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Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Automation and Robotics Engineering

School of Digital, Technologies and Arts

Location:  Stoke campus
Salary:   £34,804 to £49,553 per annum
Tenure:  Full time Permanent
Release Date:  Tuesday 01 June 2021
Closing Date:   Wednesday 07 July 2021
Reference:  DTA20-41

Who is Staffordshire University? 

Staffordshire University is on a journey to become the foremost modern higher education institution in the UK, with an international reputation for excellence, and we are looking for inspirational and effective people to take us to the next stage.

In 2018 we broke in to the World University rankings for the first time and were named as a top 50 UK university by the Guardian. The quality of our student experience has placed us in the top 10 for teaching quality in the Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 and in 2019  we achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Many of our students come from areas with low rates of participation in higher education and we continually strive to ensure the courses we offer meet the needs of people and employers. 

You can join us at a time when we begin the next step of our transformation journey. The new £40m Catalyst Building will deliver 6,500 new apprentices in the next decade, boosting both the local and national economy. The development of our offer to new academic areas and geographic locations will see us expand our reach and make an innovative offer to a new generation of students.

We are a University of and for our community: local, national and global. If you share our values and have the skills to deliver our vision, we want to hear from you.

Engineering at Staffordshire University has a well-established reputation for providing an innovative portfolio which includes Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Higher and Degree Apprenticeships and academic courses. We wish to complement our existing, experienced and very successful academic team with a suitably experienced, enthusiastic and motivated candidate seeking to further their career in Higher Education.

About the role 

As Robotics Engineering and Automation subject expert, you will be expected to contribute to the University’s research outputs by attracting research funding/consultancy work and leading high-quality research.

You will teach and assess students across a range of levels and courses. You will need to look for opportunities to contribute to our teaching and learning strategies to explicitly enhance the student experience through the use of digital technology. 

You must be an enthusiastic, reliable and resourceful academic with ambition to undertake research, consultancy and income generating activities. Successful candidates would join an established teaching team based at our Stoke-on-Trent campus.

The role would include such activities as:

  • Preparing and delivering teaching and learning activity on various aspects of our Engineering courses including project supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
  • Delivery of Robotics and Automation skills, theory teaching, personal tutoring, and assessment.
  • Enhancement of the student experience and facilitating ongoing course evaluation and development.
  • Engaging with and developing innovative and effective teaching methods to enhance student engagement and achievement.
  • Contributing to student recruitment and ongoing promotion of the course.

The ideal applicant will have extensive experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Control systems and automation, Navigation and path planning, Robot simulation and modelling, Mechatronics, Cognitive robotics and autonomous systems, Human-machine interaction, System integration and automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, and Computer vision. Effective teamwork and excellent communication skills are essential.

The University is keen to support staff in achieving high standards of pedagogy in order to facilitate effective student learning. All newly appointed full-time and fractional contracted members of academic staff who have less than three years teaching experience and do not have the equivalent qualification from another University, are required to undertake and complete the most appropriate route from either the Academic Professional Apprenticeship (APA), Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education (PgCHPE) or Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Education in Healthcare (PgDPEH). This must be commenced within 24 months of appointment as a condition of their employment with Staffordshire University. If you are shortlisted, the chair of the interview panel will explain this further. All members of academic staff will be expected to achieve Fellowship of the HEA within an agreed timescale after commencement. 

For an informal discussion about this role please contact: Dr Anas Amjad, Course Director – Electrical and Electronic Engineering, a.amjad@staffs.ac.uk

In return for your dedication we have a competitive benefits package available

  • Competitive incremental rates of Pay
  • Starting from 29 days Annual Leave (depending on job grade) plus 11 days Bank Holiday and Discretionary days
  • Excellent Pension Scheme
  • Access to continued professional and personal development
  • An opportunity to become part of the wider University community
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounted Health & Fitness Facilities on site at the Stoke Campus
  • Discounted Travel by Rail or Bus, with the option of season tickets loans
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Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves. We focus on inclusion as a way to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

We promote applications from all sections of the community, regardless of background, belief or identity, recognising the benefits a diverse organisation can bring for the University. 

We particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people, who are currently under-represented in the University workforce.


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