The University of Suffolk is one of the newest UK universities and is driven by a strong commitment to social mobility and inclusion. The University is strongly embedded in the local region and the student experience is at the heart of the University. Under the leadership of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Helen Langton, the University is continuing to grow and there are a number of exciting strategic developments at the university. The University now wishes to appoint a new Professor in Digital Technologies and AI and Director of Digital Futures Institute.
The Digital Futures Institute brings together a growing body of research in this field from across the University. The Institute has been organised into three pillars (Technology Futures, Creative Futures and Applications Futures) and it has begun to create connections through joint projects, most notably the NHS Covid project and the Suffolk Libraries KEEP+ project. It aims to develop its portfolio of funded research in ways that respond to key challenges facing the society, making a local, national and, where possible, an international contribution to the field.
The appointed Professor will be responsible for leading the work of the Digital Futures Institute; identifying and obtaining resources to conduct nationally and internationally excellent research; developing the Institute’s external partnerships; supporting the University in achieving research degree awarding powers through the recruitment and supervision of PhD students; working alongside other senior members of staff to prepare submissions for the Research Excellence Framework; and mentoring and developing staff within the Institute.
We are seeking applications from accomplished and ambitious academics who hold a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area and can demonstrate their ability to lead the development of excellence in research and contribute their own research in one or more of the areas within the institute. A strong research reputation, and corresponding track record of publications, is essential, as is a successful track record of securing research funding from Research Councils and other funding bodies. Candidates will also have experience of delivering strong and effective academic leadership.
Applications are invited from individuals who also have significant experience of delivering excellent education at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and of supervising doctoral students to completion. The successful candidates will be able to demonstrate established links with local, national and international organisations in one or more of the applied research areas within the institute.
We are actively committed to growing and supporting a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minority candidates and from candidates with a disability who are currently under-represented within our workforce.
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