Assistant Professor Job at Heriot Watt University – Edinburgh

Salary: £32,817 – £40,322 depending on experience

Contract: open ended

The School of Engineering & Physical Sciences has an international research reputation and close connection with the professional and industrial world of science, engineering and technology. Our research ranges from fundamental sciences through to engineering applications, all of which are supported by strong external funding. We have around 150 full-time academic staff who drive this research activity and are based in 5 research institutes: the Institute of Chemical Sciences, the Institute of Photonics & Quantum Sciences, the Institute of Mechanical, Process & Energy Engineering, the Institute of Sensors, Signals & Systems and the Institute of Biological Chemistry, BioPhysics & BioEngineering. REF2014 named Heriot-Watt in the top 25% of UK universities, with 82% of our research ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent. Heriot-Watt ranked 9th university in the UK and 1st in Scotland for research impact.

The School of Engineering & Physical Sciences has received the Bronze Award from the Athena SWAN Charter recognising excellence in championing employment of women in the fields of science and technology, engineering and mathematics.

In addition we deliver teaching across 6 undergraduate and post-graduate programmes: Chemistry; Physics; Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering; Chemical Engineering; Mechanical Engineering and Brewing & Distilling. In the 2019 National Student Survey Heriot-Watt University was ranked 35th in the UK. 90% of our students were satisfied overall with their course in over half of the University’s subject areas. At subject area level the School ranked in the top 10 UK universities for Physics and we were 3rd in Scotland for Chemistry and 2nd for Mechanical Engineering and 1st in Scotland for Chemical Engineering.

About our Team

Graduate Apprenticeships (GAs) are work-based learning programmes that lead to degree level qualifications. In the case of GAs at SCQF level 10 or 11 they lead to a higher education degree or postgraduate award. Heriot-Watt University has been awarded significant funding to deliver programmes for GAs including Engineering: Design and Manufacture, and Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control, both at SCQF level 10. The programmes are a combination of traditional study and supported work-based learning in partnership with employers.

Detailed Description

We are looking for a talented and highly motivated individual to join our teaching activities in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) to develop learning materials and deliver them on our GA programme in Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control, which commenced in September 2019. The main requirements of the post will be to produce high quality, innovative teaching materials together with the enhancement of existing teaching materials to enable our BEng GA programme named above to be delivered at our Edinburgh campus. This post will also involve taking the role of workplace assessor and this will necessitate liaison and (virtual) meetings with our apprentices at the various participating employers located in Scotland. Due to the unique nature of this post, previous experience of teaching and work-based assessment coupled with industrial experience would be advantageous.

The GA BEng degree programme in Engineering: Instrumentation, Measurement and Control is delivered in collaboration with Forth Valley College : apprentices spend the first two years at Forth Valley before transferring to Heriot-Watt for their final two years.

Each year of the programme lasts for 12 calendar months whereby the apprentices will attend Edinburgh campus for 1 day per week over the first 2 semesters with the remaining 4 days based at their employer, attendance over the third (summer) semester is more flexible. Each apprentice is considered an employee of the parent company as well as an enrolled student at the University.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

In addition to the standard academic delivery of materials, the post will involve direct contact with apprentices, providing placement visits to assess practice, assessment of workplace course units and the application of Quality Assurance procedures. You will provide candidates with excellent assessment support and work with others to develop new approaches to GA programme delivery, support and assessment, making use of appropriate learning technologies. The successful applicant, as part of an active teaching team, will be responsible for the following key activities:

Further developing existing learning materials in Instrumentation, Measurement and Control related subjects. This will include course notes, video podcasts and course assessments. Depending on the successful applicant’s background, they may

Acting as workplace assessor and auditor for the work-based learning undertaken by the apprentices. Training may be provided for this role.

Liaising with relevant academic staff in EPS and carrying out various other related small-scale administrative tasks as required.

Supporting the GA programmes and other relevant areas by carrying out assessment and moderation of coursework and examination marking as required.

Education, Qualifications and Experience


A good first degree in Electronics, Measurement, Instrumentation and Control, or Chemical Engineering or a closely related discipline

Previous experience of teaching in Electronics, Measurement,Instrumentation and Control, or Chemical Engineering or a cognate discipline

Versatility, flexibility, and willingness to work collaboratively with colleagues

Excellent team working, communication and organisational skills

Ability to prepare clearly written and presented learning and teaching materials

Availability to take up the position as soon as possible

Ability to work to deadlines

Evidence of appropriate IT skills (for example Microsoft Office)


A higher degree (MSc/PhD) in Electronics, Measurement, Instrumentation and Control, or Chemical Engineering or a cognate discipline

Experience in web-based learning, for example virtual learning environments such as Blackboard, Canvas, and other educational technology

Specific knowledge of any, or all, of the following subjects would be advantageous:

Process dynamics

Measurement, Instrumentation and Control

Chemical processing and process design

Experience of developing/delivering innovative assessment practice

Industrial experience in an Electronics, Measurement, Instrumentation and Control, or Chemical Engineering environment

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 31 July 2021.

Potential candidates are encouraged to contact either Dr Alan Faulkner-Jones (email:

[email protected] ) or Dr Gillian Thomson (email: [email protected] ) to discuss the post informally.

Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all.

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/services/equality-diversity.htm and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers https://disc.hw.ac.uk/

This is a fulltime position but we are open to discussing flexible working options.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.

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Company Location:  Edinburgh

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