Job Details

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Understandable Autonomous Systems: Ethics, Transparency and Trust (GIST)

Reference Number
Gilmorehill Campus / Main Building
College / Service
Job Family
Research And Teaching
Position Type
Full Time
Salary Range

Job Purpose

***This is the job description for the Lecturer grade 7/8. Job Description for the Senior Lecturer/Reader post is available as an attachment at the bottom of this page. Please specify which position(s) you wish to be considered for on your cover letter.***

The School is creating a research theme in Understandable Autonomous Systems (UAS): Ethics, Transparency and Trust that will explore impending interaction challenges for computational services and algorithms. Whatever we interact with these days, there is a complex system behind it. This could be when making online purchases, in autonomous cars, or social robots. We believe that such systems must have the following characteristics: Explainability, Accountability, Human Learnability, Transparency, Verifiability, Trustworthiness, Privacy/Confidentiality, Fairness, Ethics/Morality.

We are looking for an outstanding researcher who can work with the Glasgow Interactive Systems research section (GIST) on human-computer interaction in areas such as explainable AI, open algorithms, ethics and system design. We are especially interested in academics with a practical research focus.

In this context the job purpose is to develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in the topics described above; to actively engage in teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level and to play a role in developing and executing School strategy, management and organisation.

For appointment at Grade 8:
Develop, lead and sustain research of international standard in the human aspects of UAS particularly through vigorously pursuing opportunities to generate income and publish.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

1. Develop internationally leading research activity in a research topic linked to the GIST priorities above.
2. Develop a portfolio of individual and/or joint research projects and secure the funding required to underpin the long-term growth of the research activity.
3. To enhance the research programme of the research group/specialism by playing leadership role in developing and implementing group/specialism strategy.
4. Develop significant high-quality output of research publications in leading international journals and presentations at national and international conferences, enhancing the reputation, profile and esteem of yourself and the School/College/University.
5. Supervise research students and staff and ensure their effective development, as appropriate.
6. Play a significant role in the GIST Section, at least one of its component research groups and the School. Contribute to developing research across the College and University.
7. Develop research collaborations with appropriate individuals and groups within the University, including multi-disciplinary links, and develop external research collaborations both nationally and internationally, to ensure that research activities are at the forefront of the field.
8. Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching activities within the School.
9. Contribute to the on-going development and design of undergraduate and/or postgraduate curricula, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning.
10. Participate fully in assessment and examination processes using a variety of methods, as appropriate, and provide feedback to students that is relevant, timely and supports their learning.
11. To contribute to the work of national and international Research Councils and similar bodies at an appropriate level.
12. To engage, when appropriate, in the dissemination of advanced research through commercialisation, technology transfer, outreach etc.
13. Engage in professional development activities as appropriate and in external academic and professional activities to enhance the reputations of the School/College/University.
14. Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as allocated by the Head of School.

For appointment at Grade 8:
15. Develop, lead and sustain internationally leading research activity in HCI aspects of UAS.
16. Lead/contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of undergraduate and/or postgraduate teaching activities within the School.
17. Lead/contribute to the on-going development and design of undergraduate and/or postgraduate curricula, in a manner that supports a research-led approach to student learning.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


A1 A good first degree in a relevant GIST discipline
A2 A PhD or equivalent in Computing Science or related GIST discipline
A3 A comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge of current issues and future directions within the wider subject area or subject specialism
A4 An established reputation in an internationally competitive field of research within HCI aspects of UAS that matches or enhances existing research themes within the School
A5 A track record of HCI-related research, and research interests that complement our existing research strengths in human-computer interaction and social signal processing


C1 Ability, drive and organisational skills to secure research grant funding, lead a research team and develop an international research profile
C2 Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability
C3 Ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate level
C4 Excellent Team Leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills
C5 Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills
C6 Excellent interpersonal skills including team working and a collegiate approach
C7 Excellent communication skills (oral and written) in appropriate range of contexts
C8 Problem solving skills including a flexible and pragmatic approach
C9 Self motivation, initiative and independent thought/working
C10 Ability and willingness to take on appropriate administrative duties within the School
C11 A commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching
C12 Leadership, influencing and facilitation skills
C13 Ability to provide strategic contribution at subject or School level


E1 Postdoctoral research experience in relevant area
E2 Established track record of publications of international quality
E3 An excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching, tutoring or demonstrating at undergraduate or postgraduate level
E4 An established track record of successfully applying for and securing research funding either as Lead or Co Investigator
E5 Experience of research collaborations at national and/or international level
E6 An excellent track record of contributing to the development, organisation and delivery of research activities and projects
E7 Evidence of significant esteem and independence in research
E8 Proven ability to present research results at international workshops and conferences
E9 An excellent track record of performing administrative duties in a research led institution

