Senior Lecturer in Machine Vision

University of the West of England, Bristol - Engineering Design & Mathematics

Campus/location: Frenchay campus

Post is open to: External and internal candidates

Job overview:

Following the University’s success in REF 2014 we are providing exciting opportunities for exceptional individuals to join us in the next phase of our development towards our 2020 strategic goals of ‘Research with Impact’ and ‘Outstanding Learning’. Working in the Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics and linking into the Centre for Machine Vision (CMV) within the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, this post will ‘twin-track’ research in machine vision and teaching roles. You will be expected to devote your time, energy and enthusiasm equally between research and teaching. This is a permanent academic appointment as Senior Lecturer. For the first three years you will divide your time 50:50 between research and teaching. This will enable you to establish a strong, balanced profile in the longer term. You will be provided with appropriate training, support and mentoring. You will be responsible for developing your research activities (grant writing, project and PhD supervision, publications), with this support and your integrated teaching activities (undergraduate and postgraduate). If you do not already have an HE teaching qualification, you will be supported to undertake the University’s PGCert in Teaching and Learning in HE. After 3 years, the research/teaching balance will be dependent on your personal development.

The broad aims of this post are to develop a personal profile of machine vision research as a member of our successful Centre for Machine Vision, and to develop a teaching profile that facilitates the integration of research into teaching programmes, principally in Mechanical or Electronic Engineering. In particular, we want to look at developing new programmes of study in Medical Engineering, initially at PG level. We envisage this would involve drawing on expertise from across several research centres, including the CMV.

The CMV ( is currently comprised of ten full-time staff, five PhD students and some seven visiting academics. It specialises in real-world applications of computer vision and the realisation of working demonstrators, with a strong emphasis on 3D data capture, modelling and analysis from noisy data, that includes applications in medicine (e.g. detecting skin cancer), agriculture (e.g. 3D plant imaging) and security (e.g. biometrics and hidden object detection).

Key experience, skills, knowledge and qualifications required:

  1. PhD in a subject relevant to this role.
  2. A demonstrable track record of achievement in research and research outputs and evidence of potential to generate externally funded research projects.
  3. A cross-discipline research background, e.g. experience of linking computer vision with other applied sciences such as in medicine, security or agriculture 4. Sufficient breath and/or depth of specialist knowledge in engineering subjects to work within the established teaching and research programmes in the Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics.

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