University of Birmingham, Mathematics

Position ID: 531-TF [#21431, 59438Z22]
Position Title: Teaching Fellow in Mathematics
Position Type: Teaching stream faculty
Position Location: Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, United Kingdom [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Mathematics, Algebraic and Differential Topology
Application Deadline: 2022/11/22 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/11/04, finished 2023/05/27)
Position Description:    

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Applications are invited for a Teaching Fellow position within the School of Mathematics. This position, which will be fixed-term for 12 months, aims to cover teaching of a member of staff on maternity leave. All applicants are expected to have submitted their PhD thesis at the time of taking up the position which is expected to be early January 2023.

All applicants are asked to submit the following in support of their application:

A CV and covering letter detailing your experience, skills and achievements in meeting (or the potential to meet) the essential criteria set out in the person specification above. A statement as to your aspirations as a Teaching Fellow in terms of your motivation, what you would like to achieve by undertaking this role, and what your broad approaches to enhancing the student learning experience are (maximum 3 pages of A4 12-point text). The assessment for the post will include the delivery of a teaching session, followed by an interview.

The University of Birmingham’s School of Mathematics is one of the UK’s best mathematical sciences departments with an outstanding reputation in research, teaching, and student experience. It has a longstanding tradition of delivering excellence in its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes through research-led and small group teaching, with a particular emphasis being upon fostering a supportive and inclusive learning community amongst all staff and students. The School ranks 5th amongst Russell Group departments of Mathematical Sciences for overall student experience (National Student Survey 2021).

The School consists of over 70 research active academic staff, around 20 postdoctoral researchers and around 50 postgraduates, with research groups in Algebra, Analysis, Combinatorics, Probability and Algorithms, Continuum Mechanics and Nonlinear Systems, Data Science and Computational Statistics, Financial Mathematics, Geometry and Mathematical Physics, Mathematical Biology and Healthcare, Mathematics Education, Optimization and Numerical Analysis, Topology and Dynamical Systems. It possesses a vibrant and inclusive research and teaching culture with many visitors, seminars, international conferences and workshops being hosted and organised by its members.

We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment for staff to develop as researchers and teachers. The School is a supportive and people-focused friendly environment, committed to equality, diversity and inclusivity. We encourage applications from the

widest community and provide equal opportunities in our recruitment processes. The School of Mathematics holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia. The School also supports the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme, whose aim is to support mathematics departments to embed equal opportunities for women within their working practices, and is a member of the Piscopia which forms a UK-community of women and non-binary students and mathematics researchers.

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Please quote job reference 59438Z22 in your application

Main Duties

Teach and lead the module Algebraic and Differential Topology, collaborating with colleagues on course design, development, and delivery. Act as a Personal Academic Tutor to groups of Year 1 and/or Year 2 undergraduate students. Supervise undergraduate student(s) through Year 1 and/or Year 2 tutorials and student projects. Contribute to the design of modules with other colleagues. Plan and prepare own teaching, including guidance notes and handouts in accordance with the established objectives of the teaching programme. Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work. Develop an approach to planning and reviewing own teaching. Undertake full range of responsibilities in relation to supervision, marking and examining. (Summative assessment, including assessed work contributing to the final award – as a mark or as a credit – such as unseen examinations, essays, dissertations or presentations, is subject to validation by the academic supervisor.) Frequently update own subject expertise. Undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes. Contribute to knowledge transfer on own specialism that is of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader. Undertake management/administration arising from teaching. Contribute to Departmental/School teaching-related activities and teaching-related administration. Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader. Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.

Person Specification

Higher degree relevant to research or teaching area or equivalent qualifications High level analytical capability Ability to design and deliver Algebraic and Differential Topology module materials successfully Ability to assess and organise resources effectively Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.

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