Lecturer in Investigative Sciences

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£44,001 to £49,048 per annum, pro rata, with potential progression up to £61,309 per annum
19 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

School/Department Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at Cranfield Campus, Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Hours of work 18.5 hours per week. Flexible working will be actively considered
Contract type Fixed term contract
Fixed Term Period Fixed Term Contract for 2 years
Salary Full time starting salary is normally in the range of £44,001 to £49,048 per annum, pro rata, with potential progression up to £61,309 per annum, pro rata
Apply by 31/03/2022

Role Description

Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI)

welcomes applications for the post of Lecturer in Investigative Sciences.

CFI provides a Centre of Excellence for the application of science and technology to law enforcement particularly through niche areas of forensic science.  We offer a suite of highly successful forensic postgraduate degrees.

About the Role

Primary responsibilities of this role include:

  • Delivery of the MSc Investigative Sciences, and in particular the PgCert in Search Science
  • Development of new specialist elective modules and short courses under the umbrella of the MSc Investigative Sciences
  • Continued production of high impact research, particularly in the field of search science

You will play a leading role in the development and operation of CFI’s new crime scene facility and work towards ensuring that it operates at the forefront of domestic and international development with the design and development of educational products offered through it.

About You

You will have significant operational experience in criminal investigations in a police or related practitioner role.  You should have experience of managing and investigating major crime, including police search operations. 

You will be expected to provide leadership, such as course management, business development, preparing large funding bids, acting as a Principal Investigator on large, funded consultancy and other scholarship projects and managing collaborative networks of researchers linked with industry.  Therefore, evidence of experience in these areas would be useful to include.

You will be expected to be a teaching and/or research academic in their own right.  Experience of operating within criminal investigation for a UK police service or equivalent is a requirement.

Knowledge of international investigations, particularly as these impact on the UK (kidnap, DVI, homicide, counterterrorism etc) would be welcomed. You will be supported in building a strong research profile, with a CDS funded PhD studentship available for you to advertise, recruit, and supervise on appointment.

The University has a Research and Innovation Office to support academic staff in their applications for funding and collaborative opportunities. In return, you will have exciting opportunities for career development in this key position, and to be at the forefront of world leading research and education, joining a supportive team and environment.

About Us

As a specialist postgraduate university, Cranfield’s world-class expertise, large-scale facilities and unrivalled industry partnerships are creating leaders in technology and management globally. Learn more about Cranfield and our unique impact here.

Our Values and Commitments

Our shared, stated values help to define who we are and underpin everything we do: Ambition; Impact; Respect; and Community. Find out more here.

We aim to create and maintain a culture in which everyone can work and study together and realise their full potential. Find out about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here. We are currently piloting hybrid working arrangements until April 2022.  This means the majority of our staff are spending between 40% and 60% of their time working from the office where job roles allow.

How to apply

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Andrew Shortland at

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