Assistant Professor, Teaching in Computer Science job with DURHAM UNIVERSITY | 269406 – Times Higher Education (THE)

Department of Computer Science

Grade 7/8: - 34,304 - 50,296 per annumOpen-Ended/Permanent - Full TimeContracted Hours per Week: 35Closing Date: 20-Nov-2021, 7:59:00 AM

Job title:Assistant Professor (Teaching) with an emphasis on the support of novel, compute- and data-intense sciencesVacancy reference:21001299Department:Department of Computer ScienceResponsible to:Head of DepartmentGrade:Grade 7 Grade 8Salary Range:34,304 - 50,296 per annum

Working arrangements:The role is full time but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares

Durham University

A globally outstanding center of teaching and research excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting Durham is a university like no other.

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world.

As part of Durham University, youll be working with exceptional minds, all with the desire to ask, and answer the big questions. Access to leading-edge facilities and an active contributor to the global research and university community means youll be part of an international and diverse network of partners spanning the worlds best research institutions, organisations, and businesses. And all this within the evocative and historic surroundings of the city, county, and community that is Durham.

We find it easy to be proud of the extraordinary people we have at Durham. We offer the inspiration, they achieve the outstanding. We invite you to join them.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in the University. We are committed to equality: if for any reason you have taken a career break or periods of leave that may have impacted your career paths, such as maternity, adoption, or parental leave, you may wish to disclose this in your application.The selection committee will recognise that this may have reduced the quantity of your research accordingly.

Durham Universitys Athena Swan institutional award recognises and celebrates good practice in recruiting and supporting the development of women. We have also signed up for the Race Equality Charter, a national framework for improving the representation, progression, and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education.

The Department

The Department of Computer Science is rapidly expanding it tripled in size over the last 4 years and now has around 50 academic faculty. A new building, joint with Mathematical Sciences, to house the expanded Department has recently been inaugurated, and it hosts all our academics, our students, and experimental kit. The current Department has research strengths in algorithms and complexity, in artificial intelligence and human systems, networks, scientific computing, and computer vision, visualisation, and imaging.

Research-led teaching is a key strength of the Department, which came 9th in the current Complete University Guide. The department offers BSc and MEng undergraduate degrees and master's degrees in data science, business analytics, and scientific computing and data analysis. The size of its student cohort has more than trebled in the past five years. The Department has an exceptionally strong External Advisory Board that provides strategic support for developing research and education, consisting of high-profile industrialists and academics. The Departments students have been particularly successful recently in competitions such as the inaugural UK Student Cluster Competition.

As part of its recent creation of a research group around scientific computing, the department has intensified its collaboration with Durhams Advanced Research Computing (ARC) directorate and Durhams three national and regional supercomputing installations (Bede, Cosma, and Hamilton), it has started to install its own set of experimental hardware, and it has established several industry collaborations (NVIDIA, Intel and The RSC Group).

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to the development of the departments teaching and curriculum, and in particular, to anchor novel compute systems within its teaching and research landscape. This includes the active engagement with the industry to maintain and intensify our industry links. The post also will help to roll out training and teaching around compute-intense research into other Durham departments and University-wide initiatives, and you will help us to provide a world-leading computational infrastructure beyond standard computing as provided by centralised University services to our students and staff. You hence will be required to undertake significant computing support for both teaching and research with an emphasis on novel, experimental hardware installations (research and teaching clusters). Your teaching duties will be adjusted accordingly to allow time for this activity.

The successful candidate will ideally be in post by 1 April 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For more information, please visit our Department pages at

Assistant Professors (Teaching) at Durham

The University is committed to enabling all of our colleagues to achieve their full potential. We promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive environment to ensure that all colleagues can thrive.Assistant Professors (Teaching) contribute to teaching, innovation, and citizenship whilst fully focussing on the key skills which will secure their progression.Teaching quality and innovation is critical to ensure a first-class learning environment and curricula for all of our students. You will be supported to develop your teaching expertise and to engage in teaching innovation to embed our student experience.

All of our academic colleagues are encouraged to engage in wider citizenship to enhance their own development, to support their department and wider discipline, and to contribute to the wider student experience.

