Lecturer in Mechanical Design Engineering - RGU03800

  • Job Reference: 00139103-1
  • Date Posted: 20 February 2021
  • Employer: RGU
  • Location: Aberdeen
  • Salary: £34,804 to £49,553
  • Sector: Education, Government & Defence
  • Job Type: Full Time

Job Description

Job Summary

Transforming today's technology for tomorrow's world - that's the ethos at Robert Gordon University's School of Engineering. We combine a wide range of expertise in Engineering with purpose built facilities and strong commercial links. We work closely with local, national and international companies to ensure that we continue to provide professional learning that meets the demands of employers. The result is an impressive suite of degree programmes at all levels.

Contributing to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses, you will also actively engage in research and/or consultancy. You will need an Engineering related PhD (or have submitted your thesis), together with experience of teaching and research in UK Higher Education in Mechanical Engineering. The person needed for this position has to be highly motivated with self-starting attributes' and a can do' working style. We are seeking someone with a solid underpinning, and demonstrable experience, in several of the following areas: Manufacturing, Design and Manufacture and/or Engineering Management. Good research output is also expected. Knowledge of Graduate Apprenticeship schemes is a plus.

Research in Engineering at RGU is broad based covering many Engineering subjects including; Materials, Flow Modelling, Thermo/Fluids, Monitoring and Maintenance, Membrane Technology, Petroleum Engineering, Renewables and Communications & Autonomous Systems. Further information can be found at -


We pride ourselves in having very strong industrial links and most of our research includes industry funding. We aim to continue to improve our research performance as the best modern University, School of Engineering, in Scotland.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit: https://www.mygov.scot/basic-disclosure/

We would particularly welcome applications from women as they are under-represented in this area of our workforce.

Grade 7 Salary Scale: £34,804 - 40,322
Grade 8 Salary Scale: £41,526 - 49,553

Salary on appointment will be dependent upon experience.

Candidates with limited or no prior experience as an academic will be placed on the first point of the Grade 7 scale. Consideration will be given to offering an Academic Attraction Payment (adjusted annually) for those candidates who have specific industry knowledge, skills or, expertise which are required for the position.

Please see the job attachments for further information regarding the Grade 7 and Grade 8 criteria.  Further guidance on Academic Attraction Payments can be found here

Relocation assistance may be available for this post.

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Head of School


PURPOSE OF POST: To contribute to the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses, and to actively pursue research/consultancy activities relating to Mechanical Engineering.


Participation in the delivery and development of the School's portfolio of courses, including: course delivery and assessment, maintenance of course documentation, compliance with course review and validation procedures, student attendance, course advertising and recruitment, etc.

Carries out designated teaching (e.g. via lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory work, field trips, practical sessions, etc.) and assessment duties in areas of expertise, or as otherwise required by the Head of School.

Participates in the development and preparation of teaching materials.

Provides tutorial and personal guidance for students.

Supervises undergraduate and postgraduate projects.

Develops and maintains expertise in subject areas.

Participates in relevant subject and course development.

Participates in curriculum development and, in particular, contributes to the introduction of new methods of teaching and learning.

Undertakes appropriate administrative responsibilities (e.g. year tutor, student selection, examination organisation, placement organisation, timetabling, maintaining attendance records, assessment results etc.)

Assists in the supervision and visiting of students during their periods of work experience/ placement.

Participates in the promotion and marketing of the School and its courses to local, national and international clientele (including student recruitment).

Maintains working relationships with other Schools/Departments/Units within the University, as necessary, for the smooth operation and continued development of the School and its courses.

Actively participates in and suggests relevant staff development activities.

Actively pursues research activities (e.g. writing for publication, developing own research, supervising research students, establishing externally funded research projects, presenting at conferences etc.).

Engages with other staff, wherever possible, in consultancy activities relevant to the School.

Establishes and maintains relevant professional and industrial links, as necessary, for the effective operation of the School's courses.

Represents the School on relevant University committees and the School and University on external committees.

Carries out such other related duties as may be required by the Head of School.

Candidates with limited/no lecturing experience can still be considered but will work to the Developing Academic. Full details of both roles can be found in the attached PDF.

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

Must hold a PhD relating to Mechanical Engineering. Consideration might be given to individuals with PhDs submitted and awaiting an imminent viva.


Knowledge of Mechanical Engineering including Manufacturing, Engineering Design or Engineering Management.


Experience of teaching delivery and associated academic responsibilities at a UK University.


Qualifications and Professional Requirements

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Chartered Engineer


General awareness of Professional body accreditation and UK Engineering Council requirements. Experience and engagement with Graduate Apprenticeship schemes is also valuable.


Experience of working in the Manufacturing industry

Research experience in UK Higher Education

Experience of providing student support.

Supervision of PhD students through to completion would be beneficial

Evidence of significant number of quality peer reviewed journal publications would be beneficial.



Behaviour 1: Communication - Ability to receive, understand and convey information requiring careful explanation and information of a complex or conceptual nature, in a clear and accurate manner

Behaviour 2: Pastoral Care and Welfare - Experience of calming and reassuring those with work/study related problems who may be experiencing distress, dealing with difficult welfare situations or confidential matters and providing support for those in considerable distress or requiring long-term complex support

Behaviour 3: Teaching and Learning Support - Experience of providing standard information or delivering teaching or training, designing content or learning materials within existing frameworks and developing innovative approaches to learning experience and the curriculum

Behaviour 4: Service Delivery - Experience of exploring and adapting a service to meet customers' expectations and also identifying ways of improving standards

Behaviour 5: Liaison and Networking - Experience of circulating information in an accurate and timely manner, working across team boundaries to build and strengthen working relationships, leading and developing internal networks to pursue a shared interest and leading and building external networks to enhance the work of the organisation

Behaviour 6: Analysis and Research - Experience of identifying or designing data gathering and analytical methods appropriate for each investigation, and producing reports that identify key issues and findings