Department of Town and Regional Planning
Lecturer (L) or Senior Lecturer (SL)
This is a replacement post and is available from 1 September 2009. The appointee will work in
an interdisciplinary environment characterised by critical engagement at the interface of social
scientific theory and policy, and a concern with justice, whether social, environmental or spatial.
Candidates must be able to demonstrate a proven commitment to international research
excellence (or show potential to achieve such excellence for the Lecturer post) in one or more of
the following themes: values in planning; planning ideas, practices and policy frameworks; the
making of places; government practices and governance; economies, markets and the state, or
spatial knowledge and analyses. The postholder will contribute to teaching on undergraduate
and postgraduate courses, and to the supervision of doctoral students. Candidates should have
a PhD in a relevant subject area (or have equivalent experience) and have proven teaching
Report to: Head of Department, Professor Gordon Dabinett.
Main Duties and Responsibilities (L/SL)
Engage in research and publish the outputs in a way which enhances the international standing
of the Department.
Attract external funding from research councils, charitable foundations, government
departments and other prestigious funding organisations and to work collaboratively where
Attract funding for, and the supervision of, doctoral students.
Contribute to the enhancement or development of the Department’s existing research themes
Engage in teaching which enhances the design and delivery of the Department’s existing
undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
Contribute, as required, to the administration of the work of the department.
Engage in academic or professional activities which will enhance the national and international
reputation of the Department.
Contribute to the Department’s collegial working environment.
Planning and Organising (L/SL)
Teaching-related and administrative work is allocated by the Head of Department and various
committees. The postholder will also self-generate work through research and scholarly
pursuits plus innovation in teaching and administration.
Plan and prioritise own daily work, and forward plan up to five years for some tasks. For
teaching, plan up to one year ahead unless there are significant teaching programme changes
or new courses, then plan for up to two years ahead of their introduction.
Deal with requests daily such as those relating to teaching, supervising research staff and
students and administrative tasks.
Delegate and monitor the work of Research students.
Resource Management Responsibilities (L/SL)
Finance: Manage or co-manage external research funding over period of grant(s).
Supervision: Supervise or co-supervise undergraduate/postgraduate project students
and/or PhD students. Manage Research Assistant(s) and/or Research Associate(s).
Additional Responsibilities for Senior Lecturer
Act in senior roles on Faculty and Departmental committees in order to contribute to the
development of teaching and learning policy locally.
Carry out a significant Departmental administrative role to a high standard, showing evidence
of creativity and innovation, to meet the required objectives.
Show substantial external recognition through a range of professional activities such as
refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising
workshops or conferences, being elected to office in national or international societies, or
holding key roles in national societies to maintain professional standing.
Essential or desirable applies to both grades if not distinguished as follows:
SL = Senior Lectureship
L = Lectureship
Applicants should demonstrate evidence of the following:
Criteria Essential Desirable How this criteria will be
Qualifications and experience
Have a good honours degree in a relevant Application
subject area (or equivalent experience).
Have a PhD in a relevant subject area (or Application
have equivalent experience).
Proven teaching ability, ideally with a (SL) (L) Application / Interview /
teaching qualification. References
Previous experience as a Lecturer. (SL)
Ability to demonstrate some record of Application / Interview
quality research publications.
Experience of motivating a team of staff. (SL) Application /
Experience of reviewing individual and (SL) Application /
team progress and performance. Interview/References
Excellent communication and Application / Interview
Application / Interview
A developing programme of research
A proven commitment to research in one Application / Interview
of the following areas: planning theory
and practice or spatial theories and
practices. Evidence of this will include
some combination of: a PhD (or
equivalent experience); papers published
in refereed journals; and the generation
of external research income.
A commitment to teaching innovation Application / Interview
and collegial working. Applicants should
define their main areas of teaching
interest and experience.
Membership of a professional institute Application
such as the RTPI or RICS (or the holding
of another appropriate professional
qualification) or practice experience.
Significant research and development (SL) Application / Interview
experience relating to the relevant
subject area, with an established record
of quality research publications and
research grant capture.
Evidence of international scholarship (SL) Application / Interview
and experience of research grant and
Experience of academic supervision of (SL) Application / Interview
students, preferably at postgraduate and
Ability to motivate high performance in (SL) Application / Interview
Experience of developing and (SL) Application / Interview
maintaining a network of contacts
throughout own work area.
Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Gordon Dabinett, Head of Department at
firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on +44(0)114 222 66187.
Detailed handbooks about the Department’s research activities or courses can be obtained from
Yvonne Beach, Departmental Administrator at email@example.com or by telephone on
+44(0)114 222 6902. The Departmental website is at www.shef.ac.uk/trp.
Salary: Lecturer - £36,532 - £43,622 per annum, with the expectation of annual incremental
Senior Lecturer - £46,278 - £52,086 per annum, with the expectation of annual incremental
Terms and conditions of employment: Lecturer - will be those for Grade 8 staff.
Senior Lecturer - will be those for Grade 9 staff.
Closing date: 4 May 2009.
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