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About King’s

King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities, ranked 35th in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2022) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King’s has over 33,000 students from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of about £1BN (2020/21). King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world. In the 2021 REF King’s achieved excellent results. Overall, 55.1% of the work submitted was rated 4*, we maintained our position at 6th in the Power rankings, and in Impact King’s ranked 3rd amongst multi-faculty universities. Informatics itself ranked 12th in the country for quality of research.

Appointment details

Salary

Competitive, professorial grade

Terms

Indefinite Contract Full time (35 hours per week)

Closing date for applications:

10 June 2024 23:59

Vacancy ID

088689

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The Role

This is an exciting time to join us as we continue to grow our department and realise our vision of a diverse, inclusive and innovative department of Informatics at one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. We seek applicants who will support us in our ambitions in inclusivity and diversity. As we continue to grow and strengthen our department, we are seeking a distinguished Professor in Robotics who will combine their outstanding research track record in this area and leadership qualities with a strong commitment to contribute to propelling the Informatics Department to new heights. The ideal candidate will have a clear vision of how to achieve this. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in conducting innovative and compelling research, and they should have a proven track record of successfully attracting funding, as well as the ambition and potential to secure significant research funding. The successful applicant for this post is a computer scientist who will undertake research in the area of Robotics. Topics of interest include intelligent robots, motion, path or task planning, vision and sensory processing for robotics, machine learning in robotics, robust AI techniques for robotics, human-robot interaction, medical, assistive and industrial applications of robotics systems, control, and also areas related to robotics ethics and social good. The Department seeks to broaden and deepen its current strengths in this area, so candidates engaged in research that complements existing expertise will be considered favourably. Relevant activities within Informatics include Responsible AI-UK (RAI-UK), Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) projects, such as TAS Hub, the TAS Verifiability and TAS Governance and Regulation nodes; the Safe and Trusted AI Centre for Doctoral Training; the Reasoning and Planning (RAP) and Human-Centred Computing (HCC) research groups. Robotics at King’s is an increasingly strategic activity spanning multiple units, in Informatics, Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will play a significant role in leading and developing collaborative activities between these units. