Job: Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Nuclear Control & Instrumentation

The School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering at Bangor University is looking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in its Nuclear Futures Institute to undertake research in nuclear control and instrumentation. Applications are invited from highly motivated researchers who want to be involved in the development of this exciting field.

This post is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government. EU Funds: Investing in Wales.

Duties will include conducting research relevant to nuclear facilities such as power stations, reprocessing plants, fuel factories and waste repositories. A key element of the role will be to seek funding and work with the regulators, policy makers and nuclear companies and organisations to build a team of researchers covering all areas of nuclear control and instrumentation, including control systems, electrical control & instrumentation, signal processing, data analytics and sensor system development. The successful candidate will also supervise students.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or be near completion) related to control and instrumentation or other related disciplines. Relevant industrial experience will also be viewed positively.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as possible and the post is available until 31/12/2022.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed towards Dr Michael Rushton: m.rushton@bangor.ac.uk

Applications will only be accepted via our on-line recruitment website, jobs.bangor.ac.uk. However, in cases of access issues due to disability, paper application forms are available by telephoning 01248 383865.

Closing date for applications: 03 December 2020.

Committed To Equal Opportunities.

Closing Date

03-12-2020

Salary

£33,797-59,135 (Grade 7, 8 or 9) p.a.

Contract Duration

31-12-2022

Ref: BU02276

Overview

The Project

This role will be in Bangor University’s Nuclear Futures Institute and its aim to establish “A world leading capability in Nuclear Engineering, which establishes North Wales as a global centre, delivering international partnerships and opportunity from a rich mix of existing and new talent. Leading the UK new nuclear agenda and rejuvenating the UK and Welsh nuclear sector.”

Purpose of the Job

This position is part of the expansion of Bangor University’s research capacity in Nuclear Science and Technology funded through the Ser Cymru programme by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. This appointment provides a unique opportunity to develop a new research group within an established nuclear centre by extending expertise in this area. The successful appointee will be able to appoint their own PDRA to support their research.

This is a lectureship or senior lectureship in control and instrumentation, the post-holder will conduct research relevant to nuclear facilities such as power stations, reprocessing plants, fuel factories and waste repositories. A key element of the role will be to seek funding and work with the regulators, policy makers and nuclear companies and organisations to build a team of researchers covering all areas of nuclear control and instrumentation, including control systems, electrical control & instrumentation, signal processing, data analytics and sensor system development. Control and instrumentation cuts across many disciplines and the post-holder will be expected to work closely with other members of Bangor’s Nuclear Futures Institute and collaborate effectively with academics in Bangor’s School of Computer Science and Electrical & Electronic Engineering. This will include providing practical assistance in building data acquisition and control systems for the various experimental rigs being developed across Nuclear Futures e.g. thermal hydraulics flow rigs, materials corrosion and sintering experiments, building scintillators into functioning sensor systems.

The successful candidate will be appointed at either Lecturer 1 (grade 7) or Lecturer 2 (grade 8) level or Senior Lecturer (grade 9) level depending on the candidate’s skills and experience.

Person Specification

Essential (for appointment at Lecturer 1 level)

  • PhD (or near completion) in discipline related to control and instrumentation.
    • Proven experience one or more of the following disciplines: electrical control & instrumentation, control systems, electronic systems (digital and analogue), signal processing and data analytics.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to conduct high-quality research which may be demonstrated by a strong publication record.
  • Ability to prioritise workload & work to deadlines.
  • A willingness to work closely with practitioners of multiple academic and engineering disciplines including materials, reactor design and thermal hydraulics.
  • A willingness to initiate and develop links with industry or other relevant organisations.
  • Demonstrable IT skills as required.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the bilingual nature of the institution and area.

Essential (for appointment at Lecturer 2 level):

  • Meet all criteria for Lecturer 1 (although it is expected that the PhD has been completed) plus the following:  
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCertHE) or a Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) or equivalent, or three years’ teaching experience in HE.

Essential (for appointment at Senior Lecturer level):

  • Meet all criteria for lecturer 1 & 2 above (although it is expected that the PhD has been completed) plus the following:
  • Record of research group management and a portfolio of research activity, development of research proposals and management of research projects.
  • Evidence of success in securing external funding from recognised research funding bodies or industrial partners.
  • Evidence of having supervised PhD students to completion.

