Teaching and Research Lecturer in Biological or Conservation Science (x 2)

Bangor University

Bangor, UK 🇬🇧

Job Number: BU02937

School/Department: School of Natural Sciences

Grade: 7

Salary Information: Salary: £34,304 – £40,927 p.a. (Grade 7)

Contract Duration: Permanent

Responsible to: Head of School

Closing Date: 22-08-2022

The School of Natural Sciences invites applications for two full-time, permanent Lectureships in the broad area of biological and conservation sciences to encompass areas of growth and development within the School. We are a large and diverse School with strong research records and successful recruitment into our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Currently we are looking to expand our research base, and our teaching, outreach and impact capabilities.

Candidates should have a PhD (or be near completion) in biological or conservation sciences, be able to develop their own internationally recognised research programmes to deliver high-quality research outputs and impact, show an enthusiasm for teaching and outreach activities, and have excellent interpersonal skills. We welcome candidates with expertise in areas that complement and enhance our existing areas of expertise in biology, zoology, conservation and environmental science. We would particularly welcome candidates working in the broad research themes of environmental challenges, global change,  or sustainable ecosystems.

The successful candidates will be expected to commence  as soon as possible.

The roles will be located on campus at Bangor. Through our Dynamic Working framework, there will also be the option to spend some time working remotely (although remaining in the UK) to support work life balance, which will be discussed further with candidates at interview.

Applications will also be considered to carry out the roles on a part-time or job share basis.

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting Professor Nia Whiteley, Head of School, email: [email protected]

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Closing date for applications:  22 August 2022.  Interviews are anticipated to be scheduled during the week of 12th Sept2022.

Committed To Equal Opportunities

Overview

Bangor University was established in 1884 and currently has over 11,000 students. It comprises 9 Academic Schools grouped in 3 colleges. The College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering is one of the UK’s leading centres for teaching and research in zoology, biology, environmental sciences, sustainable land use (including forestry, agriculture and natural systems), geography, ocean sciences, electronic engineering and computer science. The College has over 2300 students and 350 teaching and support staff, and consists of three academic schools and the BioComposites Centre.

The School of Natural Science (SNS) within this College has a world-class reputation in research. We have particular expertise in: molecular ecology; evolutionary biology; behavioural ecology; animal physiology and energetics; endocrinology; pathogens; extremophile microbiology and biotechnology; biogeochemistry of soils; wetlands and agricultural systems; forest ecology and pathogens; conservation science; global change; forestry; ecosystem services and sustainability. As a result, the School has one of the largest concentrations of multidisciplinary environmental and natural resource scientists in UK universities. Strong multi-disciplinary groups, which foster inter-disciplinary research, build on our existing strengths and enable us to respond to the needs of industry, policy makers and society, through strong pathways to impact via our global networks.

We offer a wide range of degree programmes at undergraduate and taught post-graduate level, such as Zoology, Biology, Conservation, Forestry, Environmental Science and Geography. We also offer opportunities to complete 4th year Master degrees, well-subscribed placement opportunities and international years aboard. In 2020, for the first time, we introduced a Foundation year that is proving very successful and new degrees in Zoology with Animal Management, and Woodland Management and Conservation commence in 2022. We also offer a range of postgraduate taught programmes to cover Forestry, Conservation and Food Security, and use innovative distance learning and blended learning approaches in some of our postgraduate provision.

The Project

The School of Natural Sciences provides important facilities with high relevance for our research and teaching: the Natural History Museum with its comprehensive collection of vertebrate and invertebrate material; extensive freshwater and marine aquaria; animal holding facilities, newly refurbished teaching laboratories, and the Henfaes Research Centre. The School is co-located with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (NERC) in the Environment Centre Wales building, where our extensive soils/biogeochemistry and molecular ecology analytical laboratories are located.

The University’s Treborth Botanic Garden also plays an important role in our teaching and research. It was founded over 50 years ago with collections of more than 2000 species of plants across seven glasshouses replicating tropical and subtropical habitats. The Garden contains 12 ha of high conservation-value woodland, as well as species-rich natural grasslands. An attractive teaching laboratory allows students and researchers to study the collections in detail. The garden is also home to an avian housing facility that enables studies on flight energetics and navigation.

The Henfaes Research Centre’s 252 ha of land is a unique resource encompassing the environmental gradient from the sea to amongst the highest mountains in Wales, giving a high diversity of habitats, land uses, climates, and geology. It is a member of the Global Farm Platform Network, and hosts the Sir William Roberts Centre for Sustainable Land Use. It also hosts long-term Bangor DIVERSE (tree diversity) and silvopasture agroforestry experiments, extensive controlled-environment glasshouses, mobile greenhouse gas emission laboratories, analytical laboratories, and a range of livestock, including the recent addition of alpacas, providing opportunities for animal management placements. We make the most of our natural environment and deliver a wide range of local field trips as a key feature of our degree programmes, as well as offer overseas field course options to Florida, India, Spain, Tenerife, Kenya and Uganda.

