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Professor and Head of Trustworthy AI

Queen Mary University of London - Office of the Principal

About the Role

This is a significant leadership role that will be spearheading research in Trustworthy AI. This role will inspire internal and external partners aligned to a shared vision, drive collaborative multi-disciplinary research and deliver large external research grants. For the successful candidate, this role provides exceptional scope with opportunities to set and define the research strategy in this area and lead its delivery, working closely with the Director of DERI.

Trustworthy AI is needed to create AI systems that are fair, reliable, safe, and responsible. Such systems may involve methods to make them explainable, preserve privacy, and be held accountable so that they can be trusted by individuals, organisations and society. Trustworthy AI is an exciting research area that will involve many stakeholders and necessitate a multi-disciplinary approach.

About You

You should have a PhD in a relevant field or have an equivalent qualification or experience, with strong research expertise in AI at a national and international level, including publications in internationally renowned journals. You should be a natural collaborator and a leader, inspirational to peers, with drive to turn ideas into tangible outputs. You should also be strongly aware of the role that organisational culture and reputation plays in achieving excellent research bids and outputs.

About the Institute

The Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) is Queen Mary’s first University Research Institute, created as part of the university’s ambitious Strategy 2030. University Research Institutes represent a paradigm shift as they are outside the faculty structure and collaborate across the university to advance multi-disciplinary research and innovation.

DERI is dedicated to ground-breaking research in digital and data science, including artificial intelligence (AI). DERI offers an outstanding research environment including a dedicated physical space along with recently purchased high performance computing infrastructure to enable scientific breakthroughs. Further, DERI leads the university’s participation in The Alan Turing Institute, the UK national institute for data science and AI. By tackling grand challenges, DERI will have impact in academia, government, industry and more broadly, society.

DERI sits in a vibrant ecosystem for digital and data science and is based at the Whitechapel campus in East London in close proximity to Barts NHS Trust, Queen Mary Innovation, Queen Mary University Enterprise Zone.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Whitechapel Campus in London. It is a full-time, permanent appointment, with an expected start date in 2022. The starting salary will be on the Professorial Grade and commensurate with skills and experience, inclusive of London Allowance.

We particularly welcome applications from people who identify as women, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups as these groups are underrepresented at this level at Queen Mary.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to (Greg Slabaugh) at

To apply for the role, please click the ‘apply’ button.

The closing date for applications is 25 Feb 2022.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

Location: London
Salary: Grade 8 Off Scale.- Professorial Grade and commensurate with skills and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th January 2022
Closes: 25th February 2022
Job Ref: QMUL27562
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