University of Dundee

Senior Demonstrator

D'Arcy Thompson Unit
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Closing Date: 
Friday, April 20, 2018
Grade 7 (£31,604 - £38,833)

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Senior Demonstrator (DTU).

D'Arcy Thompson Unit (DTU) within the School of Life Sciences as part of Biological and Biomedical Sciences Education wishes to appoint to a Senior Demonstrator post to support the delivery of the curriculum to Biological and Biomedical Science students. The curriculum has a significant emphasis on laboratory skills and the development of independent learners in the first two years of the degree (SCQF 7 and 8), supporting mainly young people to move from a College/School science background to one preparing them for learning in a world-class research environment. As such, the person appointed will play a key role in supporting the roll-out of the new laboratory and higher skills focused curriculum. They will be responsible for supervising level 1+2 practical classes and the level 3 semester 2 project labs where students will work on a variety of Biological and Biomedical projects, as well as for general supervision of the DTU based Honours project laboratory in semester 1

This is a largely term-time post, but with some weeks before the beginning of each session, to be agreed annually (0.60 FTE).


Your priorities will include:

Key Duties:
1. Working closely with the programme leads for level 1+2 Core Curriculum, Biological and Biomedical Biological Sciences to deliver the levels 1-3 practical classes/projects and supervision of Honours projects.
2. Working with the other Senior Demonstrators and reporting to the Programme lead for the core curriculum to deliver the laboratory and higher skills aspects of levels 1 and 2;
3. Delivering and refining practical sessions within the year 1 and 2 curriculum, working with technical and other academic staff;
4. Supervising junior Demonstrators (largely postgraduate students);
5. Working with year 1, 2 and 3 students in the laboratories and other interactive areas;
6. Overseeing online tasks and actions associated with the laboratory and skills classes;
7. Engaging with the student evaluation, module review, and peer review of teaching processes within the School/BBSE.
8. Working with the technical services manager based at DTU to deliver the best student experience.


We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. Just a short walk from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, we’re close to both the train and bus stations. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

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