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Ref: R07196

Department of Town and Regional Planning

Lecturer (L) or Senior Lecturer (SL)

Job Description:

Brief outline:
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
  and mission.
 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.

Person Specification
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
Communication skills
  Excellent communication and                                       Application / Interview
   interpersonal skills.
Personal effectiveness
                                                                     Application / Interview
   A developing programme of research
    and publications.
   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
    project management.
   Experience of academic supervision of      (SL)                  Application / Interview
    students, preferably at postgraduate and
    doctoral level.
   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.

Further Information

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Gordon Dabinett, Head of Department at
g.e.dabinett@sheffield.ac.uk 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 y.beach@sheffield.ac.uk 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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