Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Software Academy Queen’s University Belfast United Kingdom

Queen’s University Belfast


Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Software Academy

Ref: 18/106393

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science


Queen’s is well established as a leading university for promoting good employment practice, offering excellent terms and conditions, a competitive starting package, a wide range of benefits and facilities, and a family friendly working environment. The School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) holds an Investors in People accreditation, a Health and Wellbeing Good Practice Award, and a Silver Athena SWAN Award in recognition for our efforts in developing our people to excel and be deep thinkers and future leaders.


Are you a senior academic leader with the drive and expertise to change the face of computing education?


EEECS is one of the University’s largest and most dynamic schools. We offer a range of vibrant undergraduate and postgraduate programmes delivering excellent employability. Our team of passionate and committed academics undertake internationally competitive research, including working within the Global Research Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT).


However, we want to do more to educate future leaders to help tackle real-world global challenges and address areas of major societal need. To make this vision a reality we have recently established a Software Academy and seek a leader with an excellent track record in research or education who shares an ambition to develop and grow the Software Academy to meet the needs of students, employers, government and the wider computing and technology sectors.


The successful candidate will be the inaugural Director of the Software Academy. This is a new senior leadership opportunity that will help drive our ambition to establish Queen’s as a global leader in employability and skills development in software engineering and computing education. The post holder will be appointed as a permanent Professor of Computer Science, with the Director of the Software Academy role being for 4 years in the first instance.


Our five core values (Respect, Integrity, Excellence, Ambition, Connected) have been developed by staff and students. They express our shared understanding of what we believe, how we aim to behave and what we aspire to be as an 
international organization.


The successful candidate must have:


• A PhD in Mathematics, Electronic Engineering or Computer Engineering/Computer Science (or closely related discipline

• Record of publication of internationally excellent research or scholarly outputs (examples include academic papers, reports, software, patents) in Computer Science or Electrical and Electronic Engineering

• Evidence of leading successful research funding applications or developing successful funding bids for major educational initiatives

• Evidence of successful doctoral or post-doctoral supervision

• Evidence of excellent standard of teaching performance as judged by evaluation methods including student feedback and peer-review

• Evidence of successful innovation in the development or modernisation of the curriculum with an impact at departmental level

• Successful creation of undergraduate or postgraduate programmes with significant Computer Science, Software Engineering or Engineering components

• Sustained senior academic leadership in the wider research or scholarship community with demonstrable impact on the strategic direction of that community

• Evidence of providing leadership, line management and mentoring to staff

• Evidence of strong societal and economic impact derived from research or educational initiatives

• Strong evidence of engagement with outreach or policy-related activities in the computing and technology sector such as STEM or widening participation

• Strong fit for our core values

• Excellent oral and written communication skills


Further information about the School can be found at


Informal enquires may be directed to Professor William Scanlon, email: or telephone: 028 9097 4620.


Anticipated interview date: week commencing 18 June 2018


Professor Salary will be determined in accordance with the Professorial ranges as applied within the University.


Closing date: Tuesday 8 May 2018


For full criteria and to apply online, visit For further information or assistance contact Human Resources, Queen’s University Belfast, BT7 1NN.  Telephone (028) 9097 3044 or email on


The University is committed to equality of opportunity and to selection on merit. It welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as people with disabilities and females are currently under-represented within the Professoriate, it would particularly welcome applications from these groups.

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