University Teacher - Chemical Engineering

School/Institution:University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Edinburgh 

Discipline: Chemical Engineering

Employment Type:Full-time


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University Teacher (Chemical Engineering Discipline)

Vacancy Ref: : 048950

Contact Person : Prof. Lev Sarkisov Contact Number :

Contact Email :

Applications are invited for one University Teacher post in Chemical Engineering within the School of Engineering at the University of Edinburgh.

The post holder will be expected to contribute to teaching in the discipline and will be expected to:

  • Teach chemical engineering subjects within the BEng and MEng curriculum
  • Review and enhance learning and teaching in chemical engineering subjects
  • Contribute to the intellectual and community wealth in the School
  • Undertake appropriate administrative duties.

1 FTE (35 hours week)

The post is available for a fixed period of 6 months.

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Lev Sarkisov at

1. Job Details

Job title: University Teacher (Chemical Engineering)

School/Support Department: School of Engineering

Line manager: Prof Lev Sarkisov

2. Job Purpose

The appointed University Teacher will be expected to contribute to teaching in the discipline of Chemical Engineering within the School of Engineering, and will be expected to:

  • Teach chemical engineering subjects within the BEng and MEng curriculum

The University’s undergraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering are accredited by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). These include the 5 year MEng and 4 year BEng degrees. In addition, a postgraduate MSc degree in Advanced Chemical Engineering is offered.

The successful candidate will be expected primarily to be able to contribute to teaching courses that include:

  • Basic chemical engineering
  • Numerical and computational methods for chemical engineering

3. Main Responsibilities

Contribute to the delivery of teaching, including lectures, tutorials, workshops and project supervision. 60%

Prepare and mark exams, and carry out other assessments, as appropriate to the teaching programme. 20%

Develop new course material and update existing material as required. 10%

Participate in the undergraduate recruitment activities of the School, e.g. UCAS days, minor administrative tasks. 5%

Undertake other appropriate teaching and administrative duties as allocated from time to time by the Director of Discipline. 5%

4. Planning and Organising

The postholder is required to plan ahead for the delivery, supervision and assessment of their teaching programme. They need to achieve key deadlines throughout the academic year.

5. Problem Solving

Respond to student needs and learning outcomes.

6. Decision Making

Course content, delivery and assessment methods in consultation with the Discipline Programme Manager.

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

Reports to the Director of Teaching and Director of Discipline on the delivery of designated teaching. Day to day contact with the Discipline Programme Manager (Chemical Engineering) and Engineering Teaching Office staff. Work alongside other academic staff. This may include contacts with academic staff in other Schools, where a collaborative programme is being delivered.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


  • PhD and first degree in a relevant subject
  • Ability to deliver and assess undergraduate and advanced courses in chemical engineering
  • Ability to deliver courses on computational methods for chemical engineering
  • Motivated individual able to work on own initiative without significant assistance
  • Excellent communication, presentation and organisational skills
  • Excellent written and spoken English


  • Ability to communicate projects/concepts to a range of audiences
  • Experience of University-level course organisation
  • Experience of managing research students and projects

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

Right 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 right to work please visit our right 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:

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

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).

Please note if you were last granted leave to stay in the UK in any Tier 2 category in the 12 months immediately preceding an application and the leave has

  • Ended or expired.
  • The CoS which led to that grant of leave was issued for more than 3 months, and

you are either:

  • Applying for entry clearance from outside the UK, or
  • You are in the UK and had a previous period of Tier 2 leave, but then changed (‘switched’) into a different immigration category and now wishes to apply again under Tier 2.

You must wait 12 months before applying again.

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at:

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade UE07 and therefore 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 role is grade UE07 and attracts an annual salary of £33,199 to £39, 609 for 35 hours each week. 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.

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 Engineering

The School of Engineering addresses diverse complex challenges across the entire field of engineering, at the micro- and macro/global scales. At the microscopic scale, its research supports the design and deployment of novel nanotechnology and devices for biological monitoring and medical diagnosis; at the macro/global scale, it optimises the security and sustainability of the built environment and develops engineering solutions to climate change issues. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the School’s joint submission with Heriot-Watt University was first in the UK in research power (662) with 94% of our research activity achieving world-leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) ratings. The School has a strong track record in producing more than 50 technology spin-outs and developing industry links that enable our graduates to build career-long relationships. Current research grant awards total over £75M with new awards in 2017-2018 totalling £27.5 M.

Engineering has been taught at Edinburgh in one form or another since 1673. In 2002, the present School of Engineering was formed from the previously existing departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Since then, the School has grown from strength to strength, growing rapidly in the last 5 years, now having the largest number of students among the seven Schools in the College of Science and Engineering, offering undergraduate degree programmes across all disciplines and taught Masters courses in niche areas. All of the undergraduate degree programmes are accredited by the relevant professional institutions.


Specifically, the School aims:

  • To provide an environment that fosters outstanding learning and scholarship across Engineering;
  • To produce graduates equipped for and inspired towards high personal and professional achievement;
  • To enhance the scientific, cultural and economic well-being of society through the discipline of Engineering, contributing to wealth creation and the quality of life locally, nationally and internationally;
  • To promote and perform research of the highest quality, motivated by both scientific curiosity and societal needs;
  • To promote multi- and inter-disciplinary, flexible research, while continuing to reflect the needs of the major Engineering professions;

To create efficient technology transfer to and from the School's research base.

Dimensions and Structure

The School is one of the largest in the University, comprising approx. 140 academic staff, 1,700 undergraduate, 180 taught postgraduate and 430 postgraduate research students drawn from all over the world. The School is located on the University's King's Buildings site in South Edinburgh. Each member of academic staff teaches in an engineering discipline and is a member of a Research Institute:

Research Institutes

  • Bioengineering
  • Digital Communications
  • Energy Systems
  • Infrastructure and Environment
  • Integrated Micro and Nano Systems
  • Materials and Processes
  • Multiscale Thermofluids

Teaching disciplines

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electronics & Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.

The School of Engineering holds a bronze Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education & research.

Further information, including details of undergraduate & postgraduate taught programmes:

College of Science and 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.

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