Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Scientific computing

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Apr 2023

The Department of Computer Science at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor. This is a permanent position. We welcome applications from those with research and teaching interests in the broad field of Scientific Computing. We are particularly eager to hear from applicants who make a methodological contribution to High-Performance Computing (HPC) for numerical simulations or establish further links to application domains relying on HPC.

As part of its investments in scientific computing, the department has intensified its collaboration with Durham's Advanced Research Computing directorate and Durham's three national and regional supercomputing installations (Bede, Cosma and Hamilton). The department has started to install its own set of experimental hardware, and it has established industry collaborations with leading vendors in the field.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to build upon this ecosystem to facilitate your personal research. Possible areas of interest for such research include performance engineering, research software engineering challenges, algorithms that fit to novel supercomputing architectures, tools facilitating better numerical (PDE) solvers, or new programming models. We particularly welcome candidates who can complement research by current members of staff, work together with our current team of researchers and help us to establish new and tighter links to other departments in Durham which rely on HPC.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of internationally excellent research and teaching while allowing you unrivalled opportunities to progress and embed your career in an exciting and progressive institution. For more information, please visit our Department pages at

The Department is one of the UK's leading Computer Science departments, with an outstanding reputation in research, teaching, and student employability. Our internationally recognised research covers Algorithms and Complexity, Artificial Intelligence and Human Systems, Networks, Scientific Computing and Vision, Imaging and Visualisation. There is a lively research culture with many visitors and events, and active and rewarding collaborations with other departments in Durham and with other scientists in the UK and internationally. In the recent assessment exercise REF2021 we improved by six places in the ranking. We aim to provide an encouraging and friendly environment with a strong sense of community. The Department has recently grown rapidly, and now has more than 50 permanent members of academic staff. In 2021, we moved to a newly constructed building, which we share with Mathematics.

The Department has a proud tradition of excellence in its undergraduate programmes. The Department is ranked 6th in both the Complete University Guide 2023 and the Guardian University Guide 2023 and nationally we are ranked joint 1st for student employability. New MSc programmes in Business Analytics, Scientific Computing and Data Analysis, and in Data Science launched within the past four years.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award. Athena SWAN is a national initiative that recognises the advancement of gender equality, representation, progression and success for all in academia.

The role is full-time, but we will consider requests for flexible working arrangements including potential job shares.

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