University Teacher in Operational Research and Data Science University of Edinburgh, School of Mathematics United Kingdom

University Teacher in Operational Research and Data Science


Vacancy Ref: : 047181

Closing Date : 01-Apr-2019


Contact Person : Sharon Greig

Contact Number : 0131 650 5247


Contact Email : hr@maths.ed.ac.uk


The School of Mathematics is seeking to appoint a University Teacher in Operational Research (OR) and Data Science. This is a fixed-term position, focusing mainly on teaching across a range of OR and Optimization courses, but with opportunities to take part in the world class research activities in our School. The duties allocated will be dependent on the expertise of the appointee and will include delivering effective teaching to undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate programmes. The role will also include the supervision of student projects and involvement in assessment of students, helping to develop courses and programmes, possibly online where this is appropriate, and teaching related administration. The School takes career development seriously: we will mentor the postholder to develop key skills and experiences in teaching and learning and support participation in the Edinburgh Teaching Award, which leads to a Higher Education Academy Fellowship.

 

A PhD in Operational Research or Optimization (or closely related discipline) and experience of teaching these topics at University level is essential, as well as the ability to demonstrate effective team working, communication and interpersonal skills.

 

The post is available at a mutually agreed date from 1 June 2019, fixed term until 31 Aug 2021.

 

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting: Professor Iain Gordon, email i.gordon@ed.ac.uk

 

Salary Scale: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum.

 

The University of Edinburgh promotes equality and diversity. We strive for a family-friendly School of Mathematics. The School holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award and supports the London Mathematical Society Good Practice Scheme.

 

Closing date for applications is Monday 1 April 2019 at 5pm (GMT).

 

Job Details

Job title: University Teacher in Operational Research and Data Science
Job Nature: Full time, fixed term until 31 August 2021.
School: Mathematics

 

Job Purpose

To deliver teaching at all levels, helping to develop existing courses and programmes where this is appropriate, and to undertake teaching and student support related administrative duties. The main expectation is that the postholder will teach two courses per semester or equivalent tutorial support and project supervision.

 

Main Responsibilities

• To plan and deliver effective teaching to undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate programmes. This may include online learning. 
• Helping to develop new and existing courses and programmes where this is appropriate. 
• To facilitate student learning, e.g. by supervising and marking project work at Undergraduate and Postgraduate level 
• To participate in the assessment of students, e.g. setting assessment, undertaking marking, feedback and membership of the Board of Examiners 
• To undertake teaching and student support related administrative duties 
• To participate in any other reasonable duties as determined by the line manager

Planning and Organising

• Assess resource requirements and secure and organise resources effectively 
• Manage, motivate and support people (students, colleagues) 
• Devise and/or manage multiple teaching, learning, assessment, recruitment and/or educational research activities

Problem Solving

Examples of the type of problem and challenges the post-holder might encounter include: 
• Managing teaching related logistics and timetables 
• Supporting students with a wide range of abilities and cultural backgrounds

Decision Making

Examples of the type of decision the post-holder might need to make include: 
• The allocation of resources to teaching activities 
• Decide improvements to course structure 
• The use of professional judgement in the provision of assessment and feedback to students

Key Contacts/Relationships

Director of Teaching 
Teaching Administrator and Teaching Organisation staff 
Senior Tutor 
Course Organisers and Year Organisers 
MSc Programme Staff 
Academic and Teaching Staff 
Academic and Teaching Staff from other Schools within the University

Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential 
• A PhD in Operational Research or Optimization, or closely related discipline 
• Experience and achievement in teaching within higher education reflected in a growing personal teaching portfolio 
• Excellent written and oral communication skills in a range of contexts 
• Good interpersonal and organisational skills 
• Ability to plan and initiate activities and projects and develop self and others

Desirable 
• Experience in developing teaching methods and approaches 
• Experience with a range of teaching mediums, including online and distance learning 
• Experience of curriculum development 
• Membership of ILT or completion of a formal tertiary qualification

 

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online via our Vacancy Website. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application.

