ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
Vacancy Type/Job category – Academic
Department – Computer Science
Salary – £40,792 – £48,677 per annum
Location – University of Warwick, Coventry
Vacancy Overview – Permanent Position, Full Time
Enthusiastic individuals are sought to make a major contribution to the Department’s activities in teaching and research. You will hold a PhD or equivalent in Computer Science or a related discipline. You will have an outstanding academic record, with indicators such as publications in top-tier conferences and journals, significant software artefact design and implementation, and academic awards. You will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate education.
This is an opportunity to join one of the UK’s most prominent and research-active Computer Science departments and to be part of an exciting time of growth in the Department. You will be an expert in at least one of medical image analysis, computer vision and machine learning. If appointed, you will strengthen our existing expertise in computational pathology and become a key contributor to a recently awarded national centre of excellence in artificial intelligence for digital pathology.
All applications will be considered on their merits. As the Department is committed to increasing the representation of women among its academic staff, female candidates are especially encouraged. Applications that are on a part-time or other flexible working basis are welcome.
In addition to a completed application form, candidates should submit four documents:
1. a cover letter, outlining merits and most significant achievements;
2. a research statement;
3. a teaching statement;
4. a Curriculum Vitae with a list of publications, where up to five most important publications are highlighted.
Informal enquires can be addressed to the Head of Department, Professor Ranko Lazic (R.S.Lazic@warwick.ac.uk) or the Head of our Tissue Image Analytics (TIA) lab, Professor Nasir Rajpoot (N.M.Rajpoot@warwick.ac.uk).
Applicants invited for an interview will need to ensure that each of their three referees emails a letter of recommendation to the Departmental Secretary, Sharon Howard (S.L.Howard@warwick.ac.uk). It is expected that interviews will take place in January 2019.
You will undertake research, teaching, administration and other activities which support the work of the Department and develop and enhance its reputation, both internally and externally to the University.
- DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES*
1. To pursue individual and collaborative research of high quality, consistent with making a substantial research contribution.
2. To publish research outcomes in appropriate conferences and journals of international standing, and to disseminate the results of research and scholarship in other reputable outlets.
3. As part of your research agenda, to plan or pursue research with an impact on society (related to e.g. individual health and behaviour, economic success, government policy etc.), and to aid in further developing the impact and benefits to society arising from that research.
4. To stimulate interaction between relevant research communities at Warwick and with external collaborators.
5. To attend and present research findings and papers at academic and professional conferences and to contribute to the external visibility of the Department.
6. To seek, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research agenda.
7. To manage research projects within the University, including their financial control and to supervise post-doctoral research assistants, research students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.
8. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial context and, where appropriate, with the assistance of Warwick Research and Impact Services, take appropriate action to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected.
9. To contribute to the research plans developed by the Department including providing such information as may be required.
10. Where appropriate, to contribute to the development of impact case studies and to assist the Department in submitting these for the Research Excellence Framework or other purposes.
1. To teach and supervise students in computer science and related topics. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials and other classes as appropriate in support of the Department’s required teaching obligations, and to supervise dissertation work by postgraduate and undergraduate students.
2. To contribute to the supervision and training activities of PhD students.
3. To co-operate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum, and in the design and launch of new degrees or other academic awards where appropriate.
4. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examinations, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.
5. To maintain a broad knowledge of up-to-date research and scholarship in relevant fields to ensure that teaching meets the high standards expected within a research-led University.
Administration and other Activities
1. To undertake such specific roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department.
2. To attend relevant meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the Department, the University and other stakeholders.
3. To engage in continuous professional development. As part of probation, this involves timely participation in and progress on Warwick’s Academic and Professional Pathway for Teaching Excellence.
4. To undertake external commitments which maintain and enhance the reputation of the University.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post-holder will be required to be flexible in their duties.
The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, © Interview, (d) Presentation.
