The Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering is looking to appoint a Teaching Fellow in Robotics. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will take up the position by the start of the first term of the 2019-2020 academic year.
UCL is one of the foremost universities in Britain and the world. The Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at UCL is recognised as one of the leading Departments for research in its subject area, worldwide. Current broad research areas in the Department include Communications and Information Systems; Electronic Materials and Devices (including Nanotechnology); Optical Communications & Networks; Photonics and Sensors, Systems and Circuits.
The Department also has an extensive teaching programme, both at undergraduate (BEng and MEng) and masters levels. The Department launched new BEng and MEng degrees in Engineering (Electronic and Electrical) in 2014. They include a range of new departmental and cross-faculty modules, incorporating problem and scenario-based learning at all stages. This creates a highly engaging learning environment where students put their theoretical knowledge to practical application. The Department has also launched a number of MSc degrees over the years, the latest in Integrated Machine Learning Systems. All programmes encompass the execution of major projects where students work on various engineering or research topics.
Main purpose of the job
The purpose of this post is to support the Department in undergraduate teaching in topics related to Robotics. This will include planning new laboratories and design projects in the broad area of Robotics, using core Electronic Engineering principles in sensor systems (data acquisition), control theory, digital electronics and programming microprocessors as well as covering systems integration aspects. The role will also include contributing to the formulation of new courses in Robotics in collaboration with other departments in the Engineering Sciences Faculty. It is also expected that the role will include supporting the supervision of project students, as well as other planning, tutoring, and assessment activities. It will also involve enhancing the research profile of the department in the relevant areas of research, in part via students’ project work. The role will also involve working closely with academics in the Department, and with appointed postgraduate teaching assistants (PGTAs).
Duties and responsibilities
- Contribute, organise, assess, or deliver specific aspects to existing modules in the department related to sensor systems, data acquisition, control systems, digital electronics and programming microprocessors. This includes leading experimental laboratories, programming classes and design projects. Duties will also include after-lecture support to students (revision sessions, answering student's questions in office hours and on the Q&A online forum for the module). Supervise and train Post-graduate teaching assistants (PGTAs) who are assisting with laboratories.
- Lead or contribute to the development of new modules in Robotics in collaboration with other departments in the Engineering Sciences Faculty for delivery in 2020/2021 or beyond.
- Lead on the development of new week long design or development projects, based on the use of problem based learning for first or second year students.
- Supervise undergraduate project students in the BEng and MEng third and fourth years in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. Supervision of MSc projects could be undertaken as appropriate.
- Organise, oversee and run tutorials involving a small group of students.
- Participate in the Departmental Teaching Committee and attend other staff meetings as required.
- Maintain their own continuing professional development including some research in the area of Robotics and related areas. (A maximum of 20% of time is available for direct research activities). In addition, keep up to date with developments in teaching methods and techniques.
- Actively follow and promote UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities.
- Maintain an awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations, including acting as a fire marshal.
- Carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the job, the title of the post and its grading as requested by the Head of Department and Head of Teaching.
In addition the candidate will be encouraged:
- To publish outcomes of work in relevant recognised journals, both specialist technical journals and engineering education journals.
- To apply for additional funding from internal and external sources to support and extend their work.
The post-holder is expected to take responsibility for their work, duties and results. Please note that, within reason, the duties and role of the post-holder may be changed after appropriate consultation in response to changing organisational requirements. The post-holder is required to follow actively all UCL policies including Equal Opportunities policies.
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