Lecturer in Construction Technology

Robert Gordon University

  • Location: Aberdeen
  • £34,189 to £48,677 per annum, Academic 7/8
  • Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Please see description
  • Reference: RGU02098

Job Summary

We are pleased to advertise an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated individual to join the academic team of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & Built Environment, contributing to teaching, research, and consultancy, and to the future development of the School. Robert Gordon University is undergoing a period of ambitious change, and this post offers opportunity for a dynamic, collaborative, and adaptable individual.

An experienced professional with either a PhD in a related subject or substantial industry experience, you will augment the School’s academic team through your expertise in the area of advanced construction methods. In particular, we are looking for someone with knowledge in complex construction systems such as advanced cladding and glazing technologies, and new material developments. Additionally, knowledge of BIM and off-site digital fabrication processes would be of particular value. You will contribute to the School’s programme of courses, and will actively participate in research and commercial opportunities arising.

You will hold membership of the CIOB, CIAT, RICS, or RIBA or equivalent, and will actively participate in the school’s research through the production of high quality outputs and participation in bids for funded research. Additionally, you will be responsible for the effective operation and development of nominated components within designated courses, including our new Graduate Apprenticeship honours degree in Construction for the Built Environment.

You will have previous academic or significant industrial experience related to construction, as well as an understanding of building performance, especially from an environmental perspective. A strong understanding of the construction industry and current construction practices is essential, all within the context of progressive industry digitisation and automation. The ability to relate theory to practice is essential, as is evidence of published research outputs.

The research activity of the School is considered central to its success as a progressive, informed, and collaborative academic community. The School has 4 clusters of research interest and activity, these being Digital Design and Communities; Housing and Place Making, Pedagogy, and Projects, Process, and Performance; the latter of which engages with both the construction and energy sectors. Along with those from academic backgrounds, we welcome applicants with significant industry experience. The School can provide appropriate mentorship and support to enable those with industry backgrounds to contribute to its research endeavour.

Research is applied, and the disciplinary breadth of the school embraces a diversity of outputs including those arising from practice-based methodologies. The School already demonstrates explicit teaching- research linkages in specific areas, most notably in relation to the energy performance of buildings, urban resilience, and digital visualisation, but it aims to build on this further to Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate levels. Key to the ambitions of the University is the increased production of internationally recognised research outputs, building the PhD student community, and the growth of funded research, including through collaborative partnership. The School performs a central role in important external networks and it is expected that new appointments will further extend these.

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.

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Job Description

See attached Job Description for full details

Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience can still be considered but will work to the Developing Academic. Full details of both roles can be found in the attached PDF.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships
PhD in related subject area (or demonstrably close to PhD completion) and / or substantial industry experience and expertise.

Honours degree in a design or construction related discipline.

Membership of the CIOB, CIAT, RICS, or RIBA, or equivalent.

Knowledge and Experience
Strong understanding of the contemporary construction industry and contemporary methods of construction is essential, all within the context of the progressive digitisation of the industry.

Knowledge of land surveying techniques, and ability to demonstrate fundamental principles and methods.

Specialist knowledge in some or all of the following areas is required: areas such as complex construction systems such as advanced cladding and glazing technologies, and new material developments, as well as Building Information Modelling (BIM), pre-fabrication, and digital production. Additionally, the ability to relate theory to practice is essential.

Previous academic experience or industrial experience in relevant area.

Understanding and ability to demonstrate land surveying techniques.

Evidence of published research outputs and/or engagement with funded research work, or a significant depth of professional practice experience and learning from which research or commercial / consultancy opportunities can be developed.


Qualifications and Professional Memberships
A Masters level qualification in a related subject area.

Knowledge and Experience
A developing body of research publications in recognised peer-reviewed journals, and a demonstrable knowledge of research funding streams and applications, or a body of work that may be translated into commercial / consultancy activity and / or peer-reviewed research outputs.

A track record of external engagement, as the successful candidate will be expected to fully engage with research and external networking activities in the School.

Prior experience working in a higher education institution in a subject allied to the built environment.

The Individual

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

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