Director of Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI)

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 09 Dec 2022

Director of Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI)

The University of Exeter is one of the world’s best universities. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of top UK research-intensive universities, having ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and the top 15 UK universities in prestigious global and national league tables. Our success is built upon strong foundations of leadership, governance and management, and a sector-leading partnership with our students. 

Launched in October 2021, our new Strategy 2030 aims to use our outstanding education and research to create a sustainable, health and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision will continually move us forward to make a difference to people, our communities, our partners, and to the world around us. 

Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI)

The University of Exeter Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI) provides a hub for data-intensive science and artificial intelligence (AI) activity. The vision of the Institute is to develop novel approaches of interrogating and understanding data and then to innovatively apply these cutting-edge data science methodologies to a multitude of questions across modern society.

IDSAI is a truly interdisciplinary institute, seeking to make use of the rapid advances in computer power, artificial intelligence, machine learning and data science to connect interdisciplinary researchers from across all of Exeter’s Faculties, Departments, and Institutes, to drive exciting new research and address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. The university is a partner of the National Alan Turing Institute, ensuring that it contributes to and benefits from the very latest developments in data science and artificial intelligence.

We are seeking to appoint a new Director, to provide continued academic and managerial leadership for the IDSAI. This appointment is a unique opportunity for an outstanding and visionary researcher to join the University of Exeter and contribute to the development and delivery of an ambitious research and translation agenda. The new Director will have the opportunity to help shape the strategic direction for the Institute and further develop the University’s growing profile in the field of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

About you

The Director is expected to be a leading international authority in one or more fields relating to Data Science or Artificial Intelligence. They will possess in depth knowledge of their specialism to enable the development of new knowledge, innovation and understanding in the field. The successful applicant will have an outstanding record of innovative research and publications as well as the capacity to attract major research funding, to lead and inspire colleagues and students, and to build on the University’s growing profile in the field of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. They will display an understanding of the importance of equality and diversity within an organisation and a commitment to helping create an inclusive culture.

How to Apply

For details of the appointment, including further information about the job description, person specification and how to apply, please visit: quoting reference 6163.

For informal inquiries please contact Tom Mellor at or on +44 (0)20 7340 6234.

The deadline for applications is 9am GMT on Friday 9th December.

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