Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology

Glasgow Caledonian University

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The Department of Life Sciences is located within the School of Health & Life Sciences, which is committed to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, applied research and knowledge transfer. As well as an extensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes, the Department has an active and diverse portfolio of research which aligns with a major GCU general theme of Public Health & Long-term conditions. Departmental Research groups in diabetes, long-term conditions & visual neuroscience are located in the recently refurbished and superbly equipped Charles Oakley Laboratories.


The Department of Life Sciences has a long standing, international reputation for excellence in teaching and learning and offers a suite of BSc and MSc degree Programmes that attract high quality students from across the globe and deliver highly employable graduates.


We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer to contribute to the delivery and development of research and teaching in the Cell & Molecular Biology subject area, focusing particularly on the areas of Long-term conditions. Dynamic, self-motivated and professional individuals would particularly suit these innovative areas of teaching and research.


The successful candidate will be an experienced scientist with a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology or a related discipline, the ability to demonstrate lecturing experience in Cell & Molecular Biology or related area at HE level, a proven record of research achievement and a strong interest in developing teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate levels. He/she will be expected to establish an independent research programme and foster industrial links.


If you wish to know more about this role or for an informal discussion please feel free to contact Dr Linda Walsh, Assistant Head of Department (Biomolecular, Microbiology & Food Science; 0141 331 3632; l.p.walsh@gcu.ac.uk) or Professor Christopher Bartholomew, Research Professor (0141 331 3213; c.bartholomew@gcu.ac.uk)


Applicants must have the continued right to live and work in the United Kingdom to apply for this vacancy.


We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates and are committed to promoting equality and valuing diversity at GCU.


Please note that the appointment will be made on the first point of the salary scale (unless by exception).

Main purpose of the role

The main purpose of this role is to deliver teaching & learning and to undertake research in the general subject area of Cell & Molecular Biology. The successful candidate will also be expected to publish in high quality journals and to contribute to the international profile of the Department and School. This subject area has a vibrant, professional and dynamic outlook and the School are seeking to expand the Cell and Molecular Biology team to further enhance its excellent reputation and value to the School and University.

Accountabilities/Responsibilities of the role

Lecture in the general area of Cell & Molecular Biology and carry out all related activities in the Department at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including direct teaching, supervision of degree and post graduate projects and dissertations, open and distance learning, work based learning, academic guidance, examining and assessment, module/ programme leadership, development of learning support material, methods and applications. Be active in research/advanced scholarship, consultancy and other forms of income generation and contribute to the research, consultancy and income generation objectives in the general area of Cell and Molecular Biology.


Examples of specific activity include:

Design, develop and deliver a range of teaching materials for study at various levels and contribute to the development of Programmes. Relate all research and scholarship to the curriculum and curriculum development. Review and update teaching material with appropriate regularity. Contribute to the development and apply innovative and appropriate teaching techniques and skills to promote student application and cognitive development. Participate in scholarly activity and continuous professional development. Participate in and promote the Department's off campus and workplace activities. Apply appropriate quality standards and measurements to teaching activities and learning outcomes. Demonstrate a developing in-depth understanding of area of Cell & Molecular Biology and pedagogy to the extent of professional recognition. Engage in pedagogical, professional and specialist research. Write and contribute to publications in International peer reviewed journals to disseminate research findings and/or contribute to professional discourse. Deliver presentations of research activity at National and International conferences and present work at other appropriate events. Build a research group in the area of Cell & Molecular Biology. Initiate, develop & write applications for internal & external research funding. Ensure curricula are underpinned with relevant research. Responsible for the management, implementation and compliance with Health and Safety regulations, standards and processes within your area of responsibility and control. Participate in the design and development of new programmes and curricula and review and develop existing programmes and curricula within the Department. Carry out related duties that may be allocated to you as advised by the Assistant Head of Department or other senior academic staff of the Department including educational management and administration; participation in relevant internal and external committees, working groups and project teams, mentoring, counselling and other forms of student support, participation in quality assurance procedures; recruitment, selection and admissions of students; staff development and performance review; representing the Institution or profession on external bodies; community engagement and outreach. Contribute to consultancy and income generation activities. Any other tasks appropriate to the post and in line with Department/School business needs. Person specification

Educational and/or Professional Qualifications

E1 - PhD in an appropriate area

D1- Recognised Post-graduate teaching qualification.

D2 –Active membership of a relevant Professional Body e.g. Royal Society of Biology or other appropriate body.


E2 - Experience of Higher Education teaching and the ability to engage in and take responsibility for high quality teaching and learning to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

E3 - A special interest and the potential to develop research, consultancy/ income generation and teaching, in the cell and molecular biology subject area.

E4 - Experience of research in academic or laboratory teams.

D3 - Experience of research in cell communication related to long-term conditions.

Skills, Knowledge & Behaviours

E5 - Flexibility and the ability to work independently and to use own initiative.

E6 - A publication record in cell and molecular biology appropriate to the career stage of the candidate.

E7 - Ability to apply for and secure research grant funding.

D4 - Ability to work well with students and colleagues.

D5 - Ability to undertake original research and to secure research funding in the relevant areas related to the themes of the School.

Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk

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