Senior Research Lecturer in Predictive Modelling

Senior Research Lecturer in Predictive Modelling

Bangor University - School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Bangor, United Kingdom

Bangor University invites applications from highly talented and motivated candidates for the position of full-time, Senior Research Lecturer (temporary until 31 October 2022 in the first instance) working in the Ser Cymru supported Predictive Modelling group, which has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

Under the leadership of Prof. Dan Cacuci, Ser Cymru Chair in Predictive Modelling and Nuclear Engineering, a highly capable and specialised team is being developed in the field of Predictive Modelling. This new group presents an exciting opportunity to bring a globally unique capability together in North Wales at Bangor University. Within the region and across the north West of England there is a rich infrastructure of relevant generation technology, industry and research and the Institute will be well placed to make a significant contribution to the re-emergence of nuclear energy research in the UK.

Candidates should be educated to postdoctoral standard or equivalent in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Physics or a similar discipline of relevance to the nuclear industry and hold a PGCertHE teaching qualification or HEA Fellowship, or equivalent. Candidates will have will have a strong track record in international research, publications and relevant grant capture.

The successful candidate will be expected to commence as soon as practicable.

Overview

The post will be based Predictive Modelling Group within the International Centre for Nuclear Engineering at Bangor University, a new research Institute established at the University in its College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. The establishment of the group is supported by the Welsh Government’s Ser Cymru programme and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Welsh Government. The Head of the Group has set on overall research strategy for the group and is identifying opportunities to collaborate within the field of nuclear energy technologies under the auspices of the new centre.

The Project

The team will deliver a BWR predictive modelling programme which would develop the infrastructure to deploy the latest numerical techniques to make full and optimal use of both the thermal hydraulic test facilities, and data from and associated with ABWRs. This combination of numerical tools and experimental/ABWR data, central to predictive modelling, is fundamental to gaining a deeper understanding of the operation of the reactors. Within the programme we are proposing to develop a predictive modelling framework that can improve the operation of a reactor by assimilating on-line sensor information to accurately model and to help optimize the operation of the reactor and to explore the translation of this capability to other technologies and fields.

Working collaboratively with other research organisations and industry will be central to this group which will deliver a predictive modelling programme which will develop the infrastructure to deploy the latest numerical techniques to make full and optimal use of thermal hydraulic test facilities, and data from and associated with ABWRs.

This technology could also help develop RBWRs, Gen. IV, SMRs, and new medical isotope reactors, using cutting-edge science and design methods.

Purpose of the Job

Bangor University is 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 BWR nuclear agenda and rejuvenating the UK and Welsh nuclear sector.”

The Senior Research Lecturer will conduct world leading and internationally significant research in predictive modelling for application in the nuclear sciences and with substantial evidence of quality and international peer recognition.

Predictive Modelling will be instrumental in leading the establishment of the University’s capacities in nuclear sciences as set out in the aspiration above. The appointee will contribute to an internationally excellent research group in the predictive modelling disciplines, focussed initially on the nuclear sector but identifying and pursuing opportunities to diversify. The appointee will contribute to the long term sustainability of the Predictive Modelling capacity and capability at Bangor University. The position is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Regional Development Fund under a proposal submitted to the Welsh Government by Bangor University and will deliver against the relevant aspects of that proposal for the initial duration of the post.

The appointee will also contribute, under the direction of the Ser Cymru Chair in Predictive Modelling and Nuclear Engineering and the University’s senior management team, to regional development opportunities associated with the establishment of new nuclear capacity and will establish Bangor as a significant organisation in the development of predictive modelling expertise with its strategic partners in industry and governmental organisations locally, nationally and internationally.

The appointee will contribute to the development and delivery of teaching of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes relevant to the research activity. This aspect of the position is developmental and the development of teaching responsibilities will be key to the sustainability of the research group at the University.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Research:

In relation to the Ser Cymru research programme:

  • Contribute to applications for, securing and managing research funding from a range of UK and non-UK funding bodies
  • Contribute to policy making in relevant research fields under the leadership of the Ser Cymru Chair in Predictive Modelling and Nuclear Engineering
  • Taking a role in the organisation and supervision of large project teams, client relationships and professional issues
  • Gathering and analysis of data. This could include: - development of laboratory based quantitative models or techniques/acquire and maintain a thorough and up to date knowledge of the scientific literature related to the research aims of the project/actively support the principal investigator in developing new techniques/the validation of laboratory models/scheduling and testing research/collecting and analysing data
  • Delivering research outcomes. This could include:- contributing to the dissemination of research outputs through relevant scientific technical and public press and conferences/working with partners to disseminate results to industry/writing regular updates on progress to the project management group/collaborating with co-researchers and write up the results in scientific articles/write final reports/discussing and sharing results with grant holders

