Assistant Lecturer/ Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Digital Built Environment

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£30,831 to £59,880 per annum (dependent on grade)
Wednesday, 19 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Lecturer/ Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Digital Built Environment
School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Location:     Birmingham, City Centre Campus
Salary:     £30,831 to £59,880 per annum (dependent on grade)
Closing Date:     Wednesday 30 June 2021
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     032021-126

Located in a modern £300m campus in the heart of Birmingham, at the City Centre Campus, the School of Engineering and the Built Environment is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in the growth in our academic portfolio alongside our sustained advancement in research activity, the School continues to be ambitious in its strategic vision and seeks talented individuals to join our team.

We invite applications to join our team in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. The role will involve meeting the Schools digital delivery and research aspirations in our Department of the Built Environment, but particularly in the architectural technology and Building Surveying subject areas.

You will join a strong school wide team delivering successful, professionally accredited, undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Built Environment in well-equipped and purpose built facilities.  We work in a collaborative and cross disciplinary culture where interacting freely across the school and with colleagues in other schools is encouraged to gain a unique insight into impactful problem domains. We seek an individual capable of teaching and undertaking research aligned to the research activities of the school that cut across engineering and the built environment.

To support our digital built environment aspirations, the School of Engineering and the Built Environment is seeking to appoint to one of the following roles:

Salary will vary depending on the level of appointment:

Assistant Lecturer - £30,831 to £33,512 per annum
Lecturer - £37,505 to £40,766 per annum
Senior Lecturer - £46,376 to £50,408 per annum
Associate Professor - £55,091 to 59,880 per annum

Applicants will teach across a variety of different levels and courses, topics and areas including building pathology, construction technology and residential/commercial surveying and will be expected to have a strong construction pathology/technology and residential/commercial surveying background and some experience of the relevant professional bodies competencies (RICS or CIOB) with priority given to shortlisting candidates with most of these areas of expertise. Applicants are expected to have a good research record in one or more of these subject areas.

Duties and Responsibilities for all grades:

  • Providing an excellent student experience
  • Acting in accord with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures
  • Using appropriate learning, teaching, support and assessment methods
  • Teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels 
  • Supervise student projects at undergraduate/postgraduate level.
  • Setting and marking of assessments and providing constructive feedback and feedforward
  • Reflective practice as a method for improving performance
  • Participate in outreach activities to aid in recruitment
  • Pursuing research leading to high quality publications
  • Contributing to curriculum development
  • Addressing the pastoral needs of students 
  • Build contacts internal and external to conduct knowledge transfer activities. 
  • Participating in academic-related administration
  • Embody the University’s strategy and values, demonstrating behaviours that align to those values.

Essential Skills and Experience for all grades 

  • Demonstrate recent industry or equivalent academic experience
  • Demonstrate excellent teaching in higher education or have presented regularly to technical audiences in an industry setting
  • Excellent communication skills and experience of successfully working as part of a team.
  • Have a strong digital built environment background with knowledge of relevant industrial standards, technical and software requirements, and knowledge and some experience of the relevant professional bodies’ competencies (either CIAT or CIOB)

Specific subject expertise in a range of the following: 

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Integrated Digital Design
  • A broad understanding of materials used in construction, and the pathology of building materials 
  • Extraction and manipulation of data within models
  • VR/AR/AI
  • Show potential to develop and sustain externally funded research work
  • Demonstrate that research and innovation is informing and improving the curriculum and teaching methods
  • Show potential to build collaborative internal and external (national and international) relationships
  • Ability to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate student projects
  • Depending on the level that you join at, you will be expected to have a PhD, nearing completion i.e. viva pending, or show potential and ability to engage in PhD study, or equivalent qualification

In addition, for Lecturer grade you will be expected to:

  • Able to contribute to the management of taught programmes and programme accreditation,
  • Contribute to programme design and delivery to comply with the quality standards and regulations of the University
  • Manage own research and / or enterprise activity producing high quality outputs with demonstrable impact, in particular influencing leading edge practice

Contribute to academic and team leadership and development
In addition, for Senior Lecturer grade you will be expected to:

  • Able to contribute to/take responsibility for managing taught programmes, including oversight of day to day operational processes (e.g. timetabling, assessment, examination systems, progression and retention) and programme accreditation processes
  • Contribute to and ensure that programme design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the University
  • Manage and lead own and collaborative research and / or enterprise activity producing high quality outputs with demonstrable impact, in particular influencing leading edge practice
  • Provide and contribute to academic and team leadership and development, for example by agreeing work plans to ensure that programmes are delivered effectively or organising the work of a team by agreeing objectives and work plans

In addition, for Associate Professor grade you will be expected to:

  • Be able to make significant contribution to/lead course and policy development within the School and across the University.
  • Lead and coordinate to research/enterprise bids and activity across the School and Faculty
  • Be a strong academic leader in the subject area and across the School, organising and leading in the deployment of resources and staff.

Desirable skills and experience for all grades

  • Track record of successful networking and community management
  • Interest in cross disciplinary collaboration 
  • MCIAT or MCIOB established membership
  • Working practice/experience of Revit and BIM related software

The specific requirements for each role are detailed in the relevant job descriptions so applicants are advised to review these carefully before making an application. 


In return for your dedication and hard work, can expect great ongoing personal and professional development plus the following main benefits;

  • Generous annual leave entitlement – 40 days including bank holidays and Christmas/New Year closure
  • Sickness/absence entitlement
  • Teachers’ Pension scheme
  • Library facilities on all campuses
  • Life Assurance
  • Personal Accident
  • Travel card scheme
  • Car parking
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Car share scheme
  • Catering facilities 

With around 24,000 students from 80 countries, Birmingham City University is a large and diverse place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The University has an enviable reputation for providing quality, student-focused education in a professional and friendly environment. Our superb courses, state-of-the-art facilities, first-rate staff, and focus on practical skills and professional relevance is producing some of the country’s most employable graduates.

We put £270 million into the regional economy and support thousands of jobs in the area. We're investing £260 million in our estate, including a major expansion of our city centre campus at Eastside, providing students with an enviable range of facilities. The Complete University Guide ranked us as a top 30 UK university for spending on facilities in 2015.

Selection and Interview Process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in a an Assessment Centre process, incorporating a detailed interview, teaching activity and a team-based activity.   

For more details about the role, please contact Dr Mark Shelbourn on or +44 (0)7599 500478 

If you want to be a part of this amazing opportunity, are passionate about education and want to join our richly diverse community, please apply today as we could be part of your future. Complete the online application and upload a copy of your CV.  Candidates are advised to remove personal information, including name, to ensure a fair and transparent recruitment process. 

The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths and backgrounds.

It is each individual successful applicants responsibility to ensure that they have permission to work in the UK. Some applicants may require sponsorship from the University and a visa from UKVI to take up the role if successful. More information on this can be found here:

Some roles are not capable of sponsorship because they do not meet the UKVI criteria relating to skill and salary level. If you are unsure as to whether you would require sponsorship if successful, or whether the role is capable of sponsorship, please contact us:

Please note on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will contact all candidates via email who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice.  We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

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