Chair in Computer Science and Director of CUSP London

Negotiable salary, from £68,619
20 Apr 2021
End of advertisement period
23 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Chair in Computer Science and Director of CUSP London

Job ID: 021046

Salary: Negotiable salary, from £68,619 

Posted: 20-Apr-2021

Closing date: 23-May-2021

Business unit: Natural & Mathematical Sciences

Department: Informatics

Contact details: Professor Luc Moreau ,

Strand Campus   Academic and teaching    

Job description
The purpose of this role is to provide the highest level of academic leadership for CUSP (Centre for Urban Science and Progress) London. 
CUSP London is a multi-disciplinary research centre formed in 2015 in alignment with King’s London strategy, as a joint initiative from King’s College London and the University of Warwick under franchise from CUSP at New York University. CUSP London at King’s consists of members from Informatics, Geography, the Policy Institute, Environmental Sciences and the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience. It has developed a collaborative network with businesses, local authorities and government agencies to apply urban informatics and improve public health and wellbeing.
As part of its strategic development, the Department of Informatics is seeking applications from outstanding scholars and leaders with an excellent track record in Computer Science and Urban Informatics to join the department as Chair in Computer Science and take up the role of Director of CUSP London. The Department has the ambition to strengthen the research and impact activities of CUSP London. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: artificial intelligence for cities, IoT and smart cities, intervention design for urban context, algorithms, data mining, machine learning or simulation methods techniques for urban related problems.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in the application of computer science techniques to urban problems. They will take an important role in managing and developing CUSP London partnerships, in driving its policy agenda, in developing new research and impact opportunities, in collaboration with CUSP London partners, Departmental Research Groups and Hubs (, as well as cross-College multidisciplinary initiatives.

Applicants must have a PhD, an excellent publication and funding record, and the ability to attract research funding.  It is essential that applicants have the enthusiasm and commitment required to contribute to the further development of the research standing of the Department of Informatics, and to make a full contribution to teaching and administrative activities. 
Our staff and students come from all over the world and the Department is proud of its friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged with a number of family-friendly policies, including the operation of a core hours policy, the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example maternity leave. The Department of Informatics is committed to ensuring an inclusive interview process and will reimburse up to £250 towards any additional care costs (for a dependent child or adult) incurred as a result of attending an interview for this position.
For further information about the Department of Informatics at King’s and CUSP London, please see  and 
This post will be offered on an indefinite contract

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

The successful candidate is expected to:  

  • Act as Director of CUSP London, leading and developing its research and impact activity, in collaboration with its partners.
  • Provide academic leadership in the area of urban informatics with the wider context of computer science in Department of Informatics, and to play a leading role in this area within the Faculty, and across the College.
  • Enhance the external CUSP network by developing (strengthen existing, establish new) partnerships in London
  • Build on the internal KCL CUSP network to further develop institutional activities
  • Contribute to the teaching, project supervision, and administration of the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Department of Informatics, including teaching of subjects relevant to Urban Informatics.
  • Enhance the research profile of the Department, through maintaining a consistent high-level output of publications and presentations of world-class quality.
  • Sustain high-quality research activity through a portfolio of individual, joint and/or network research projects.
  • Engage actively and regularly in the pursuit of research funding through grant applications to Research Councils and other research funding bodies, and to assist other academic staff in the development of research proposals.
  • Engage, when appropriate, in the dissemination of advanced research through knowledge transfer, outreach, continuing professional development, etc.  
  • Supervise and train postgraduate students and postdoctoral research staff to ensure their effective development.
  • Contribute fully and conscientiously to administrative tasks in the Department of Informatics, as directed by the Head of Department. 
  • Be involved in the mentoring of junior staff and act as line manager for non-professorial members of academic staff. At an appropriate time, the appointed candidate may be expected to take on a term of office as Head of Department.
  • Lead/contribute to service activities within the Department, Faculty and College.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

  1. PhD in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, or related field
  2. Outstanding research record as evidenced by sustained publications in high quality journals and conferences and research grants/funding
  3. Evidence of sustained research and impactful activity in the area of urban science or clear plans for research and impact in this area
  4. Teaching and assessment experience at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level
  5. Leadership experience, both academic and administrative

Desirable criteria 

  1. Experience with interacting with governmental organisations, NGOs and private sector
  2. Ability to attract and develop talented researchers into the field
  3. Experience with shaping modules and/or programmes
  4. Ability to further academic planning and strategic development
  5. Experience of university governance and of academic administration

The selection process will include a presentation and a panel interview. The candidates will also have the opportunity to meet members of the department. Interviews are scheduled to be held on 07 July 2021. Presentation scheduling will be confirmed once shortlisting has taken place. Meetings, presentations and interviews are subject to pandemic constraints and may be held online.