Assistant Professor in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy – Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences – -(D8)


Position Details

Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK 

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £42, to £50,, with potential progression once in post to £56,

Grade 8 

Full Time

Closing date: 7th August

Summary of Role

The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences is a world-leading school that performs cutting-edge and translational research in all aspects of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation. This allows us to address societal challenges from multidisciplinary perspectives through impactful research that also enriches our degree programmes.

We are seeking to appoint a full-time Assistant Professor in Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy who will contribute to a range of education activities within the school. The role holder will be expected to contribute to academic citizenship, likely to be demonstrated through generous, mutually respectful, and supportive working relationships with all staff and students.

About you

You will have a background in cardiorespiratory physiotherapy practice with proven clinical skills demonstrated across one or more of healthcare, community and sport and exercise settings.

You will be an inspiring educator, able to clearly communicate to students of all levels and the public. You will contribute to programme delivery, leadership, and enhancement in physiotherapy, ensuring an excellent educational experience for your students.

You will advance teaching and learning practice in your modules within the school, take a role in leading curriculum development, and play an important role in support of healthcare placement education, and student academic and pastoral support. You will deliver excellent teaching that engages students and is informed by discipline-based research. Alongside this, you will demonstrate academic citizenship, developing, and maintaining mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with all staff and students, and ensuring the way you carry out your role impacts positively on how others carry out theirs.

In management and administration, you will undertake activities that develop and make a substantial contribution to key agendas such as stakeholder and public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach, or similar activities at School level or further within the University.

The School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, having been awarded Athena SWAN Silver status, is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusivity, and therefore welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds to join our global community.

The University of Birmingham holds Advance HE Race Equality Charter and Athena Swan Charter bronze awards and is a Stonewall Global Diversity Champion. Further information about working at the University of Birmingham, including information about employee benefits and childcare provision

Main Duties


You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:

  • Teach and examine courses at a range of levels;

  • Plan and review your own teaching approaches and encouraging others to do the same;

  • Design contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging curriculum content including where appropriate, developing programme proposals and making substantial contributions to the design and renewal of teaching programmes more widely;

  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to design and deliver teaching, learning and assessment;

  • Use digital resources/environments effectively to support learning and assessment;

  • Develop and manage approaches to teaching and learning that are best practice in the subject area or institution;

  • Advise others on aspects of learning, teaching and assessment;

  • Deliver specific professional programmes including support of healthcare placement education;

  • Advance the practice of teaching in their modules and within the school, and play an important role in student academic support;

  • Inform your teaching practice by discipline based research;

  • Frequently update your subject expertise, and undertake personal professional development in teaching, including self-reflection on own teaching, using student and peer review feedback, to enhance own teaching and learning processes;

  • You may play an important role in the recruitment and admission of students; and co-supervise doctoral students to completion.

  • Develop and make substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, stakeholder engagement, public engagement activities or similar on own specialism that enhances the student experience or employability and which benefits the College and University;

  • Devise and supervise projects, student dissertations and practical work.

  • Management/Administration

    To contribute to School administration. This may include:

  • contributing to the administration/management of teaching across the School;

  • where appropriate, leading and managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. new programme or a recruitment drive);

  • advising on professional development of colleagues and students;

  • making a contribution to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups);

  • developing and making substantial contributions to knowledge transfer, enterprise, stakeholder engagement, public engagement, widening participation, schools outreach;

  • promoting equality, diversity and inclusion through monitoring and evaluation and actively challenging unacceptable behaviour.

  • Citizenship

    Contributing to an inclusive working environment:

  • pursuing your activities in a way that helps others to pursue their activities effectively and efficiently;

  • demonstrating a willingness to be involved in a variety of activities supporting University life (e.g., participation in graduation, Departmental/School committees);

  • demonstrating support for colleagues, such as sharing resources, providing advice; 

  • willingness to volunteer for one-off duties (such as supporting School, Institute, and Departmental projects);

  • positively engaging in School strategic initiatives;

  • proactive support and involvement in activities specifically contributing to a positive and inclusive community spirit across the School/College/University.

  • Person Specification

  • Normally, a higher Degree relevant to the physiotherapy discipline (usually PhD or near completion, or a masters degree and a proven track record of success and broad experience in higher education roles).

  • Qualified physiotherapist holding current HCPC registration.

  • Extensive teaching experience and scholarship within cardiorespiratory physiotherapy.

  • A commitment to quality enhancement in physiotherapy practice.

  • Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage learning.

  • Skills in managing, motivating & mentoring others.

  • Teaching

  • Ability to design, deliver, assess, and revise teaching programmes.

  • Extensive experience and demonstrated success in developing appropriate approaches to learning and teaching and advising colleagues.

  • Experience of post-graduate supervision at masters and/or doctoral level.

  • Appropriate level of experience in supporting placement education in health care settings.

  • Experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity that enhances the student experience or employability.

  • Management Administration

  • Ability to contribute to School management processes.

  • Ability to assess and organise resources effectively.

  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes.

  • Experience of championing Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion in own work area.

  • Ability to monitor and evaluate the extent to which equality and diversity legislation, policies, procedures are applied.

  • Ability to identify issues with the potential to impact on protected groups and take appropriate action.

  • The University has introduced a revised Academic Career Framework and new Assistant Professors joining us will participate in a 5 year Academic Development Programme which will provide mentorship and development opportunities to support their progression to Associate Professor at the end of the programme.

    Informal enquires to Carolyn Roskell via

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    We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.