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Why we are recruiting

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As part of a significant further investment in Computer Science, I have pleasure in inviting you to apply one of up to 12 new Lecturer posts. These posts will supplement the 10 academic and teaching staff already recruited over the last two years, and bring the total number of academics to over 65.

The Department has a strategy to build on its position as one of the top Computer Science Departments in the UK, to become the leading Department for inclusive teaching and pioneering research.

Post-holders will be expected to teach the highest standards, contributing across the Computer Science curriculum. Post-holders recruited to research posts will also be expected to pursue pioneering research of the highest level. This will include publication of research outputs in leading journals and conferences, supervising research students, and attracting external funding to support their research and innovation activities. All post-holders will join an ambitious expanding Department with a community of academics that publish in the best journals and conferences, attract significant research income and teach to the highest standards.

This is an exciting time in the lifetime of the Computer Science Department, and I encourage you to consider this opportunity.

Prof Neil Audsley, BSc, DPhil (York)
Head of Department

Research and teaching

Many of the challenging problems facing computer science are interdisciplinary. The need to work across disciplines is reflected in our four major themes and five interdisciplinary research centres.

Research themes:

  • Critical Systems: design, modelling, implementation and verification of autonomous, cyber-physical, embedded, real-time, enterprise and secure systems.
  • People, Health and Wellbeing: 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:

The themes and centres are supported by researchers specialising in Cyber-Security, Real-Time and Embedded Systems, Enterprise Systems, High Integrity Systems, Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence, High Performance Computing and Computer Architecture. More details are available here:

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 Cyber Security. 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.

There are also online MSc degrees that have been launched, aimed at upskilling students with no previous Computer Science experience (see:, and specialist Continuing Professional Development courses in Systems Safety.

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 Dawn Wood

Dr Jo Iacovides

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Dr Peter Nightingale

Dr Steven Wright

Professor Delaram Kahrobaei

The University of York

The Department

The Department of Computer Science has a very strong international research record. The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results ranked York's Computer Science 7th overall in the UK, 5th for impact and 6th for environment. 90% of our academic staff were rated as "world leading" or "internationally excellent". This result confirms the longstanding global reach and real-world significance of the Department’s research and makes us one of the best departments in the country for nurturing excellent research and achieving economic, social and cultural impact from research. All aspects of our impact and environment were judged to be of world-leading or international standard.

The Department is housed in modern, purpose-built accommodation within the Heslington Campus East. We have 59 members of academic and teaching staff and 37 research associates and fellows employed on research grants and contracts. Seven specialist teaching staff deliver modules to industry as part of our highly regarded CPD programme in safety critical systems. We have a vibrant graduate school of approximately 180 research students, and over 640 undergraduate and approximately 220 full-time and part-time taught postgraduate students. The Professional Support Service comprises 27 administrative staff and 12 technical and computing staff.

The Department of Computer Science and the University is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. We offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, campus facilities and services to support staff from different backgrounds.

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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Currently recruiting

Lecturer - Teaching and Scholarship (HCI)

Thank you for your interest, this vacancy is now closed

The closing date: 28 June 2019

Lecturer (4 positions)

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The closing date: 28 June 2019

Associate Lecturer (2 positions)

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The closing date: 3 July 2019

Lecturer - Teaching and Scholarship (Vision and Graphics)

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The closing date: 28 June 2019

Lecturer - Teaching and Scholarship (Artificial Intelligence)

The AI material in the programme is taught by staff whose research is internationally excellent/outstanding in an integrated way with the rest of the CS material (e.g. [choice of] programming languages or [the need for/benefits of] concurrency). This combines solid theoretical foundations with practical skills that should allow the students attending/taking the AI-designated options/modules to match classes of problems to their appropriate representations; represent relevant knowledge using up-to-date, scalable, open formalisms, such as ontologies; designate a space of potential solutions and search through it using a variety of algorithms; apply machine learning approaches to model data and make predictions; and have general awareness about some of the ethical and legal challenges associated with the use of AI.

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The closing date: 4 August 2019

Lecturer Teaching and Scholarship

Thank you for your interest, this vacancy is now closed

The closing date: 28 June 2019


York and moving to the UK

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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