Assistant Professor in Computer Science

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
30 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
20 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Closing date 20 Aug 2019 23:00 (UK time)
Salary £40,792–£48,677 (Grade 8)
Location Edinburgh
Department School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Category Academic
Status Either
Duration 12 months fixed-term

About Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

About our Team

You will join the Department of Computer Science in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. The department is internationally renowned for its world-class research in the areas of Interaction, Intelligent Systems, and Rigorous Systems. In rigorous systems, our researchers develop a range of methods that improve the reliability and predictability of computer systems through the development and application of rigorous design, implementation and verification techniques.  We co-lead the Edinburgh Centre of Robotics with the University of Edinburgh. Through this centre, we are leading a centre for doctoral training in robotics and autonomous systems, and we will be building the UK’s first National Robotarium at our Edinburgh campus.

Since 1966, with the introduction of the first computer science programme in Scotland (3rd in the UK), the department has a proud tradition of teaching core computer science concepts and competencies, along with practical experience in our excellent labs. In 2018, we ranked joint 1st in the UK for software engineering in the National Student Survey.

Detailed Description

We require an Assistant Professor with expertise in computer systems, including operating systems, distributed and parallel systems, computer networks, and/or robotics (e.g., low-level aspects of robotic systems). The expected teaching activities will likely cover topics in computer architecture, systems programming, C and ARM Assembler languages, (principles of) Operating Systems, and high-performance computing, as well as foundational topics in systems verification. Details on  our computer science course offerings are available at the following: https://www.macs.hw.ac.uk/students/cs/ug-programmes/bsc-computer-science/

This is a ‘teaching & scholarship’ position with a focus on activities related to teaching and student learning. The teaching load typically involves around three full courses over two semesters, along with associated supervision and administrative and pastoral duties. Our courses are taught at our Edinburgh and Dubai campuses, giving lecturers in Edinburgh an opportunity to work with our colleagues cross-campus.

Heriot-Watt University supports progression and promotion on both ‘teaching & scholarship’ and ‘teaching & research’ streams. The successful applicant will be supported for progression on either stream. Applicants with relevant research experience are also encouraged to apply.

The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and to offering equality of opportunity to all. We welcome requests for flexible working arrangements and endeavour to accommodate them, whenever possible. We particularly encourage applications from women, and from people who have had career breaks.

Key duties and responsibilities

Key duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • Delivery of lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Supervision of laboratory sessions in our computer labs
  • Assessment of coursework and exams, including e-exams, and providing student feedback on their performance.
  • Administrative duties related to the delivery of the courses, e.g., entering marks, maintaining a course web page, etc.
  • Supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
  • Administrative, pastoral, representative and associated tasks as required.

Education, qualifications and experience

The required and desirable education, qualifications, and experience are the following:

  • PhD in computer science, or equivalent discipline (essential)
  • Relevant experience with teaching computer science, including lab or tutorial experience (essential)
  • Skills related to computer systems, including low-level programming (including C, ARM Assembler), operating systems, distributed and parallel systems. (essential)
  • Experience with delivering lectures in computer systems (desirable)
  • Experience with online course delivery and e-assessment (desirable)
  • Skills related to other areas of computer science, including software engineering, high-level programming, computer networks, network security, cloud computing, mobile computing and the internet of things (desirable)
  • Experience with supervising student projects at various levels (desirable)
  • Strong record of relevant, high-quality research publications (desirable)

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 20th August 2019.

To apply for this role, please submit a single pdf that includes a cover letter that identifies how your skills and experience are a good match for this position, an academic CV that highlights your teaching experience, including relevant research experience and publications, as well as the names and contact details for two referees

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.

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