Faculty: Science and Engineering, School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science
Salary: Negotiable Hours of work: Full-Time
Location: University Campus Tenure: Permanent
Closing Date: 1 February 2013 Interview Date: To be confirmed
Informal enquiries to Professor Joe Spencer on 0151 794 4524, email: email@example.com
Applications should comprise:
*A completed applicant information form
* A copy of your full curriculum vitae
*A statement indicating the reasons for applying for this post and how your training and experience is relevant.
If you have any particular requirements should you be invited to interview, please make this clear in your application.
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Asylum & Immigration
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to provide documentary evidence of their legal right to work in this country prior to commencing employment.
Please be aware that you will be required to bring your passport (and visa if applicable) to interview so that it can
be copied and verified by a member of the Selection Panel. For posts requiring a recognised degree level or
equivalent qualification, and where there is no suitable UK or European Economic Area candidate, the University
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1. About the University and the City of Liverpool
The University of Liverpool was founded over a century ago, and is now one of the UK's leading
research universities, with a reputation nationally and internationally for high quality teaching and
research. In the course of its history the University has been associated with seven Nobel Laureates.
The large student body in the city has led to a rich and diverse cultural life, with activities for students
ranging from (of course) football (the city has two premier league clubs), nightclubs (the city is home
to many venues that offer live music or famous dj’s), and classical music (the city hosts a symphony
orchestra a stone's throw from the city centre campus). Liverpool was the European Capital of Culture
in 2008, a prestigious award which gave rise to a major programme of regeneration and investment in
cultural activities in the city. Finally, Liverpool is uniquely situated within comfortable travelling
distance of three of the UK's most beautiful National Parks. Heading west, North Wales, with the well-
known hiking and mountaineering centre of Snowdonia, is only ninety minutes drive, while north of
Liverpool, the Lake District is less than two hours drive. Heading east, the Peak District and the
Pennine Way is less than an hour.
2. The School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and Computer Science
With the aim of providing economies of scale and giving control of budgets closer to departments, the
University has just undergone a major reorganisation into a school structure, resulting in the formation
of a school of Electrical Engineering Electronics, and Computer Science, comprised of the
Departments of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering & Electronics. The School is in the
Faculty of Science and Engineering.
The School offers staff and students more specialised services, and provides a research and teaching
environment building on the complementary expertise of the Departments. The School is investing in
a number of posts to support and develop its Research and Teaching activities.
3. Department of Computer Science
The Department of Computer Science was founded in 1982, and was ranked in the top 10 of UK
Computer Science Departments in RAE2008 (the UK Government’s periodic assessment of research
quality), with 30% of the Department’s research activity being judged “world leading”, and a further
45% of activity being judged internationally excellent. The Department offers a range of courses in all
aspects of contemporary computing, from undergraduate BSc degrees in Computer Science to
postgraduate MSc courses and PhDs. Members of the Department carry out both fundamental and
applied research in several internationally renowned research groups, in the areas of complexity
theory and algorithmics, agent technology, logic and computation, and economics and computation.
The Department currently employs 31 full-time academic staff, with 6 technical/support staff, 5
administration/clerical staff, and many contract research staff.
The Department is housed in a beautiful Grade-II listed building at the heart of the University’s city-
centre campus. The building was refurbished specifically for the Department in 2006.
The Department of Computer Science was one of the first, worldwide, to offer part-time programmes
delivered entirely through on-line learning as part of its taught post graduate provision. Currently the
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Department offers five part-time MSc IT programmes and has some 1000 active students enrolled on
It is the mission of the Department to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence for
computer science, with a research and teaching portfolio that balances the theoretical underpinnings
of the discipline with applications-oriented research and development.
4. Departmental of Electrical Engineering and Electronics
There are 24 full time academic staff and approximately 15 support staff. There is a broad portfolio of
research activity ranging from technology plasmas to signal processing and thin film electronics.
There is also a strong portfolio of undergraduate BEng and MEng programmes and similarly for
postgraduate taught programmes [MSc(Eng)] within the electrical/electronic discipline. All
programmes are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). Many of the
undergraduate programmes also have a year in industry element. There is healthy recruitment of
students in to the department. There are number of international links through which students are
recruited in addition to those at the joint university established between Liverpool and Xia Jiao Tang,
University, a top tier university in China, called Xian Jiao Tong Liverpool University (XJTLU) in
Suzhou China. Students at XJTLU studying Electrical/Electronic programmes follow our syllabus and
can transfer directly in to Year 2 of our programmes. There has also been an increase in student
numbers for our MSc (Eng) programmes.
The taught programmes are underpinned by research led teaching from our postgraduate research.
There is a very active postgraduate research programme with approximately 85 research students
engaging in PhD studies and approximately 25 post-doctoral research assistants. Also, there are a
large number of international collaborations with visitors from overseas universities, research
institutes and industry. There is close involvement with more than 50 major companies and research
organisations. Collaboration with UK and foreign universities is a strong feature of the research.
5. The Post
The School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics and Computer Science is investing in research that
will deliver benefits in the next research assessment census period beyond 2014. This investment is
supported by the growth in student numbers both in teaching and research. The available positions
are at various grades from Lectureships to Chairs and appointments will be on the academic quality of
the candidate. There is a separate post number for Chairs and Readers, Senior Lecturers and
Lecturers. Those applicants who demonstrate excellent research, research impact and leadership
skills will be appointed to more senior positions and those with less experience in research, impact
and leadership but who demonstrated potential and an aptitude for research excellence will be
appointed to positions that would allow them to develop their full potential and that would also support
their career development.
