Current Vacancies

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. This page summarises the open vacancies, full details are available on the university webpage.

About Heriot-Watt University 

Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge, relevant research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for innovation, business and industry. Around 30,000 students study with Heriot-Watt across business, engineering, design and the physical, social and life sciences. One third of our students are based in Scotland; about one third learn online in over 190 countries; and about one third are based in Dubai and Malaysia. 

The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, one of the five constituent Schools of Heriot Watt University, is a thriving research-intensive environment, offering a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes covering the mathematical and computer sciences and the interdisciplinary connections within this range. The School is organised internally in three main departments –  Computer Science, Mathematics and Actuarial Mathematics & Statistics – and supports teaching and research activities at all three main locations – Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia. 

About our team

The Department of Computer Science has an extensive portfolio of taught programmes. It was the first in Scotland to offer a BSc in Computer Science, it established teaching programmes in Dubai since 2005, and in 2021/22 will launch a new Computing Science BSc in Malaysia. The Department is internationally renowned for its world-class research across several 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. The Department has 58 permanent academic staff, of which 42 in Edinburgh, 12 in Dubai and 4 in Malaysia. It also has a thriving and expanding community of research associate and research students.  

The Department considers its top priority not only to deliver relevant and timely education content but to provide an excellent educational experience, covering pastoral and professional guidance. We now have an exciting variety of courses at UG and PGT level, covering the traditional Computer Science and Information Systems, but also the newly emerging areas of Data Science, AI, Robotics, Cybersecurity.  We offer the possibility of industrial placements within our UG programmes, in close collaboration with our Industrial Advisory board, and recently added activity for industrial Graduate Apprentices, with a degree programme in Software Development for Business.  The numbers and variety of students has been increasing every year, including a significant proportion of students from less privileged backgrounds and a growing number of international students. We are very proud of the attention we pay to disadvantage and disability to enable all our students to achieve their potential.  

The department hosts the Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Robotics and Autonomous Systems, funded by UKRI and a collaboration with the University of Edinburgh as part of the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, as well as the UK’s first National Robotarium, funded as part of the Edinburgh City Deal by the UK government. It also leads the EPSRC Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund award (held jointly with the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences at HWU) for the Robotics Hub for Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA) worth £14.6M, which is one of the largest Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund awards in Scotland.  These form a £153.6M joint centre of excellence for AI research on an international scale, and a research and innovation hub with more than 150 staff and PhD students. 

In RCUK’s recent Grand Challenges Scheme in Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS), Heriot-Watt formed two of the seven TAS nodes, each being supported by a £3M grant. These two nodes address Trust and Governance in Autonomous Systems.  Our grant funding in this area has also benefited from the Department’s strong collaboration with Industry. Since 2014, we have undertaken 107 projects with industrial partners through our CDTs (40 industrial partners), the ORCA Hub (30 industrial partners), and the TAS nodes. Our collaborators include Amazon Research, BP, Chevron, FiveAI, Horiba Mira, Imandra, Kawasaki, Kuka Robotics, Lloyds, and Schlumberger amongst many others. 

The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences is committed to support family friendly work practices and part-time working options as part of our Athena Swan Bronze award.   We especially encourage women and members of under-represented groups to apply for this position. We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options. We are very proud of our inclusive and friendly community. We organise regular events for women in CS, fora for staff and students with disabilities, as well as formal and informal support groups at all levels. Our professorial staff is 46% female, compared to the national average of 16%. 

Open Positions:

1. Bicentenary Research Leaders — permanent academic positions (assistant/associate/full professor levels) for talented researchers

with expertise in either:  

(i) Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (which includes pervasive and ubiquitous systems, planning, data science and semantic web, autonomous agents, human-robot interaction, human computer interaction and multimodal interaction);  

(ii) Security and Verification (including verification of system safety and security, cybersecurity, automated reasoning, theorem proving, programming languages, foundations of computer science); 

We also invite:

(iii) researchers with relevant industrial background;

(iv) and those interested in joint CS-Mathematics position.

Apply here. Deadline is 11th April 2021.

2. Assistant Professor / Associate Professor  In Technology Enhanced Teaching

We are looking for talented and highly motivated individuals to join our enhanced technology teaching activities in Edinburgh, UK. This is a ‘teaching & scholarship’ position with a focus on activities related to teaching, student learning, and IT innovation support to teaching and learning.

Apply here. Deadline is 23rd April 2021.

3. Full Professor and Head of Department of Computer Science

As professorial member of the Department, you will have a strong academic track record, with the experience and the ambition to build a world-class academic department. You will also have the relevant experience to engage and innovate in our teaching programmes and the enthusiasm to contribute to the expansion of our successful postgraduate programmes. 

As Head of Department, you are expected to provide academic leadership and operational management of the global Department of Computer Science so as it contributes fully and enthusiastically to delivery of the University’s  Strategy 2025. As part of this, you will lead development and delivery of Departmental annual plans that resonate with the Strategy. You will also act as a line manager, overseeing the health and wellbeing of all in the Department globally, and supporting them to deliver to the best of their ability across all relevant endeavours, including in teaching, learning, research and innovation.  

Apply here. Deadline is 30th April 2021.

Key information

Ekaterina Komendantskaya