banner image

We're recruiting!

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Verification (2 posts)

Closing date: 19 June 2019
Job ref: UOS022683

We are seeking candidates with an outstanding record of scholarship in hardware and software verification. You will work within the Verification Group, a well-established research group in the Department of Computer Science which currently hosts five members of staff and ten researchers (PhD students or research associates). Current research ranges from the mathematical and logical foundations of programming to practical verification methods and tools to support these. Particular strengths include the semantics of concurrent and distributed systems, logics, algebras and formal methods for programs and software systems, verification of hybrid and cyber physical systems, verified model-based testing methods, verification of multi-core programs and weak memory models, as well as interactive and automated theorem proving.

You will hold a PhD in Computer Science or a related area, and you will be able to conduct research to the highest standards. You will secure research funding, publish in high impact journals, supervise research students and manage research projects. As a teacher, you will play a key role in maintaining our reputation for high-quality teaching by designing, delivering and assessing undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in verification and other core topics in computer science.

Further information and application details

Teaching and Research Assistant in Computer Science (3 posts)

Closing date: 11 June 2019
Job ref: UOS022626

This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in an academic career to develop their profile. A six-year development pathway, the posts involve you undertaking a part-time PhD as a staff candidate in 55% of your role while providing teaching support for the other 45%.

This role provides the opportunity for you to pursue your research interests through your PhD and to develop your research profile. Alongside this, you will take a proactive role in supporting teaching in the department, allowing you to gain valuable teaching experience at the same time as pursuing your academic studies. You will provide teaching support by demonstrating and supporting students in laboratory classes and by leading tutorials and small group teaching activities. You will be guided and supported in both your research and teaching skills development by experienced academic staff. You will benefit from the vibrant research environment of your research group, and take an active role in delivering an excellent student experience at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

You should have a first degree (at least Upper Second Class) in Computer Science, Mathematics, Statistics, Physics or a related numerate subject.

Further information and application details


Our Department: Introduction from Professor Guy BrownProf Guy Brown

Since it was established in 1982, the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield has attained an international reputation for its research and teaching. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, we were ranked 5th out of 89 departments in the UK for computer science research.

Our goal is to be among the top five computer science departments in the UK by any measure. Over the last three years we have substantially grown the depth and breadth of our research, establishing new groups in cybersecurity and algorithms, and growing our links with industry partners. Our student population has also increased in volume and quality, allowing us to make further investment in staff and facilities.

To drive our research agenda forward, and to further support our excellence in teaching, we are now making a number of strategic appointments. Over the next year we expect to recruit up to 13 additional staff, in areas such as cybersecurity, data science, machine learning, computer vision and natural language processing. This is a tremendously exciting time for the Department of Computer Science. I look forward to working with our new members of staff.

Professor Guy Brown
Head of the Department of Computer Science


Research in the Department of Computer Science

Our vision is to achieve research excellence and impact by translating fundamental knowledge into practice, through collaboration with end users. Research in the Department is organised into three broad themes, namely artificial intelligence, systems and theory. Within these themes, research groups cover interests in machine learning, cybersecurity, testing, verification, algorithms, complex systems modelling, natural language processing, speech and hearing, visual computing and organisations, information and knowledge.

Research map thumb

We are major contributors to research institutes in the areas of robotics (Sheffield Robotics), in silico medicine (Insigneo), translational neuroscience (SITraN) and assistive technologies for healthcare (CATCH). We also support a Research Software Engineering (RSE) group that provides expertise in research software and high-performance computing to the wider University. There is substantial cross-group research activity in many areas, ensuring that research is multidisciplinary and collaborative. You can read more about research in the Department at www.sheffield.ac.uk/dcs/research.

The Department attracts a high level of external funding from UK Research Councils, the European Union and industry. Our record for leadership in collaborative research is outstanding, particularly in European programmes. Currently we host two ERC fellows and two EPSRC fellows.




Teaching in the Department of Computer Science

The Diamond

We offer 3-year and 4-year undergraduate degrees in Computer Science, Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence. We were among the very first universities in the world to offer a degree in software engineering, back in 1988. We have an enviable reputation for innovative teaching methods based on enterprise, industrial projects and problem-based learning.

