Assistant Lecturer - PhD Studentship in Engineering

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Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£30,831 to £33,512 per annum pro rata
17 May 2021
End of advertisement period
30 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Assistant Lecturer - PhD Studentship in Engineering x3 (Fixed Term, Part Time)
School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Location:     Birmingham, City Centre Campus
Salary:     £30,831 to £33,512 per annum pro rata 
Closing Date:     Wednesday 30 June 2021
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     042021-177

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. Our 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 popularity of our courses and the strength of our research have created some exciting opportunities to expand our academy.

This is an ideal opportunity for you to develop an academic career at University Level. We invite applications who are passionate about digital transformation and its impact across the curriculum. You will have opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in undertaking research and in the delivery of our undergraduate Engineering Courses. 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.

We are a practice-based school, our professionally accredited undergraduate and postgraduate programmes are delivered using the CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement and Operate) framework, making our teaching and research relevant to the evolving world around us. 

Teaching duties will be required on a 0.3 FTE basis (up to 18 hours per week, but with an average of 15). In addition to this, successful applicants will be awarded a studentship to support their part-time PhD studies; this will include a part-time fee waiver. This post is initially for up to four years with an annual review, but the contract may be extended, if required, to support PhD completion or to upgrade it to a full time position. 

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

  • You will support student experience through delivering taught programmes, in particular BEng Mechanical Engineering, Automotive Engineering and Electronics and Electrical Engineering.
  • You will undertake research in one of the proposed areas. The PhD/research element of this role involves being enrolled as a part-time PhD student.

Essential Experience

  • You will have the ability to teach across a variety of different areas related to mechanical engineering at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • You have or be predicted to achieve, a good honours undergraduate degree or equivalent in engineering or related disciplines (minimum requirement: 2.1). An MSc is desirable, but not essential. 

Subject expertise


  • You will have some experience of teaching in areas related to engineering at undergraduate levels. Alternatively, based on industrial experience, you will be able to demonstrate excellent ability to communicate in-depth technical knowledge to a wide audience.


  • AI for engineering 
  • Electrification
  • Digitalization

The themes are related, but not limited to:

  • AI for machine design 
  • AI for sustainable transport/engineering
  • Battery cooling and battery technologies 
  • AI for Autonomous /Electric Vehicles
  • Drone technologies 
  • Sensors networks

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

Selection and Interview Process

Candidates wishing to have an informal discussion regarding the post and the topics should reach for, to be put in relation with the concerned academics and engage discussions.  

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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