You will be expected to engage in scholarship related to pedagogy, noting that any other independent research is not a required part of this post. The appointment will be on the Universitys Teaching Track career path, which provides clearly defined opportunities for progression against defined criteria.

We are confident that our recruitment process allows us to attract and select the best international talent to Durham. We, therefore, offer a reduced probation period of 1 year for our Assistant Professors (Teaching), and thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance, you will be confirmed in post.

Assistant Professor (Teaching) with an emphasis on the support of novel, compute-and data-intense sciences

Applicants must demonstrate teaching excellence in the field ofComputer Science and wider areas of computational sciences and compute-intense data analyses,with the ability to teach our students to an exceptional standard and to fully engage in the services, citizenship, and values of the University. The University provides a working and teaching environment that is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate these key principles as part of the assessment process.

The candidate shall actively engage with novel hardware and software trends and transfer insight from industry into our curriculum and research landscape, such that Durham students are trained with the latest technology and can seamlessly join the best high-tech companies in the world, while our research can rely on a skill set and training environment that allows us to use next-generation technology today. This requires beyond the instruction capabilities and experience a strong background in how to maintain, design, and run experimental, novel computing platforms.

While Grade 7 candidates may have limited direct experience of the requirements for the post, they must outline their experience, skills, and achievements to date which demonstrate that they meet or that they have the potential to achieve the essential criteria. The post will involve a significant teaching load, which may extend into the summer period.

Key responsibilities:

How to Apply

We prefer to receive applications online.

As a University we foster a collegiate community of extraordinary people aligned to the Universitysvalues. Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the Universitys Strategy and a central part of everything we do.At Durham, we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community that is supportive and inclusive, and in doing so, recruit the worlds best candidates from all backgrounds and identities. Its important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI. We, therefore, ask that as part of your application you provide a statement (of no more than 1 side of A4) that outlines work in which you have been involved in which demonstrates your commitment to EDI and our values.

Information if you have a disability

The University welcomes applications from disabled people. We are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, adjustments will be made to support people within their role.

If you are unable to complete your application via our recruitment system, please get in touch with us

What to Submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

Where possible we request that you provide web links to these which the hiring Department will access to read your work.The application form contains fields in which to enter each of the web links.

Your work should be uploaded as PDFs as part of your application in our recruitment system. Please ensure that your PDFs arenotlarger than 2mb. Please note that your work may be read by colleagues from across the Department and evaluated against the current REF criteria;

Please save all application documents with your name and document type as PDF files.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.


You should provide details of 3 academic referees and the details of your current line manager so that we may seek an employment reference (if they are not listed as an academic referee).

Please note:

Next Steps

All applications will be considered; our usual practice is for colleagues across the Department to read the submitted work of long-listed candidates.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to the University and will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Department. The assessment for the post will normally includea presentation to staff and students in the Department followed by an interviewand we anticipate that the assessments and interviews will take place over two days in or around March 2022.

In the event that you are unable to attend in person on the date offered, it may not be possible to offer you an interview on an alternative date.

Person specification


Candidates will develop and deliver high-quality teaching that contributes to providing a high-quality learning environment and curricula which enable our students to achieve their potential.

Essential Teaching Criteria Grade 7

Essential Teaching Criteria Grade 8

Scholarship and Educational Impact

Candidates will have the ability to engage in scholarly activity which contributes to pedagogical practice and understanding within the department.

Candidates must be able to discuss (or evidence) work undertaken (or which would be undertaken) in preparation for teaching and keeping up to date with developments in the subject area.

The format will depend on the discipline and the candidates career to date but evidence of scholarship and educational impact may include some of the following (or similar) activities:

Essential Scholarship Criteria Grade 8

Candidates must be able to evidence work undertaken in preparation for teaching and keeping up to date with developments in the subject area.

The format will depend on the discipline and the candidates career to date but evidence of scholarship and educational impact may include some of the following (or similar) activities:

Services, Citizenship and Values

Candidates may be required to undertake some administrative duties within the Department related to the delivery of teaching, mainly related to taught programmes.

Candidates must also positively contribute to fostering a collegial environment; as well as demonstrating their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion.

Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria Grade 7

Essential Services, Citizenship and Values criteria Grade 8

Desirable Criteria - Grade 7 and Grade 8

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