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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Algorithms

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

This is an excellent opportunity for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader post in Algorithms at the University of Sheffield. Working in the Department of Computer Science, you will join our rapidly expanding Algorithms Group. The group focuses on the design and analysis of algorithms which provably solve computational problems efficiently.

The Department is embarking on an exciting growth strategy following our strong performance in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, in which we were ranked 5th out of 89 computer science departments in the UK.

To build upon our continued success, we seek to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in the design and analysis of algorithms, broadly defined, with specialist expertise in an area including, but not limited to:
# randomised algorithms
# streaming algorithms and sublinear-time algorithms
# combinatorial optimisation
# approximation algorithms and parameterised algorithms
# distributed computing
# algorithmic game theory

You will contribute to our internationally leading research portfolio, working on topics relating to the theoretical analysis of algorithms, and will conduct research to the highest standards. This will include securing research funding, publishing in high-impact journals, supervision of research students and assisting on research project management.

As a teacher, you will play a key role in maintaining our reputation for high-quality teaching by designing, delivering and assessing undergraduate and postgraduate level programmes in machine learning and other topics in computer science. As well as conducting research at the highest level, you will develop and deliver high-quality research-led teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Additionally, a Senior Lecturer/Reader will carry out a significant departmental, Faculty and/or University administrative role to a high standard, maintain substantial international recognition through an extensive range of professional activities and act in senior roles within the Department/Faculty/University, providing leadership and direction for other University colleagues
as appropriate.

You will hold a PhD in Computer Science or a related area. If appointed as a Senior Lecturer/Reader, you will also require experience of obtaining externally funded research grants, experience of supervising postgraduate students and evidence of academic leadership.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from a diverse range of applicants. All applicants will be considered entirely on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities.

You can view the supporting documentation by clicking on About the Job and About the University located near the top of your screen.

Main duties and responsibilities
• Contribute fully as teacher, researcher and leader, in fulfilment of the ideals of the ‘Sheffield Academic’.
• Design, deliver, assess and evaluate high quality research-led teaching programmes, which will include identifying learning objectives and selecting appropriate curricula, selecting teaching methods, resources and reading, and determining, designing and producing study material.
• Supervise undergraduate and postgraduate projects.
• Contribute to the development of teaching policy and strategy as well as contributing to curriculum development.
• Undertake personal tutor/pastoral responsibilities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
• Conduct an innovative programme of research and scholarship that is recognisednationally/internationally in terms of originality, significance andrigour.
• Develop funding strategies, pursue income generation and manage external research grants.
• Manage or co-manage external research funding over a period of grants.
• Disseminate research findings through conference presentation, publication in recognised, high-quality, peer reviewed journals and produce other appropriate
outputs (for examplepatents).
• Be actively involved in professional activities such as refereeing papers, editing journals, refereeing research grants, external examining, organising conferences, committee membership and involvement with professional bodies.
• Undertake knowledge-transfer activities and collaborative research and consultancy projects.
• Plan and prioritise own work, and forward plan up to five years for some tasks. For teaching plan up to one year ahead unless there are significant teaching
programme changes or new courses then plan for up to two years ahead of their introduction.
• Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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