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Job ID
Posting Date
University of Greenwich
Job type
Full time
32,004.00 - 46,924.00  per year
Job reference code

University of Greenwich

1581-E - Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science

Job description




Job Title:

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science





Pharmaceutical, Chemical and Environmental Science.

Date of Job Evaluation:


Role reports to:


Direct Reports


Indirect Reports:


Other Key contacts:



Programme Leader, Forensic Science

This role profile is non-contractual and provided for guidance. It will be updated and amended from time to time in accordance with the changing needs of the University and the requirements of the job.




  • To contribute to the teaching of undergraduate and post-graduate students within the Department, to enhance the students learning experience, with a focus on Forensic Science in particular.
  • To engage in research in Forensic Science, both individually and in partnership with other staff members and develop a good research reputation and publication output.
  • To apply for research grants and industrial sponsorship to support the research activities.
  • To promote the profile of the Department particularly in the area of Forensic Science.
  • To take part in other Departmental or Faculty administrative duties as required.




Team Specific:

  • Teach and develop course materials at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level as directed by the Head of Department.
  • Further develop our Forensic Science programmes.
  • Contribute to the development of innovative teaching, learning and assessment approaches in forensic science.
  • Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in forensic and related studies.
  • Support the Programme Leader for Forensic Science with administrative and management responsibility.
  • Support the Forensic Technician with the preparation and resetting of practical sessions including those of a ‘crime scene’ nature.


  • Marking and assessment activities, both internally and externally.
  • Developing the curricula and course design as required.
  • Establish an overview of the welfare, progression, examination and assessment of allocated students.
  • Implement approved policies, guidelines and standard operating procedures in relation to their academic duties, including the maintenance of student records, course co-ordination, personal tutoring and assessment.
  • Contribute to fully developing and enhancing the research profile of the Department and Faculty.
  • Establish a track record of high quality publications, disseminated primarily through refereed academic journals.
  • Participate in bid writing and securing external research or commercial funding for the Department.
  • Actively contribute to the development of interdisciplinary working on a range of research projects.
  • Undertake research or significant scholarly activities in support of own teaching activities.
  • Supervise the course work and research programmes of postgraduate students as appropriate.
  • Take a proactive approach to ethical, good practice and methodological issues.
  • Generate research and consultancy income to support their research.
  • Develop links with local and national businesses and commercial partners.

Managing Self:

  • Contribute to activities enhancing the student experience within the Department/University.
  • Accept academic responsibility within the department in respect of student tutoring, student recruitment and advice.
  • Participate in open days, school visits and the admissions process, as required.
  • Help develop and maintain liaisons with the industry sector and with other institutes in order to develop opportunities for both programme and student development.

Core Requirements:

  • Adhere to and promote the University’s policies on Equality and Diversity and Information Security Ensure compliance with Health & Safety regulations.
  • Support and promote the University’s Sustainability policies, including the Carbon Management Plan, and carry out duties in a resource efficient way, recognising the shared responsibility of minimising the university's negative environmental impacts wherever possible.


Additional Requirements:

  • Any other duties appropriate to the post and grade.
  • Play a full part in the communal life of the University, including attendance at award ceremonies and Open Days.
  • Act as ‘ambassadors’ locally, nationally and internationally by promoting a positive image of the University.

The exact balance of research, teaching, administrative and enterprise activities etc. that best suits a lecturer’s skills and competencies is subject to negotiation with Head of Department and may change over time.




  • Positive feedback from student satisfaction surveys.
  • Low student attrition and high student achievement rates in accordance with University requirements.
  • Evidence of increasing research profile e.g. a record of publication in academic journals.
  • Securing grant and other forms of research funding to support their research.


KEY RELATIONSHIPS (Internal & External):


Reporting to the Head of Department via the Programme Leader for Forensic Sciences.


Professional bodies and the Forensic Science community.








  • Ability to teach at undergraduate and / or postgraduate level.
  • Development of new teaching materials and strategies in Forensic Science and related areas.
  • Experience of working safely within a modern science laboratory environment.



  • Ability to develop a sustainable research programme.
  • Ability to provide academic and pastoral support.
  • Organisational and coordination skills.
  • Willingness to develop new skills / routines / working practices including curriculum and programme development.
  • Excellent IT skills.




  • A relevant first degree.
  • A PhD (or willingness to work towards one in an appropriate forensic discipline).


Personal attributes

  • A flexible, enthusiastic and proactive attitude to working with a range of colleagues.
  • A strongly team-focused and flexible approach to working.
  • Student-centred’ and learning by doing approaches to teaching.
  • Ability to prioritise work as required.
  • We are looking for people who can help us deliver the of the University of Greenwich: Excellence, Determination, Inclusivity, Ambition and Creativity



  • Practical Professional experience in a Forensic Science role.








  • Good understanding of the Forensic sector in academia.
  • A strong interest in developing new courses and novel ways of delivering such courses.










  • Membership of the Chartered Society for Forensic Sciences.



Personal attributes

  • An enthusiasm for sharing good practice with colleagues.




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