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03-09-2007, 01:39 AM
> Please see the following job posting:
> Lecturer in Human Motor Neuroscience or Motor Learning
> School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham
> Further particulars
> This is a new position and we are looking to appoint someone with
> expertise
> in human Motor Neuroscience or Motor Control who can add to the
> research and
> teaching portfolios of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.
> The ideal
> candidate will have skills and experience of research that complement
> existing interests and expertise both within the School and within
> other
> research groups in the University. Candidates should have
> experience of
> teaching at an undergraduate level and the successful applicant
> would be
> expected to be capable of teaching at first or second year level and
> contribute to high level, research led teaching to final year
> undergraduate
> students.
> The School
> The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was constituted in its
> present
> form in 1986 and is now a well-established and self-contained
> budget centre
> with a recurrent annual budget of around £4.0M. In addition, the
> School
> attracts a further £1.0M annually in external research grants and
> contracts.
> The School has five Professors. Professor Douglas Carroll,
> currently the
> Head of School, holds a Chair in Applied Psychology, Professor Joan
> Duda a
> Chair of Sports Psychology, Professor Anton Wagenmakers a Chair in
> Exercise
> Biochemistry, Professor David Jones a Chair of Sport and Exercise
> Sciences,
> and Professor Asker Jeukendrup a Chair in Exercise Metabolism. The
> School
> has an overall teaching staff complement of 25, supported by 6
> technical and
> 5 secretarial staff, under the direction of the School Manager. In
> addition, there are 8 research fellows within the School and over 50
> postgraduate research students.
> The School has new, extensive, and well-equipped laboratory
> facilities for
> Motor Control, Kinesiology, Physiology, Biochemistry,
> Psychophysiology,
> Behavioural Immunology, Exercise/Health Psychology, and Sports
> Psychology,
> as well as access to fMRI imaging facilities in the new Birmingham
> University Imaging Centre. The School has exceptionally well-
> developed links
> with the Schools of Medicine, Psychology, Biosciences, and
> Engineering.
> Virtually all staff have collaborative links with colleagues from
> other
> Schools in the University, as well as links with other universities
> both in
> the UK and overseas.
> Research
> The School has a very strong research base. It achieved a 5*
> rating in the
> last national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2001, the
> highest rating
> achievable; this was later upgraded to 6* in a subsequent
> reclassification
> exercise. All permanent academic staff in the School are research
> active.
> The School’s research activities are organised into five overlapping
> research groupings: Motor Control; Exercise Physiology; Exercise
> Biochemistry and Metabolism; Behavioural Medicine; Sport, Exercise,
> and
> Health Psychology. Members of staff are expected to apply for
> external
> research funds, although the School does have a policy of providing
> base
> support for research. Through internal formula funding, based on
> published
> output, grant income, and postgraduate supervision load, the School
> currently distributes over £80k annually. Further support for staff
> research takes the form of School-funded PhD scholarships. In all,
> the
> School funds around 40 such scholarships.
> Teaching
> The School has around 600 FTE undergraduate students, most of whom
> follow a
> single honours BSc programme in Sport and Exercise Sciences. A
> common first
> year, which covers the basics in Physiology, Biochemistry, and
> Psychology,
> is followed by a second year that allows for some specialisation,
> and a
> third year in which students undertake a substantial research
> project and
> are free to choose from a range of specialist option modules. In
> addition,
> the School is involved in joint honours programmes with Material
> Sciences
> and Mathematics. Student applications are buoyant and the minimum
> A-level
> grades for entry are currently ABB. The School achieved an
> ‘Excellent’
> score in its most recent Teaching Quality Assessment. In the first
> instance, new appointees would be expected to contribute the
> equivalent of
> one module to the undergraduate programme and to supervise a number
> of third
> year project students.
> Accommodation
> The School has received substantial investment over the last few
> years. We
> recently took possession of our new £16.4M building, funded by a
> successful
> bid under the Government’s Science Research Infrastructure Fund (SRIF)
> initiative, with additional support from the University. The building
> comprises a three-storey laboratory block, with cutting edge research
> facilities, as well as two two-storey blocks for office and teaching
> accommodation. The SRIF bid also provided £2M for new equipment,
> which
> allowed us to purchase, among other things, Vicon motion analysis
> systems,
> Force platforms, Eye gaze tracking equipment, and Electromagnetic
> stimulators. The School, along with the Schools of Psychology and
> Medicine,
> was successful its bid to SRIF-2 to purchase a 3-T fMRI scanner in
> order to
> develop the Birmingham University Imaging Centre.
> Resources available to the appointee
> The research of newly appointed staff is supported in a number of
> ways:
> reduced teaching and administrative loads in the first two years of
> appointment; a start up consumables and equipment package of £7k;
> being able
> to appoint a PhD student to one of the School scholarships. All newly
> appointed staff have mentors selected from experienced staff and
> receive
> additional support for their research and teaching through courses
> offered
> by the University’s Staff Development Unit. All newly appointed
> Lecturers
> enrol for the University’s Postgraduate Certificate of Learning and
> Teaching
> in Higher Education. The School will provide financial assistance
> of up to
> £3k towards the costs of relocation.
> School Website
> Further information on the School, its new building, personnel,
> research and
> teaching programmes can be found at the School’s website:
> http://www.sportex.bham.ac.uk
> Closing date: 28th March 2007
> http://www.hroperations.bham.ac.uk/vacancies/furtherParticulars.htm?
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