Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Engineering

University of Derby

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College of Science and Engineering

Responsible to

Head of Discipline


Nuclear Skills Academy, Infinity Park, Derby DE24 9FU


£36,333 to £52,841 per annum

Closing date

Wednesday 21 June 2023

Contract type


Post type




About the role

This role is employed by University of Derby but works in partnership with Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd. Due to the nature of work that Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd conducts and the protection of certain assets, some roles within the Nuclear Skills Academy (NSA) require post-holders to hold a Security Check (SC) clearance.

This role does not currently require SC clearance, and this will not be a condition of appointment to this role. However, please be aware that there may be a future requirement for the successful candidate/s to undertake a SC check should any change in circumstances render this necessary due to development of the NSA over the coming years.

The University of Derby in partnership with Rolls-Royce Submarines Ltd operates the award-winning Nuclear Skills Academy, delivering exclusive programmes to nurture the nuclear experts of the future.  

Renowned for our expertise in engineering, materials technology, and IT systems, at the University of Derby we are setting new standards in the UK for our collaboration with industry and leading the way in global research in future fuels and sustainability. 

You can be part of shaping the future of the UK nuclear industry and sustaining nuclear capability within the UK’s submarines programme by creating a dedicated pipeline of talent at the start of their careers.

The academic position will be an integral part of The Nuclear Skills Academy (NSA). NSA is the first of its kind and aims to sustain nuclear capability within the UK’s submarines programme by creating a dedicated pipeline of talent at the start of their careers.

Based in Derby, the Nuclear Skills Academy is a partnership between the University of Derby and Rolls-Royce supported by industry and education experts, including the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, the National College for Nuclear and Derby City Council. This ensures new apprentices have access to the best courses and mentors throughout their apprenticeship.

Engineering at Derby has a bold vision to deliver an outstanding learning experience to our students, further develop and expand our research capacity and increase our industry engagement in the region and beyond to fulfill targets for REF and KEF as well as provide the best opportunities to our graduates. Key investments in the last few years include dedicated intelligent instrumentation and smart sensor technologies, robotics, renewable energy, power engineering and advanced materials and manufacturing. The discipline area is actively engaged in knowledge exchange projects and an active applied research agenda. 

About the Role 

As an academic, you will play an important role in our newly established Nuclear Skills Academy, in partnership with Rolls-Royce. You will actively engage in research and scholarly works that influences leading edge practice, informs and inspires the research-led curriculum and teaching and contributes to continuing subject expertise and contribution to the REF. You will develop and deliver an innovative and flexible range of learning and teaching materials in a relevant subject area or across modules that provide high quality, accessible learning opportunities and an exceptional student experience in line with the University’s strategic objectives, ensuring that employability and ‘real-world’ learning are at the heart of the curriculum.

While candidates might be required to contribute to teaching in the discipline area in general, this role has a specific emphasis for both teaching and research on one or more areas of a) Nuclear life cycle, including design, manufacture, operation and decommissioning of nuclear plant, b) Nuclear power generation systems, including nuclear thermal hydraulics and advanced reactor concepts, c) Innovative nuclear technologies, with emphasis on economics, safety, efficiency and new markets and d) Reactor safety, reliability and risk assessment. We particularly welcome candidates with experimental expertise in Nuclear Thermal Hydraulics to apply.

Further information can be provided on request while informal inquiries may be addressed to Stephan Reiff-Marganiec, Head of School of Computing and Engineering on [email protected] or Sabuj Mallik, Head of Discipline of Engineering on [email protected] .

Principal accountabilities
Learning / Teaching

  • Effectively teach and facilitate learning on a range of subjects / modules (on-campus and online) within the subject area on undergraduate, postgraduate, professional and post-experience programmes.
  • Ensure that knowledge from research and scholarly activities informs and enhances learning and teaching, as well as extending it to appropriate external activities such as knowledge transfer activities.
  • Ensure that module / programme design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the University.
  • Participate effectively in the assessment process, including the setting, marking and moderation of student work, providing constructive feedback and ensuring it is in accordance with quality assurance procedures.
  • Participate in the continuing review and development of module/programme delivery, incorporating innovative study modes, learning environments and pedagogic practices to engage and stimulate students, deliver effective learning outcomes and develop the skills and attributes of the ‘Derby Graduate’.
  • Take on relevant module leader and/or programme leader responsibilities, including associated marketing, recruitment, delivery and ongoing programme development activities.
  • Research / Scholarship

