Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering

Robert Gordon University

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • £34,189 to £48,677 per annum, Academic 7/8
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: RGU02037

Job Summary

Transforming today's technology for tomorrow's world - that's the ethos at Robert Gordon University's School of Engineering.

We combine a wide range of expertise in Engineering with purpose built facilities and strong commercial links. We work closely with local, national and international companies to ensure that we continue to provide professional learning that meets the demands of employers. The result is an impressive suite of degree programmes at all levels.

Contributing to the delivery and development of the School’s portfolio of courses, you will also actively engage in research and/or consultancy.

You will need an Engineering related PhD, together with experience of teaching and research in UK Higher Education in Mechanical Engineering. We are particularly interested in the areas of Offshore Engineering and/or Thermofluids.

Research in Engineering at RGU is broad based covering many Engineering subjects including Materials, Flow Modelling, Thermo/Fluids, Monitoring and Maintenance, Membrane Technology, Petroleum Engineering, Asset Integrity, Power Electronics, Renewables and Communications & Autonomous Systems. Further information can be found at;


We have very strong links with Industry and most of our research includes industry funding. We aim to continue to improve our research performance as the best modern University, School of Engineering, in Scotland.

A Disclosure Check will be requested for the successful applicant. For more information, visit: https://www.mygov.scot/standard-disclosure/

We would particularly welcome applications from women as they are under-represented in this area of our workforce.

Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience. Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience will be placed on the first point of the scale, although consideration will be given to a market supplement (reviewed bi-annually) for those with specific industry experience.

Closing Date: 02 December 2018

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of School


To contribute to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses, and to actively pursue research/consultancy activities relating to Mechanical Engineering.


Participates in the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses including, course delivery and assessment, maintenance of course documentation, compliance with course review and validation procedures, student attendance, course advertising and recruitment, etc.

Carries out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, field trips, practicals etc.) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by the Head of School.

Participates in the development and preparation of teaching materials.

Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students.

Supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

Develops and maintains expertise in subject areas.

Participates in relevant subject and course development

Participates in curriculum development and, in particular, contributes to the introduction of new methods of teaching and learning.

Undertakes for Course Leadership responsibilities, if required, and carries out all duties associated with the management of the course.

Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records, assessment results etc.).

Assists in the supervision and visiting of students during their periods of work experience/placement.

Participates in the promotion and marketing of the School and its courses to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).

Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.

Actively participates in and suggests relevant staff development activities.

Actively pursues research activities (e.g. writing for publication, developing own research, supervising research students, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences etc.).

Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School.

Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School's courses.

Represents the School on relevant University committees and the School and University on external committees.

Carries out such other related duties as may be required by the Head of School.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships
PhD relating to Mechanical Engineering - applicants must be studying for or have been awarded a PhD

Knowledge and Experience
Knowledge of Mechanical Engineering, in particular the areas of Offshore Engineering and/or Thermofluids.
Experience of, and responsibility for, teaching at a UK University.


Qualifications and Professional Requirements
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Chartered Engineer

Knowledge and Experience
Teaching and research experience in UK Higher Education
Awareness of requirements of Professional body accreditation
Supervision of PhD students through to completion
Evidence of significant number of quality peer reviewed journal publications


Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support

Behaviour 3: Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 4: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers’ expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

Behaviour 5: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

Behaviour 6: Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings

Applications must be made online at myjobscotland.gov.uk

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