Department of Computer Science

University of Sheffield

The Department of Computer Science is recognised nationally and internationally for its world-class research and excellence in teaching. Following our strong performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, in which we were ranked 5th out of 89 computer science departments in the UK, we are embarking on an ambitious growth strategy.

Our vision is to achieve research excellence and impact by translating fundamental knowledge into practice, through collaboration with end users. Much of our research spans the boundaries between engineering, medicine and the life sciences. Research in the department is organised into a number of groups:

  • Verification
  • Testing
  • Security of advanced systems
  • Machine learning
  • Algorithms
  • Complex systems modelling
  • Natural language processing
  • Speech and hearing
  • Organisations, information and knowledge (OAK)
  • Visual computing

There is substantial cross-group research activity, ensuring that research is multidisciplinary and collaborative. Our staff are actively engaged in a number of research centres and institutes, which focus on topics such as robotics (Sheffield Robotics), in silico medicine (Insigneo), assistive technology and connected healthcare (CATCH) and translational neuroscience and genomics (SITraN).

We attract substantial external funding from UK Research Councils, the European Union and industry. Our record for leadership in collaborative research is outstanding. The Department is currently host to two ERC fellows, three EPSRC fellows and one EPSRC Programme Grant.

The Department offers 3-year and 4-year undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence and Computer Science and dual degrees with Mathematics and Physics. We have an enviable reputation for innovative teaching methods based on enterprise, industrial projects and problem-based learning. At Masters level we run programmes in Advanced Computer Science, Advanced Software Engineering, Software Systems and Internet Technology, and a specialised programme in Speech and Language Processing. A MSc in Data Analytics was recently introduced and a MSc in Cybersecurity will be introduced in September 2018.

As part of our continued strategy for growth, the Department of Computer Science is seeking to appoint outstanding scholars with expertise in Testing, Verification and Cybersecurity and are recruiting to the following six vacancies:

You will hold a PhD in Computer Science or a related area, and be able to conduct research to the highest standards. You will secure research funding, publish in high impact journals, supervise research students and manage research projects. As a teacher, you will play a key role in maintaining our reputation for high-quality teaching by designing, delivering and assessing undergraduate and postgraduate-level courses in computer science.

The University’s Total Reward Package includes a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development. Competitive salaries apply as follows:

  • Chair: In line with the Professorial Pay Scheme:
  • Lecturer - Grade 8: £39,992 - £47,722 per annum with potential to progress to £53,691 through sustained exceptional contribution
  • Senior Lecturer/Reader - Grade 9: £50,618 - £56,950 per annum with potential to progress to £65,997 through sustained exceptional contribution

More information about the Department of Computer Science can be found at

The University of Sheffield has been named as one of the best places to work in the UK by The Sunday Times (in their Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For 2017).

We are committed to achieving excellence through inclusion. The Department of Computer Science holds the Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to diversity and equality, one of only 5 computer science departments in the UK to do so.