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Why we are recruiting

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York's Computer Science Department is building for the future. We wish to attract early career academics with the potential to shape the discipline, and the broader community, over the next ten to twenty years. We want your strengths to become our strengths!

Ten posts are available over the next two years and will be phased according to the quality of applications. The posts are at the lecturer (Research and Teaching) grade, equivalent to Assistant Professor. We are looking to the new staff to reinforce our existing strengths, e.g. in Human Computer Interaction and Real-Time Systems, and to enable us to build up our range of interdisciplinary themes and research centres.

Neil Audsley,
Head of Department - Computer Science

Research and teaching

The research of the Department is focussed across four major themes and four interdisciplinary research centres.

Research themes:

  • Critical Systems: design, modelling, implementation and verification of autonomous, cyber-physical, embedded, real-time, enterprise and secure systems
  • Health, Well-Being and Human-Centred Computing: including image analysis and healthcare informatics
  • Analytics: including AI, analytics for games and eSports;
  • Beyond Human Vision: novel approaches and algorithms for computer vision, pattern recognition and face analysis.

Research Centres / Labs:

  • York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA): mathematical, computational methods and tools for the analysis and modelling of complex systems.
  • Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs): impact driven research in games and interactive media, including eSports.
  • Quantum Communications Hub: including work on quantum cryptography and sensing.
  • Safety of Autonomy Centre: (currently being established with funding from the Lloyd's Register Foundation) focussing on the safety of complex computer-based systems.

Our research themes are supported by activity within more specialist research groups:, most with long-established international reputations. However, many of the interesting problems facing computer science are inter-disciplinary, and the need for work across disciplines is reflected in our four major themes and four interdisciplinary research centres.

Teaching in the Department

In York Computer Science is taught as an engineering discipline, and students get a "full spectrum" education from theory to practice, covering hardware design as well as software, and involving individual and group projects (see:

There are specialist variants of our degrees, eg CS with Artificial Intelligence, and CS with Embedded Systems, with a Cyber Security variant to start in 2018. All students have the option to go on an industrial placement year, and about half do so, as an integral part of their degree course. A small number of specialist MSc courses are taught (see: and there is a thriving postgraduate school with about 160 PhD students.

Teaching will be built up progressively. In most cases initial duties will be to support student projects and tutorials, although some posts may involve early lecturing responsibilities. In all cases staff will contribute to teaching, perhaps initially co-teaching a module (lecturing or supporting practical work), conducting some formative and normative assessments, then later taking overall responsibility for one or more taught modules.

Why we work here

It's best to let our staff speak for themselves – the accompanying videos show some of the range of interests and expertise in the Department, and the sort of people you could soon be working with.

In more measurable terms, the Department has long had an international reputation for its research, particularly in terms of industrial impact. As long ago as 1996 the Department won a Queen's Anniversary Prize for industrial technology transfer. This success has continued, and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) we were ranked 7th overall, and 5th for impact, out of 89 Computer Science Departments in the UK.

The Department has always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and we encourage staff to work with industry and to support the wider community, eg through the professional societies.

Dr Lilian Blot

Dr Dimitris Kolovos

Dr Sam Devlin

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The University of York

The Department

The Department of Computer Science is housed in purpose-built facilities on the University's Heslington East campus. The Department has dedicated labs for teaching hardware and specialist research labs, e.g. for real-time systems and robotics. The campus also features high quality lecture theatres and a range of social facilities, including a café and a restaurant in the new Piazza building opening in January 2018. There are also sporting facilities, including a well-equipped sports centre and a velodrome.

The University

Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In 2017 it is the centre for almost 16,000 students across more than 30 academic departments and research centres. In over 50 years we have become one of the world's leading universities and a member of the prestigious Russell Group.

The University has consistently been recognised as one of the leading Higher Education Institutes and is one of just six post-war universities which has appeared in the world top 100. The University of York has won six Times Higher Education (THE) Awards and five Queen's Anniversary Prizes, including two in Computer Science.

We are proud of our association with Athena SWAN, holding ten awards in support of women in science, with gold awards for Chemistry and Biology as well as a University-wide bronze award.

Of 154 universities that took part in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, the University of York ranked 14th overall and 10th on the impact of our research. The University is consistently in the top ten UK research universities and attracts over £60m a year of funding from research alone.

Centred around the picturesque village of Heslington on the edge of the city of York, our colleges are set in an attractive landscaped campus. With a compact and easy to get around design, York enjoys a safe, friendly atmosphere. The campus offers a wealth of facilities, which includes bars, shops, theatres and concert halls all within easy walking distance.

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Lectureships in Computer Science

We wish to develop our excellent research and teaching base by appointing enthusiastic colleagues to take part in our future developments to strengthen our current research groups and to contribute to our major research themes.

Applications now open

Closing date: 1 October 2017


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Benefits and advice on moving to the UK

Computer Science is already home to staff from more than fifteen countries and five continents, and is happy to welcome staff from around the world. Both the Department and University provide advice and support to staff to help them in relocating to York. The Department runs a range of internal meetings and seminars, including social activities, which will enable staff to meet and get to know their new colleagues.

The City of York

Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York's bustling streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within its medieval walls you will find the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford's Tower and the Shambles - just a few of the many attractions.

But York isn't just a great place to visit - it's also a great place to live and work. While nourishing a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, York still maintains the friendly sense of community unique to a small city.

Shopping, culture and entertainment

York boasts specialist and unique boutiques but also all the high street stores on its busy shopping streets. Alongside them you will find cinemas, theatres, an opera house, art galleries, a vast range of restaurants, live music venues and clubs. York is particularly renowned for its multitude of pubs and bars, from the modern to the medieval.


The Lonely Planet guide recently declared Yorkshire the third best region in the world to visit. There is something to cater to every taste, whether it be the rugged landscapes of the Moors or the Dales, the picturesque seaside towns of Scarborough and Robin Hoods Bay, the gothic architecture of Whitby or the vibrancy of cosmopolitan Leeds.

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