Job Details

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science

Reference Number
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
Job Family
Research And Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

***This is the job description for the Senior Lecturer Grade 9. The Job Description for the Grade 7 / 8 Lecturer post is available as an attachment at the bottom of this page.***

***Please specify which position(s) you wish to be considered for on your cover letter.***

To lead the University’s teaching in conservation science and to undertake and promote international research in the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, working closely with colleagues in conservation science, conservation, technical art history and art history. You will play a vital role in leading the agenda of the School of Culture and Creative Arts and the College of Arts, in line with University, College and School strategic objectives.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. To lead and sustain high–quality research activity through a portfolio of individual, joint and/or network research projects, and to secure external funding for the same through successful grant applications to Research Councils and other funding bodies.

2. To provide research leadership in the relevant Unit of Assessment and to contribute effectively to enhancing that UoA’s research profile in future national research assessment exercises, including maintaining a track record of high quality publications and attending and participating in appropriate research seminars/conferences.

3. To take a leading role in the School and the College of Arts in developing interdisciplinary research and teaching.

4. To develop links with relevant national and international bodies outside academia with a view to enhancing research, teaching and impact.

5. To provide research direction for more junior staff and, where possible, engage in collaborative research, thereby promoting the development of the University’s research base.

6. To attract and be responsible for supervision and training of postgraduate students, supporting these students to produce high quality scholarship and to successfully complete studies in line with University (and where relevant) funder guidelines.

7. To take a leading role in the design, review, organisation, delivery and assessment of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses. Including leading the delivery and development of cross teaching and employability initiatives.

8. To take a leading role in the School’s ongoing development and review of the curriculum, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning and employability.

9. To take a leading role within the School and/or College in administrative and other activities as directed by the Head of School or VP Head of College, including mentoring of junior staff, in accordance with the School/College strategy.

10. To foster collaboration in research and teaching with other units of the University.

11. To work effectively in co-operation with colleagues in the School, College and University as a whole.

12. To develop and lead research and where appropriate teaching initiatives, which support the School and College Knowledge Exchange agendas.

13. To engage in professional development as appropriate.

14. To contribute to the enhancement of the University’s international profile in line with the University’s Strategic Plan - Inspiring People – Changing the World.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Knowledge, Qualifications


A1. A PhD in a relevant area.
A2.Outstanding knowledge of research within a relevant area, which enhances and expands existing areas of expertise within the School/College
A3.An international research profile.



C2 Excellent academic leadership skills.
C2 Substantial evidence of carrying out and sustaining research at the highest level.
C3 Experience of working both independently and as part of a team.
C4 Extensive track record of seeking and acquiring external research funding.
C5 Excellent collaborative skills, both in an interdisciplinary context and beyond academia
C6 Excellent organisational skills, including time/project management skills.
C7 Ability to increase the number of students coming to the University to undertake postgraduate study.
C8 Excellent oral and written communication skills.
C9 Excellent interpersonal skills.
C10 Ability to demonstrate originality and innovation in research and scholarship
C11 Capacity to lead, enthuse and motivate students and colleagues



E1 Typically 5-7 years postdoctoral experience.
E2 Outstanding international publication record and research profile which can significantly enhance the subject area’s standing internationally and which would significantly enhance any future University submission to national research assessment exercise(s) with demonstrable performance at 4* level.
E3 Extensive experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in relevant subject area(s) and the ability to teach across disciplines.
E4 A significant track record of attracting external research funding.
E5 Extensive experience of postgraduate, Masters and PhD supervision. Where academic experience is gained outside of the UK the ability to demonstrate equivalent experience may be consider.
E6 A demonstrable commitment to Knowledge Exchange, public engagement and the broader impact of research.
E7 An established international academic network.

Job Features


Planning and Organising
Participating fully in a team of research-active staff.
Researching and publishing work of the highest quality in appropriate outlets
Preparing and presenting applications for research funding
Planning and organising research meetings, seminars and conferences
Supervising, where appropriate, postdoctoral research assistants
Supervising postgraduate, Masters and doctoral students
Actively contributing to University/College/School research strategy
Contributing to international and national research developments
Providing leadership in strategic planning of research, teaching and administration at all levels within and beyond the School, including the identification of new initiatives.
Providing leadership in designing programmes and courses, and in delivering teaching to undergraduate and postgraduate students
Undertaking assessment and delivering feedback to undergraduate and postgraduate students
Participating in University/College/School planning
Organising knowledge exchange and outreach activities as appropriate

Decision Making
Decisions on research methodology and submission of grant applications
Decisions on placement of research output
Decisions on programme/course content and teaching and assessment methods
Decisions on short-term and longer-term research objectives for postgraduate students
Mentoring of new research and/or teaching staff
Contributing to University/College/School decision-making on research and teaching
Prioritising workload in accordance with agreed School/College strategy.
Taking responsibility for organisation of resources, as appropriate.

Internal/External Relationships
Head of Subject, Head of School, Head of College and University officers to ensure that strategic objectives are met
Academic colleagues for information exchange to facilitate effective research and teaching.
Research students/postdoctoral researchers to oversee and advise on research
Undergraduate and postgraduate students to optimise their learning
Administrative staff for exchange of information relating to delivery of research and teaching

Key researchers in the field
Key practitioners
Relevant governmental and non-governmental organisations
Research Councils, charitable bodies and other external sources of research funding
General public/media

Problem Solving
World-class research is a key aspect of this post, including solving research problems at the forefront of the field and the development of new ideas, methods and research projects
Resolving issues regarding research funding
Resolving issues arising in pursuit of research objectives
Assisting research students to resolve problems regarding their research
Assisting undergraduate and postgraduate students to resolve problems regarding their studies
Resolving issues arising in performance of administrative functions
Proposing, imaginatively, strategies and negotiating alternative arrangements in response to strategic challenges in research, teaching and service

Further information
The Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History has an international reputation for textile conservation education and research and as a pioneering centre of technical art history teaching and research. The post holder will play a key role in maintaining and developing the high quality of science research and teaching in the Centre.

The Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Conservation Science will conduct research into the scientific analysis, interpretation, deterioration and conservation of cultural heritage. They will undertake core science teaching for the MPhil Textile Conservation programme, MLitt Technical Art History and the new MSc Modern Material Artefacts programmes and supervise PGT and PGR students. There is also potential for contributing to the MLitt Dress and Textile History programme and undergraduate teaching. The post holder will contribute to the development of existing and new programmes across the Centre.

Standard Terms & Conditions

The salary for this post will be on the Research and Teaching Grades 7 / 8 / 9, £35,210 - £39, 610 / £43,266 - £50,132 / £51,630 - £58,089 per annum.

Interviews are due to take place 08 April 2019.

This is a full time, open ended post.

If appointed at grade 7/8 you 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.

Information on the programme can be found on our website at:  

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

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.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professor Frances Lennard:  

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. Applications are therefore particularly welcome from women and other under-represented groups. In line with the commitments in the University of Glasgow’s Gaelic Language Plan, we also welcome and value skills in Gaelic language for anyone working within areas where key Gaelic services are delivered, in particular within the School of Humanities / Sgoil nan Daonnachdan and the College of Arts.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Reference 024388. Closing Date 10 March 2019

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