Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Science

Durham (GB)
£33,199 - £58,089 per annum
21 Nov 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Jan 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant/Associate Professor in Computer Science

The role

Durham University is one of the world's top universities with strengths across the Science, Arts and Humanities, and Social Sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scholars and researchers from around the world who are tackling global issues and making a difference to people's lives.

The University sits in a beautiful historic city where it shares ownership of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with Durham Cathedral, the greatest Romanesque building in Western Europe. A collegiate University, Durham recruits outstanding students from across the world and offers an unmatched wider student experience.

This is an exciting time to join the Department of Computer Science as it doubling in size over a 10 year period. We are looking to appoint up to two Assistant Professors (we will also consider appointing to the position of Associate Professor for suitably qualified candidates).

We are especially interested in Digital Humanities – but we will consider any area of applied Computer Science.

Enthusiastic individuals are sought to make a major contribution to the Department’s activities in research and teaching in any area in the strongly inter-disciplinary area of Digital Humanities, including, but not limited to natural language processing, text mining, social data mining, cultural analytics, augmented editions, digital curation, thick mapping, historical simulation, code criticism, technology-enhanced learning and the relationship between technology and culture.

In the Computer Science Department, there are researchers working on related areas such as: natural language processing, treebanking and sentiment analysis; image processing, computer vision and pattern recognition for conservation and the visual arts; the semantic and social web; digital education and gamification; optical character recognition for big data text mining.

Furthermore, the post-holder will benefit from collaborating with a wide array of scholars working on Digital Humanities in other departments. The Faculty of Arts and Humanities is one of the best in the world (ranked 29th in the 2018 QS rankings), and all of its departments have significant research projects in Digital Humanities. These include: the scientific study of manuscripts, digital theology, large-scale digital musical analysis, digital textual criticism, digital technologies for museums and other memory institutions, the ethics of digital modelling and simulation, and the philosophical and political implications of the digital transformation of our culture.

The successful candidates will have the ability and desire to collaborate with leading scholars in the Humanities, and to work towards the wider societal impact of their research work.

Durham University is also a world-leading centre for High Performance Computing (HPC), housing the Institute for Computational Cosmology and the Institute for Particle Physics Phenomenology. The post-holder will benefit from access to cutting-edge supercomputing facilities and expertise. Durham hosts one of the five national DiRAC~2 (Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing) petascale HPC facilities in the UK.

The successful candidates will have an outstanding academic record, with indicators such as publications in top-tier conferences and journals, significant software artefact design and implementation, and potentially academic awards. The candidates will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate education.

As a department we have fantastic international diversity with high-quality staff recruited from around the world. We are proud to have been a part of the School that was awarded the Athena SWAN Bronze award. At Computer Science we aim to create an open and inclusive workplace and study culture where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Diversity and equality are an important part of this commitment. We strive to ensure that this ethos informs everything we do at all levels, within the department and beyond, to provide flexible and inclusive environments that are designed to support both people and business needs.

Vacancy Reference: COMP19-56