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Head of Department of Computer Science

Computer Science

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £63,668 to £120,970
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 22 February 2022
Reference:  083821

The University of Surrey seeks applications from exceptional leaders for the post of Head of Department of Computer Science. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a growing Department, developing and implementing its future strategy, further enhancing its research profile, and ensuring students at all levels receive an outstanding experience. The new Head will bring experience, drive and aspirational leadership to support the members of the Department to achieve the highest standards in research and teaching. 

The Department of Computer Science has a long-standing reputation for its vibrant and supportive teaching and research environment. We have a growing complement of around 30 academic staff, and a current profile of 400+ undergraduate students, 100+ Masters students, and 40+ PhD students. 

Our Computer Science BSc and Computing and Information Technology BSc programmes have been running successfully for many years and continue to attract strong students. The Department offers Information Security MSc and Data Science MSc programmes with healthy student numbers.  

The Department is home to Surrey Centre for Cyber Security, which has world-leading research expertise in applied cryptography, trusted computing, secure systems, privacy and authentication, secure communications, blockchain and distributed ledger technologies, and security verification. The Distributed and Networked Systems group is internationally recognised for its work in consensus protocols, distributed trust and coordination, fault-tolerance, edge and cloud computing, networks in space, web tracking and privacy, and online harms. The Nature Inspired Computing and Engineering (NICE) group specialises in machine learning, trustworthy AI, optimisation, systems biology, and image processing, and is a key partner in the new Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI. 

All research groups maintain close links with leading industries, the public sector and governmental bodies, leading to a strong heritage of real-world impact. As part of the School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, we also have strong links with other Research Centres in the School, including the Centre for Vision Speech and Signal Processing, the Institute for Communication Systems, and the Surrey Space Centre. 

The Department has made significant recent investment in facilities such as a new 200-seater computer science teaching laboratory, a virtual cloud computing platform, a secure systems facility, an HPC cluster for research, and a number of state-of-the-art testbeds in research groups. 

The successful candidate will bring broad-based experience of visible and inclusive senior leadership, as well as effective management of people and resources. They will demonstrate outstanding achievements in teaching and research, with international recognition in their academic field. 

Interviews will be held on 11 March 2022. 

Our staff and students come from all over the world and the Department is proud of its friendly and inclusive culture. The University and the Department specifically are committed to building a culturally diverse organisation. Applications are strongly encouraged from female and minority candidates. The Department of Computer Science was awarded a Bronze Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to equality and diversity. 

Applicants are welcome to contact Prof Mark Plumbley, Head of School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering ( for further information or to discuss the post. 

In your application, please include a CV with list of publications (no page limit) and a supporting statement outlining the skills and experience which you feel you would bring to the role (2 pages max). 

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In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance, flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

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The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all.  We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community.  Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.






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