Posted on: 4 February, 2019
Application deadline: February 25, 2019

Assistant Lecturer in Geomatics (3 Posts), TU Dublin, Ireland

Candidate Brief for the position of Assistant Lecturer in Geomatics (3 Posts) (Permanent Wholetime) (Reference: A/255a/18; A/256a/18 & A/447a/17) Recruiting Difference; Reflecting Diversity

TU Dublin at a glance The new University – formed by a merger of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), Institute of Technology Blanchardstown (ITB) and Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT)

  • Ireland’s largest university with over 28,000 Students
  • Over 3,000 International Students
  • Over 3,000 staff members of academic, administrative and support staff
  • Annual budget circa €200 Million
  • Only University in Ireland to offer programmes from Level 6 to Level 10 on the qualifications framework
  • Over 150 Sports & Student Societies
  • Over 1,000 Research Community
  • 3 Incubation Centres

For further detail, please see http://www.tudublin.ie/

TU Dublin – A New University for A Changing Ireland TU Dublin is Ireland’s first Technological University – an exciting new milestone in Irish Higher Education. With campuses in Dublin City, Tallaght and Blanchardstown, it spans the largest population centres of Ireland’s capital city. Building on the rich heritage of its founding  organisations – DIT, IT Blanchardstown and IT Tallaght – TU Dublin will be inclusive and adaptable, creating educational opportunities for students at all stages of their lives.

Academic excellence in science, the arts, business, engineering and technology converge in TU Dublin to create the leaders of tomorrow. Our 28,500 students learn in a practice-based environment informed by the latest research and enabled by technological advances, with pathways to graduation from Apprenticeship to PhD.

Our thriving research community is engaged in applying innovation and technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges, collaborating with our national and international academic partners and our many networks in industry and civic society.

Dedicated staff offer an inclusive and welcoming learning experience and TU Dublin students develop as socially responsible, open-minded global thinkers who are ambitious to change the world for the better. As graduates, they will be enterprising and daring in all their endeavours, ready to play their part in transforming the future.

College of Engineering & Built Environment The College of Engineering & Built Environment at TU Dublin is the largest provider of higher education in Ireland in the relevant disciplines. The College offers a range of unique and innovative programmes in a modular format over a variety of levels that include apprenticeship, degrees, master’s degrees and doctoral education. The College aspires to be a leader in education and learning in the sustainable planning, design, engineering, construction and management of modern infrastructure and the environment. The College strives to deliver relevant high quality curricula and content to all students using innovative approaches to learning and assessment. A significant emphasis is placed by the College on the professional recognition of its programmes and on providing graduates with a skill set and knowledge that is closely aligned with the needs of industry and the professions.

Research: The College conducts research across a broad range of disciplines, with a research portfolio supported by a broad spectrum of funding agencies, such as Science Foundation Ireland; Enterprise Ireland; the Higher Education Authority; the Irish Research Council for Science, as well as the European Commission’s 6th and 7th Framework Programmes, the Fullbright Commission and industry. The College has a number of research centres and groups and a broad range of research collaborations in Europe and internationally. College research activity is focused on a number of signature areas.

Engagement: The College is committed to fulfilling its engagement mission with a diverse range of stakeholders including internal TU Dublin colleagues, international partners, the wider educational community, industry, public sector, professional bodies, research partners/research funders and the wider community and society at large.

Apprenticeship: The College and TU Dublin has a major involvement in and commitment to apprenticeship education and training and over the years has played an important role in its development. As a testament to the quality of provision in this area, over many years apprentices from the College have consistently taken first place or have been highly ranked in National and Worldskills competitions.

School of Surveying & Construction Management The School of Surveying & Construction Management is the leading provider of education and research in Ireland in geomatics, land, property and construction. The school provides programmes across a range of disciplines relating to surveying and construction management with a focus on construction management, construction economics, geomatics and land surveying, quantity surveying, property economics, valuation surveying property management and auctioneering.

Job Description Role Overview The School of Surveying & Construction Management is seeking to appoint three Assistant Lecturers in Geomatics on a permanent wholetime basis. The successful candidates will play a key role in the development, delivery and quality assurance of programmes at the School of Surveying & Construction Management. In addition to teaching, the role will involve curriculum development, programme management and administration, and pastoral care for students. Candidates should have a track record of work experience in Geomatics which will support the teaching, research and scholarly activities of the School of Surveying & Construction Management. The successful candidates will be required to be flexible and work on his/her own initiative as well as contributing to a team of professionals. The School is seeking an enthusiastic team player who has a passion for Geomatics and who has the ability to network with colleagues and other stakeholders.