Bangor University is a member of the NERC Envision Doctoral Training Partnership and the NERC/BBSRC Soils Training and Research Studentships (STARS) Centre of Doctoral Training, which funds a number of PhD studentships in the School on an annual basis.

Purpose of the Job

The School wishes to appoint two full-time, permanent Lectureships in the broad area of biological and conservation sciences to encompass areas of growth and development within the School.

We are seeking to appoint applicants to develop and complement our diverse and internationally renowned research portfolio in: molecular ecology; evolutionary biology; behavioural ecology; animal physiology and energetics; endocrinology; pathogens; extremophile microbiology and biotechnology; biogeochemistry of soils; wetlands and agricultural systems; forest ecology and pathogens; conservation science; global change; forestry; ecosystem services and sustainability.  We are keen for new appointments to make use of our local environment and to be able to complement and enhance our existing expertise in molecular ecology and evolutionary biology, chronobiology, conservation, health and disease, environmental physiology, energetics, navigation and cognition, and applied microbiology. Further research opportunities are facilitated by close links to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH), the Centre for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB), the Schools of Ocean Sciences, Computer Sciences and Electronic Engineering, and also access to the Supercomputing Wales High Performance Computing cluster.

In addition to the excellent research opportunities, the successful candidates will be expected to complement and enhance our existing areas of expertise, and contribute enthusiastically and flexibly to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching via innovative methods.

  • To teach at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including supervision of projects.
  • To conduct research of an international standard in a relevant field, with substantial evidence of quality and international peer recognition.
  • To provide pastoral and academic support to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • To carry out administrative tasks as designated by the Head of School.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching duties will include:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver lectures and tutorials in a wide range of topics. Responding effectively to a variety of student backgrounds, learning styles and class sizes.
  • Motivate students to proactive engagement in learning and provide meaningful and constructive feedback on the quality of their work.
  • Keep abreast of new professional, educational and related social, economic and technological developments.
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
  • Act as personal tutor to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students.
  • Contribute to the development of new programmes.


Research duties will include:

  • Develop a programme of research, including collaboration with colleagues in the School, across the College / University and externally.
  • Manage research projects.
  • Publish research with impact, including high quality peer-reviewed journals and dissemination of research outcomes to policy and practitioners through other media.
  • Contribute towards the School’s capability to attract external research funding.
  • Engage in scholarly and other relevant professional activities.
  • Supervision of research students or research assistants.


Administrative duties will include:

  • Participate in the student recruitment and induction procedures of the School.
  • Contribute to the School’s management, and participate in the administration of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
  • Undertake other administrative duties and responsibilities as directed by the Head of School.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • Post holders will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.
  • Post holders will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
  • Post holders have a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for themselves and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by their actions or inactions. Post holders are also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
  • Post holders must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their posts.

Person Specification

Qualifications/Training

Essential

  • PhD (or near completion) in biological sciences, environmental sciences, natural resource management or a related subject which could include environmental economics and appropriate social sciences, together with postdoctoral experience.

Desirable

  • Experience of teaching and assessing small and large groups.


Experience/Knowledge


Teaching

Essential

  • Capability to effectively teach a wide range of topics in biological sciences, or conservation science.
  • Capability to show an enthusiasm for teaching and student engagement.

Desirable

  • Experience of teaching practical biology, conservation science in the laboratory and/or field.
  • Experience of module development and delivery in higher education.
  • Experience of supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
  • Experience of using Blackboard and Turnitin.


Research

Essential

  • Strong publication record.
  • Proven ability to manage and contribute to inter-disciplinary research projects, and to disseminate results through presentation at relevant conferences and publication in relevant journals.
  • Potential to attract external funding for research.

Desirable

  • Has applied for and received external funding to support research.


Skills/Abilities

Essential

  • Innovative and exciting approaches to teaching and research.
  • Demonstrate the ability to prioritise work load and work to deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team and on own initiative.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Demonstrable computer skills.


Desirable

  • Experience in using the statistical package “R”.
  • GIS experience.
  • Bioinformatics experience.
  • The ability to communicate in Welsh is desirable for this post. If applicants are not able to speak / write in Welsh at present, there are many opportunities to learn if the successful candidate wishes to do so.

General

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds.  We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally. 

We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer. 

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact. 

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.  

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements *** If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job  we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements:  https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas 

Please note that we are unable to employ anyone who does not have the right to live and work in the UK legally.   When applying for this post you will be required to explain the basis upon which you believe you will be able to live and work in the UK legally on the commencement date of the role should your application be successful. 

Candidates should also note that they may be required to apply for an ATAS certificate (Academic Approval Technology Scheme)  from the Counter-Proliferation and Arms Control Centre of the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office before being able to apply for a visa – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/academic-technology-approval-scheme 

Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.


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