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Assistant Professor - Geotechnical Engineering

Assistant Professor - Geotechnical Engineering


Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Full time


£32,236 - £48,677

Preferred education

Application deadline
26 February 2019

6 February 2019

Job description

As part of its strategic expansion, Heriot-Watt now seeks to make appointments at Assistant Professor Level in the geotechnical engineering area. The successful candidate will be located in the Institute of Infrastructure and Environment at the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) in Edinburgh. We seek candidates with an outstanding academic track record of research, able to contribute positively to our undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:

<b><u> Research and Knowledge Exchange </u></b>

Identify and develop their own research agenda, focusing on research that is valuable and relevant to government, society and industry.
Identify sources of funding for research, then successfully win funding through submission of effective proposals and support production of proposals elsewhere within the School as appropriate.
Regularly publish high impact research findings in recognised industry-leading journals; share findings at conferences and within the School
Further disseminate research activity using an appropriate range of media for example through external reports, conference presentations, exhibitions of research activity or via short courses for knowledge transfer;
Recruit and supervise PhD students through to successful qualification and supervise MSc student projects.

<b><u>Learning and Teaching</u></b>

Undertake teaching duties in relation to courses appropriate to your area of expertise (e.g. through practical sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials) on the Edinburgh campus and at overseas campuses and Approved Learning Partners, where required.

Contribute to the continued development of postgraduate studies in consultation with the Director of Studies;

Undertake scholarly activity related to the effective delivery of the curriculum and maintain the level of your subject expertise in line with the latest developments in the field;

Contribute to the design and delivery of the curriculum in consultation with colleagues and within the structures and mechanisms established by the School and University;

Conduct assessment and moderation across the discipline area, ensuring this is rigorous, fair and clear and undertaken within the policies established by the School and University;

Be responsible for providing effective, well documented and timely feedback, both formative and summative, to students;

Contribute to the monitoring of the quality of learning and teaching through course monitoring and to contribute to quality management and enhancement activities across the programme, School and University;

Design, prepare and develop a range of learning materials appropriate to the subject area in support of teaching;

Disseminate the development of good learning and teaching practice

Provide appropriate pastoral support recognising the varied cultural backgrounds of the student cohort;

Stay abreast of developments in geotechnical engineering education and ensure that these developments are reflected in the evolution of the learning and teaching methods employed on the programme;

Interact with staff within and outside the School to support the development of the discipline;

Develop productive working relationships with other members of staff to facilitate effective team working for benefit of the subject area.

<b><u>Academic Management and Administration</u></b>

Undertake administrative tasks associated with programme planning, preparation for examination and progression boards, course development teams etc.

Engage with the team working and working with others to the benefit of the School and the University;

Take a proactive role both internally and externally in promoting and marketing programmes of study, ensuring the effective and efficient recruitment of students and the achievement of home and international recruitment targets.

Contribute to the effective recruitment, admission and induction to the courses with which you are involved, ensuring compliance with the School and University targets. This will include involvement in School and University open days and interview processes;

Monitor student number targets;

Contribute to the resource planning for the academic year;

Participate as a member of the appropriate committees as required;

Devise income generating activities including assisting with raising sponsorship as well as other activities that will raise the profile of the School’s programmes;

Represent the School effectively in both the national and international context.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post. Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve. A flexible working schedule may be required to meet all key duties and responsibilities.

How to apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 26th February 2019 via

Consideration will be given to applications on a part-time and/or job-share basis.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts at Heriot-Watt.

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