  • Engage in individual research and collaborate both internally and externally on research projects that are consistent with the College, and contribute to influencing leading edge practice in the University and contribution to the REF.
  • Sustain and enhance the reputation of the University by publishing in appropriate quality journals and presenting at scholarly activities such as workshops, conferences and other similar events.
  • Develop and maintain contacts and relationship with relevant professional, research and industrial organisations.
  • Contribute to writing bids for externally funded research projects.
  • Other

  • Act as a personal tutor, supporting and mentoring students as appropriate.
  • Provide pastoral care to students, referring when necessary to services that provide further support.
  • Support marketing and student recruitment activities as required.
  • Develop external links in order, for example, to support student recruitment, secure student placements, facilitate outreach work, generate income or build relationships for future activities.
  • Be responsible for administrative duties in areas such as admissions, timetabling, examinations and assessment of progress and student attendance.
  • Contribute to effective cross College / University working.
  • Observe and implement University policies and procedures.
  • Person specification
    Essential Criteria

    • Good Honours Degree in relevant subject discipline or equivalent
    • Fellowship of the Advanced HE (HEA) or willingness to work towards (within 24 months)
    • PhD (or submitted and awaiting examination) or equivalence accepted in a relevant subject area, for example by publication or through appropriate professional achievement or willingness to work towards within an agreed timeframe
    • Subject specific qualifications / knowledge

    Learning / Teaching

    • Experience or knowledge of quality assurance and validation of HE modules / programmes
    • Experience or knowledge of higher education and ability to use a range of delivery techniques to inspire and engage students

    Research / Scholarship

    • Significant experience of own discipline to enable the development of new knowledge and understanding within the field
    • Experience of research / enterprise activity
    • Evidence of active publishing in high quality journals or other outputs in research or practice that will contribute to the REF or other areas identified in the College / University Research Strategy
    • Experience and demonstrable knowledge / expertise in research in one or more of the following specialist areas: a) Nuclear life cycle, including design, manufacture, operation and decommissioning of nuclear plant, b) Nuclear power generation systems, including nuclear thermal hydraulics and advanced reactor concepts, c) Innovative nuclear technologies, with emphasis on economics, safety, efficiency and new markets and d) Reactor safety, reliability and risk assessment.

    Skills, knowledge and abilities

    • An appropriate level of digital capability and aptitude with practical experience of applications which aid student learning
    • Ability to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to a range of groups
    • Proficient in using IT to support own work and for application to technology-enhanced learning / teaching and research activities
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills including networking and relationship building skills, both across the University and externally
    • Able to demonstrate both independent self-management and team working
    • Able to work with competing priorities and to tight deadlines
    • Demonstrates competences, core behaviours and supplementary behaviours that support and promote the University’s core values
    • Demonstrates professionalism in learning / teaching and the values of the UK Professional Standards Framework for HE
    • A sound understanding of the current higher education environment and its implications for the student learning experience
    • A sound understanding of the employability agenda and its relevance to learners and the curriculum
    • A sound understanding of internationalisation and its relevance for learners and the curriculum
    • Flexible to the needs of others
    • Innovative and creative
    • Committed to continual enhancement and a high-quality student experience
    • Committed to a high-performance culture, fostering continuous improvement and driving quality

    Business requirements

    • Able to take a flexible approach to work
      • Travel between sites and occasionally overseas for research or teaching
      • Some evening teaching and occasional weekend working
      • Attendance at Open Days, Graduation events etc.
      • A commitment to own professional development
    • DBS Enhanced check required.


    As well as competitive pay scales, we offer generous holiday entitlement. We also offer opportunities for further salary progression based on performance, and the opportunity to join a contributory pension scheme.

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    Important information

    Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications.

    Whilst this role is eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker Route, we recommend that you assess your individual eligibility before applying for this position.

    Visit https://www.gov.uk/skilled-worker-visa for more information.

    To be eligible for sponsorship you must provide evidence that you hold all essential qualifications listed on the job description. Please note, equivalent experience will not be accepted as evidence of the essential qualifications.

    DBS check

    If you are successful, you will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The post for which you are applying is exempt from Section 4(2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 requiring any spent convictions to be declared. Any information you provide will be treated in confidence and only used when considering your suitability for the post.

    To enable us to process your DBS check please ensure you are able to supply the documentation listed on the DBS website at interview stage.

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    The University of Derby is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. However you identify, we actively celebrate the knowledge, experience and talents each person brings.

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