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Professor of Computer Science and Head of Department

University of Reading - Department of Computer Science

Location: Reading
Salary: Competitive Salary
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 9th November 2021
Job Ref: SRF36165

The University of Reading is looking for a new Head of Department of Computer Science at an exciting time in the department’s development. The new Head will have the opportunity to oversee recruitment of new academic staff, shape cross-disciplinary research taking advantage of our School’s strength in environmental sciences and build strategic partnerships that will reshape our programme portfolio and enhance the student experience. 

The appointment as Head of Department will be for an initial term of 5 years, with an underlying permanent position as Professor of Computer Science. As such, academic credibility is crucial and alongside the leadership ability to be successful as Head of Department we are looking for someone with a track record of research and teaching commensurate with appointment at  Professorial level. 

You will have:

  • The leadership skills and experience to structure and deliver initiatives for progress and improvement, to identify and manage competing priorities, and to lead, manage and communicate effectively with colleagues holding different perspectives.
  • A track record of internationally excellent research in Computer Science, ideally with expertise in strategically important areas to the department such as Advanced Computing for the Environmental Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, and/or Data Science.
  • The skills necessary to contribute to the development, delivery and management of teaching programmes in Computer Science, ideally with experience engaging with industry in and around the curriculum.
  • The skills and experience necessary to engage outside the department to develop interdisciplinary activities across the School and elsewhere in the University.

How to Apply

If you are unable to apply online please email your application to

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners.

Elizabeth James

Tel: 0121 654 6924

M: 07715 993 443

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce and we welcome applications where a flexible working pattern and/or a job share is proposed. Specifically, we welcome applications where it is proposed to take up the role as half of a job share (and no indication is needed as to who the other half might be). We also welcome coordinated applications from two separate members of staff proposing to undertake the role as a job share.

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