Friday, May 14, 2021
Job Type: 
Job Rank: 
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer
Job Institution: 
Newcastle University
Job Description: 

The Role

The School of Engineering is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering. This is an exciting opportunity to join one of the largest Engineering Schools in the UK. You will have an emerging (for Lecturer) or strong (for Senior Lecturer) track record in research and a desire to support and inspire the next generation of Newcastle University graduates. 

Based within the Environmental Engineering Group you will be part of a vibrant team of environmental engineers and scientists. We are at the forefront of developing sustainable solutions to the challenges of clean air, soil and water, sanitation, resilient cities and circular economies in a time of global change. We promote excellence by creating a culture and  environment where working together is the norm. We pool our resources and our networks, in the university, the UK and across the world, to drive innovation and creativity for a healthy planet and society. To complement this team, we seek an excellent Lecturer/Senior Lecturer with a distinct vision for the future of environmental engineering. We welcome applicants from across the field of environmental engineering. Our primary criteria are excellence in research and teaching, and commitment to our ethos of creativity and collegiality.

You will benefit from access to excellent research groups and facilities in Environmental Engineering, Water Research, Renewable Energy, and beyond. 

Our diverse colleague population attracts a broad range of bright, active, and engaged students from across the World, with our flagship Environmental Engineering MSc running since 1963. We are part of the Global Water Security and Sustainability Hub which works with partner institutions in Africa, Asia, South America, and the UK using cutting-edge research to address challenges faced by developing countries. We believe that a rich mix of people with different backgrounds will help us create a culture in which intellectually ambitious academics will want to work within a creative and collegiate environment.

Specifically, we are looking for a candidate who will contribute to a greater diversity in our staff and will:

  • bring new ideas and different perspectives to both teaching and research
  • refresh our engagement and challenge our thinking
  • enhance our collegiate experience and make us a more effective team
  • provide more diverse role models, attract a wider range of students and enhance our pastoral care.

 We are keen to attract applicants who:

  • will actively contribute to all aspects of the Discipline, and the School
  • have a strategic approach and see a wide range of options in their own work and the work of the School
  • are enthusiastic and committed to new ventures and innovations in teaching.

All applicants who fulfil the job criteria are welcome, and working arrangements can be flexible to meet specific needs. We are keen to offer opportunities, where possible, to people from groups who are currently underrepresented in academia generally and the engineering discipline specifically. All applications will be considered on the merits, experience and qualifications of the candidate as these relate to the requirements and specifications of the post.  

A research and teaching statement should be uploaded as part of the application.

For informal enquiries contact Prof Thomas Curtis, Professor of Environmental Engineering,

Further information:

Key Accountabilities

  • Initiate and implement a programme of research of an international standard in collaboration with, or in an area within the Discipline of Environmental Engineering
  • Communicate, publish and promote research outputs and impact 
  • Identify and obtain funding from appropriate sources to support the programme of research 
  • Contribute to the delivery of core modules, across any stage, within the Civil and Environmental Engineering programmes, using appropriate instruction methods and other pedagogic work, and to mark and assess students’ work
  • Supervise students’ projects and dissertations and supervise students and staff engaged on higher degree work by research
  • Undertake curriculum development work, planning, development and evaluation of courses and course materials, and supervise course provision
  • Participate in the administrative and management processes of the School
  • Carry out appropriate impact and engagement activities with academic, educational, learned/professional and industry partners and the general public, for the benefit of the University and the discipline
  • Represent the discipline on School, Faculty or University committees/groups

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • In-depth subject knowledge/expertise in a relevant area
  • Research track record, including publications in high quality and internationally recognised research journals
  • Evidence of presentation of work to the national and international research community (e.g. conferences, seminars and similar high profile events)
  • Effective time management and prioritisation skills to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching, research and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent skills in communication, both orally and in written forms, including the ability to create, organise and present teaching and learning materials effectively for both large group and small group teaching
  • Teaching, lecturing or assessment experience at undergraduate or postgraduate level, which may include laboratory sessions
  • Experience of successful leadership of funded research and taught programme components (Desirable) (Essential for Senior Lecturer)
  • Experience of recruiting, supervising and motivating different types of students (Desirable)
  • Evidence of introducing new insights to the content, delivery, or assessment of educational programmes (Desirable)
  • Evidence of effective management of individual or team projects, and successful task completion (Desirable)
  • Excellent collaborative, interpersonal and team working skills, resolving tensions/difficulties if they arise, and engaging/signposting pastoral care as appropriate (Desirable)

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • Capacity for original thought, creativity and leadership
  • A clear, ambitious academic vision that represents a good fit with the aims of the academic unit
  • Willingness and ability to work in interdisciplinary research and teaching environments
  • Demonstrable commitment to our values: 
    • Professionalism and Academic Excellence 
    • Transparency and Accountability 
    • Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity 
    • Collaborative and Multi-disciplinary 
    • Ambition and aspiration 
    • Motivation and Passion
    • Inquisitive, Creative and Imaginative 
    • Integrity and Respect
    • Social Responsibility 
  • Ability to create ideas for attracting undergraduate and postgraduate students for the taught programmes (Desirable)
  • Through good networking skills, the ability to develop productive links with fellow professionals from other organisations and agencies, with whom the University interacts, notably representatives of organisations funding or collaborating in research and professional bodies or societies (Desirable)


  • A good Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant subject area 
  • A PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant subject area
  • A recognised qualification or equivalent experience in teaching in higher education (Desirable)