Assistant Professor

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Job Purpose

**Please note: this post can be on either of two career tracks: (1) Research and Teaching; (2) Learning, Teaching and Scholarship. There are unique job descriptions for each track, but in all other respects there is no differentiation between the tracks. Please specify which position(s) you wish to be considered for on your cover letter.**

One full-time position in Singapore to deliver teaching on the BEng Honours degree programme in Civil Engineering offered jointly by University of Glasgow (through UGS) and Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT); to contribute to research of international standard in civil engineering, and to undertake administrative and management tasks associated with University of Glasgow Singapore. ’The post requires expertise in Civil Engineering, with a preference for structural engineering, including both structural analysis and structural design.’

The University of Glasgow Singapore (UGS) is a subsidiary of the University of Glasgow that works in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT). Its mission is to:
o deliver in-country undergraduate Honours degree programmes to the same high standard as those of University of Glasgow in the UK for a high quality education that equips students for a lifetime career as leaders in industry and commerce

o provide PhD and professional development training in support of industry in Singapore

o develop research and development collaboration with industry and other organisations in Singapore

o engage with the research community in Singapore and developing links with research groups on the Glasgow campus

o establish and promote its multidisciplinary research portfolio in an international context and fully engage with societal changes as identified by major international funding bodies.

This post is based at the Dover campus of SIT in Singapore with a requirement to visit the UK annually for induction and personal development activities as appropriate. Applicants must be able to work full-time in Singapore to deliver this role, subject to working and residency permissions.

Note: One post is available. This job description is for the ’Research and Teaching’ track. This post however may also be filled by candidates on the University’s ’Learning, Teaching and Scholarship’ track for which a separate job description is available.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Take a leading role in the planning, organisation, delivery and assessment of undergraduate teaching activities in civil engineering within UGS, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning.

2. Collaborate with colleagues at the University of Glasgow and SIT to ensure coherent delivery of the degree programmes at UGS.

3. Participate fully in assessment and examination processes using a variety of methods, as appropriate, and provide feedback to students that is relevant, timely and supports learning.

4. Supervise and oversee individual student projects.

5. Contribute as appropriate to the Overseas Immersion Programme (OIP) taught at the Glasgow campus during the summer.

6. Lead and sustain internationally leading research activity in civil engineering and/or interdisciplinary aspects of engineering, and contribute to the activities of the Infrastructure and Environment Research Division in the School of Engineering, University of Glasgow. This includes developing and sustaining a track record of publications of international quality and funding required to support this research.

7. Work with colleagues in Glasgow and Singapore to develop joint research projects and to secure the funding required to underpin the long-term growth of the research activity. This will include, where appropriate, the development of multi-disciplinary activities and both internal and external collaborations.

8. Disseminate research outcomes through publications in leading international journals and presentations at national and international conferences, enhancing the reputation of the University of Glasgow Singapore.

9. Undertake co-supervision (with colleagues in Glasgow and Singapore) of research students and ensure their effective development.

10. Engage in professional development activities as appropriate and in external academic and professional activities to enhance the reputation of the University of Glasgow Singapore.

11. Contribute to the administrative and management duties of the University of Glasgow Singapore, as allocated by the UGS Director and/or the UGS Civil Engineering Programme Director.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge and Qualifications


A1 A good Honours degree in a relevant discipline A2 A PhD or equivalent in Civil Engineering or related field A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within Structural/Civil Engineering A4 A developing reputation in an internationally competitive field of research within Civil Engineering/Structural Engineering that matches or enhances existing research themes within the School A5 Willingness and ability to work full-time in Singapore to deliver this role, subject to working and residency permissions.

B1 Chartered Engineer or equivalent.
B2 An academic teaching qualification or equivalent.


C1 Ability, drive and organisational skills to secure research grant funding, lead a research team and develop an international research profile
C2 Research creativity and cross-discipline collaborative ability
C3 Proven track-record of effective teaching at undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate level
C4 A commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching
C5 Excellent team leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills
C6 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills
C7 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach
C8 Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in appropriate range of contexts
C9 Strong problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
C10 Ability and willingness to take on appropriate administrative duties within UGS
C11 Ability to provide strategic contribution within UGS and at School level



E1 Postdoctoral research experience in relevant area or equivalent industrial experience
E2 Established track record of publications of international quality
E3 An excellent track record of development and/or delivery of teaching, tutoring or demonstrating at undergraduate or postgraduate level
E4 Track record of successfully applying for and securing research funding
E5 Experience of research collaborations at national and/or international level
E6 An excellent track record of contributing to the development, organisation and delivery of research activities and projects
E7 Evidence of independence in research
E8 Proven ability to present research results at international workshops and conferences
E9 An excellent track record of performing administrative duties in a professional environment

Job Features


1. Undertake teaching in accordance with the University of Glasgow Singapore workload.
2. Organise and mark student assessments (coursework and examinations).
3. Supervise and assess individual student projects.
4. Develop research plans and submit grant proposals.
5. Co-supervision of research students.
6. Publication of papers in leading international journals and presentations at conferences.
7. Administrative tasks as assigned by the UGS Director and/or UGS Civil Engineering Programme Director.

Planning and Organising
1. Weekly/monthly/annually - planning and preparation of taught courses.
2. Weekly/monthly - research activities of self or research students/staff.
3. Monthly/annually research grant application writing and submission with colleagues.
4. Plan and organise administrative duties on an ongoing basis.
5. Reactive - daily queries from students/staff.
6. Effective organisational skills to manage time and to prioritise appropriately teaching, research and administrative duties.

Decision Making
1. Manage curricula, intended learning outcomes, course content and assessment methods for undergraduate courses.
2. Strategic decisions on research directions and decisions on grant submissions, including development of collaborative activities.
3. Choice of journals, conferences and other media for dissemination of research outcomes.
4. Prioritise own work.
5. External involvement including collaborations, refereeing applications and papers, journal editorships

Internal/External Relationships
Internal 1. UGS Director and/or UGS Civil Engineering Programme Director for exchange of information, learning and teaching strategy and research strategy.
2. Academic colleagues for information exchange to facilitate effective teaching and research.
3. Undergraduate students - to optimise student learning.
4. Research students - to supervise, advise and motivate.
5. Administrative staff within both UGS and SIT for exchange of information relating to student progress and support, grant applications etc.

External 6. Staff at SIT for information exchange to facilitate effective teaching and to support students.
7. Researchers at other universities or organisations to develop and maintain national and international research collaborations.
8. Research funding bodies and industry to maximise potential for research funding.
9. Scientific or professional organisations to maintain external links and undertake professional activities.

Problem Solving
1. Act as a first point of contact for problems/enquiries from undergraduate on issues relating to taught courses and individual projects.
2. Scientific research, experimental design and associated problem solving.
3. Assist research students with problems related to research.

Standard Terms & Conditions

This post is full time & open ended.

Assistant Professor: competitive salary will be commensurate with experience and agreed on appointment.

Enquiries can be directed to the Director of UGS [Singapore-based] Dr Cindy Goh Cindy.Goh [at] glasgow[.]ac[.]uk or to the Head of Civil Engineering teaching [Glasgow based] Ms Fiona Bradley Fiona.Bradley [at] glasgow[.]ac[.]uk .

The successful candidate will be employed by University of Glasgow Singapore Pte Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary company of the University of Glasgow.

Interviews will take place on the 24th January 2019. Candidates may attend in either Singapore or Glasgow.

This position is available on a Research and Teaching Track or Learning, Teaching and Scholarship. Please confirm which track(s) you wish to be considered for.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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