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Lecturer in Computing - BIFCA (Two-year Fixed Term Contract)

Department
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Location
China
Salary
£41,814 to £45,449 per annum
Two-year Fixed Term contract
Post Type
Full Time
Release Date
13 June 2024
Closing Date
23.59 hours BST on Wednesday 31 July 2024
Reference
062024-197

We are seeking a keen and enthusiastic Lecturer in Computing to join our team in the College of Computing at Birmingham City University (BCU) and work alongside colleagues at the Birmingham Institute of Fashion and Creative Arts (BIFCA) in Wuhan, China. https://www.bcu.ac.uk/international/bifca. 

The College of Computing is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high-quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in student growth and sustained advancement of research activities, the college has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments. Our growing teams are teaching, exploring, and practising in some of the most exciting areas of computing. 

We are a practice-based school, making our teaching and research relevant to the evolving market for computer skills by partnering with local and global enterprises in areas such as smart cities, medical applications, the media production industry, and IoT applications. We work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary culture, where interacting freely across the school and with colleagues in other schools is encouraged to gain a unique insight into impactful problem domains. 

BIFCA is a highly successful collaboration between Wuhan Textile University (WTU) and Birmingham City University, offering a unique cross-cultural experience and providing an excellent environment for innovative teaching. 

Students completing their BIFCA programmes gain a dual award from BCU and WTU. With a series of innovative, technologically driven and professionally oriented programmes, BIFCA represents the new era of quality-oriented, collaborative transnational education (TNE), responsive to the needs of all stakeholders. Students can choose between studying their whole programme in China or studying part in China and completing their programme at BCU. 

Our teaching commitment at BIFCA is expanding, and we seek a lecturer to contribute to this continuing development. The position offers a unique opportunity to live and work in a popular part of China on a 2-year fixed-term contract, with the option to renew after the 2-year period is complete. 

All teaching will be in English.

 

You will have teaching experience in higher education or have presented regularly to technical audiences in an industry setting, including preparing teaching material and planning technical course activities. You will also possess core technical development experience, as well as demonstrate experience/expertise in at least one of the following areas:

  • Software Development
  • Front and Backend Web Development (HTML, CSS, JS, PHP, SQL) 
  • Game Development (Unity or Unreal) 
  • Virtual Production, Modelling and Animation 
  • Embedded Systems (Arduino, Pi, Linux) 

 

We offer a generous pension and annual leave provision (40 days including statutory holidays), family-friendly policies and state-of-the-art campus facilities. Role specific benefits include comprehensive medical insurance, a generous housing allowance and a yearly return flight to your home country.

The University is committed to internationalism and diversity and welcomes applications from all countries, faiths, and backgrounds. At Birmingham City University we are proud to be an equal opportunities employer.  All staff are expected to understand and enact the University’s commitment to ensuring equality, diversity and inclusion in our employment practice and in all that we do. This commitment is enshrined in our Core Values and is detailed in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in Employment Policy. 

The University values and celebrates the diversity of our staff and students; we welcome people from the many different backgrounds and life experiences that reflect the students and the citizens we serve.  We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and actively encourage unique contributions, in particular from under-represented groups in respect of age, disability, sex, gender or gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation or transgender status.

Please note that on occasions where we receive a large number of applications, we may close the advert ahead of the publicised closing date. If this does happen, we will email all candidates who have started but not yet completed their application, giving 48 hours’ notice. We would therefore advise that you submit your completed application as soon as possible.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of this role, please get in touch with Richard Davies (Richard.davies@bcu.ac.uk) or Kira Summers (kira.summers@bcu.ac.uk)

 

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