 

Please attach your curriculum vitae and a brief document outlining your teaching experience and your approach to teaching. We also require details of three referees, two of whom must be able to comment on your teaching. The closing for applications is 5pm (GMT) on Monday 1 April 2019.

 

You will be notified by email if you have been shortlisted for interview. If you have not heard from us by 30 April 2019 please assume that your application has been unsuccessful.

 

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries can be made by contacting: Professor Iain Gordon, email i.gordon@ed.ac.uk

 

Further information about the School may be found at http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/

 

About the School of Mathematics

The University of Edinburgh's School of Mathematics is one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences departments, home to world-class researchers and to an innovative educational environment for both undergraduates and postgraduates. We are proud to have a highly international faculty and students from around the world. Our location in the beautiful and historic capital of Scotland puts us in the centre of a vibrant intellectual community, rich in cultural institutions, industry partners and research institutes.

 

As a School we value both the breadth and depth of our research and teaching. We are engaged in ambitious plans to increase our number of academic staff and to expand our intellectual interests. We have over 80 permanent faculty and around 30 research fellows and research associates, who come from across the world and together cover a broad range of research topics in pure and applied mathematics, operational research and statistics. The School has an enviable record of attracting prestigious fellowships and currently hosts, for instance, 4 ERC grant holders and 2 Royal Society University Research Fellows. Our Graduate School has around 130 research students and includes MIGSAA, the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Analysis and its Applications, as well as students co-supervised with other disciplines and with Industry.

 

The School delivers a world-leading educational environment for its students and is constantly exploring new evidence-based ideas in mathematical education in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. We have approximately 750 undergraduate students, 96% of who are in full-time employment or study within 6 months of graduation. The School’s teaching was very well reviewed in the most recent Teaching Quality Assessment exercise. The School teaches Mathematics, OR and Statistics to students of the honours programmes in Mathematics and in Mathematics and Statistics, as well as several combined honours programmes. There is an MMath degree beyond the honours degrees. There are excellent possibilities for imaginative curriculum development, including online activities, and course design and delivery. Our Graduate School has over 200 MSc students. We run a range of MSc programmes which includes MScs in Computational Applied Mathematics, Mathematical Finance, Operational Research, and Statistics, often with Data Science options.

 

Edinburgh is home to the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, and together with the Isaac Newton Institute in Cambridge, is one of the UK’s two major centres for international conferences and workshops in the Mathematical Sciences. It attracts many of the best mathematical scientists in the world to Edinburgh and as an international hub, it consistently promotes the work of scientists from throughout the world and encourages links between academic mathematicians and statisticians and their colleagues in commerce and industry. We are also a founding member of the Alan Turing Institute, a major EPSRC-sponsored centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, uniting our and the School of Informatics’ research in these fields with our colleagues from other universities across the UK as well as project partners from finance, security, government and the IT industry.

 

Part of the School’s activity is based in the Bayes Centre, a hub designed to foster data-driven innovation within and beyond the University of Edinburgh. This Centre is creating a data-driven ecosystem where the development and application of technology attracts the best talent and catalyses interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle hard problems, and unleashes new value for society and industry. The School of Mathematics is integral to it: we host 50 first year PhD students across the Mathematical Sciences from both Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt Universities there; and the Bayes Centre is also the location of the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences. There exist significant opportunities for staff and students to engage with the activities taking place within the Centre, which include DataLab, the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre and the School of Informatics.

 

The School of Mathematics holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of its commitment to advancing the representation of women in mathematics.

 

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).


To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

 

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  1. Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  2. Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

 

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

 

Conditions of Employment

Salary

The role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,199 to £39,609. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

 

Pension Scheme

Because this role is grade UE07 the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

 

For further information please visit our Pensions website.

