honours undergraduate students, and also teaches students from the Natural Sciences programme. The Department is committed to an ethos of research-led teaching at both BSc and MBiol levels and was ranked 5th in the UK for Biological Sciences Departments in the Complete University Guide 2023.
Our basic science underpins applications across each-and-every sector of the bioeconomy, including Biotechnology, Ecology and Agritechnology. Research programmes are grouped in the following areas: Molecular Plant Sciences; Biomolecular Interactions; Ecology, Evolution and Environment; and Animal Cells and Systems. These groups organise focused seminar series, Research Away Days, manage joint research facilities, oversee mentoring, internal peer review and serve to nucleate larger research projects. Along with our excellent research facilities such as bioimaging, proteomics, metabolomics and genomics we offer a high quality and supportive environment for our research staff.
The Dept. of Biosciences partners with other areas of research strength in Durham University including Computational Sciences and Chemistry and encourages multidisciplinary research for Health and Wellbeing. Durham University was listed in the Times Higher World Top 50 Life Science Challengers (July 2017).
The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation and progression. The Department embraces excellence in all of its forms and invites all qualified applicants to apply. We particularly welcome applications from women and black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in the academic sector.
Applications are invited for a Teaching Fellow in Biosciences with a particular emphasis on both field and lab teaching in Ecology and Conservation Biology. Teaching will range from individual and small group work (supervising research projects and literature reviews) to full lectures and will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of both subjects. The role will involve the planning, design, organisation and execution of field teaching.
Teaching Fellowships offer the opportunity of valuable experience to those early in their academic careers and the University is keen to maximise the benefit to as many people as possible. The post of Teaching Fellow will involve a significant teaching load, which may extend into the summer period, and there may be related scholarship and the opportunity for administrative duties which relate to education and pedagogy.
The post is for a fixed term only, and it is not anticipated that the post will be extended beyond this fixed term.
Successful applicants will, ideally be in post by March 2023.
The University provides a working and teaching environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.
- Teach modules in appropriate learning environments at undergraduate/postgraduate levels, demonstrating an increasing awareness of different approaches to and methods of teaching and supporting student learning;
- Demonstrate the ability to manage own teaching and designing, planning and writing teaching materials;
- Lead some aspects of modules and contribute to modules led by others by collaborating with colleagues on course development;
- Develop and deliver an inclusive curriculum and make an active contribution to an inclusive community in which diversity is embraced and celebrated;
- Seek and take on board feedback on teaching and engage with others in CPD;
- Supervise undergraduate student(s), and where appropriate act as part of a PhD supervisory team;
- Contribute to educational skill of colleagues, e.g. giving a seminar to colleagues or engaging in constructive discussion about a seminar;
- Build internal contacts and participate in networks to exchange information;
- Start to engage in scholarship (the creation, development and maintenance of the intellectual infrastructure of subjects and disciplines) e.g. develop online teaching resources;
- In addition to Board of Studies, membership of some departmental committees and professional body memberships;
- Student support, assessment of academic performance and provision of feedback, dealing with student disciplinary matters and complaints;
- Undertake effectively and efficiently any administrative role allocated by your Head of Department.
How to Apply
For informal enquiries please contact Simon Kepczyk (email@example.com ) All enquiries will be treated in the strictest confidence.
We prefer to receive applications online via the Durham University Vacancies Site. https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/
Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University.
What to Submit
All applicants are asked to submit:
You should provide details of 3 referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee). Please note:
- We shall seek references during the application process. Unless in the case of very early career candidates, referees should not (if possible) include your PhD supervisor(s) and include references from a University other than your own.
- We would ask that you alert your referees to this application as soon as possible so that we can quickly obtain references. If you do not wish (some or all) of your referees to be approached during the recruitment process; you must clearly indicate this to us at the time of your application.
- References sought for candidates may be made available to the panel during the shortlisting process.
- We will seek a reference from your current line-manager if we make you an offer of employment (albeit you may have also nominated your line manager as an academic referee). Please clearly indicate on the application form which referee is your current line-manager and indicate if we should only approach them once an offer has been made.
We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.
The assessment for the post will consist of an interview. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview on tbd.
Candidates applying for a grade 7 post will have recently completed or be concluding their PhD and, while they may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria:
The desirable criteria for Grade 7 are:
- active membership and engagement with a professional body;
- demonstrable innovation in educational practice;
- publication in a scholarly journal or relevant professional publication;
- Attending and presenting internal and/or external seminars or at a regional conference; and/or
- Materials/curriculum development for wider use in a department.
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