Desirable (for appointment at all 3 levels):

  • Working knowledge of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
  • Experience in building and operating data acquisition systems for experimental research.
  • Record of lead authorship of research published in high quality peer-reviewed journals, as book chapters or monographs.
  • Contributor to academic conferences.
  • Awareness of nuclear radiation sensing methods.
  • Knowledge of control and instrumentation aspects relevant to thermal-hydraulics measurement loops
  • Working knowledge of common programming languages such as C/C++, Python.
  • Knowledge of embedded systems and security issues surrounding nuclear C&I.
  • Active links with industrial and academic networks.
  • Reviewer for scientific journals.
  • Invited presentations at academic conferences.
  • Good presentation and communication skills.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To actively seek funding opportunities. Sustained evidence of generating research income from recognised research funding bodies as appropriate for the field of discipline.
  • Liaising with national research bodies to identify future research requirements.
  • Engage in scholarly and other relevant professional activities.
  • Supervision of research students and/or research assistants.
  • To engage with the advisory bodies of organisations such as Governments and learned societies, in order to provide expert advice and guide policy.
  • Participate as member of national (and/or international) committees, funding bodies and editorial boards as appropriate to the field.
  • Developing a research leadership profile by building, leading and managing a research group. This will involve appointing research staff and students.
  • Delivering research outcomes. The post-holder will be required to produce articles for publication in high quality journals on a regular basis. To contribute to the dissemination of research outputs through relevant scientific technical and public press and conferences.
  • To fully engage with the University REF procedure and other research assessment processes.
  • Undertake regular peer review duties for respected international journals, and funding bodies.
  • Seek to establish and reinforce collaborative research links both within the university and with other organisations.
  • Support and contribute to the management and administration of research projects. Participate in project meetings. Liaise with stakeholders (external and internal). Ensure appropriate time management controls are implemented.
  • Identify and develop commercial opportunities stemming from research work. Including submitting patent applications and pursuing innovation funding.
  • Attend training courses as appropriate to ensure continuing skills development.
  • Assist in organising and contributing to seminars, conferences and other events organised by the Nuclear Futures Institute.
  • Assist and supervise undergraduate, post-graduate and placement students. In addition provide supervision and mentorship to research assistants. Undertake PhD examinations, both as an internal examiner or as an external in the UK and internationally.
  • The post-holder may be required to prepare and give lectures/seminars, perform lab demonstrations and tutorials.

This list indicates the main areas of activity of the post. It may be amended or added to, at the discretion of the Ser Cymru Chair and/or the Head of School/Dean of College, with other duties commensurate with the function and grade following consultation with the post-holder.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

• The post holder will be expected to participate in performance review and developmental activities.
• The post holder will be expected to comply with the University’s equality policies and statements, Dignity at Work and Study Policy and the University’s Welsh Language Scheme.
• The post holder has a general and legal duty of care in relation to health, safety and wellbeing and must take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe and healthy working environment for him/her self and for other members of staff, students and visitors affected by his/her actions or inactions. The post holder is also required to comply with all applicable health and safety policies, procedures and risk assessments.
• The post holder must comply with relevant legal and financial policies and procedures and be aware of their responsibilities in terms of the legal requirements of their post.

General

The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We strive to develop a workforce from all sections of the community regardless of sex, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age. We promote and facilitate the use of the Welsh language through our progressive Welsh Language Policy. We comply with the Welsh Language Standards and are committed to equality of opportunity. You are welcome to apply for any job in English or Welsh and all applications submitted will be treated equally.

We are a member of Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Gender Equality charter and hold a Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to and progress towards gender equality within the University’s policies, practices, and culture. We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

All members of staff have a duty to ensure their actions are in line with the overall environmental aims of the University and minimise their environmental impact.

All offers are made subject to proof of eligibility to work in the UK and receipt of satisfactory references.

All candidates must meet the requirements of UK ‘right to work’ requirements. If you require Home Office permission to work in the UK, or need to switch your visa status in order to take this job, please note that following the introduction by the Government of immigration limits on skilled workers we recommend you use the following link to information about the routes into employment and to check eligibility requirements: http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/workingintheuk/

Please note that, in the event of applications being received from candidates on the University’s Redeployment Register with a reasonable skills match to the post specification, these applicants will be given prior consideration.