Stipendiary Lectureship in Biology

Salary: 
£6,878 to £7,294 per annum
Length of contract: 
Two years, with the possibility of renewal
Hours of work: 
Three hours per week, averaged over three eight-week terms
Full time / part time: 
Part time

St Hilda’s College invites applications for the fixed-term post of Stipendiary Lecturer in Biology for two years from 1 October 2021, with an option to extend the position for the following three years. This is an appointment to provide partial cover whilst one of the Biology Fellows is on research leave. No salaried University post is associated with this Fellowship.

The Lecturer will be expected to provide a combined total of three hours of teaching in Biology per week during term, averaged over three eight-week terms, plus associated duties as specified below.

The College

St Hilda's is one of the constituent colleges of Oxford University, spectacularly set in four acres of gardens on the banks of the Cherwell at Magdalen Bridge. The College, which enjoys registered charitable status, is an independent and self-governing body, with an academic staff of about 100 Fellows and Lecturers. There are at present approximately 420 undergraduates and 240 graduate students, who study most of the subjects offered by the University. The College promotes a thriving culture of research and intellectual engagement, to which all members of St Hilda’s contribute.

The Acting Principal of St Hilda’s is Dr Georgina Paul; the new Principal, Prof. Sarah Springman CBE FREng, will take up post on 1 February 2022. The College has a full-time Senior Tutor, who is also Tutor for Admissions (Undergraduate and Postgraduate).  The Tutor for Graduates is responsible for postgraduates already on course, with the help of the College Advisors assigned to each student.

The College encourages all its members in academic achievement. We support our students through excellent teaching and pastoral care, and we provide useful termly grants for research and travel. We are proud also to support our Fellows and Lecturers in their research and teaching.

The College is an Equal Opportunities employer. 

Biology at St Hilda’s College

There are two Tutorial Fellows in Biology, Prof. Aris Katzourakis and Prof. Dmitry Filatov. They are ably supported in college by lecturers Dr Mary Board, Dr Joseph Parker and Dr Irem Sepil.

St Hilda’s admits six undergraduates in Biology per year.

Duties of the Post

This post has been created to cover Prof. Aris Katzourakis’ teaching while he is on research leave. During term the appointee will be required to undertake three hours of undergraduate teaching per week, averaged over three eight-week terms. The appointee will teach biology to undergraduates in tutorials (typically in groups of 1-3 undergraduates). Tutorials consist of an hour of academic discussion between tutor and undergraduates, for which students are normally set problems to solve ahead of the tutorial. Tutorial teaching includes the marking of submitted problem sets and other written work. Tutors are required to submit reports on all students taught at the end of each term.

The appointee should be able to teach the following parts of the Biology undergraduate syllabus for the College:

  • First-year Diversity of Life
  • First-year Ecology and Evolution, in particular the Ecology component
  • One or more of the second-year modules from those with an Ecological or Whole Organism biology theme

Full details of the Oxford undergraduate course in Biology may be found at: https://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/courses-listing/biology   

The appointee will be required to participate in the administration of Biology within the College (which will include, in collaboration with the Biology Fellows, provision of revision tutorials and classes); to play a full role in admissions, including UCAS form grading and interviews; to serve as Personal Tutor to Biology undergraduates, and as College Advisor to graduate students, depending on experience, and to provide other pastoral and academic advice as required; to assist in the setting and marking of termly college examinations; and academic-social events.

Selection Criteria

  • A strong research record in Biology, or evidence of potential.
  • Excellent quantitative skills.
  • Proven ability in tutorial teaching and in pastoral situations.
  • Good oral communication skills.
  • Evidence of administrative and organisational ability.
  • Willingness to be a ‘team player’ in the teaching of Biology.

Remuneration and Facilities

The salary for the post is £6,878 (point 1) to £7,294 (point 3) per annum (current rates) according to experience and qualifications, and membership of the USS pension scheme is offered. There is a research allowance (payable against receipts) of £300 per annum. The Lecturer will be entitled to five meals per week (either lunch or dinner) free of charge during Weeks 0 to 9 of each term, with additional out-of-term entitlements, for example during the admissions period. The Lecturer will have the use of a shared teaching room in College. She or he will be a member of the Senior Common Room at St Hilda’s College.

All teaching rooms in St Hilda's College are ethernetted. The College's IT Department will provide computer support. Some support is also available from the Oxford University Computing Service.

Expenses incurred for academic purposes in College (telephone, fax, photocopying, stationery and postage) are met by the College. The Academic Office provides some secretarial support for the academic and administrative work of Lecturers.

Lecturers are welcome to use the College's public rooms for seminars and conferences, as well as for social events, and to book the College's guest accommodation. They may also enjoy the facilities of the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, and the musical events that take place there, including term-time concerts organised by the Director of College Music.

Application Procedure

Applications should be sent to the Academic Registrar, St Hilda’s College, Cowley Place, Oxford OX4 1DY, or by email to rebekah.unwin@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk, and should include the following:

  • An application form (to be downloaded below).
  • A covering letter outlining how you meet the selection criteria.
  • A description of teaching experience.
  • A curriculum vitae including a brief statement of research interests.
  • The names of two referees. Applicants should ask their referees to write directly to the Academic Registrar at rebekah.unwin@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk by the closing date of 12 noon on 21 May 2021.

Candidates are also asked to complete one copy of the recruitment monitoring form, which should be returned to recruitment@st-hildas.ox.ac.uk. This form is used for monitoring purposes only and will not be seen by any member of the selection committee.

The closing date for applications and the last date for receipt of references direct from referees, is 12 noon on 21 May 2021. Interviews are expected to take place in the week beginning 7 June 2021. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit an example of their research work (an article or extract from a longer work, of up to 6,000 words in length). As part of the interview, shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a presentation of 10 minutes’ duration, setting out their approach to a tutorial on a topic of whole organism biology or ecology, falling within the scope of either the Diversity of Life, or Ecology and Evolution modules, suitable for a first-year undergraduate audience.