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  • Ref no: RGU03226
  • Published: 27/5/2020
  • Closes: 31/7/2020
  • Location: Various RGU partner locations, AB10 7AQ
  • Salary: £64,605.00 - £110,129.00 per year
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Position Type: Full Time
  • Hours: 35 hours per week

Job Summary

The National Subsea Centre (NSC) is a partnership between Robert Gordon University and the Oil and Gas Technology Centre to deliver a world-class subsea R&D hub. The centre is focused on industrial-led academic research that covers all aspects of the sustainable Blue Economy and Blue Carbon changing the way industry and academia collaborate on design and research. We utilise the latest digital techniques to meet current and future challenges in all marine topics. Linking industry demand and expertise with academic capability and skills, the NSC supports, provides the facilities and nurtures a collaborative approach to problem solving in areas including communications, data, energy integration, remote monitoring and underwater robotics. The NSC is intended to become a global centre of research excellence, consolidating and extending the University’s globally impactful research in smart data technologies and artificial intelligence.

The School has internationally recognised research pushing the boundaries of theoretical and practical knowledge in Computing Science. We have well-established research groups in Computational Intelligence and in Reasoning and Machine Learning with growing expertise in Virtual and Augmented Reality and in Cyber Security.  The School is a member of the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), which pools world-leading research in Computing Science from Scottish Universities.

The Smart Data Technologies Centre, hosted by the School, focusses on industrially – applied data science, optimisation and machine learning. Smart Data is a strategic priority research area for the university.

The School attracts direct funding from industry as well as public funding from RCUK, Horizon 2020, and from Scottish Innovation Centres, such as The Data Lab, OGIC and CENSIS.  Major application areas include planning and supply chain optimisation; predictive and preventive maintenance; process control and operations management.

We are offering two Professorial posts in Computing Science.  These roles represent a period of expansion for the school, which will become the School of Computing in August 2020 to more fully reflect the breadth of research and teaching that takes place.

You will hold a substantive post in the School of Computing but will be fully seconded to the National Subsea Centre for at least the first two years of appointment. The posts will be further supported with research staff and studentships and the strategic investment will continue in a sustained programme over ten years. Two Lectureships in related areas are also currently being advertised.

You will be expected to augment or complement the research of the NSC. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in, or strongly related, to Cyber-physical Systems and Human Computer Interaction.

Experience in industrially-applied research is highly desirable. Our research has a strong focus on high-impact real-world application and so a willingness to engage with industry is a key requirement of the role.

Appointments will be decided on the academic quality and potential of the candidates. 

Salary on first appointment is normally to the bottom of the scale, although in exceptional circumstances an appointment further up the scale may be considered.

Relocation assistance may be available, subject to conditions.

We would particularly welcome applications from women as they are under-represented in this area of our workforce.

This post is subject to a Disclosure Scotland check. For more information visit:

Please direct any further enquiries about this post to John Isaacs, Head of School at

Job Description

RESPONSIBLE TO: Professorial Lead: Predictive Data Analytics

RESPONSIBLE FOR: Line-managed research staff and students


Lead and direct substantial research activity contributing to one or more of the identified research areas.

In particular:

  • Apply for and obtain large external research grants
  • Publish high quality research outputs in leading journals
  • Contribute to the research impact of the National Subsea Centre
  • Contribute to the development of the National Subsea Centre research strategy and leadership of research groups
  • Participate in the supervision of PhD students and research staff

Contribute to the delivery of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as directed.

In particular:

  • Lead the development of high-quality educational content in specialist areas
  • Oversee delivery of assessments and examinations as required
  • Contribute to curricular development of research-led teaching

Undertake administrative duties as directed

Person Specification


Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • PhD in Computer Science or related subject.


  • A track record of internationally-leading research in one of the following: cyber-physical systems, human computer interaction, data science, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity or related areas.
  • Funding success appropriate to a professorial appointment.
  • Teaching experience at higher education level in Computing Science with evidence of successful student learning outcomes.



Qualifications and Professional Memberships

  • Associate Editorship in leading international journal
  • Senior Membership of Learned and Technical Societies
  • Membership of Government or Industrial Advisory Panels


  • Experience in / evidence of sustainable research activity
  • Experience of successful PhD supervision
  • Experience of industrial research or other engagement
  • Evidence of teaching experience and capability at HE level.

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