Computational Foundry Director

Swansea University - College of Science

Salary: Competitive salary package available on the professorial pay scale starting at £56,000.  The salary comes together with USS Pension benefits, if required.

The Computational Foundry, which is backed with £17.1million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), will be a vibrant and growing community of world-class computational research leaders, who work together with purpose and impact. It will also provide the most up-to-date and high-quality teaching facilities.

The Computational Foundry's growth in research activities is already underway, following the ERDF funding announcement in March 2016. The Foundry will be housed in a state-of-the-art centre, will drive focussed research into computational sciences, and make Wales a global destination for researchers, students and industrial partners.

Professor Matt Jones, Head of the College of Science, will lead the Foundry, which will build on Swansea's existing achievements. Computer Science is ranked first in Wales and eleventh in the UK for the quality of its research by the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the body which assesses the quality of university research.

The facility will include research and development laboratories, postgraduate and research areas, as well as teaching, networking and inspiration space. It will also feature world-leading experimental set-ups, equipment, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure that students will be ready for exciting and successful careers.

The Foundry Director will be a world-leading computer science research leader with a strong focus on interdisciplinary working. It is likely that they will have worked on highly impactful research challenges with demonstrable impact on society and the economy. Likely fields of expertise that foster these characteristics include: ubiquitous computing, Human-Computer Interaction and/or Interaction Design. The Foundry will also be strengthening and developing other research areas, and applications from candidates in these – and other – areas who meet the person and role requirements will be welcome. These other areas include: Image and Vision Computing, Graphics and Visualisation, Security, Software Engineering, Verification and Correctness, and Theory of Computation. The Director may be currently based in higher education but may also be a senior research leader or scientist with sector-shaping organisations such as Google, Yahoo, Microsoft or IBM.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be directed to:

Prof Matt Jones - 01792 295259
Prof Arnold Beckmann - 01792 602370
Prof Biagio Lucini – 01792 602284 

This post will close at midnight 8 November 2016.

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The University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activities. We aim to establish an inclusive environment and particularly welcome applications from diverse backgrounds.