The current research themes within the School are:
Complexity theory and Algorithms
Logic and Computation
Economics and Computation
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Sensors, Diagnostics and Biomedical devices
Information and Communications
Further details of the research areas can be viewed at the following websites:
http://www.csc.liv.ac.uk/research.html and http://www.liv.ac.uk/eee/research.htm
An example of the School’s approach to investment, the Centre for Autonomous Systems and Technologies
(CAST) was set up in 2011.Substantial investment has been made in supporting this activity through Chair
and other staff appointments, research studentships, equipment, laboratory refurbishment, consumables
and travel support. This reflects the underlining support strategy of the School.
There are additional research laboratories to support our research activities in:
Organic and solid state electronics (http://www.liv.ac.uk/eee/research/me/index.htm),
Technological Plasmas (http://www.liv.ac.uk/eee/research/tp/index.htm)
High current test facilities and intelligent monitoring system (www.cims.org.uk)
The aim of these present appointments is to invest both in the existing core research activities and to
develop new activities ideally with an inter-disciplinary flavour. For example, there is an opportunity to
recruit researchers in the area of Bio-informatics, Computational Systems Biology, and Biological
Engineering including hybrid micro/nano-structures, thin film transistors and organic electronics that can
contribute to interdisciplinary research in the Genomic Research Centre (http://www.liv.ac.uk/genomic-
research). Agents are also an area where the School would like to invest with opportunities to develop
collaborative and inter-disciplinary research of international standing. Signal processing with applications to
medicine is also an area that can be developed.
The School is supportive of research transfer and knowledge exchange. For example, in the area of
technological plasmas there is a wide scope for the basic research outputs to be transferred to the industrial
sector leading to the generation of impact case studies etc.
The above are a few examples of the recruitment areas but applications are welcome from quality
candidates with research relevant to the School.
You will enter the School as members of staff, and as such your main duties will be to provide research
leadership of international standing in the group to which they are attached, in particular:
To carry out research of international excellence
To apply for and obtain external research funding, and provide leadership in Research Grant
To provide guidance for academic and research staff in their research activities
To provide input to the development and implementation of group and School research strategies
In all respects to contribute to the establishment, maintenance, and management of an internationally
renowned research groups and Departments
To contribute to the teaching of the School, to undergraduate and postgraduate levels as directed by
the Head of School/Department
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To undertake assessment and examination duties as required
To participate in the management of the School, Faculty of Science and Engineering, and University,
and in so doing, to represent the best interests of students, the School, the University, and the
Faculty, consistent with the mission of the School and University
To contribute in all respects to the establishment and maintenance of a School that is internationally
recognised as a centre of excellence for research and teaching in contemporary Electrical
Engineering, Electronics, and Computer Science
To undertake administrative roles as required
You will already have an excellent established research record in an academic environment, including the
publishing of influential papers in leading academic journals and the attraction of external funding from a
range of sources. You will have the experience required to develop and lead and a research group,
generating significant grant income, producing publications of high scientific quality in high impact journals
and promoting more generally the research culture and activities of the School and University through
collaborative work including with a network of academic and industry collaborations across research and
You will have the vision and expertise needed to exploit new research opportunities and the management
and leadership skills required to establish postgraduate education programmes.
From your research you will demonstrate routes for knowledge exchange, technology transfer and
interactions with industry.
The title of Chair is a senior leadership role responsible for leading the strategic development of research
across the Faculty of Science and Engineering.
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The Occupational Pension Scheme associated with this appointment is the Universities Superannuation
Full particulars of the scheme can be obtained, on request, from the Director of Human Resources.
An acceptance of this appointment will be taken as an application to join USS and have the appropriate
contributions deducted from salary unless the Director of Human Resources is expressly notified in writing either
before commencing employment, within three months of that date or on expiry of three months notice, that the
appointee intends to make his or her own pension arrangements.
Should the appointee decide to make his or her own personal pension arrangements, the University will not
contribute to the personal arrangement. No other form of supplementation of pension benefits will be available
from the University.
It may be possible for a newly appointed member of staff who has not been in USS to have his or her
accrued benefits from his or her former pension scheme transferred to the USS. In such a case, USS will be
asked to investigate a transfer payment and will provide, on actuarial advice, a proposal for a number of
years' credit in USS which such payment would secure. The member of staff is at liberty either to accept this
or elect to deal with his or her accrued benefits as determined by the rules of his or her former scheme.
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Post Title: Chair Salary: Negotiable
School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics, and
Computer Science Job Ref: A-503326
Attributes No. Essential Criteria - Identified from Desirable Criteria - Identified from
CV/Supporting Statement/ References/ Interview CV/Supporting Statement/ References/ Interview
1. EXPERIENCE 1.1 Outstanding record of research distinction Track record in establishing innovation
1.2 Evidence of leadership in research, including internationally Successful teaching record on relevant programmes at
excellent publication record and significant research award undergraduate and postgraduate level
1.3 Experience of leading or working within large-scale multi- Demonstrable ability to work with both academia and industry
partner research programs
1.4 Track record in obtaining funding to sustain an independent Knowledge exchange, technology transfer and industrial
research programme interaction
2. EDUCATION 2.1 PhD in a relevant physical or mathematical science discipline
3.1 Excellent experimental, mathematical and numerical Track record of successful management/ business
3. SKILLS, GENERAL research skills administration
KNOWLEDGE 3.2 Fluency in English Well developed organisational skills and working with
Research Councils and / or Government Funding Agencies
3.3 Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
4. PERSONAL 4.1 Enthusiastic, dedicated, conscientious, open-minded,
ATTRIBUTES AND approachable
4.2 Demonstrable leadership attributes
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