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Head of School of Computer Science

University of Birmingham - School of Computer Sciences College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Location: Birmingham
Salary: Competitive salary for an outstanding candidate
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd December 2021
Closes: 31st January 2022
Job Ref: 98928

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Salary: Competitive salary for any outstanding candidate

As a senior academic and leader, you will not only set the strategic vision and direction for the School, but also work closely with colleagues across the College and University, to help shape and deliver the College and University’s strategic framework. This is a time of significant opportunity for Computer Science at Birmingham, with a growing number of outstanding students, world- leading research, the establishment of new institutes, and a growing transnational education and industrial engagement. You will work with colleagues to develop a supportive and inclusive culture, actively promoting equality and diversity activities with colleagues and student bodies alike.

You will have a world-class academic profile in a relevant area, the ability and drive to lead staff across a range of disciplines, and the passion to inspire and support the student body at all levels.  You will be motivated by the opportunity to shape and grow a world-leading Computer Science department, not only to deliver outstanding and impactful research, but through educating the future global workforce, to make an impact upon communities world-wide.

Main Duties

  • Provide academic and managerial leadership within the School, to help build the capability and capacity to deliver excellence in research, education, influence and resources
  • Develop and deliver a School strategic plan, which supports the College and University’s strategic framework - be open and receptive to examining and challenging all aspects of the School’s operations, and able to drive both continuous and step-change improvements to maximise performance at all levels and to deliver School targets
  • Provide leadership and inspiration for the School in terms of direction, new ways of working and to act as a role model for collegiality across the University, aligning school interests with those of the institution
  • Review progress of the School and individuals against agreed objectives and targets, identifying action to encourage and support continuous improvement and contribution across teaching, research and administration, addressing concerns with fairness and transparency
  • Lead the School, to develop and maintain active multi-disciplinary networks and collaborations, internally and externally, nationally and internationally, helping to enhance the reputation of the School’s education and research provision

Person Specification

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Ability to articulate the value and purpose of education and research across the School’s disciplines and to explore and build productive collaborations beyond the school and institution
  • Ability to engage with the wider West Midlands region as well as national and international stakeholders with an understanding of how to implement and deliver new initiatives
  • An exceptional Scholar with academic credibility among peers and evidence of an outstanding and sustained international research, evidenced by a substantial record of international quality and successful grant portfolio

For further information please contact Professor Stephen Jarvis, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, S.A.Jarvis@bham.ac.uk

Closing date: 31st January 2022                                        

 To download the full job description and details of this position and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below or visit https://bham.taleo.net/careersection/external/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en&portal=101430233 

Please quote Job Ref 98928 in all enquiries.

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