Essential Criteria 1
Possession of a PhD or equivalent qualification in computer science or related subject, by the post start date. (a)
Essential Criteria 2
The ability to initiate, develop and deliver high-quality research and to publish in leading peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings. (a), ©
Essential Criteria 3
A research record and continuing interest in one or more areas of medical image analysis, computer vision and machine learning. (a), ©, (d)
Essential Criteria 4
A promising record of publications in refereed international journals and conference proceedings. (a)
Essential Criteria 5
An ability or potential to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc.) to support research. (a), ©
Essential Criteria 6
An ability to teach and supervise undergraduates and postgraduate students in computing science. (a), ©, (d)
Essential Criteria 7
Good communication skills (oral and written). (a), ©, (d)
Essential Criteria 8
Good interpersonal skills. (a), ©, (d)
Essential Criteria 9
An ability to work independently and as part of a team on research and teaching programmes in computing science. (a), ©
Desirable Criteria 1
Experience of research, teaching and administration in a major university or equivalent. (a)
Desirable Criteria 2
A research record and continuing interest in digital pathology. (a), ©, (d)
The Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science at the University of Warwick is one of the leading Computer Science departments in the United Kingdom for both research and teaching. In the most recent national research assessment exercise (REF 2014), the Department was ranked 2nd out of 89 participating UK Computer Science departments; in The Times Good University Guide 2018, the Department is ranked 3rd in the UK. The Department is a founding partner in the Alan Turing Institute in London, the UK’s national institute for data science and artificial intelligence.
Research in the Department encompasses a variety of topics, ranging from advancing the foundations of computing to exploring novel, interdisciplinary applications. These activities are strengthened by a range of collaborations, including within the University, nationally, and internationally. Recent large-scale funding has resulted in the establishment of cross-faculty centres of research, which bring together emergent technologies and target disciplines.
The Department’s current research is conducted within five research divisions:
Human Centred Computing
Methodologies and Applications
Systems and Software
Theory and Foundations
Members of the department also play leading roles in a range of collaborative initiatives with other departments at Warwick through a number of interdisciplinary research centres:
Centre for Discrete Mathematics and its Applications
Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies
Warwick Institute for the Science of Cities
Centre for Scientific ComputingCentre for Complexity Science
Molecular Organisation and Assembly in Cells
Warwick Data Science Institute
The Department of Computer Science is one of nine departments in the Faculty of Science. It occupies a dedicated 35,500ft2 building in a recently completed £96.4M quadrangle, where it is flanked by the Mathematics Institute and Department of Statistics, the International Manufacturing Centre and Digital Laboratory, and the International Institute for Product and Service Innovation. This strategic central location highlights: (i) its close affinity with mathematics, statistics and engineering, in particular in the areas of discrete mathematics, data science and image processing; (ii) its underpinning role in interdisciplinary research, highlighted through its strength in computational biology, complexity science and scientific computing; (iii) its role in business, innovation and knowledge transfer, as demonstrated by its numerous start-ups. A significant new building extension, in partnership with the Mathematics Institute and Department of Statistics, will open in the autumn of 2018, generating office and laboratory space for the next 10 years of growth.
The Tissue Image Analytics (TIA) lab at Warwick, led by Professor Nasir Rajpoot, is a national leader in computational pathology research. The focus of research in the lab is on developing Image Analysis (IA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) based algorithms to further our understanding of patho-biology from information-rich multi-gigapixel digitised pathology images, with applications to computer-assisted diagnosis and grading of cancer and image based markers for survival and progression/recurrence of cancer.
The Department has approximately 40 academic staff and over 100 research associates and research postgraduate students, together with around 20 technical and support staff. Five undergraduate degree programmes are offered:
BSc/MEng in Computer Science;
BSc/MEng in Computer Systems Engineering (run jointly with the School of Engineering);
BSc/MEng in Discrete Mathematics (run jointly with the Warwick Mathematics Institute);
BSc in Data Science (run jointly with the Department of Statistics);
BSc in Computer and Management Sciences (run jointly with the Warwick Business School).
The Department also offers two taught postgraduate MSc degrees: MSc in Computer Science and MSc in Data Analytics.
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Closing Date – 13 Dec 2018