Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Algorithms

Job Description

This is an exciting opportunity for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Algorithms at the University of Sheffield, an internationally renowned institution. Working in the Department of Computer Science, you will join our Foundations of Computation (FOX) Group led by Professor Georg Struth. Its research topics range from the theoretical mathematical foundations that underpin computer science to their applications in real world contexts. The role of Lecturer is equivalent to Assistant Professor; that of a Senior Lecturer to Associate Professor.

The FOX is one of the largest and most diverse research groups of its type in the UK. We are therefore seeking to appoint a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer to strengthen and/or complement our work in the design and analysis of algorithms and complexity theory, with specialist expertise in an area including, but not limited to:

Computational complexity
● Communication, query, circuit, algebraic and proof complexity,
● Coding theory,
● Fine-grained complexity,
● Quantum computing and quantum information theory.

Algorithm design and analysis
● Randomised algorithms,
● Approximation algorithms,
● Parameterized complexity and fixed-parameter tractability,
● Data structures,
● Streaming algorithms and sublinear-time algorithms,
● Online algorithms, learning augmented algorithms,
● Combinatorial optimisation,
● Mathematical optimization and linear programming,
● Distributed computing.

Algorithms for artificial intelligence
● Theoretical foundations of algorithms for AI,
● Theory of bio-inspired optimisation algorithms and evolutionary computation,
● Randomised search heuristics,
● Automated algorithm selection, generation, and configuration (parameter tuning).

Algorithmic game theory
● Mechanism design and combinatorial auctions.

The role is supported with a generous start-up package, including funding for conference travel and equipment and a PhD scholarship (paying UK fees and stipend for 3.5 years).

Sheffield provides a great environment for computer science research. In the recent UK Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), 99% of our research was rated in the highest two categories (4* and 3*), meaning that it is classed as world-leading or internationally excellent. Half of our research outputs were judged to be world-leading. We were rated as 8th in the UK (out of 90 institutions) for the quality of our research environment, and 70% of our impact was judged to be outstanding.

We offer 3-year and 4-year undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. We have an enviable reputation for innovative teaching methods based on enterprise, industrial projects, and problem-based learning. We offer a number of master’s programmes, including an MSc in Advanced Computer Science.

You will hold a PhD in computer science or a related area, and you will be able to conduct research to the highest standards. You will secure research funding, publish in high impact journals and conferences, supervise research students, and manage research projects. 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 courses in computer science. We seek candidates who will be able to make a distinctive individual contribution to our algorithms research portfolio. We are committed to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit the individual and the University.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching, and student experience.

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