Supervision of Research Students and Teaching:

In relation to the science in the Ser Cymru research Programme:

  • Contribute to the development, planning, implementation and delivery of high quality curriculum in nuclear sciences and related fields
  • Keep abreast of new professional, educational and related social, economic and technological developments
  • Supervise research led individual and group projects
  • Supervise PhD’s to completion and undertake PhD examining in the UK and internationally
  • Act as personal tutor to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Lead the review of modules and programmes and quality assurance mechanisms
  • Develop collaboration in terms of teaching across subject and disciplinary boundaries

Teaching duties will be developed over time and will include:

  • Plan, prepare and deliver lectures and tutorials, responding effectively to a variety of student backgrounds, learning styles and class sizes
  • Develop new teaching materials or methodologies influencing the pedagogy of the subject
  • Motivate students to proactive engagement in learning, and provide meaningful and constructive feedback on the quality of their work
  • Keep abreast of new professional, educational and related social, economic and technological developments
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects
  • Act as personal tutor to a number of undergraduate and postgraduate students, providing advice, guidance and support
  • Lead curriculum development and design within the subject area
  • Lead the review of modules and programmes and quality assurance mechanisms
  • Develop collaboration in terms of teaching across subject and disciplinary boundaries

Other Duties and Responsibilities

Management and Administration:

In relation to the Ser Cymru research programme and related activities:

  • Participate in the student recruitment and induction procedures
  • Contribute to the School/Department's/College’s management, and participate in the administration of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Undertake other duties and responsibilities as directed by the line manager
  • Recruitment and supervision of new members of the research group including; Staff, visiting researchers and students

This list of duties is not meant to be exhaustive, but merely an indication of the main areas of activity of the post. It may be amended or added to, at the discretion of the Line Manager, with other duties commensurate with the function and grade following consultation with the post-holder.

Line Management:

  • The post-holder will be responsible to the Ser Cymru Chair in Predictive Modelling and Nuclear Engineering
  • The Post-holder will be responsible for the leadership and line management of project personnel including Post-Doctoral Research Assistants allocated to project activity
  • Jointly, with the Ser Cymru Chair in Predictive Modelling and Nuclear Engineering, the recruitment and supervision of new members of the research group
  • 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 posts

Person Specification

Qualifications/Training:

Essential:

  • PhD or equivalent in Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Physics or a similar discipline of relevance to the nuclear industry
  • PGCertHE teaching qualification, an equivalent qualification or equivalent experience, together with HEA Fellowship recognition (or minimum of 3 years substantial teaching experience for conversion to HEA Fellowship)
  • An established national/internationally recognised research reputation appropriate to the field

Experience/Knowledge:

Teaching:

Essential:

  • Considerable experience of teaching at higher education level with evidence of successful student learning outcomes
  • Experience of innovative approaches to course design, module development, learning and teaching and assessment practice
  • Evidence of leadership of quality courses and teaching and departmental initiatives that improve teaching
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g. teaching profile, peer observation, student feedback, teaching award)
  • Experience of supervising undergraduate and postgraduate projects

Desirable:

  • Evidence of innovative teaching methodologies that influence pedagogic practice

Research:

Essential:

  • Practical experience of research and implementation of Predictive modelling techniques and methods
  • Experience of applying Predictive modelling techniques to a range of theoretical and applied areas including nuclear energy generation
  • Record of achievement and potential for further development in publication of research in peer-reviewed journals of international standard
  • Publication of research results (as Lead Author) in high quality, leading peer reviewed journals appropriate to the subject area
  • Capability to develop and manage research projects, and to disseminate results through presentation at relevant conferences and publication in relevant journals

Desirable:

  • Experience of translation activities to deliver impact from research in commercial or other sectors.
  • A range of relevant and active links with industry and academic networks

Skills/Abilities:

Essential:

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Demonstrable computer programing skills, including FORTRAN, C++, PYTON
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office
  • Ability to travel to complete research activities and attend meetings, conferences as is required by the role
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English

Desirable:

  • Potential to develop strategic leadership of research including interdisciplinary research

Other:

  • An understanding of the bilingual nature of the institution and the area

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