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Academic delivery of modules.
  2.  Carry out assessment, monitoring and evaluation of portfolio work, student presentations, design projects, examinations work, and provide academic and consultative support to students in their learning activities.
  3. Provide academic input on existing and new programmes and in programme development.
  4. Actively engage in research and appropriate scholarly activities.
  5. Liaise with Professional Bodies and Stakeholders.
  6. Participate in committees appropriate to courses and meeting convened by Management.
  7. Contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of academic quality assurance arrangements.
  8. Contribute to future growth and development of the School of Surveying and Construction Management and the University.

Person Specification The ideal candidate will demonstrate the appropriate mix of knowledge, experience, skills, talent and abilities as outlined below:

Knowledge An appropriate first or second class honours degree in Geomatics from a recognised degree awarding authority or equivalent (Essential);

  • A Master’s degree in a relevant discipline from a recognised degree awarding authority or an approved equivalent qualification either of which should include Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing;
  • A PhD in a relevant discipline.

[Note: Master’s Degrees must have been obtained by thesis/examination]

Experience

  • Three years’ appropriate experience subsequent to obtaining an honours primary degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (Essential);
  • The successful candidate will have experience in the areas of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Coordinate Systems and Transformations.

Skills, talents & abilities

  • The successful candidate will have skills in the areas of Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Coordinate Systems and Transformations.
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written and be able to communicate effectively with students which is particularly important.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with industry standard office applications and presentation software.
  • Experience of e-learning education management systems such as Webcourses or Blackboard would be an advantage.
  • Be flexible and have ability to work on their own initiative and as part of a team,
  • Be an enthusiastic team player with the ability to network with colleagues and other stakeholders

Eligibility to compete

Former Public Service employees: Eligibility to compete may be affected where applicants were formerly employed by the Irish Public Service and previously availed of an Irish Public Service Scheme including:

  • Incentivised Scheme for Early Retirement (ISER)
  • Department of Health and Children Circular (7/2010)
  •  Collective Agreement: Redundancy Payments to Public Servants

Applicants should ensure that they are not precluded from re-engagement in the Irish Public Service under the terms of such Schemes. This is a non-exhaustive list and any queries should be directed to an applicant’s former Irish Public Service Employer in the first instance.

Terms and Conditions of Employment

A full statement of terms and conditions of employment will be given to the successful applicant in accordance with the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 and 2001. The main terms and conditions of employment are as follows:

Tenure: These posts are being offered on a permanent wholetime basis.

Location: This post is currently located in TU Dublin – City Campus Bolton Street, Dublin 1. Most TU Dublin City Campus programmes will transfer to the TU Dublin – City Campus Grangegorman. Before this transfer the location of this post may vary at the discretion of the President.

Salary: The Assistant Lecturer Salary Scale is:

  • €41,533 – €51,502
  • €37,482 – €51,502 (New Entrants)

Appointments will be made at the appropriate point on the appropriate scale. Salary may be adjusted from time-to-time in line with Government pay policy. Incremental credit may apply in line with University policy.

Hours of work: These are wholetime posts. In addition to teaching hours (up to 18 hours per week), attendance is required from Monday to Friday.

Probation: The terms of the University’s Staff Induction and Probation Policy may apply.

Progression: Assistant Lecturers will progress to the grade of Lecturer on completion of one year’s service after having reached the maximum of the Assistant Lecturer scale subject to a minimum of five years continuous service and meeting TU Dublin progression criteria. An Assistant Lecturer with a Ph.D. and relevant research experience may be considered for progression after three years continuous service. If successful such an Assistant Lecturer may be placed on the first point of the Lecturer scale and remain on that point until five years of service has been  completed.

Teaching qualifications for newly-appointed Academic staff: Please note that all new academic staff appointed to the TU Dublin at Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer grades, who do not currently have a teaching qualification or equivalent will be facilitated to undertake the Postgraduate Certificate in Third Level Learning and Teaching offered by the TU Dublin Learning and Teaching Centre.

Annual leave: Annual Leave will be granted in accordance with the collective agreements approved by the Minister for Education and Skills from time to time for whole-time Lecturers.

