Teaching Fellow – Organic Chemistry (107589-0623)

University of Warwick

Vacancy Type/Job category
Teaching Only
£33,348 – £43,155 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview
Full-time Fixed-term Contract until 31 August 2024.
The Department of Chemistry is seeking to appoint a Teaching Fellow to contribute to developing and delivering high quality Chemistry teaching, particularly in the general area of organic chemistry, in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick.
We are looking for an enthusiastic academic to join the department and support teaching, learning and assessment activities including lectures, tutorials, workshops, and managing teaching laboratory experiments.
You must demonstrate sufficient breadth and depth of specialist knowledge through previous research, teaching or industrial experience to develop and deliver teaching, learning and assessments in organic chemistry. You will have a good honours degree (minimum 2:1) and a postgraduate qualification (PhD) in a relevant discipline.
You will be familiar with a variety of strategies to promote and assess learning and be able to demonstrate previous experience of teaching in higher education. You will also have an ability to use a range of delivery techniques to engage the interest and enthusiasm of students and inspire effective learning.
You must have the capacity to contribute collegiately to the life and community of the Department by undertaking a variety of duties, such as supporting recruitment open days and outreach activities which may occasionally require weekend work.
You will have strong communication, IT, time management and organisational skills, along with excellent interpersonal skills with relevant experience of working independently and as part of a team. You will understand equal opportunity issues and practical health and safety concerns in a university teaching context. Engagement in professional, pedagogic and practitioner research and other scholarly activity is also expected.
The Department is dedicated to supporting a diverse and inclusive work environment, and hence applications from candidates from groups traditionally under-represented in Chemistry are particularly encouraged and welcome.
The University aims to promote work/life balance for all employees and the Department will consider a range of possible flexible working arrangements.
To find out more or arrange an informal conversation about the role, please contact: [email protected].
Interview Date: TBC.
Job Description
The appointee will contribute to developing and delivering high quality Chemistry teaching in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick as a Teaching Fellow. A fixed-term 12-month post is available to support our thriving undergraduate BSc and MChem programmes.
The appointee will be required to deliver and develop undergraduate lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory-based teaching across a broad area of the Warwick chemistry syllabus with a specific focus on Organic Chemistry; as the role includes significant leadership of some aspects of undergraduate laboratory teaching the appointee will need excellent skills in experimental and analytical chemistry. Other duties may involve administration of teaching and assessment, as well as involvement in our undergraduate admissions activities, outreach activities and pastoral support of students.
Research and Scholarship:
1. Reflect on practice and the development of own teaching and learning skills.
Teaching and Learning Support:
1. Teach as a member of a teaching team in a developing capacity within an established programme of study, corresponding to a variety of teaching modes as needed (face-to- face, online, blended, termly, weekly etc.) with the assistance of a mentor if required.
2. Develop own teaching materials, methods and approaches, corresponding to a variety of teaching modes as needed (face-to-face, online, blended, termly, weekly etc.) with guidance.
3. Identify learning needs of students and define appropriate learning objectives.
4. Ensure that content, methods of delivery and learning materials will meet the defined learning objectives.
5. Supervise the work of students, provide advice on study skills, and help them with learning problems.
6. Select appropriate assessment methods and criteria, assess the work and progress of students by reference to the criteria and provide constructive feedback to students.
Administration and Other Activities:
1. May be expected to attend departmental committees and meetings.
2. Undertake duties related to course administration, such as attendance records, etc.
3. May be expected to assist in the preparation of proposals or applications to external bodies.
4. Support and comply with the University and departmental teaching quality assurance standards and procedures, including the provision of such information as may be required by the department or the University.
5. Ensure compliance with Health and Safety, and other University regulations and good working practices in all aspects of work undertaking risk assessments, where appropriate.
6. Work within budget constraints.
7. To act with professionalism at all times and show respect to their colleagues and to understand and adhere to the University’s value of dignity at work; they are also expected to work collegially and to support all the teams with which they have contact in achieving the University’s objectives.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are for guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be expected to be flexible in their duties and undertake any other duties as directed by the line manager or Faculty’s Management Team. Occasional weekend or evening working may be required, in turn the Department offers flexible working where possible.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1
Good honours degree (minimum 2:1) and postgraduate qualification or equivalent e.g., in a relevant discipline. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
Proven experience of undergraduate teaching in either classroom or teaching laboratory settings. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 3
Sufficient breadth or depth of specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop teaching programmes and the provision of learning support. (a)
Essential Criteria 4
Ability to use a range of delivery techniques to engage and enthuse students and inspire effective learning. (b)
Essential Criteria 5
Dedication to implementing inclusive teaching practices to support our diverse student cohorts. (c)
Essential Criteria 6
Demonstrable ability to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and administrative colleagues, including those external to the University, to promote and contribute towards a collegial environment. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 7
Willingness to contribute collegiately to the life and community of the Department by undertaking a variety of duties, such as supporting recruitment open days and outreach activities, which will occasionally require weekend work. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 8
Strong time management and organisational skills and ability to perform to required deadlines and to initiate, plan, organize and deliver programmes of work. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 9
Strong communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively in English, both verbally and in writing. (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 10
Excellent interpersonal skills with relevant experience of working independently and as part of a team. (b,c)
Essential Criteria 11
Use of industry standard software as needed by the discipline, e.g. Matlab/Chemdraw, as well as good IT skills, including Microsoft Office, and proven ability to use IT to write technical material and presentations. (a,b,c)
Essential Criteria 12
Understanding and practical health and safety experience in a teaching or industrial context. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 13
Understanding of equal opportunity safeguarding and Prevent as they may impact on areas of teaching. (a,c)
Essential Criteria 14
Engaged in, and commited to, continuous professional development. (a,c)
Further Particulars
What we offer
We will provide you with a great range of benefits, which include an attractive pension scheme, 30 days’ holiday plus Christmas closure, excellent learning and development opportunities, and savings on a wide range of products and services. We offer a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities. We recognise the importance of a healthy work/life balance and offer you access to flexible working, for more information visit our Rewards and Benefits website .
We also have an excellent relocation package; to assess whether you may be entitled, please see details on the following page .
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We are strongly committed to supporting staff to achieve their potential. Both the Department of Chemistry and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN silver awards, a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression, and success for all in academia. We provide a welcoming and inclusive working and learning environment, recognising that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. We particularly welcome applications from individuals who identify with any of the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010. We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities.
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Closing Date
23 Jun 2023

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