Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Reader in School of Chemistry
University of Glasgow, School of Chemistry
United Kingdom

Job Purpose


The University of Glasgow, established in 1451, is a member of the UK's Russell Group of leading universities. The University is committed to enhancing its position as one of the world's great broad-based research-intensive universities.

Applications for the post are welcome in any research areas in biological or bioorganic chemistry that complement the existing strengths within the School. The post-holder will develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in biological or bioorganic chemistry contribute to teaching, assessment, project supervision and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels; and participate in School management and organisation. 

For appointment at Reader you will have an outstanding track record of national and international distinction and leadership in research, including publications, income, and awards, bringing external recognition and distinction to yourself and the University.

The School of Chemistry currently comprises 44 academic staff, around 50 postdoctoral researchers and research fellows, and around 120 PhD students. The successful applicant will join the thriving Chemical Biology and Precision Synthesis Research Grouping within the School and it is expected that the successful applicant’s research will strategically align with this Research Grouping

Job Purpose

To carry out research and scholarship in biological or bioorganic chemistrydeliver an excellent student experience through teaching and assessment, and contribute to management and administration. At Grade 8 and 9, demonstrate leadership and contribute to academic and strategic management.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following range of activities:

1. Develop, lead and sustain personal and group research aligned appropriately to School/College research strategy. 

2. Enhance your research profile, reputation and esteem through:

- Establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high quality refereed journals, generating research impact in terms of economic/societal benefit;

- Presentation at international and national conferences and at internal/external seminars, colloquia and workshops;

- Identification of potential funding sources and the development of proposals to secure funding from internal/external bodies to support future research;

- Developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the School/College/University and external Academic and Industrial Partners;

- Contribution to team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.

3. Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of high quality teaching, supervision and assessment activities across under/post-graduate programmes within the Subject/School.

4. Contribute to the on-going development and design of under/post-graduate curricula, to ensure a research-led approach to student learning and assessment in the discipline and/or profession.

5. Manage a variety of academic administrative activities, including timely delivery of effective and constructive feedback on assessment, and provision of pastoral support.

6. Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as assigned by the Head of School.

7. Engage in personal, professional and career development.

8. Contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World. http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/strategy/people/ 

For appointment at grade 8: Demonstrate enhanced leadership, academic responsibility and strategic management, particularly through internationally leading research, outputs and funding. 

For appointment at grade 9: In addition, demonstrate a distinctive contribution to the academic community through a leading role nationally and internationally eg shaping research agendas, advising review panels and funders.

For appointment at Reader: Excel significantly in generation of research, outputs, 
funding, supervision, and knowledge exchange/impact.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1 Relevant PhD or equivalent experience within organic chemistry 
A2 Significant breadth/depth of knowledge in biological or bioorganic chemistry 
A3 A growing international reputation, evidenced by esteem indicators, in a field that matches or enhances existing activities within biological or bioorganic chemistry.

For appointment at grade 9/Reader:
A4 An extensive and established reputation in research and/or teaching within biological or bioorganic chemistry as evidenced by esteem indicators


C1 Ability, drive and influence to develop an international research profile
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate
C3 Excellent communication skills, with ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely
C4 Excellent interpersonal skills and a collegiate approach
C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills
C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills 
C7 Good team leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills
C8 A strong commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching and proven ability to engage students to inspire learning, and to provide pastoral care to students 

For appointment at Grade 8/9/Reader:
C9 Excellent leadership skills, able to develop early career academic colleagues and manage a research team
C10 Excellent influencing and collaboration skills to facilitate shaping the research agenda of the academic community and funders
C11 Exceptional commitment to high quality teaching, enthusing students and inspiring learning 



E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience including postdoctoral experience, appropriate to an early career researcher
E2 Evidence of an track record of presentations and publications 
E3 Experience in undertaking independent research and contributing to successful funding applications
E4 Excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching , tutoring or demonstrating at undergraduate or postgraduate level

For appointment at Grade 8:
E6 Strong track record of undertaking research, publishing in high impact journals at national and international level, and in attracting external research funding
E7 Excellent track record of contribution to academic and administration activities in a research led institution

For appointment at Grade 9/Reader:
E8 Evidence the above criteria to a higher degree, particularly in generation of research, outputs, funding, supervision, and knowledge exchange/impact




For Lecturer:

Design and lecture on equivalent of 30 credits in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes; carry normal project supervision load.
Two 3* or more REF quality papers per annum (portfolio with minimum of four 3* papers in most recent 6 year period), with the potential that one or more could meet the 4* REF criteria
Apply for external research funding on average twice per year
PGR supervision equal to Russell Group median
Consistently hold a portfolio of funding as PI sufficient to support at least one PDRA

For Senior Lecturer in addition:
Develop research capability and carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality.
A sustained record of scholarly output over career to date which includes at least 4 outputs in the most recent 6 year period that meet the REF criteria for 3* or better. At least one of these outputs should also meet the REF criteria for 4*.
Research income in excess of the Russell Group median for the discipline.
PGR supervision in excess of the Russell Group median for the discipline.
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory.

Leadership and collaboration in research/teaching/administration activities as appropriate.
Contribute to public engagement, outreach and recruitment, and knowledge exchange and impact activities as appropriate.
Contribute to the emergence and delivery of the School’s strategic objectives.
Contribute to national and international research developments through membership of appropriate committees and review panels for research councils and similar bodies.

Sustained record of scholarly output over career to date which includes at least four outputs in the most recent 6-year period.
At least two of these outputs should meet the REF criteria for 4*
Sustained research income over several years in excess of the Russell Group median for the discipline
Sustained PGR supervision over several years in excess of the Russell Group median for the discipline

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Research & Teaching Grade, level 7/8/9, £35,210 - £39,610 / £43,266 - £50,132 / £51,630 - £58,089 per annum.

The post is full time and open ended.

If appointed at grade 7 or 8 the successful candidate will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career. 

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

Informal Enquiries: Professor Graeme Cooke (Graeme.Cooke@glasgow.ac.uk), Head of School; Professor Richard Hartley (Richard.Hartley@glasgow.ac.uk).

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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