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    • Reading
  • Full time
  • Recruitment


  • Computer science


  • Professor
  • Dean / Head of Department

Apply by: 2021-11-12

Professor of Computer Science and Head of Department

Published 2021-10-13

Professor of Computer Science and Head of Department University of Reading

Competitive salary and benefits package
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.
Computer Science at Reading is a part of the School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences alongside departments of Mathematics & Statistics and Meteorology. The School has strategic partnerships with major national and international organisations relating to environmental sciences and it is a key priority for Computer Science to leverage those relationships to develop a truly distinctive position in the UK. Candidates with relevant expertise and experience are strongly encouraged to apply.

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

Elizabeth James
Tel: 0121 654 6924
M: 07715 993 443

Full details of the post are included in the attached Further Particulars document.

The School was awarded an Athena SWAN Silver award in 2010, renewed in 2014 and again in November 2017, in recognition of its good employment practices in relation to women working in science, engineering and technology.

The University is a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. 

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