Assistant Lecturer in Computing (software development)

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£30,831 to £33,512 per annum pro rata
02 Aug 2021
End of advertisement period
07 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Assistant Lecturer in Computing (software development) - Fixed Term for 9 months
School of Computing and Digital Technology
Location:     Birmingham, City Centre Campus
Salary:     £30,831 to £33,512 per annum pro rata
Posted On:     Friday 16 July 2021
Closing Date:     Saturday 07 August 2021
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     072021-311

The Role

The Department of Digital Transformation seeks academics with expert knowledge of, and experience in, software development. This will be combined with the proven ability to communicate, support students and experience of working in or with industry. 

Depending on experience, applicants will teach across a variety of areas.  You will be expected to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels from level 3 (foundation year) to level 7 (masters degree).  Subject areas include (but are not limited to): 

  • Databases 
  • Programming 
  • Software design 
  • Systems integration 
  • System testing and evaluation 
  • Cloud computing and server technology 
  • Digital transformation

Applicants are expected to have good practical experience in one or more of these subject areas. 

Membership of a professional body (such as the BCS or the IET) and professional registration (such as CITP or CEng) would be an advantage at all grades.

The Department

This is your chance to join the Department of Digital Transformation at a transformational stage of its growth, and to contribute to the ongoing success of its students and staff. As part of the school of Computing and Digital Technology, we are building on continued growth in student numbers and sustained advancement of research activities. This success has driven a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investment. 

Located in a modern £300m campus in the heart of Birmingham City Centre, the Department is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to high-quality teaching with meaningful learning opportunities, excellence in research and impactful industrial engagement.

You will be expected to

  • Support the development of teaching materials.
  • Teach as a member of the Digital Transformation team in a variety of settings.
  • Mark assessments and provide constructive feedback to students.
  • Reflect on your own performance and identify ways to improve and develop.
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Digital Transformation team to conduct high quality applied research leading to publications in reputable journals and conference proceedings.
  • Support external partnerships to support bid writing for research funding.
  • Apply practical skills in industry through the delivery of training and consultancy.
  • Be innovative, task-owning and team oriented in your approach to work.

What you need 

  • Experience of software development, ideally in an industry context.
  • Outstanding technical, teamwork and communication skills.
  • Experience of teaching or training and a willingness to develop in this area.
  • An enthusiasm for teaching and learning.

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.

The University Core Values are Excellence, People Focused, Partnership Working and Fairness and Integrity. These values underpin our working practices and student and staff community so applicants need to demonstrate these values during the application process.


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 

Successfully shortlisted applicants will be asked 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.

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