Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer/ Reader: Algorithms and Complexity


Job purpose

To carry out research and scholarship in Algorithms and Complexity, deliver an excellent student experience through teaching and assessment, and contribute to management and administration. At Grade 8 and 9, demonstrate leadership and contribute to academic and strategic management.

Main duties & responsibilities

Perform the following range of activities:

  • Develop, lead and sustain personal and group research aligned appropriately to School/College research strategy.
  • Enhance your research profile, reputation and esteem through:
    • establishing and sustaining a track record of independent and joint publications of international quality in high quality refereed journals, generating research impact in terms of economic / societal benefit;
    • presentation at international and national conferences and at internal / external seminars, colloquia and workshops;
    • identification of potential funding sources and the development of proposals to secure funding from internal/external bodies to support future research;
    • developing and maintaining collaborations with colleagues across the School / College / University and external Academic and Industrial Partners;
    •  contribution to team/group meetings/seminars/workshops and activities to enhance the wider knowledge, outputs and culture of the School/College.
  • Contribute to the planning, organisation and delivery of high quality teaching, supervision and assessment activities across under/post-graduate programmes within the Subject/School.
  • Contribute to the on-going development and design of under/post-graduate curricula, to ensure a research-led approach to student learning and assessment in the discipline and/or profession.
  • Manage a variety of academic administrative activities, including timely delivery of effective and constructive feedback on assessment, and provision of pastoral support.
  • Contribute to the management and organisational duties of the School, as assigned by the Head of School.
  • Engage in personal, professional and career development.
  • Contribute to the enhancement of the University's international profile in line with the University's Strategic Plan - World Changers Together.

For appointment at Grade 8:

  • Demonstrate enhanced leadership, academic responsibility and strategic management, particularly through internationally leading research, outputs and funding.

For appointment at Grade 9:

  • In addition, demonstrate a distinctive contribution to the academic community through a leading role nationally and internationally e.g. shaping research agendas, advising review panels and funders.

For appointment at Reader:

  • Excel significantly in generation of research, outputs, funding, supervision, and knowledge exchange/impact.

Knowledge and qualifications


  • Relevant PhD or equivalent experience within Computing Science. 
  • Significant breadth/depth of knowledge in specialist areas relating to Algorithms and Complexity, which complement the existing strengths of the FATA section 
  • A growing international reputation, evidenced by esteem indicators, in a field that matches or enhances existing activities in research related to Algorithms and Complexity within the School. 

For appointment at Grade 9/Reader:

  • An extensive and established reputation in research and/or teaching within Computing Science as evidenced by esteem indicators.



  • Ability, drive and influence to develop an international research profile. 
  • Research creativity and strong cross-discipline collaborative ability as appropriate. 
  • Excellent communication skills, with ability to communicate complex data/concepts clearly and concisely. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a collegiate approach. 
  • Appropriate workload/time/project/budget/people management skills. 
  • Extensive IT and data analysis/interpretation skills. 
  • Good team leadership skills including demonstrable supervisory skills. 
  • A strong commitment to high quality, research led, student orientated teaching and proven ability to engage students to inspire learning, and to provide pastoral care to students. 

For appointment at Grade 8/9/Reader:

  • Excellent leadership skills, able to develop early career academic colleagues and manage a research team.
  • Excellent influencing and collaboration skills to facilitate shaping the research agenda of the academic community and funders.
  • Exceptional commitment to high quality teaching, enthusing students and inspiring learning.



  • Sufficient depth of relevant research experience in Algorithms and Complexity including postdoctoral experience, appropriate to an early career researcher. 
  • Evidence of a track record of presentations and publications in Algorithms and Complexity. 
  • Experience in undertaking independent research and contributing to successful funding applications. 
  • Excellent track record of development and delivery of teaching at undergraduate or postgraduate level. 

For appointment at Grade 8:

  • Strong track record of undertaking research in Algorithms and Complexity, publishing in high impact journals at national and international level, and in attracting external research funding.
  • Excellent track record of contribution to academic and administration activities in a research-led institution.

For appointment at Grade 9/Reader:

  • Evidence the above criteria to a higher degree, particularly in generation of research, outputs, funding, supervision, and knowledge exchange / impact.

Campus development plan

Our Vision 

Over the next 10 years, the major investment will expand our campus footprint by 25%, creating a new urban quarter with the University at the heart of a revitalised west end. This is the largest development since the creation of the original campus in 1870. 

This is a unique opportunity for a University to extend the boundaries of its historic core in a central city location. It will create: 

  • New learning and teaching facilities
  • Refurbishment and repurposing of existing iconic buildings for specialist uses
  • Identification and design of social spaces that support the student and community experience. 

