Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£37,505 to £50,408 per annum (dependent on grade)
20 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
31 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Location:     Birmingham, City Centre Campus
Salary:     £37,505 to £50,408 per annum (dependent on grade)  
Closing Date:     Monday 31 May 2021
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     032021-136

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 invite applications to join our team in a dynamic, multidisciplinary environment. You will have opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in undertaking research and in the delivery of our Engineering courses particularly related to undergraduate and postgraduate courses in automotive engineering.  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 with current investment in automotive engineering including a new electric vehicle test cell.

We are a practice-based school, our undergraduate programmes are delivered using the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) framework, making our teaching and research relevant to the evolving world around us. 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 individuals capable of teaching that is aligned to the activities of the Department of Engineering. Applicants will teach across a variety of different areas and will be expected to teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Salary will vary depending on the level of appointment:

Lecturer - £37,505 to £40,766 per annum
Senior Lecturer - £46,376 to £50,408 per annum

Our staff and student community is defined by our core values, which outline who we are as a University and how we will work with each other. Our core values are Excellence, People focused, Partnership working and Fairness and integrity. 

The Role

  • Provide an excellent student experience through managing taught programmes and delivery, in particular in particular MEng, BEng, Msc Automotive Engineering and MEng, BEng, Msc Mechanical Engineering
  • Participate in / Contribute to research activity in the subject area
  • Undertake personal tutoring
  • Participate in and develop internal and external networks

Skills and Experience


  • A good first degree and PhD, or willing to study for a PhD in the subject field
  • Teaching qualification or preparedness to work towards.
  • Evidence of excellent teaching identified by peer review. 
  • Contributed to high quality publications or other relevant outputs in research or leading edge practice. 
  • Proven post-graduate level mathematical and analysis skills and associated computational simulation, use of Matlab, Ansys, Adams, Catia, Solidworks or similar software

Subject expertise in:

  • Mechanical / Engineering Design and Modelling 
  • Structural mechanics


  • CDIO methodology & implementation
  • Demonstrable ability to lead research projects, win bids and generate income
  • Track record of successful networking, for example as Link-Tutor
  • Eligible for Fellow status under the Higher Education Academy’s Professional Standards Framework. (FHEA)

For roles at a more senior level preference will be given to staff who can demonstrate a research publication track record in well regarded refereed journals and/or securing research grants and contracts. Applicants who have a Masters qualification and extensive practice experience at managerial level will also be considered. Strong leadership background within academia or industry is essential for the Associate Professor role.

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

Selection and Interview Process

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to participate in an Assessment Centre process, incorporating a detailed interview, teaching activity and a team-based activity.  We welcome applicants seeking a fractional contract arrangement. If you wish to discuss this option, you can do so at interview stage.

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. 

At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.  All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do . This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many  different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve.  We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and actively encourage unique contributions, in particular from under-represented groups in respect of age, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status

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