 

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

 

The School of Mathematics


The University of Edinburgh's School of Mathematics is one of the world’s leading mathematical sciences departments, home to internationally excellent researchers and to an innovative educational environment for both undergraduates and postgraduates. Our location in the beautiful and historic capital of Scotland puts us in the centre of a vibrant community of academics, cultural institutions, industry partners and research institutes. Further information about the School, our research and our teaching is available at http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk

 

As a School we value both the breadth and depth of our mathematical research. We have over seventy permanent members of academic staff and over twenty research fellows and research associates, who come from across the world and together cover a broad range of research topics in pure and applied mathematics, operational research and statistics. Our Graduate School has over eighty research students and over one hundred MSc students, and our postgraduate provision has gone from strength to strength with the recent introduction of Doctoral Training Centres in Analysis and its Applications, and in Data Science. We have close links with the School of Informatics and are actively involved in current data science developments, particularly as one of the 5 UK-wide partners in the Alan Turing Institute.

 

Together with the Departments of Mathematics and Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics at Heriot-Watt University (also in Edinburgh), the School is a partner in the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences. This is a centre for research and postgraduate training and is one of the largest mathematical groupings in the UK. The 2014 Maxwell Institute submission for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) ranked it 5th out of 52 UK institutions. This places the Maxwell Institute in a select group of world leading centres covering the full spectrum of the Mathematical Sciences.

 

Edinburgh is home to the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, one of the UK’s major resources in the mathematical sciences. Over the past 20 years the centre has established a superb reputation for hosting workshops at the highest scientific level covering a very broad range of mathematical topics, attracting many of the best mathematicians in the world to the UK. As an international hub of mathematics, it consistently promotes the work of scientists from throughout the world and encourages links between academic mathematicians and statisticians and their colleagues in commerce and industry.

 

The School is passionate about delivering a world-leading educational environment for its students and is constantly exploring new ideas in mathematical education in order to provide a stimulating learning environment. Quantitative skills have never been more in demand in the world, and our students graduate with strong skills in critical thinking, independent learning and communication. Within 6 months of graduating, 93% of our students are in full-time employment or study. In 2010 the Teaching Programme review "welcomed the excellent quality of education" provided by the School.

 

The School of Mathematics holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advancing the representation of women in mathematics.

 

The School is located in the James Clerk Maxwell Building (JCMB) which is situated on the King's Buildings site, approximately 3 kilometres south of the centre of the city of Edinburgh. JCMB also houses the School of Physics and Astronomy and Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland. The Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering and Electronics, and parts of GeoSciences are within a few minutes' walk.



College of Science and Engineering (http://www.ed.ac.uk/science-engineering)
The College of Science and Engineering (CSE) is one of the largest and highest-ranked science and engineering groupings in the UK. Headed by Professor David Robertson, CSE comprises seven Schools (Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, GeoSciences, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics and Astronomy) as well as a national supercomputing centre (the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre) and the Bayes Centre for interdisciplinary data science and innovation. We extend beyond the University through many joint activities - for example we host the cross-Scotland DataLab innovation Centre, we are a founding partner in the Scottish Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre, and we are a partner in UK-wide collaborations including the Alan Turing Institute and the Rosalind Franklin Institute. Most Schools are located 2 miles south of the city centre at the King’s Buildings whilst Informatics, EPCC and Bayes are located in the University’s Central Area near George Square. The College has over 3,000 academic and support staff, and educates some 6,000 undergraduates, over 1000 taught postgraduates and more than 2,000 research students. It is in the front rank of UK university science and engineering groupings for research quality and income, and is a key player in many European and international research consortia.

 

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

 

In the 2014 REF over 95% of our staff were submitted. Of our seven submissions, four of which were as a joint research school in combination with a strategic research university partner through pooling, 3 were ranked top in the UK and all 7 were in the top 5 in their discipline in the Times Higher Power rankings.



The University of Edinburgh


For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.


The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

 

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 41,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 14,500 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

 

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

 

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

 

University Family Friendly Initiatives

 

Equality Networks:

Staff Pride Network for LGBT+ colleagues and allies
Disabled Staff Network

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.


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