For appointment at Grade 8:
E10 Extensive track record of postdoctoral research experience in relevant area
E11 Experience of leadership of PGR supervision
E12 Experience of leading curriculum development at undergraduate or postgraduate level

Job Features


Typical Performance Standard:

Design and lecture on equivalent of 2 courses in undergraduate or postgraduate programmes; carry normal project supervision load.
One or more REF-quality papers per annum
Apply for external research funding on average twice per year
Supervise at least two research students

To develop research capability and carry out a range of research activities and functions within academic environments of the highest national or international quality
Publish and seek funding as appropriate to subject specialism within agreed timescales
Manage research grants as principal investigator or co-investigator as appropriate
Develop and deliver courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level in accordance with a fair distribution of School workload
Engage in personal, professional and career development to enhance both specialist and transferable skills in accordance with desired career trajectory
Leadership and collaboration in research/teaching/administration activities as appropriate
Individual or co-supervision of research students
Administrative tasks as assigned by Head of Group/Subject/School
Contribute to public engagement, outreach and recruitment, and knowledge exchange and impact activities as appropriate
Contribute to the emergence and delivery of the School’s strategic objectives
Contribute to national and international research developments through membership of appropriate committees and review panels for research councils and similar bodies

Planning and Organising
Management of time and prioritisation of research, teaching and administrative duties
Planning, organisation and implementation of research, teaching and administrative duties on a weekly/monthly basis
Long term strategic development of research and teaching plans and capabilities
React to varying project needs and deadlines
Bring issues to the attention of the relevant committees on behalf of self and others. Act on outcomes as necessary, in terms of school policy and provision

Decision Making
Strategic decisions on research directions.
Decisions on grant submissions, including development of collaborative activities.
Choice of journals, conferences and other media for dissemination of research outcomes.
Experiment design and choices of experimental equipment and techniques.
Curricula, intended learning outcomes, course content and assessment methods for undergraduate and taught postgraduate courses.
Responsibility for organisation and use of resources (including financial), as appropriate.
Prioritise own work
External involvement including collaborations, refereeing applications and papers, journal editorial ships
Prioritise work in accordance with Group/School/College objectives

Internal/External Relationships

Head of School and School Management Team members: for exchange of information, regarding research and KT strategy, learning and teaching strategy.
Academic colleagues: for information exchange to facilitate effective research and teaching.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students: to optimise student learning.
Research students and research/support staff: to supervise, advise and motivate.
Administrative staff within School, College and University Services (e.g. Research & Enterprise, Finance, Human Resources, and Registry): for exchange of information and appropriate advice relating to grant applications, finances, research staff appointments, student progress and support, etc.

Researchers at other universities or organisations to develop and maintain national and international research collaborations and advance the development of the subject.
Research funding bodies to maximise potential for research funding.
Scientific or professional organisations to maintain external links, publish and undertake academic/professional activities.

Problem Solving
Research including technical, experimental and theoretical aspects, problem solving and development of novel ideas.
Project Design, Research direction and grant winning.
Budgetary issues including lead times.
Assistance of undergraduate/postgraduate students and junior team members with problems relating to research projects and the student experience.

Representation of the University/College/School through presentation at national and international events
Attendance at training events to learn and implement new research technologies
Prepared to travel to work in the UK/Europe and elsewhere as required by the University

Standard Terms & Conditions

Salary will be on the Research & Teaching Grade, level 7/8/9, £35,210 - £39,610 / £43,266 - £50,132 / £51,630 - £58,089 per annum.

The post is full time and open ended.

Please see our candidate brochure for further information, and other opportunities, within the school: 

If appointed at Grade 7/8 you will be enrolled onto the University’s Early Career Development Programme (ECDP). This will provide you as an early career academic staff member to be developed and supported over a specified timeframe to facilitate the advancement of your academic career.

Information on the programme can be found on our website at:

New entrants to the University will be required to serve a probationary period of 6 months.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding the scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of Superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

As part of your application you should submit a cover letter which should include (i) a one-page research statement outlining your vision for research, together with a link to your Google scholar page, and (ii) a one-page teaching statement outlining what you think matters for teaching.

It is the School’s standard practice to invite selected candidates to visit the School to provide a lecture and meet academic staff.

You are therefore strongly encouraged to discuss your application with the Section Lead, Professor Alessandro Vinciarelli, at the earliest opportunity. Email or telephone 0141 330 2795.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equality.

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