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Lecturer (Teaching & Scholarship) AAIP - 2 posts

Computer Science
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
Grade 7; 38,832 - 47,722 a year
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We are seeking two highly-motivated lecturers to work with Professor John McDermid and Dr Mark Nicholson as part of the 'Assuring Autonomy International Programme’ (, a £12 million initiative funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation and the University of York to spearhead research, training and standards in the safety of RAS. You will work extensively with the staff in the programme, and the existing lecturers developing and presenting York’s current Safety Critical Systems Engineering (SCSE) MSc and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses.

You will be jointly responsible for leading the development, refinement and presentation of education and training material based on the Body of Knowledge (BoK), which will be the key deliverable from the programme, and integrating this with current MSc and CPD material. The BoK will be a wide-reaching, structured, curated knowledge base covering the state-of-the-art techniques, methods and processes for the engineering, assuring, deploying, regulating and operating RAS across multiple domains, and dealing with key technologies, e.g. Artificial Intelligence (AI). You will play a pivotal role in achieving impact from the programme by enabling the international community to design and assure RAS, and will also help to validate the BoK. Your responsibilities will be shared, but it is expected that one lecturer will focus more on the development of on-line teaching materials and infrastructure (the 2-year post), and the other more on the technical details of software development, safety engineering and assurance of RAS (the 5-year post). You will also be responsible for ensuring the quality of delivery by monitoring, evaluating and revising material as necessary.  As part of the role you will be required to lecture, lead seminars, tutorials and other forms of graduate and postgraduate teaching.

You will have a first degree in a STEM subject and a PhD in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering (or equivalent experience), with substantial experience in developing and delivering advanced educational material, and experience of working with industry. You will have or be able to develop a good understanding of system safety, enabling you to develop material on such issues as assurance of systems that learn, data safety, etc. You will teach to a range of academic and industrial partners, in the UK and internationally, which will also enable the validation of the BoK in a broad range of application domains.

Essential personal attributes include attention to detail and commitment to high quality, collaborative ethos, interest in and enthusiasm for the subject matter of the programme, positive attitude to colleagues and students, and ability to plan and prioritise your own work in order to meet deadlines. You will have experience of carrying out both development and delivery of high quality teaching materials; and ability to work as part of a team, as well as working independently using your own initiative.

The salary for these posts is in the range £38,832 - £47,722 a year (Grade 7). These posts are full time (37 hours a week). One post is fixed term for 2 years (with the possibility of an extension) and the other is fixed term until 31 December 2022. Both posts are based at the University of York, Heslington Campus East.

Closing date: 1 March 2018

Interview date: 16 March 2018

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