Our first and second year undergraduate students are taught in the Diamond, a world class facility for engineering education opened in September 2015. Following a recent visit, Professor Fei Fei Li (director of the Stanford AI lab and Chief Scientist for Google AI) commented that “every university engineering dean worldwide should visit here”.


IoC logoOur student-run software company, Genesys, was the first of its kind in the UK and our approach has now been adopted by several other universities. The Department is a member of the Institute of Coding, a £20M project funded by the UK Government to develop innovative approaches to teaching digital skills at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

At Masters level we offer programmes in Advanced Computer Science, Advanced Software Engineering, Software Systems and Internet Technology, and specialised programmes in Speech and Language Processing, Data Analytics and Cybersecurity & AI.


Opportunities for collaboration with academia and industry

The Department of Computer Science is a member of the Faculty of Engineering at Sheffield, one of the biggest and best providers of engineering research and education in the UK. The faculty has over 5,000 students and is among the top three faculties in the UK for research income (at approximately £40 million annually). There are many opportunities for collaboration between staff in the Department of Computer Science and colleagues in related departments such as Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Automatic Control and Systems Engineering. We also collaborate closely with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in areas such as robotics and cybersecurity.

Digital industries in Sheffield are thriving, particularly in the creative sector. Major local companies include Sky Betting and Gaming, ARM, Zoo Digital, PlusNet, Sumo Digital, Twinkl and Jaywing.

DIGITAL: A snapshot of the Creative Digital Scene in Sheffield


Working at the University of Sheffield

We are the only university to feature in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit organisations to work for 2018. In our staff survey (2016) 94% of staff said they were proud to work for the University and 89% of our staff would recommend the University as an excellent place to work.

The University builds teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience. The University of Sheffield is proud to be a Two Ticks employer: www.sheffield.ac.uk/hr/equality/support/twoticks.

The Department of Computer Science is one of very few in the UK that holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of our commitment to equality and diversity. The Department has a very active equality and diversity agenda, linking to national initiatives such as BCSWomen and Code First: Girls.


The City of Sheffield

Sheffield City Hall

Peak District


Sheffield is a vibrant, friendly, safe city surrounded by some of the most breathtaking countryside in the UK. It has been called the UK’s greenest city; there are 50 public parks and 170 woodlands within the city boundary. England’s fourth-largest city, Sheffield has the wealth of facilities you’d expect to find in a major city, yet more than a third of the city lies inside the Peak District National Park.

The city of Sheffield contains an abundance of entertainment and cultural activities. With a thriving cultural industries quarter and a range of city-wide events throughout the year, there is something on offer to suit everyone’s taste and interests.

Located in the centre of the UK, Sheffield is at the heart of an excellent transport network. There are 6 international airports within 65 miles and a bustling railway station offers access to every corner of the UK, and beyond.

To find out more about how we work with partners and friends in Sheffield to help shape a culturally and economically vibrant city visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/about/city


Rewards and Benefits

We offer an excellent reward and benefits package (‘The Deal’):The Deal logo

  • Highly competitive pay, pension, reward and recognition opportunities linked to performance.
  • An extraordinary health and wellbeing offer ‘Juice’, that promotes happiness and wellbeing amongst our staff through a broad range of inclusive activities.
  • A comprehensive selection of benefits to suit your lifestyle needs under the umbrella of ‘The Deal’.
  • Access to extensive development and training opportunities, including our award-winning Sheffield Leader programme.
  • Award-winning equality and diversity action which enhances working life for all. 92% of staff tell us that they are treated with fairness and respect (staff survey 2016).

For more information on reward and benefits visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs/staffbenefits

How to apply

Applications should be made online via www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs quoting the job reference number.

Informal enquiries

If you would like to talk to someone informally about this job and the recruiting department, contact:
Professor Guy Brown on g.j.brown@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 222 1821.

If you have any administration queries and details on the application process, contact the lead recruiter:
Joanna Lawrence on j.l.lawrence@sheffield.ac.uk or on 0114 222 1825.

If you need any support with your online application, visit: www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs/applying