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Various Academic Positions

University of Glasgow

The School of Computing Science is building on its strong performance in REF2014 with the recruitment of four academic staff in priority areas (equivalent to US tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor).

Below you will find a brief description of the priority areas in which we are keen to appoint ambitious academic staff who will complement and strengthen our existing activities.  Four positions are presently available for appointment in Session 2017-18, with further vacancies to be announced in 2018-19.

Centre for Computing Science Education (CCSE)

Edge Computing – GLAsgow SyStems (GLASS)

Glasgow Interactive SysTems (GIST)

Information Retrieval, Machine Learning or Data Systems – Information, Data & Analysis (IDA)

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Computer Science

School of Mathematics and Computer Science, Heriot Watt University
Salary: £31,604 – £56,950
Application Closing Date: 21 February 2018

We welcome applications in the areas of rigorous systems, games programming, and information systems. Excellent applicants from other areas of computer science are also encouraged to apply. We are aiming to fill multiple positions. Applicants in rigorous systems would join our Rigorous Systems research group in order to study the theoretic underpinnings and improve the reliability and predictability of computer systems through the development and application of rigorous design, implementation and verification techniques. Applicants in games programming would ideally have expertise in computer games, interactive systems design, augmented and virtual realities, and would work with current colleagues in our interaction research area. Applicants in information systems would contribute to the growth of our information systems undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and work with colleagues in our intelligent systems and interaction research areas. The applicant would be expected to develop research activities on the interface between information systems and our growing strength in data science.

Reporting to the Head of Computer Science, responsibilities include:

  • To lead, carry out and publish internationally excellent research in the area of the candidate’s area of expertise;
  • To actively pursue research funding through the submission of high-quality grant proposals;
  • To further knowledge exchange activities; and to carry out such administrative and promotional activities as may be required to achieve these aims
  • To develop and deliver innovative teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and courses in the discipline area offered by the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
  • To carry out administrative, pastoral, representative and associated tasks as required.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post.  Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

The successful candidate will:

  • hold a PhD degree in computer science or related subject;
  • be an established or potential international research leader in their field and will have the relevant experience to be able to engage in our teaching programmes;
  • have a strong record of high-quality publications, and the capability to attract external funding;
  • have the enthusiasm and ambition to build a world-class academic group in their discipline and to expand our successful postgraduate programmes;
  • have the vision to take a proactive role in exploiting fully the partnership opportunities available, supporting the Department’s has a strong collaborative ethos

The successful candidate(s) will be based in Edinburgh, UK.

For more information on the position and details of how to apply, please see the Heriot Watt Web-site:

Funded PhD Studentship, Heriot Watt University

The School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) at Heriot-Watt University is offering full fees and stipend for a 3 year fully-funded PhD studentship to UK/EU applicants on Internet of Robotic Things for Connected Social Care.

The successful candidate will contribute to the development of innovative, user-friendly, interactive and modular IoT-Robotic systems that are able to understand and operate effectively and flexibly in people’s homes, to look after the safety and comfort of their users and assist them in their daily lives while also learning to smoothly adapt to their constantly evolving needs. These features can greatly simplify the design and customization of engaging and cost-effective systems while benefiting from technological trends to promote their adoption as part of personalised and connected social care practices that link homes with assisted care and health services.

The specific research will avail of a new laboratory part of an international network of “home lab” test-bed facilities.

The laboratory is a 60 square meter, fully sensorised smart robotic space equipped with state of the art domestic robots and smart home technology and with links to deep-learning and other computing resources. It provides a ‘Living Lab’ home environment where roboticists and computer scientists, and also usability and health experts, psychologists, and sociologists, can work alongside people with assisted living needs and those supporting them, to co-design and test innovative solutions for healthy ageing and assisted living.

The successful candidate is expected to hold a master or 1st class honours degree in robotics, computer science or a relevant discipline.
Previous experience and knowledge in human-robot interaction and artificial intelligence would be desirable.
Good interpersonal skills, communication, and collaboration capabilities will be an asset.
Applications should be made online at
Required Documents: Completed online application form, CV, transcripts, 2 reference letters, and a cover letter to briefly state research interests and motivation.

Potential candidates are encouraged to send an inquiry email to Dr. Mauro Dragone ( if they wish to find out more about the position and discuss project ideas before applying.

Funded PhD Studentship, University of Glasgow

The School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow is offering fully funded PhD Project – Containerised NVF Orchestration and Management

Supervisor(s): Dr Dimitrios Pezaros
Funding Status: UK/EU (EU with more than 3 years in the UK)

Current operations and management (O&M) solutions assume containers are deployed within data centres with single geographic location, high speed communications and high performance infrastructure. However, many network benefits can be obtained if container network functions can be distributed around the network edge. The project would address how to devise network-wide platforms that can manage and interconnect network functions for many customers at scale and over the Internet. We have been using platforms like Openstack as well as our own Glasgow Network Function (GNF)orchestrator and would like to further investigate how such platforms can be designed to work at scale (e.g., billions of small IoT devices) and over heterogeneous environments where network resource utilisation becomes as significant as CPU and memory resource use.

How to Apply: Please refer to the following website for details on how to apply:

Start Date: As soon as possible

Funding: Funding is available to cover tuition fees for UK applicants (EU applicants who have spent at least 3 years in the UK are also eligible), as well as paying a stipend of £18,000 per annum.

Postdoctoral Research Associate X 3

The Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR) at Computer Science in Heriot Watt University invites national and international applications for 3 full-time Postdoc Research Associate positions.

These positions will be in human-computer/robot interaction, including spoken dialogue and multimodal techniques, to join the flagship £31M EPSRC-funded Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (RAI) ORCA hub (Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets). You will be joining a world-leading consortium of academics and researchers (including from Universities of Liverpool, Edinburgh, Oxford and Imperial College) with the potential for collaboration resulting in high-impact research publications.

We are looking for 3 full-time roles with an initial contract of 1 year, and with the possibility of renewal.
These specific roles include:

Role A: Multimodal and spoken dialogue systems, including Natural Language Processing and Natural Language Generation, for adaptive human-machine interaction with Explainable AI
Role B: Human-Computer Interaction with data visualisation for Explainable AI
Role C: Human-Computer Interaction with a focus on adaptive user interfaces exploring cognitive load and sensing; human-machine teaming#

Expertise in Machine learning and User Centered Design is sought after.  We expect strong technical skills, high level of academic writing, as well as, excellent communication and teamwork from any candidates to this position. Exact salary within scale 7 can be negotiated on experience and excellence criteria.

Application deadline
Midnight 9 February 2018.

Apply  at:

It is highly recommended to contact Prof. Helen Hastie by email at for a first expression of interest, as well as any informal inquiry, prior to a formal application
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