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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Explosives Safety Management

Cranfield, United Kingdom
£48,039 - £69,505 per annum
Closing date
1 Jan 2024

Job Details

School/Department: Cranfield Defence and Security
Based at: Shrivenham, Oxfordshire - Cranfield Defence and Security
Hours of work: 37 hours per week, normally worked Monday to Friday. Flexible working will be considered
Contract type: Permanent
Salary: Lecturer: £48,039 to £57,797 per annum with potential progression to £70,000 per annum. Senior Lecturer: £60,099 to £69,505 per annum with potential progression to £85,000 per annum.
Apply by: 01/01/2024

Role Description

The Centre for Defence Chemistry has been working on propellants, explosives, and pyrotechnic research since the 1980s. We are interested in all aspects of manufacturing, vulnerability, combustion, and life assessment of energetic materials. We have an explosive licence to manufacture and store explosives, propellants and pyrotechnics, an accredited hazard testing and compatibility facility, a dedicated manufacturing facility and an explosive range at the Cranfield Ordnance Test and Evaluation Centre. All our people are experts in their field and some represent the UK on NATO committees. 

About the Role

The primary objective of this role is to provide versatile support for the implementation and management of the explosive licensing activities and the legislative compliance and safe conduct of explosives activities within the Centre for Defence Chemistry (CfDC) laboratories and wider CDS requirements. This pivotal role entails actively managing the oversight of safe operating procedures for both staff and students engaged in research and teaching related to explosives in accordance with legislation and safe practice. 

You will be expected to engage in scholarship activity pertaining to explosive safety, bringing insights that benefit both your role and the broader CfDC community. Additionally, exploring opportunities for securing funding to support explosive safety initiatives is encouraged. A crucial aspect of the role is maintaining close collaboration with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to align with regulatory standards and best practices and ensuring CDS remains compliant with explosives safety legislation.

You will also be responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all laboratory explosive licences are in place at CDS for all research and teaching activities.
  • Contributing to the oversight of safe operating procedures for staff and students involved in explosive-related research and teaching.
  • Regularly updating the Head of School and report directly to the Head of Chemistry on explosive safety.
  • Taking a leading role in delivering and implementing explosive safety measures.
  • Designing, developing, and delivering explosive education programs for CfDC staff and PhD students.
  • Safety implementation and monitoring and leading on management on monitoring strategies.

As a Senior Lecturer, you will be expected to provide leadership in the critical areas of explosives safety management, course management, preparing funding bids, acting as a Principal Investigator on large-funded research project and managing collaborative networks of researchers linked with the public sector and industry.

About You

You will have a PhD in safety / chemistry / engineering. As a Lecturer you will hold a teaching qualification such as PGCert in Academic Practice or equivalent and/or Membership of Higher Education Academy or willingness to undertake FHEA.  As a Senior Lecturer you will hold FHEA or a willingness to obtain FHEA, and significant teaching experience at graduate level. 

As a Lecturer you will have experience of:

  • Practical experience in an explosives, HazMat or chemicals laboratory.
  • Classification of explosives.
  • Knowledge of Explosives Licensing requirements.
  • Experience of delivering demonstrations to enhance theoretical problems. 
  • Experience of lecturing at Masters level and developing teaching programmes.
  • Substantial contributor to award bearing and/or CPD delivery and experience of being a Module Leader.

Additionally for Senior Lecturer, you will have experience of:

  • Significant experience as Masters or undergraduate course director. 
  • Significant experience of leadership in the critical areas of new module and course development, course management, business development, managing collaborative networks.
  • Substantial contributions in teaching, and leadership and management.
  • Experience of supervising student dissertations and projects at Masters and PhD level.

Membership of relevant professional bodies for example NEBOSH is desirable. 

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. We are a Disability Confident Employer and proud members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme. We are committed to actively exploring flexible working options for each role and have been ranked in the Top 30 family friendly employers in the UK by the charity Working Families. Find out more about our key commitments to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Flexible Working here.

Working Arrangements

Collaborating and connecting are integral to so much of what we do. Our Working Arrangements Framework provides many staff with the opportunity to flexibly combine on-site and remote working, where job roles allow, balancing the needs of our community of staff, students, clients and partners.

How to apply                                             

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Professor Tracey Temple @


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