Computer Science Department

Class 7: – £ 33,797 – £ 40,322 per year
Fixed term – full time
Contract term: 7 month
Contract hours per week: 35
Deadline: March 13, 2021, 7:59 a.m.

Durham University

Durham University is one of the world’s leading universities with strengths in the humanities, humanities and social sciences. We are home to some of the most talented scientists and researchers from around the world working on global problems and changing people’s lives.

The university is located in a beautiful historic city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with Durham Cathedral, the largest Romanesque building in Western Europe. Durham is a college university that recruits outstanding students from around the world and offers an unparalleled broader student experience.

Less than 3 hours north of London and an hour and a half south of Edinburgh is County Durham in a region steeped in history and natural beauty. The Durham Dales, including the North Pennines Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty, are home to breathtaking scenery and attractions. Durham offers an excellent choice of urban, suburban and rural residential areas. The university offers a range of benefits, including retirement and childcare benefits, and the university’s relocation manager can assist with potential school requirements.

Durham University aims to promote and maintain an inclusive and supportive work and study environment that helps all members of our university community achieve their full potential. Diversity brings strength and we welcome applications from the international, national, and regional communities with whom we work and serve.

The Department

The Institute for Computer Science is growing rapidly. A new building was recently opened for the department (jointly with the Mathematical Sciences) to house the expanded department. The current department has research strengths in the areas of (1) algorithms and complexity, (2) computer vision, imaging and visualization, and (3) high-performance computing, cloud computing and simulation. We work closely with industry and government departments. Research-led teaching is an important strength of the department, which took 5th place in the complete university guide. The department offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees and is currently developing its interdisciplinary postgraduate courses. The size of the student cohort has more than tripled in the past five years. The department has an exceptionally strong external advisory board that provides strategic support for the development of research and education and is made up of high profile industrialists and academics.
Computer Science is one of the UK’s top computer science departments with a reputation for excellent teaching, research and the employability of our students.

The role

Postdoc for the AHRC-funded project “Visitor Interaction and Machine Curation in the Liverpool Virtual Biennale”.

The project deals with virtual art exhibitions that are curated by machines or even co-curated by humans and machines. and how audiences interact with these exhibitions in the age of online art shows. The project is in close collaboration with the Liverpool Biennale 2020 (now 2021) ( The role of the post owner, along with the PI Leonardo Impett, is to implement various strategies of user-machine interaction for virtual art exhibitions. and to investigate the interaction behavior of different types of users with such systems.


  • Understanding and conveying professional or highly technical material to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions leading to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications.
  • Prepare and present presentations on research results / activities to an audience that may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences.
  • Publish high quality results, including papers for submission to journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator or the grant holder.
  • Support in the development of research objectives and proposals.
  • Implementation of individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the principal investigator or grant holder.
  • If necessary, work with the principal investigator or grant holder and other colleagues in the research group to identify research areas, develop new research methods, and expand the research portfolio.
  • Address issues that may affect research objectives and deadlines by discussing them with the principal investigator or grant holder and offering creative or innovative solutions.
  • Collaboration with research colleagues and establishing internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding and to build relationships for future research collaboration.
  • To plan and manage your own research activities, research resources in collaboration with others, and contribute to the planning of research projects.
  • Providing training on research techniques / approaches to peers, visitors and students.
  • If necessary, be involved in the supervision of the students and be helpful in assessing the knowledge of the students.
  • Contribution to the promotion of a collegial and respectful work environment that is inclusive and welcoming and in which everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • Achieve broader citizenship to support the department and broader discipline.
  • Continuous professional development through participation in teaching programs for undergraduate or graduate students or through membership in departmental committees, etc., as well as through participation in appropriate training and development courses.

This position is limited until August 31, 2021, as the research project is limited in time and ends on August 31, 2021.

The post owner is working on a research / project that is being led by another colleague. While this means that the post owner is not doing their own independent research, they are expected to contribute to the advancement of the project by developing their own research ideas / adapting and developing the research protocols.

Successful applicants will ideally be in office by February 2021.

How do I apply?

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr. Leonardo Impett ( All inquiries are treated with strict confidentiality.

We prefer to receive applications online through the Durham University Vacancies Site. As part of the application process, you should provide details of 3 (preferably academic / research) arbitrators and details of your current manager so that we can find a job reference.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates who are underrepresented in academic positions at the university. We are committed to equality: If you have taken a career break or vacation for any reason that has impacted your career path, e.g. B. maternity, adoption or parental leave, you may want to disclose this in your application. The selection committee will realize that this may have reduced the amount of your research accordingly.

What to submit

All applicants are asked to submit:

  • A resume and cover letter detailing your experiences, strengths and potential in the requirements above

The requirements



  • A doctorate (or shortly before submission) in Digital Humanities, (Digital) Museology, New Media Art or a related subject, OR
  • Doctorate (or shortly before submission) in computer science, bioinformatics, math / statistics, physics, or a related subject


  • Experience in conducting high quality academic research.
  • Proof of the ability to research in project-relevant areas
  • Demonstrable ability to write material of a quality consistent with publication in high level journals.
  • Demonstrable ability to present research at national / international conferences and to communicate complex information to professionals and within the broader academic community.


  • Demonstrable ability to work together as part of a team, including attending research meetings.
  • Ability to work independently and with strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstration of programming skills (regardless of whether the candidate has a formal background in computer science or not)



  • Strong publication balance in peer-reviewed journals, according to career level.
  • A track record of presenting research results at a conference, symposium, or meeting that corresponds to the career phase.
  • Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other scientists.
  • Proof of experience in participating in collaborative research projects.

If youCompetencies

  • Demonstrable ability to plan and manage independent research.
  • Ability to set research goals, be self-motivated and proactive.
  • Strong interest in interdisciplinary research, especially art-technology research
  • Experience in machine learning, natural language processing, computer vision, or human-computer interaction is a bonus

DBS requirement: Inapplicable.


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