University of Glasgow
Full Time - Continuing
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
SCHOOL OF COMPUTING SCIENCE
Research And Teaching
£35,210 - £39,610 / £43,266 - £50,132 / £51,630 - £58,089 per annum.
***This is the job description for the Lecturer grade 7/8. Job Description for the Senior Lecturer/Reader post is available as an attachment at the bottom of this page. Please specify which position(s) you wish to be considered for on your cover letter.*** The School is creating a research theme in Understandable Autonomous Systems: Ethics, Transparency and Trust that will explore impending challenges for computational services and algorithms. Modern algorithms/computational systems/services have the complicating elements of: Autonomy, Machine-Learned behaviour (rather than designed), Emergent behaviour, Distributed heterogeneous systems/microservices, Complex systems, Large-scale human interaction mediated by computational technology. We believe that such future systems must have the following characteristics: Explainability, Accountability, Human Learnability, Transparency, Verifiability, Trustworthiness, Privacy/Confidentiality, Fairness, Ethics/Morality. In this context the job purpose is to develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in algorithmic aspects of Understandable Autonomous Systems (UAS); to actively engage in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level and to play a role in developing and executing School strategy, management and organisation. We are looking for an outstanding academic in algorithms and complexity who can work with the algorithms group in the FATA (Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms) section, where current topics include matching algorithms, graph algorithms, constraint programming, phase transitions in algorithmic complexity, and parallelisation. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to collaborative research on autonomous agents and multi-agent systems, broadly interpreted. For appointment at Grade 8: Develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in systems aspects of UAS particularly through vigorously pursuing opportunities to generate income and publish.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
1. Develop internationally leading research activity in algorithmic aspects of UAS. 2. Develop a portfolio of individual and/or joint research projects and secure the funding required to underpin the long-term growth of the research activity. 3. To enhance the research programme of the research group/specialism by playing leadership role in developing and implementing group/specialism strategy. 4. Develop significant high quality output of research publications in leading international journals and presentations at national and international conferences, enhancing the reputation, profile and esteem of yourself and the School/College/University. 5. Supervise research students and staff and ensure their effective development, as appropriate. 6. Play a significant role in the Formal Analysis, Theory and Algorithms Section (FATA) and School. Contribute to developing research across the College and University. 7. Develop research collaborations with appropriate individuals and groups within the University, including multi-disciplinary links, and develop external research collaborations both nationally and internationally, to ensure that research activities are at the forefront of the field. 8. Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching activities within the School. 9. Contribute to the on-going development and design of undergraduate and/or postgraduate curricula, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning. 10. Participate fully in assessment and examination processes using a variety of methods, as appropriate, and provide feedback to students that is relevant, timely and supports their learning. 11. To contribute to the work of national and international Research Councils and similar bodies at an appropriate level. 12. To engage, when appropriate, in the dissemination of advanced research through commercialisation, technology transfer, outreach etc. 13. Engage in professional development activities as appropriate and in external academic and professional activities to enhance the reputations of the School/College/University. 14. Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as allocated by the Head of School. For appointment at Grade 8: 15. Develop, lead and sustain internationally leading research activity in algorithmic aspects of UAS. 16. Lead/contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching activities within the School. 17. Lead/contribute to the on-going development and design of undergraduate and/or postgraduate curricula, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning.
Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Knowledge/Qualifications Essential: A1 A good first degree in a relevant discipline A2 A PhD or equivalent in Computing Science or related discipline A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism A4 An established reputation in an internationally competitive field of research within algorithms and complexity, that matches or enhances existing research themes within the School http://www.glasgow.ac.uk/computing/fata/ Skills Essential: C1 Ability, drive and organisational skills to secure research grant funding, lead a research team and develop an international research profile C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability C3 Ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate level C4 Excellent Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills C6 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach C7 Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in appropriate range of contexts C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach C9 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working C10 Ability and willingness to take on appropriate administrative duties within the School C11 A commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching C12 Leadership, influencing and facilitation skills C13 Ability to provide strategic contribution at subject or School level Experience Essential: E1 Postdoctoral research experience in relevant area E2 Established track record of publications of international quality E3 An excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching, tutoring or demonstrating at undergraduate or postgraduate level E4 An established track record of successfully applying for and securing research funding either as Lead or Co Investigator E5 Experience of research collaborations at national and/or international level E6 An excellent track record of contributing to the development, organisation and delivery of research activities and projects E7 Evidence of significant esteem and independence in research E8 Proven ability to present research results at international workshops and conferences E9 An excellent track record of performing administrative duties in a research led institution
For appointment at Grade 8: E10 Extensive track record of postdoctoral research experience in relevant area E11 Experience of leadership of PGR supervision E12 Experience of leading curriculum development at undergraduate or postgraduate level
Dimensions Typical Performance Standard: Design and lecture on equivalent of 2 courses in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes; carry normal project supervision load. One or more REF-quality papers per annum Apply for external research funding on average twice per year Supervise at least two research students To develop research capability and carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales Manage research grants as principal investigator or co-investigator as appropriate Develop and deliver courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in accordance with a fair distribution of School workload Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory Leadership and collaboration in research/teaching/administration activities as appropriate Individual or co-supervision of research students Administrative tasks as assigned by Head of Group/Subject/School Contribute to public engagement, outreach and recruitment, and knowledge exchange and impact activities as appropriate Contribute to the emergence and delivery of the School’s strategic objectives Contribute to national and international research developments through membership of appropriate committees and review panels for research councils and similar bodies Planning and Organising Management of time and prioritisation of research, teaching and administrative duties Planning, organisation and implementation of research, teaching and administrative duties on a weekly/monthly basis Long term strategic development of research and teaching plans and capabilities React to varying project needs and deadlines Bring issues to the attention of the relevant committees on behalf of self and others. Act on outcomes as necessary, in terms of school policy and provision Decision Making Strategic decisions on research directions. Decisions on grant submissions, including development of collaborative activities. Choice of journals, conferences and other media for dissemination of research outcomes. Experiment design and choices of experimental equipment and techniques. Curricula, intended learning outcomes, course content and assessment methods for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses. Responsibility for organisation and use of resources (including financial), as appropriate. Prioritise own work External involvement including collaborations, refereeing applications and papers, journal editorial ships Prioritise work in accordance with Group/School/College objectives Internal/External Relationships Internal Head of School and School Management Team members: for exchange of information, regarding research and KT strategy, learning and teaching strategy. Academic colleagues: for information exchange to facilitate effective research and teaching. Undergraduate and postgraduate students: to optimise student learning. Research students and research/support staff: to supervise, advise and motivate. Administrative staff within School, College and University Services (e.g. Research & Enterprise, Finance, Human Resources, and Registry): for exchange of information and appropriate advice relating to grant applications, finances, research staff appointments, student progress and support, etc. External Researchers at other universities or organisations to develop and maintain national and international research collaborations and advance the development of the subject. Research funding bodies to maximise potential for research funding. Scientific or professional organisations to maintain external links, publish and undertake academic/professional activities. Problem Solving Research including technical, experimental and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas. Project Design, Research direction and grant winning. Budgetary issues including lead times. Assistance of undergraduate/postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research projects and the student experience. Other Representation of the University/College/School through presentation at national and international events Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies Prepared to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the University
Standard Terms & Conditions
Salary will be on the Research & Teaching Grade, level 7/8/9, £35,210 - £39,610 / £43,266 - £50,132 / £51,630 - £58,089 per annum. The post is full time and open ended. If appointed at grade 7/8 you will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career. Information on the programme can be found on our website at: https://www.gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/all/pay/ecdp/ New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months. The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits. All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies. As part of your application as part of your cover letter you should submit one-page research and teaching statements outlining your vision for research and what you think matters for teaching, together with a link to your Google scholar page. It is the School’s standard practice to invite selected candidates to visit the School to provide a lecture and meet academic staff. You are therefore strongly encouraged to discuss your application with the Section Lead, Professor Simon Gay, at the earliest opportunity. Email Simon.Gay@glasgow.ac.uk or telephone 0141 330 6035. Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate. It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment. We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality. The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401. Vacancy Reference: 023200, Closing Date: 31 March 2019