Assistant Professor (Research and Education) - Cold Economy

  • Birmingham
  • 11/18/2022
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£43,414 to £51,805 p.a. Grade 8

Full Time


14th September 2022

12th October 2022


Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £43,414 to £51,805, with potential progression once in post to £58,284

Closing date: 12 October 2022 

You will contribute to a range of research, teaching and administration within the Centre for Sustainable Cooling (CSC) and specifically the Africa Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Cooling and Cold-chain (ACES) and its outreach SPOKEs. In addition, you will be expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, developing and maintaining generous, mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students and collaboration with our wider academic community, and ensuring the way you carry out your role impacts positively on how others can carry out theirs. 

Teaching is likely to include a substantial contribution to: (a) the management, development (including programme/module review) and delivery of teaching, training and assessment within ACES and SPOKEs; and (b) enhancement of the ACES and UoB student experience or/and employability. The role will typically also involve developing and advising others, including: (a) providing expert advice to staff and students, (b) supervising and examining CSC and ACES PhD students, and (c) developing and advising others on learning and teaching tasks and methods.

Research is likely to involve initiating, conducting and disseminating original research, especially multi-national, collaborative programmes. Your research will have measurable outcomes reflecting both with on-the-ground societal impact and in your growing national and international reputation.

Management and administration are likely to involve contributions at CSC and ACES levels, and/or making an important contribution to some managerial/leadership activities (e.g., working groups) within the wider University. This may include developing and making substantial contributions to CSC knowledge transfer, academic collaborations, enterprise, business engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at Department/School level or further within the University.

Main Duties include:

  • Teaching - Using a variety of methods in teaching and advising individuals (including students, rural farmers, businesses in Africa) and groups of undergraduates, postgraduates, or CPD students
  • Research - Planning and carrying out individual and collaborative research (especially multi-national and multi-partner)
  • Contributing to CSC/ACES administration
  • Contributing to an inclusive working environment

Person Specification includes:

  • Normally, a higher degree relevant to the research/teaching area, in particular engineering, economics, social sciences, agricultural economics or relevant interdisciplinary field (exploring economically, socially and environmentally sustainable cold-chain for food and vaccines), (usually PhD) or equivalent qualifications,
  • Extensive research experience and scholarship within subject specialism
  • Research interest/expertise in sustainable and resilient food/health cold-chain and wider food system along with directly linked global challenges such as food and nutrition security, access to clean energy, rural development, poverty alleviation, and access to health services
  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning/research
  • Skills in managing, motivating and mentoring others successfully at all levels
  • Keen to work internationally and specifically in sub-Saharan Africa and other developing markets

Informal enquires to Toby Peters, email: ********

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