MSc Course Director
Post Details
Job Title
MSc Course Director
Post Number
1004055
Closing Date
6 Jul 2021
Grade
SC5
Starting Salary
£40,785 - £49,750  Salary will be pro-rata, based on a full time 37 hour week
Hours per week
17.5
Project Title
Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement MSc course
Expected/Ideal Start Date
09 Aug 2021
Months Duration
Indefinite

Job Description

Main Purpose of the Job

The post holder will be responsible for course structure and content of the Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement MSc course. The post holder will deliver lectures and seminars to the students and also provide mentoring.

The post holder will liaise with University of East Anglia (UEA) Student Hub and administration services and external bodies in relation to the provision of the MSc course.

The post holder will chair the annual advisory board meeting.

Key Relationships

JIC MSc course colleague
MSc course administrator
UEA Hub, BIO and associated groups
JIC and external lecturers to the course
Organisations hosting visits by the MSc course
MSc course Advisory Board
Charitable organisations for provision of support to the course through student bursaries

Main Activities & Responsibilities

Percentage
Lead the continued revision, development and delivery of the MSc curriculum.
30
Deliver lectures covering key theoretical concepts and practical training.
25
Act as primary academic/pastoral advisor to students on the course, and to act as their career development mentor.
20
Work with colleagues at JIC, partner Norwich Research Park institutes, and relevant industrial partners, in coordinating development and delivery of the taught and research elements of the course.
10
Liaise with colleagues at the University of East Anglia to ensure appropriate academic regulations are applied, the maintenance of academic standards, and conformity with the various UK HEI quality assurance procedures
5
Line-manage the JIC course administrator
5
Responsible for enhancing recruitment to the course
5
As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role

Person Profile

Education & Qualifications

Requirement
Importance
PhD in plant science
Essential
BSc in plant or microbial science
Essential

Specialist Knowledge & Skills

Requirement
Importance
A research or teaching background in the area of plant genetics/plant breeding and/or plant biotechnology
Essential
Demonstrable skills in delivering lectures to undergraduate and/or MSc students
Essential

Relevant Experience

Requirement
Importance
Experience in the design and delivery of Masters level degree programmes and their quality assurance
Essential
Experience in teaching plant science disciplines at Masters level
Essential
Experience of student mentoring for development and welfare
Desirable

Interpersonal & Communication Skills

Requirement
Importance
Good communication skills, both written and verbal
Essential
Excellent organisation skills and ability to prioritise a busy workload
Essential
Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work well as part of a team
Essential

Additional Requirements

Requirement
Importance
Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required
Essential
Attention to detail
Essential
Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work
Essential
Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute
Essential
Promotes equality and values diversity
Essential
Ability to travel for student trips (reasonable adjustments will be considered for applicants with a disability)
Desirable

Who We Are

John Innes Centre

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology, carrying out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and making our findings available to society.

Our research makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences including; cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.

For more information about working at the John Innes Centre, please click here.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive working environment for all. We have a diverse and multicultural scientific community and thrive on our European and international links, appointing staff from across the world. Any candidate who would like further information on current or anticipated immigration requirements can contact the HR Team on +44 (0)1603 450888 or nbi.recruitment@nbi.ac.uk.

We are proud to hold a prestigious Athena SWAN Gold award, recognising the impact of our work in promoting gender equality in science. We are also a proud member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion’s programme, a founding signatory of the Tecnician Commitment and, as a Disability Confident employer, guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the post.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709).

Group Details

The post holder will work alongside a JIC colleague who contributes to the running of the MSc course through 'second' marking and co-ordination of project progress.

The post holder will act as line manager for the MSc course administrator.

Living in Norfolk

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MSc Course Director
Salary:            £40,785 - £ 49,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience.
Contract:        Permanent part time (17.5 hours per week)
Location:        John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK.
Closing date:  6th July 2021
Reference:     1004055

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an MSc Course Director to join the John Innes Centre, to support the Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement MSc course.

About the John Innes Centre:

The John Innes Centre is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science, genetics and microbiology. We nurture a creative, curiosity led approach to answering fundamental questions in bioscience, and translate that knowledge into societal benefits.

Our employees enjoy access to state-of-the-art technology and a diverse range of specialist training opportunities, including support for leadership and management. Click here to find out more about working at the John Innes Centre.

About the MSc Course:

For over 30 years the John Innes Centre (JIC) and the University of East Anglia (UEA) have worked, together with our partners in the UK plant breeding sector, to deliver a nationally recognised MSc programme in plant breeding.

This is now the only course of its type in the UK, and it has an excellent track record in providing the plant breeding industry with appropriately trained graduates and for graduate entry into PhD programmes.

The role:

The MSc Course Director will be responsible for course structure and content of the Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement MSc course. They will deliver lectures and seminars to the students and also provide mentoring. They will also be responsible for enhancing recruitment to the course.

The successful candidate will liaise with University of East Anglia (UEA) Student Hub and administration services and external bodies in relation to the provision of the MSc course.

The post holder will chair the annual advisory board meeting.

This role provides the opportunity to develop skills in teaching and mentoring, as well as gain experience of working with diverse partners within the academic crop/plant science arena and the plant breeding industry.

The ideal candidate:

We are seeking someone with experience in the design and delivery of Masters level degree programmes and their quality assurance. The post holder should have research or teaching background in the area of plant genetics/plant breeding and/or plant biotechnology and experience in teaching these disciplines at Masters level.

The ideal person should also have a demonstrated track record of excellence in teaching and evidence of a strong commitment to student development and welfare, and to enhancing the student experience.

Additional information:

We are an equal opportunities employer, actively supporting inclusivity and diversity.  As a Disability Confident organisation, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. We are proud to hold a prestigious Gold Athena SWAN award in recognition of our inclusive culture, commitment and good practices towards advancing of gender equality. We offer an exciting, stimulating, diverse research environment and actively promote a family friendly workplace. The Institute is also a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.

The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852) grant-aided by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.