Lecturer in Biology Education (Academic Education Pathway)
This is an opportunity for an individual with expertise in teaching biology at secondary school level to join one of the top 10 UK universities in the world. King’s College London offers an intellectually stimulating environment in which to work, where staff are dedicated to the advancement of knowledge and learning, in the service of society. The Lecturer in Biology Education will lead curriculum development, teaching and management on the Biology PGCE, and play a key role in PGCE Science teaching and tutoring. They will also contribute to other programmes in the school such as the MA Education. This role will also contribute to the academic life of the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CRESTEM) and will act as Personal Tutor to PGCE and MA students.
At King’s, we are committed to ensuring that applicants from under-represented backgrounds, and/or those with protected characteristics, feel confident applying to work with us. We strongly encourage applications from members of groups with protected characteristics, and/or that have been marginalised on any grounds, so that we better reflect the community we serve.
This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for 2 years. Job sharing opportunities may be considered.
- Lead the Biology PGCE programme, including curriculum development, teaching and management.
- Contribute to curriculum development, teaching, timetabling, monitoring and evaluation on academic programmes. This will be primarily for the PGCE Science programme and will also include the PGCE professional studies module and other programmes, such as the MA Education.
- Act as Personal Tutor to PGCE and MA students.
- Liaise with partnership schools, including mentor development and liaison, and undertaking school visits to students on placement.
- Assess PGCE students’ competency and MA-level assignments.
- Review PGCE applications and interview prospective candidates.
- Develop and apply innovative and appropriate teaching techniques and material to create interest, understanding and enthusiasm amongst students.
- Ensure that course design and delivery comply with the quality standards and regulations of the School and College.
- Effectively perform academic administrative duties (e.g. programme and module leadership, examinations, admissions) as required by the Head of School.
- Continually update knowledge and understanding in relevant fields, participating in Continuous Professional Development.
- Make a wider contribution to teacher development within ECS and with other departments.
- Collaborate with academic and professional colleagues on joint projects and areas of shared interest, including contributing to the academic life of the Centre for Research in Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (CRESTEM), and collaboration with other King’s departments.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
1. A relevant PhD qualification (applicants currently undertaking a PhD will also be considered)
2. Good honours degree in a Biology related discipline
3. QTS or other equivalent UK qualification
4. Expertise in teaching biology at secondary school level (with experience in the English system strongly preferred) and a track record of successful classroom practice in biology education
5. Ability to work in a team
6. Awareness of current issues in teacher education and biology education
7. Reflective practice and communication of educational scholarship through peer engagement, publication or conferences
8. Ability to work under own initiative and meet competing deadlines, with excellent administrative and organisational skills.
9. A willingness to be flexible, with a professional approach
10. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
11. Ability to carry out school visits across London schools
1. Experience of running a PGCE Science/ Biology programme
2. Experience of engagement with external stakeholders and networks relevant to Biology Education