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Chair (Professor) in Systems Safety

Computer Science
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Full-time (flexibility available)
Contract status
Commensurate with experience on the Professorial scale
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Role Description

This new senior appointment will build on our established world-leading reputation for research and teaching in safety-critical and high-integrity systems engineering and will be based primarily in the University’s new multi-million-pound Institute for Safe Autonomy (ISA). We are seeking to appoint a candidate with a broad background in safety critical systems and are keen to encourage applications from strong candidates with equivalent experience from backgrounds outside of academia.

The Role
Your role will pursue research of the highest standards, attracting external funding to support the Department’s research and innovation activities in safety critical systems. You will build links and partnerships with industry and government partners internationally to translate your research into impact. You will be joining a multi-disciplinary community of academics who publish in the highest ranked journals and conferences, attracting significant research income, and teaching to the highest standards.

We particularly welcome applications from female candidates, and candidates from minority ethnic backgrounds, who are under-represented at this level in the institution. #EqualityatYork

Key requirements

  • PhD in Computer Science or a cognate discipline
  • Outstanding and internationally recognised knowledge of systems safety
  • Proven leadership and managerial skills
  • Ability to publish academic work that is recognised as internationally excellent
  • Demonstrable capacity for strategic thinking and planning

To apply
Please direct informal enquiries to the Professor Prof Paul Cairns, Head of Department (

Closing Date: 15 August 2021
Interviews: 23 September 2021

Salary will be commensurate with experience on the professorial scale

About Us
The Department of Computer Science is a vibrant research-lead community delivering an excellent education to students in a range of innovative and internationally recognised research-led programmes. The Department 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.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as  Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We also encourage applications from women for senior roles. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

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