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University of Glasgow
School of Mathematics & Statistics
University Place
G12 8SQ Glasgow
United Kingdom

Temporary Lecturer in Mathematics



Research and Teaching



Job Purpose

To develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in Mathematics, to contribute to teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, and to participate in School management and organisation.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop internationally level research activity in Mathematics.
  • Develop a significant high quality output of research publications in leading international journals and presentations at national and international conferences, enhancing the reputation of the School/College/University.
  • Take a role in one or more of the Research groups within the School and contribute to developing research across the College/University.
  • Develop research collaborations where appropriate within the University and externally.
  • Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching activities within the School.
  • Contribute to the on-going development and design of undergraduate and/or postgraduate curricula, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning.
  • 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 their learning.
  • Engage in professional development activities as appropriate and in external academic and professional activities to enhance the reputations of the School/College/University.
  • Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as appropriate and as allocated by the Head of School.


Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 A good first degree in Mathematics or a related field

A2 A PhD or nearly-completed PhD or equivalent in Mathematics or a related field

A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within Mathematics

A4 A developing reputation in an internationally competitive field of research within Mathematics, that matches or enhances existing research themes within the School




C1 Ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate level

C2 Excellent Team skills

C3 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills

C4 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach

C5 Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in appropriate range of contexts

C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach

C9 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working

C10 Ability and willingness to take on appropriate administrative duties within the School

C11 A commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching




E1 Normally at least 3 years of postgraduate research

E2 A developing track record of publications in leading national and international journals

E3 Experience of successful development and delivery of teaching, tutoring or demonstrating at undergraduate or postgraduate level

E4 Proven ability to present research results at workshops and conferences



F1 Experience of applying for and securing research grant funding


Job Features


Lecture, and possibly design, an equivalent of 2 courses in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes; carry normal project supervision load.

One or more REF-quality papers per annum

Apply for external research funding on average once per year

Supervise at least one research student

To develop research capability and carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality

Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales

Manage research grants as principal investigator or co-investigator as appropriate

Develop and deliver courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in accordance with a fair distribution of School workload

Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory

Leadership and collaboration in research/teaching/administration activities as appropriate

Individual or co-supervision of research students

Administrative tasks as assigned by Head of Subject/School

Contribute to public engagement, outreach and recruitment, and knowledge exchange and impact activities as appropriate

Contribute to the emergence and delivery of the School’s strategic objectives

Contribute to national and international research developments through membership of appropriate committees and review panels for research councils and similar bodies


Planning and Organising

Management of time and prioritisation of research, teaching and administrative duties

Planning, organisation and implementation of research, teaching and administrative duties on a weekly/monthly basis

Long term strategic development of research and teaching plans and capabilities

React to varying project needs and deadlines

Bring issues to the attention of the relevant committees on behalf of self and others. Act on outcomes as necessary, in terms of school policy and provision


Decision Making

Strategic decisions on research directions.

Decisions on grant submissions, including development of collaborative activities.

Choice of journals, conferences and other media for dissemination of research outcomes.

Experiment design and choices of experimental equipment and techniques.

Curricula, intended learning outcomes, course content and assessment methods for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses.

Responsibility for organisation and use of resources (including financial), as appropriate.

Prioritise own work

External involvement including collaborations, refereeing applications and papers, journal editorial ships

Prioritise work in accordance with School/College objectives


Internal/External Relationships


Head of School and School Management Team members: for exchange of information, regarding research and KT strategy, learning and teaching strategy.

Academic colleagues: for information exchange to facilitate effective research and teaching.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students: to optimise student learning.

Research students and research/support staff: to supervise, advise and motivate.

Administrative staff within School, College and University Services (e.g. Research & Enterprise, Finance, Human Resources, Registry): for exchange of information and appropriate advice relating to grant applications, finances, research staff appointments, student progress and support, etc.



Researchers at other universities or organisations to develop and maintain national and international research collaborations and advance the development of the subject.

Research funding bodies to maximise potential for research funding.

Scientific or professional organisations to maintain external links, publish and undertake academic/professional activities.


Problem Solving

Research including technical, experimental and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas.

Project Design, Research direction and grant winning.

Assistance of undergraduate/postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research projects and the student experience.



Representation of the University/College/School through presentations at national and international conferences and other events

Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies

Prepared to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the University


Application Instructions

Lecturer in Mathematics

Ref: 018581

Salary: Grade 7, £33,943 - £38,183 per annum


The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is a member of the UK's Russell Group of leading universities. The University is committed to enhancing its position as one of the world's great broad-based research-intensive universities. In REF 2014, the School was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity in the mathematical sciences.

The post holder will develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in Mathematics that is complementary to the activity of the School of Mathematics and Statistics; contribute to teaching, assessment, project supervision and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and participate in School management and organisation.

This is a full-time post with funding for 12 months from appointment.


Informal enquiries may be directed to:

Professor Ian Strachan; Head of Mathematics:  trachan@glasgow.ac.uk">Ian.Strachan@glasgow.ac.uk

Information about the School and all its research groups is available from the School website at www.gla.ac.uk/schools/mathematicsstatistics/.


Vacancy reference: 018581; Closing date: 13 August 2017

Apply online at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/explore/jobs/ - search for reference number 018581

**UPDATE** - interviews will take place on Friday 1st September

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Prof. Ian Strachan
0171 330 2479