Tutor in Water Science
As part of an on-going programme of investment and development, the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (EARTH), Cardiff University is seeking to appoint a Tutor in Water Science.
The post-holder should share our passion for high quality research-led teaching, including facilitating learning involving fieldwork. You should be able to contribute to the delivery of core and specialist modules within the undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Earth and Geographical Sciences, especially a new MSc programme on Water in a Changing World starting October 2020. You should have an interest in many aspects of water science but in particular hydrology and catchment processes, flood risk or the impact of climate change on the hydrological cycle.
The successful candidate will also be expected to undertake seminars, tutorials and group work and supervise student projects and carry out teaching-related administrative duties, in particular with the MSc programme. Teaching contributions are within a framework of an agreed programme typically overseen by an academic member of staff. In addition, the candidate should be able to participate in residential fieldwork and day trips as appropriate. An ability to contribute to teaching in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) would be an advantage.
You will join our lively and dynamic School of Earth and Ocean Sciences which is internationally recognised for its research and teaching. The School is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects in higher education. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit.
This is a full-time post (35 hours per week). The post is available immediately and is fixed term until 31st December 2023.
Salary: £27,511 – £31,866 per annum (Grade 5)
Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Simon Wakefield, email [email protected] or Dr Michael Singer, email [email protected] .
For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact Briony FitzGerald, email: [email protected]
Applications can only be accepted via the online system.
It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.
When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.
Date Posted: Friday, 21 February 2020
Closing Date: Monday, 23 March 2020
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.
Cardiff 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 who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share.
To undertake a range of teaching and assessment of topics in hydrology and water in the environment within undergraduate degree programmes and an MSc programme concerning Water and the Changing World. To undertake seminars, tutorials and group work. Supervise student projects and carry out teaching-related administrative duties, in particular with the MSc programme. Teaching contributions are within a framework of an agreed programme typically overseen by an academic member of staff. Be expected to participate in residential fieldwork and day trips as appropriate. An ability to contribute to teaching in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) would be an advantage.
• Deliver teaching courses. Includes preparing teaching material, communicating subject matter and encouraging critical discourse to develop rational thinking; observing and reacting to student interventions; responding to questions outside class times and to contingencies in course delivery.
• Carry out pre-determined assessment for courses, including marking (including second marking) and providing written/oral feedback; and collating and providing final assessments of students.
• To participate in residential fieldwork and day trips as appropriate.
• Supervise undergraduate and possibly Masters project students.
• Participate actively as a member of a teaching team
• Carry out course evaluation, including facilitating student feedback; reflecting on own teaching design and delivery; and implementing ideas for improving own performance.
• Carry out administrative duties such as class record keeping, attending meetings, ensure module web pages on Learning Central are up to date and accurate, and report writing.
• To respond to difficulties being experienced by students during the module.
• To monitor and report student absences and concerns, and take appropriate action.
Planning and Organising
• Teaching-related and administrative work is allocated by the Head of School and various Committees and is within a clear and established programme with assistance and support.
• Plan and prioritise own daily work, and forward plan for some teaching.
• Deal with reactive requests such as those relating to teaching, supervising students and administrative tasks, on a daily basis.
• Ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties
• To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1971, EC directives and the University’ Safety, Health and Environment Policies and procedures and to co-operate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer.
• To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
• You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.
Qualifications and Education
1. Good first degree, PhD or be close to finishing a PhD or have equivalent experience in water sciences or a related discipline.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
2. Excellent teaching skills gained in a relevant context
3. Excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills
4. Significant teaching experience of both field and classroom- based teaching in the relevant subject areas.
5. Awareness of development in earth and ocean sciences teaching and learning.
1. Experience of working in a Higher Education environment
2. Fluency in Welsh, written and oral.
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