Head of Department, Professord, Assistant Professor positions, Heriot-Watt University

by Ekaterina Komendantskaya, March 25, 2021

The Department of Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, is looking to fill in several permanent academic positions at Assistant/Associate/Full Professor and Head of Department levels. We encourage applicants with research, teaching or industrial backgrounds. Full details are available on the university webpage: https://www.hw.ac.uk/uk/schools/mathematical-computer-sciences/departments/computer-science/current-vacancies.htm

About our Team

The Department of Computer Science is internationally renowned for its world-class research across a number of areas, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, data integration, knowledge representation, visualization and analytics, natural language processing, formal methods, logic, type theory, programming languages, parallel computation, human-computer and human-robot interaction, and cybersecurity.

Jointly with University of Edinburgh, we host the center for doctoral training “Edinburgh Centre for Robotics” and the UK’s first National Robotarium, that together form a £129M joint venture, a center of excellence for AI research on an international scale, and a research and innovation hub with >150 staff and PhD students. In RCUK’s recent Grand Challenges Scheme: Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS), our academics form core teams in 2 out of 7 TAS nodes (each node is supported by a £3M research grant). The two nodes stand for “Trust” and “Governance” in Autonomous Systems.   Our grant funding in this area has also grown through being awarded jointly with another school at HWU an EPSRC Industrial Strategy Challenge Strategy Fund for the Robotics Hub for Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA) worth £14.6M, which is one of the largest industrial strategy challenge funds awards in Scotland.

The department has strong collaboration with Industry. Since 2014, we have undertaken 107 projects with industrial partners, through our doctoral training centers (40 industrial partners), the ORCA hub (30 industrial partners), and the TAS nodes. Among our collaborators are Amazon Research, BP, Chevron, FiveAI, Horiba Mira, Imandra, Kawasaki, Kuka Robotics, Lloyds, Schlumberger, and many others.

The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is committed to an equality charter, which includes having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and to offering equality of opportunity to all (see https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/mathematical-computer-sciences/about/athena-swan.htm). We particularly encourage applications from women, and we welcome requests for flexible working arrangements and endeavour to accommodate them, whenever possible.