Retirement: These are pensionable posts. Specific details of the scheme will be dependent on the successful appointee’s individual status and therefore such details will be provided at the time of appointment.  Applicants should note that they will be required to complete a Pre-Employment Declaration to confirm whether or not they have previously availed of an Irish Public Service Scheme of incentivised early retirement or enhanced redundancy payment. Applicants will also be required  to declare any entitlements to a Public Service pension benefit (in payment or preserved) from any other Irish Public Service employment.

Sick Leave: This appointment is subject to the University’s Sick Leave Policy for Officers of the University

Other conditions:

Nature of the post: These posts will be on a permanent and pensionable basis, subject to the terms of the provisions of the Technological Universities Act 2018.

Duties: The appointee will play an active role in the academic direction of courses including teaching, research, academic assessment and academic administration. The appointee should carry out such duties as are assigned by management including but not limited to:-

  1. Teaching such assigned classes as deemed appropriate by management of the University, day or evening, up to 630 hours per annum including supervision of post-graduate students where appropriate. There will be a norm of 18 class contact hours per week, which may be varied from 16 to 20 in consultation with the teacher. Where a lecturer is supervising a Tutor/Demonstrator, a reduction in teaching hours will be applied on the basis of one-hour reduction per three hours demonstration/tutorials supervised;
  2.  Carrying out assessment, monitoring and evaluation of examinations work, and providing an academic and consultative support to students in their learning activities;
  3. Providing academic input on existing and new courses and course development; d) Engaging in research, consultancy and development work as appropriate;
  4.  Participating in committees appropriate to courses and meetings convened by management;
  5.  Maintaining appropriate records and making available information as required by management;
  6.  Engaging in promotion including student recruitment as appropriate;
  7.  Participating in development, implementation and maintenance of academic quality assurance arrangements;
  8.  Participating in appropriate activities necessary to the development of their department/school and the University;
  9.  Directing and supervising the work of Tutor/Demonstrator and taking academic responsibility for the academic standards of this work. The performance of these duties will require attendance in addition to class contact hours during the normal working week.

The appointee shall carry out the lawful instructions of the President or authorised officer and comply with the requirements and regulations of the Minister for Education and Skills. The provisions of the agreement with the Teachers’ Union of Ireland in the context of the Public Service Agreement as set out in Circular Letter 0026/2011 and Circular Letter 0052/2016 will apply to this post.

Application Process Application Form: Applications will be accepted through the online application service at www.tudublin.ie/vacancies. A CV will be required in addition to the application form. All correspondence from the University regarding your application will be by email. Please ensure that the security filters on your email provider will accept emails from TU Dublin.

Closing Date The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday, 25th February 2019. Late applications will not be accepted. The interview assessment will include a presentation of 7 minutes duration on the following topic: “Future direction in Geomatics and how these can be met by third level programmes ”.

Contact information: For further information about this post please contact: Mr. Tom Dunne at tom.dunne@dit.ie. For queries regarding the application process, please contact Conor McCague at 220 5133 between 9.30 and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email conor.mccague@dit.ie.

Further Information for Candidates Canvassing will automatically disqualify. Late applications will not be accepted. You are also advised that you can only submit one application per competition. Should you have any issues with your submission, please contact us. Shortlisting of applicants may take place, on the basis of information supplied in the application form.

It is University policy to seek two written references which are to the satisfaction of TU Dublin from your referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer. Candidates are advised to please ensure the nominated referees are aware of this requirement. TU Dublin is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to the employment policies, procedures and practices which do not discriminate on grounds such as gender, civil status, family status, age, disability, race, religious belief, sexual orientation or membership of the travelling community. TU Dublin operates a policy of Garda Vetting & Disclosure of Criminal Convictions. All applicants will be asked to disclose criminal convictions and will undergo Garda Vetting as part of the selection process.

Persons appointed to a whole-time position within the University are required to furnish:

  • a satisfactory Health Certificate from a medical practitioner nominated by the University;
  • as evidence of age, a certified extract from a Public Register of Birth;
  • a passport (if a passport is not currently held, a birth certificate and a form of photographic identification is required);
  • Proof of PPS Number (e.g. social services card);
  • Qualifications: the successful candidate will be required to submit parchments of Degrees, Diplomas, Certificates and other professional qualifications.