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Edinburgh Napier University

Professor in Mathematics

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Edinburgh Napier University – Schools of Computing and Engineering & the Built Environment

Location: Edinburgh

Salary: £65,573 to £106,482 per annum (Grade 8 – 10)

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Permanent

We are a flexible employer

Edinburgh Napier University is the ‘#1 Modern University in Scotland’. An innovative, learner centric university with a modern and fresh outlook, Edinburgh Napier is ambitious, inclusive in its ethos and applied in its approach.

The Schools of Computing and Engineering & the Built Environment have around 200 academics, 3,100 campus-based students, and deliver programmes with professional accreditations from the British Computer Society, Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Chartered Institute of Building and other accreditation bodies. We have excellent computing, engineering and construction lab facilities. The two schools are embarking on a joint major development in the area of Industry 4.0, bringing together computer science, engineering, mathematics and construction technology. The School of Computing is highly regarded and one of the UK's largest computer science departments. The School of Engineering & the Built Environment houses leading UK research centres in transport policy and sustainable construction. The schools are based in the lively and exciting Merchiston area at the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland's inspiring capital.

This is a great opportunity for an academic with expertise in either pure or applied mathematics to join the Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security research groups where you can contribute to the work of the experienced teams exploring Renewable Energy Mathematics, Applied Cryptography, Engineering Mathematics, AI Algorithms and Foundations of Blockchain Technology.  As a professor you will be expected to contribute to the leadership of the research group as well, especially in terms of driving the research agenda and leading the exploration of new foundational research areas.  Areas of desirable expertise include, but are not limited to: computational mathematics, control theory and optimisation, data science and machine learning, differential equations, engineering mathematics, multiscale modelling, cryptography theory, numerical analysis, and the mathematics of renewable energy. With 80% time allocation for research, this role will allow you to explore novel and emerging areas, deliver excellent quality research papers and secure substantial external research funding.

The Professor in Mathematics will contribute to and build programmes and modules to support the expansion of the School’s teaching portfolio which explores engineering mathematics, cyber security, digital materials science, and the impact of AI technology on business. You will actively contribute to our existing portfolio of mathematics, computer science and engineering based degree programmes.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate enthusiasm for working in a cross-disciplinary manner in fundamental and applied research and in the development of research-informed teaching to enhance employability of our graduates. You will have the opportunity to expand your industry connections through our existing networks and by visiting students on one-year industry placements and on our employer-based Graduate Apprentice programme.

Further information about Edinburgh Napier University can be found here.

The Role

As a professor you will be a member of our Mathematics, Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security research groups with:

  • A research allowance of 80% of your time to build your research.
  • Access to our staff development budget for travel to conferences and to establish collaborations.
  • Extensive training and development opportunities through our Human Resources (HR) and Research, Innovation and Enterprise Office (RIE).
  • Support for grant applications and post-award running of grants from professional services colleagues in the schools and the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Office (RIE).
  • Opportunities to lead and join PhD student supervisory teams.
  • A fully funded PhD position (UK student) that you are expected to fill during your first year of employment at Edinburgh Napier University.
  • Opportunities to contribute to the leadership of the research groups.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • A doctoral level qualification in the relevant discipline.
  • Evidence of a professional academic and research profile alongside a commitment to sustained continuous professional/academic development.
  • An international reputation as a leader in the field of research appropriate for the level of the professorial position.
  • A sustained track record of internationally excellent quality output in the research area of Pure or Applied Mathematics appropriate for the level of the professorial position.
  • A sustained track record of securing external funding and support for research activity (as Principal Investigator or key contributor) and networking within the relevant research community nationally and internationally appropriate for the level of the professorial position.
  • Completion of at least one PhD student, supervised as main supervisor.
  • Evidence of academic leadership appropriate for the level of the professorial position (e.g., mentoring others, engagement in institutional leadership, engagement in cross-institutional and national projects and initiatives).
  • Evidence of relevant teaching experience.

Applicants preferably will also demonstrate:

  • Sustained track records of internationally excellent output and externally funded research projects in interface areas of computer science, engineering, construction and mathematics that are relevant for Industry 4.0 research.

If you would like to know more about this exciting opportunity, please click here to view the role profile.

Further information about our benefits can be found here.

Additional Information

Informal enquiries about the role can be made to Professor Peter Andras (p.andras@napier.ac.uk) or Dr Kate Durkacz (k.durkacz@napier.ac.uk). Applications for the role must be submitted via the Edinburgh Napier University job applications web site – emailed applications will not be accepted.

Application closing date: 9 January 2022 at 11.59pm

Interview date: Week of February 1 2022 onwards

The University is committed to inclusion, demonstrated through our work in respect of our diversity awards and accreditations and holds Disability Confident, Career Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here

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