The expansion of our Gilmorehill campus into the 14 acre, former Western Infirmary site will transform the West End of Glasgow. The Masterplan for the site will incorporate: 

  • New learning and teaching facilities supporting our students and making sure they get the best in modern teaching and learning styles and approaches
  • Creation of a Research Hub, housing large-scale multidisciplinary projects and incubator space for spin out collaborations with industry. This will encourage further innovation development
  • New public cycle and pedestrian routes and a new central square which will link Byres Road to the up-and-coming cultural quarter for the West End, with new links to Kelvingrove and the newly-refurbished Kelvin Hall
  • Refurbishment of five listed buildings: The Chapel, the Outpatients building, the Macgregor building, the Tennent Institute and Anderson College
  • Commercial opportunities, including a hotel, restaurant, bars and cafes
  • The state of the art Learning and Teaching Hub adjacent to the Boyd Orr building on University Avenue will be completed next year. 

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Living in Glasgow 

A UNESCO City of Music, a vibrant arts and culture scene, a food-lover’s delight, and a shopper’s paradise. Just some of the highlights of the ‘friendliest city in the world’. As well as that accolade by the Rough Guides poll, Glasgow has also been named a must visit destination by publications including the New York Times, The Guardian, and Wanderlust.


The city hosts an average of 130 music events a week catering for every taste; from rock to rap, and classical to country. Glasgow also has a world class club scene playing host to some of the world’s top DJs.


Outside of London’s West End, Glasgow is frequently voted the best place for shopping in the UK. A must-visit destination for any shop-a-holic, it houses high street chains, international designers, and independent retailers. The West End, home to the University of Glasgow, is bustling with vintage fashion, vinyl stores, and second-hand bookshops.

Arts and Culture 

Glasgow’s arts scene has gone from strength to strength, and is the base for five internationally renowned performing arts companies including the National Theatre of Scotland and Scottish Ballet. The city has several world-class museums, which are free to the public, and the city’s architecture is a work of art in itself. 

Food and drink 

You can be in Glasgow and taste the world with its many diverse restaurants, cafes, and bars. And if you’ve yet to sample the delights of haggis and whisky, Glasgow is the place to be.

The City and Beyond 

Glasgow has all the opportunities and excitement of a big city but its compact size means you can quickly travel from one vibrant district to the next. You could be relaxing in one of its many parks, before shopping in the quirky West End, and then dancing until the wee small hours in the Merchant City. 

And when you fancy getting out of the city you can reach the stunning Loch Lomond in just 30 minutes, climb one of our many breath-taking Munros, play golf at one of Scotland’s many world-class courses, visit one of our ancient castles, or go further North and search for Nessie! Scotland has also just been named the world’s most beautiful country by Rough Guides.

Relocating to Glasgow

Choosing to relocate to Glasgow is a big decision. There are numerous things to be considered, such as the costs of moving, the cost of living, and where exactly to relocate to. We have created two guides to aide you in the decision making process. 

The Relocation Guide identifies five of Glasgow's most popular residential areas. Alongside information detailing some of the general living costs in Glasgow, The guide also suggests which schools surround each area, how far away each area is from the University's main campus, and the average cost of housing. 

The Scotland Handbook provides information about living in Scotland as a country; our cultures, our lifestyle, and our geography.



Our outstanding disciplinary breadth and expertise has enabled us to make world-changing advances in fields as diverse as medicine, physics, linguistics, public policy and global development.

The key to our success is our talented staff and students pushing back at the boundaries of knowledge and understanding together.

Our World Changers Together strategy recognises the fundamental importance of a culture of open cooperation: not just as colleagues and mentors or students and teachers, but as a community of discovery that reaches beyond its walls and draws inspiration and strength from its connections and partnerships worldwide: excellence that's part of something bigger. The strategy is articulated across three themes:


  • People centred, globally engaged


  • Collaboratively minded, digitally enhanced


  • Solution focused, impact oriented
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About the School

Glasgow Computing Science has ~70 FTE academic staff, supports in the region of 130 research students, and delivers teaching to approximately 1,600 undergraduate and postgraduate taught students. Annual research income is more than £3.5 million.

In the UK's 2021 independent research exercise, 100% of our impact was judged as world-leading. Overall, 98% of our research was deemed to be either internationally-excellent or world-leading; since the previous research exercise in 2014, the amount of world-leading research has increased from 36% to 63%.

Our School is ranked 5th and 6th in the UK for Computer Science in the Times Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 and The Complete University Guide 2022 respectively.


How to apply

Full details of the role and how to apply can be found by visiting our website:

The closing date for applications is Friday 30 September 2022.


Our values

decorative icon representing valuesThe future holds innumerable challenges for our sector, our society, and our world. We will have to adapt and change what we do and what we offer if we are to navigate these successfully. Our strategy and approach may evolve as the landscape changes, but our values will remain constant: a fixed point of certainty in uncertain times.

We have identified our values in consultation and partnership with our staff and student community. Living and upholding these values will ensure that we remain true to the spirit of our community and ourselves: