Teaching Fellow: Science Communication

Edinburgh, UK
Jun 14, 2020
Jul 14, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
Applications are invited for a full-time Teaching Fellow post (Science Communication) in the Biomedical Sciences Teaching Organisation. You will deliver and assess courses primarily within the on-campus MSc Science Communication and Public Engagement degree programme, supervise and assess dissertation students on the aforementioned programme, contribute to the academic administration of the programmes and assist in course development. You may also be required to assist in additional teaching on undergraduate science communication courses. The post is full-time (although flexibility and job share are possibilities) and is for 2 years in the first instance. An MSc in Science Communication OR specialist knowledge in science communication and public engagement theory and practice or museums theory and practice is essential. It would be preferable to have some experience of teaching in Higher Education and to have a higher degree. IT expertise is required along with good interpersonal skills. A post less than 1.0 FTE requires flexibility around weekly working hours.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Elizabeth Stevenson e.stevenson@ed.ac.uk.

1. Job Details

Job title: Teaching Fellow UE07 Science Communication

School/Support Department: Biomedical Sciences

Unit (if applicable): Biomedical Teaching Organisation

Line manager: Dr Elizabeth Stevenson

2. Job Purpose

To deliver and assess courses primarily within the on-campus MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement degree programme. To assist in the development of new courses, supervision and assessment of dissertation students and in additional teaching and assessment in science communication and public engagement for undergraduate students

3. Main Responsibilities
Approx. % of time
  • Teach, supervise and assess courses for the MScs Science Communication and Public Engagement Programmes to allow the Deanery to deliver required postgraduate teaching including supervision of Master's dissertation students.(80%)
  • Develop into the role of Course Organiser for selected courses to ensure fulfilment of quality assurance and enhancement requirements. (15%)
  • Assist with the development of current and future courses to ensure the continual development of the programme and contribute to other science communication teaching as required. (5%)

  • 4. Planning and Organising
    Prepare and facilitate seminars and other teaching sessions so that they are delivered at an appropriate level and within relevant deadlines.
    Undertake specific co-ordinating roles to ensure delivery of course.
    Maintain regular contact with students; keep written records of meetings and instigate follow-up of non-attendance.
    Coordinate and mark assessments.
    Plan own workload effectively to meet deadlines.

    5. Problem Solving

    Ensure that innovative teaching materials and assessment methods are developed for the current academic year and developed for future delivery of the course.
    Be reflective in approach to identify areas for improvement in teaching and assessment.
    Use professional skills to assess and assist students to define their difficulties and find solutions.
    Raise issues of concern directly with students and to know when/if to contact colleagues for advice.

    6. Decision Making
    Prioritisation of own work.
    Construct appropriate assessment for the course.
    Decide on changes to course content in relation to feedback from students, Programme Director and External Examiner.
    Decide whether to refer students' queries/problems to other staff/university agencies.

    7. Key Contacts/Relationships
    Interact with Programme Director; overall course design, content and the identification of additional teaching resources which will contribute to the course.
    Liaise with other academic staff/external speakers involved in the delivery of the course.
    Liaise with Programme Administrator to ensure the efficient and effective administration of the course.

    8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job
    An MSc in Science Communication or specialist knowledge in Science Communication and Public Engagement theory and practice or Museums theory and practice is required. It would be preferable to have some experience of teaching in Higher Education and to have a higher degree.

    10. Job Context and any other relevant information
    The post has a direct relationship with other aspects of the remit of the BMTO particularly with respect to the development of teaching and learning in the MSc degree programmes e.g. online learning and teaching, commitment to effective feedback on assignments.
  • Job Context and any other relevant information
    This post is essential to the delivery of both the online and on-campus MSc programmes Science Communication and Public Engagement.

  • Salary
    The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,797 to £40,322 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

    Pension Scheme
    This role is grade UE07 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our pension's website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/finance/pensions/scheme-details/uss

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    Application Procedure
    All applicants should apply online by clicking the "apply" button at the foot of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

    Closing date: 31 July 2020 at 5pm.

    Interview date
    You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

    The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.
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