Professor of AI - University of Plymouth - Competitive Salary and Benefits



School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

With over 18,000 students, 2,500+ staff and an annual income of £241m, the University of Plymouth is ranked in the UK's top 50 universities for research (Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014) and in the UK's top ten modern universities (Times Higher Education ‘Young’ Universities 2019’).


We are seeking an outstanding academic to join the University of Plymouth’s School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics (SECaM) with a remit to strengthen our research in Artificial Intelligence and to provide strong academic collaboration and leadership.


SECaM is the home of our engineering disciplines, navigation, computing and mathematical sciences which together provide a vibrant inter-disciplinary and collaborative environment dedicated towards producing graduates with the necessary applied knowledge and skills to meet the demands of employers today and tomorrow.

You will join a community of over 100 staff and 2000 students who work alongside one another in world-leading facilities. This synergistic mix of academic disciplines has research strength aligned with challenges of the fourth Industrial Revolution, clean growth, digitalisation, autonomy, and health technology, helping to develop pioneering, innovative solutions to real-world problems that have a genuinely positive impact upon society.


You will work together with colleagues to create a vision for our existing Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS), which builds on the world-leading and international excellence performance in the field of computer science, cognitive robotics and neural computation. 


You will be of exceptionally high standing in your field and will demonstrate substantial and continuing academic influence; you will also demonstrate the ability and desire to motivate and develop others and will make a continuing substantial contribution to the life, work and reputation of the University.


This position provides an opportunity to establish senior academic direction and growth in this core area of Artificial Intelligence and to build on multi-disciplinary collaboration, supporting the School’s strategic objectives to create a critical mass of expertise in the area of Artificial Intelligence aligning directly with Industry 4.0 and future national and international research opportunities and skills development needs. 


  • You will have sustained and successful academic standing at discipline, academic unit and Faculty level and / or externally
  • You will have evidence of a sustained and significant national and international reputation for research
  • You will have an established track record of obtaining levels of external funding as a PI
  • You will have a Sustained track record in the application of innovative and successful approaches to teaching and learning
  • You will hold a PhD or commensurate level of recognition in AI/Machine Learning/ Computer Science


Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement.


We offer a competitive salary package and a generous pension and holiday scheme. We also offer a range of other benefits, including ongoing development opportunities.


This is a full-time position working 37 hours per week on a permanent basis. Flexible working options including job share will be considered.


Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the University is currently implementing a number of safety measures as per Government advice therefore the successful applicant may be required to work from home in the first instance.


The University of Plymouth is committed to equality of opportunity, promoting a diverse and inclusive culture, demonstrated through our commitment to the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and as a Stonewall diversity champion.


All applications will be judged solely on merit, however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented in the workforce.


University of Plymouth holds a TEF (Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework) Silver by the Office for Students.

Applications close at 9am on 15th March.


For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisor at Berwick Partners; Elizabeth James on 0121 654 5924 or email: 

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