Assistant Professor of Mathematics (Teaching)
The Department of Mathematical Sciences at Durham University is investing in excellence and seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor (Teaching). We welcome applications from those with University level teaching interests in any area of mathematics, and we are particularly eager to hear from applicants with a focus on either teaching mathematics in the context of the wider community or on digital learning.
This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to the development of the Department's teaching and curriculum, while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to build your career in an exciting and progressive institution. The successful candidate will contribute to the main teaching and learning activities of the Department, as well as supporting the general functioning of the Department, for example through outreach activities, school liaison and developing teaching resources.
You will be expected to engage in pedagogic activity at a departmental level that significantly supports a high-quality academic professional community of practice, and in ways that positivity impact on teaching and learning within the department (and potentially beyond). Note that any other independent research (beyond pedagogy) is not part of this post. The appointment will be on the University's 'Teaching Track' career path, which provides clearly defined opportunities for progression against defined criteria.
The Department is one of the UK's best mathematics departments, with an outstanding reputation in research, teaching, and student employability. Ranked 7th in terms of grade point average intensity in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, it has an active programme of internationally recognised research in Pure Mathematics, Applied Mathematics (including Applied and Computational Mathematics as well as Mathematical and Theoretical Particle Physics), and Statistics and Probability. The research culture is vibrant, with many visitors, seminars, international conferences and workshops. We aim to provide a supportive and friendly environment with a strong sense of community. The Department, which currently has 88 permanent members of staff, has recently grown significantly, and will continue to grow. In early 2021, we move to a newly constructed building, to be shared with Computer Science, with the goal of fostering constrictive interdisciplinary exchanges.
The Department has a proud tradition of delivering excellence in its undergraduate programmes through research-led and small group teaching. Attracting some of the best students in the UK (5th best average UCAS entry tariff), the Department is ranked 4th in the Complete University Guide 2021. As part of the expansion of the Department, a new MSc in Scientific Computing and Data Analysis commenced in 2019, while this year we launched a new degree in Mathematics and Statistics. Both degrees will allow research-led teaching in areas at the forefront of modern statistical practice.
The Department 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 Department 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.
For more information, please visit https://www.dur.ac.uk/mathematical.sciences/.
The closing date for applications is 15 January 2021 at midnight.