Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Smart Computer Systems

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£37,505 to £50,408 per annum (dependent on grade)
02 Aug 2021
End of advertisement period
22 Aug 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Smart Computer Systems
School of Computing and Digital Technology
Location:     Birmingham, City Centre Campus
Salary:     £37,505 to £50,408 per annum (dependent on grade) 
Posted On:     Wednesday 28 July 2021
Closing Date:     Sunday 22 August 2021
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     032021-102-R

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

Building on continuous success in student growth and in sustained advancement of research activities, the School has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments whilst also receiving BCS Accreditation.

We invite applications to join our integrated teaching, research and innovation teams in the Department of Networks and Cybersecurity as Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Smart Computer Systems.  We embed Smart Systems principles and practices into Smart Systems courses on undergrad and postgrad levels. You’ll be joining a well-established course-team with a proven track record of producing skilled and confident graduates who are ready to meet the demands of the Smart Computer Systems industry.  The department’s teaching & learning strategy is aimed to equip students with Smart Computer Systems skills and knowledge that will boost their employability. The research-and-innovation objective is to enhance the reputation of the School through active engagement with excellent research resulting in high quality outcomes, research-informed teaching, and impactful projects that advance the state of the art within Smart Computer Systems practice and research.

To support this exciting strategic initiative, the Department of Networks and Cybersecurity has lots of jobs on offer at many different grades and salaries;

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

Applicants will teach across a variety of different levels, topics and areas such as; 

  • Smart computing methods and solutions,
  • Artificial Intelligence/ Machine Learning - based approaches to Smart Computer Systems,
  • Cyber Physical Systems (CPS),
  • Autonomous intelligent machines and systems,
  • IoT analytics, 
  • Sensors and wireless networks.

Priority will be given to candidates with these areas of expertise.    Applicants are expected to have a 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.

Depending on experience, applicants will teach across a variety of different areas, and will be expected to teach at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels from level 4 to level 7 Masters.

For Lecturer Grade and above you will be expected to:

  • develop own teaching materials;
  • manage learner cohorts;
  • teach as a member of the Networks and Smart Systems team in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures;
  • ensure the efficient delivery of teaching programmes in accordance with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures;
  • set and mark assessments and provide constructive feedback to students;
  • seek ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback;
  • collaborate with colleagues in the Networks and Smart Systems team to conduct high quality applied research leading to publications in reputable journals and conference proceedings;
  • develop external partnerships to support bid writing for research funding.
  • apply practical skills in industry through the delivery of training and consultancy;

What you need 

  • Experience of Smart Systems in an industry context 
  • You will be expected to have a PhD or nearing completion i.e. viva pending, or equivalent qualification. 
  • Applicants who have a Masters qualification and extensive practice experience at managerial level will also be considered. 
  • For roles at a more senior level preference will be given to staff who can demonstrate a research publication track record or a publication pipeline targeting well regarded refereed journals and/or securing research grants and contracts. 

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 

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted and expected to take part in a first phase short screening interview (this may be before the closing date). 

Successful applicants will then be invited back to participate in a second phase Assessment Centre process, incorporating a more 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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