Lecturer in Zoology/Animal Ecology

Duties of the Post

Teaching and Examining | ResearchContributions

In accordance with the University’s strategic objective as a research-led institution, the duties of all academic staff will include research, research-led teaching and contributions to the university, the discipline and the community. The academic staff member shall teach and examine, undertake administrative duties and carry out other duties appropriate to the post under the general direction of the Head of the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

The roles and responsibilities outlined below are to be interpreted in the context of the relevant Statutes and where there is any difference arising from interpretation, that statutory provisions take precedent. For the sake of clarity, the relevant elements of the statutes not already incorporated in the numbered sections are appended in italics under each subheading.

In addition to the roles and responsibilities outlined below, the successful candidate will be expected to teach students on the BSc dual degree in Environmental Science with Environmental Management. This degree was launched in 2019 and is delivered jointly by UCC and Minzu University of China. The post-holder will deliver approximately 15 credits by block-teaching in Minzu, requiring travel to China once or twice a year to cover about six weeks of teaching in China each year. Possible taught modules include Invertebrate Zoology, Animal Physiology (introductory level), Habitats and Ecosystems (introductory level). The lecturer will also support an Environmental Science residential field course for Minzu students and supervise some fourth-year projects.

The appointee will also develop their own research programme that will be largely based in Ireland but may include activities overseas (including China). The candidate should complement and engage with current academic staff and research programmes within the School and wider research community.

Teaching and Examining

  1. Contribute to and assist in the delivery of research-led teaching, assessment and examining on courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level and where appropriate adult and continuing education courses;
  2. Supervise research projects for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes;
  3. Undertake the development and regular evaluation of modules with reference to content, delivery and assessment;
  4. Participate in the development of new curricular initiatives;
  5. Demonstrate excellence in teaching and learning and apply innovative teaching and learning methodologies within the School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences, within other academic units in the University and at Minzu University of China, Beijing, as appropriate;
  6. Contribute towards the maintenance of academic standards within his/her discipline.
  • to give the students attending his/her ordinary lectures assistance in their studies, by advice, by informal instruction, by occasional and periodic examination, and otherwise, as s/he may judge to be expedient;
  • also, to make such arrangements as s/he sees fit to make to meet students who have individual queries;
  • to give instruction to his/her students and assist them in the pursuit of knowledge to hold, or assist at, all University examinations in the subjects with which s/he is an examiner;


  1. Engage in productive research and scholarship and contribute to the advancement of knowledge, participate in research activities and publish the research in appropriate peer-reviewed publications, creative works or other forms of scholarship appropriate to the discipline of Zoology & Ecology;
  2. Supervise postgraduate research students (particularly PhD students);
  3. Undertake initiatives in generating research income as appropriate to the discipline;
  4. Engage in other scholarly activities relevant to the research discipline.


  1. Participate in the administrative activities of the department/school and the academic life of the College and University;
  2. Act as a member of such committees as may be required by the University;
  3. Develop links with professional bodies and external agencies, where appropriate;
  4. Promote the discipline both inside and outside the University and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University and society;
  5. Carry out other duties appropriate to the post as may be assigned by the head of discipline/department/school.
  • to carry out administrative and other appropriate duties lawfully allocated to them within their department or other academic unit;
  • if a member of the Academic Council, to attend its meetings;
  • to serve upon all the committees to which s/he may be appointed by the Governing Body or the Academic Council, and to assist and co-operate with the Governing Body in such other reasonable ways as the Governing Body may prescribe, for the maintenance of discipline and good conduct among the students, or for the general business of the University;

The above listing is not exclusive or exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake duties as can reasonably be expected. All staff are required to be flexible, co-operative and professional within the needs of the post and the Discipline/Department/School, College and University. The University is undertaking a major reform of its internal structures which may necessitate possible future changes in the organisation of its activities.

Selection Criteria

The successful candidate will be expected to have:

Qualifications | Teaching and Examining | Research | ContributionsOther


  1. A doctorate in Zoology, Ecology or a closely related discipline (essential);

Teaching and Examining

  1. Relevant teaching experience in zoology and/or animal ecology, and a willingness to teach topics such as, but not limited to, invertebrate zoology, animal physiology, biodiversity, animal ecology at UCC and at Minzu University of China (Beijing) (essential);
  2. An ability to contribute across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes both in and outside the area of research specialisation (essential); 
  3. Evidence of a commitment to excellence in research-led teaching (essential);
  4. Evidence of an understanding of and willingness to use modern teaching technologies and potential for innovative teaching and curriculum development (essential); 
  5. Evidence of an ability to teach, inspire and supervise students, communicate ideas and concepts in a teaching and learning environment (essential);
  6. Experience of teaching in China (desirable).


  1. Evidence of appropriate research achievement in zoology and/or animal ecology as indicated by published work and other research outputs appropriate to the discipline (essential);
  2. Potential to attract funding through competitive research grants or other sources as relevant (essential);
  3. Experience of or potential for research supervision (particularly PhD students) (essential);
  4. Evidence of other relevant scholarly activity, including the presentation of papers at national and international conferences and/or publication of conference papers in peer-reviewed conference proceedings (essential);
  5. Ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues on research projects, as appropriate to the discipline (essential).


  1. Administrative experience or evidence of ability to contribute to academic administration (essential);
  2. Experience in or potential to participate in relevant academic and professional associations/bodies as appropriate (essential);
  3. The potential to participate in and contribute to the overall intellectual life of the University, the academic discipline and society at large (essential);


  1. Good communication and interpersonal skills (essential);
  2. Evidence of ability to work on own initiative as well as part of a team (essential);
  3. Ability and willingness to work in a collaborative environment (essential);
  4. An understanding of, and empathy with, the concerns of students (essential);
  5. A commitment to the long-term development of the discipline (essential)

Applications for this post

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