Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Reader: Algorithms and Complexity

University of Glassgow

United Kingdom

September 30, 2022


Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Reader: Algorithms and Complexity

Job Purpose

To carry out research and scholarship in Algorithms and Complexity, deliver an excellent student experience through teaching and assessment, and contribute to management and administration. At Grade 8 and 9, demonstrate leadership and contribute to academic and strategic management.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Perform the following range of activities:

1. Develop, lead and sustain personal and group research aligned appropriately to School/College research strategy.

2. Enhance your research profile, reputation and esteem through:

• establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high quality refereed journals, generating research impact in terms of economic / societal benefit;

• presentation at international and national conferences and at internal / external seminars, colloquia and workshops;

• identification of potential funding sources and the development of proposals to secure funding from internal/external bodies to support future research;

• developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the School / College / University and external Academic and Industrial Partners;

• contribution to team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.

3. Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of high quality teaching, supervision and assessment activities across under/post-graduate programmes within the Subject/School.

4. Contribute to the on-going development and design of under/post-graduate curricula, to ensure a research-led approach to student learning and assessment in the discipline and/or profession.

5. Manage a variety of academic administrative activities, including timely delivery of effective and constructive feedback on assessment, and provision of pastoral support.

6. Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as assigned by the Head of School.

7. Engage in personal, professional and career development.

8. Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan - World Changers Together.

For appointment at Grade 8:

Demonstrate enhanced leadership, academic responsibility and strategic management, particularly through internationally leading research, outputs and funding.

For appointment at Grade 9:

In addition, demonstrate a distinctive contribution to the academic community through a leading role nationally and internationally e.g. shaping research agendas, advising review panels and funders.

For appointment at Reader:

Excel significantly in generation of research, outputs, funding, supervision, and knowledge exchange/impact.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience



A1 Relevant PhD or equivalent experience within Computing Science.

A2 Significant breadth/depth of knowledge in specialist areas relating to Algorithms and Complexity, which complement the existing strengths of the FATA section

A3 A growing international reputation, evidenced by esteem indicators, in a field that matches or enhances existing activities in research related to Algorithms and Complexity within the School.

For appointment at Grade 9/Reader:

A4 An extensive and established reputation in research and/or teaching within Computing Science as evidenced by esteem indicators.



C1 Ability, drive and influence to develop an international research profile.

C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate.

C3 Excellent communication skills, with ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely.

C4 Excellent interpersonal skills and a collegiate approach.

C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills.

C6 Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills.

C7 Good team leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills.

C8 A strong commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching and proven ability to engage students to inspire learning, and to provide pastoral care to students.

For appointment at Grade 8/9/Reader:

C9 Excellent leadership skills, able to develop early career academic colleagues and manage a research team.

C10 Excellent influencing and collaboration skills to facilitate shaping the research agenda of the academic community and funders.

C11 Exceptional commitment to high quality teaching, enthusing students and inspiring learning.



E1 Sufficient depth of relevant research experience in Algorithms and Complexity including postdoctoral experience, appropriate to an early career researcher.

E2 Evidence of a track record of presentations and publications in Algorithms and Complexity.

E3 Experience in undertaking independent research and contributing to successful funding applications.

E4 Excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

For appointment at Grade 8:

E5 Strong track record of undertaking research in Algorithms and Complexity, publishing in high impact journals at national and international level, and in attracting external research funding.

E6 Excellent track record of contribution to academic and administration activities in a research-led institution.

For appointment at Grade 9/Reader:

E7 Evidence the above criteria to a higher degree, particularly in generation of research, outputs, funding, supervision, and knowledge exchange / impact.


We particularly encourage applications from women and other groups who are traditionally under-represented in Computing Science.

• The Glasgow Women in Computing Science (GWiCS) group supports women at all levels in the School, from undergraduate upwards, and organises regular talks and events which are open to everyone.

• We also host and participate in a range of events such as Ladies of Code, Code First: Girls, and the BCS Lovelace Colloquium. We support and encourage student initiatives such SWiTCH (Society for Women in Technology) and WiSTEM (Women in STEM).

• We hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have established an Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

We are keen to have a balanced workforce. It is widely reported that prospective candidates evaluate their fit with essential criteria differentially by gender. If you are unclear whether you meet the essential criteria, you are encouraged to contact us informally for a confidential discussion.

Flexible working

• Arrangements for flexible working may be discussed further at offer stage, please see University policy at https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/all/worklife/flexibleworkingpolicy/

• The School has a number of policies that facilitate flexible working, for example teaching delivery on each honours course is scheduled on a single day of the week (lectures, tutorials, labs), and we operate a core hours policy for School meetings between 1000 and 1600 hours.

About the School

Glasgow Computing Science has ~70 FTE academic staff, supports in the region of 130 research students, and delivers teaching to approximately 1,600 undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. Annual research income is more than £3.5 million.

In the UK's 2021 independent research exercise, 100% of our impact was judged as world-leading. Overall, 98% of our research was deemed to be either internationally-excellent or world-leading; since the previous research exercise in 2014, the amount of world-leading research has increased from 36% to 63%.

Our School is ranked 5th and 6th in the UK for Computer Science in the Times Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and The Complete University Guide 2022 respectively.

How to apply:

Please note that as part of your application you must supply the following documents appended to your cover letter. A failure to do this may mean that you are not shortlisted for interview.

(i) A point-by-point summary indicating how you meet the essential and desirable criteria listed in the job description. This must address and demonstrate how you meet EACH of the essential / desirable criteria, e.g., “A1: I graduated with a PhD in Computing Science, specialising in the area of X, from the University of Y in 2010''

(ii) A one-page research statement outlining your vision for research, together with a link to your Google scholar page.

(iii) A one-page teaching statement outlining what you think matters for teaching.

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the University's Research and Teaching Grade, level 7/8/9, £37,474 - £42,155 / £46,047 - £53,353 / £54,949 - £61,823 per annum.

This post is full time and is offered on an open-ended basis.

The successful applicant of this post will be enrolled onto the University's Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career.

Information on the programme can be found on our website at: https: // www. gla.ac.uk/myglasgow/humanresources/all/pay/ecdp/

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities' Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University's relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court's policies.

It is the University of Glasgow's mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

Vacancy Reference: 093810

Closing Date: 30 September 2022

Vacancy Ref : 093810 Close Date : 30-Sep-2022 23:45

About the employer

The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg,...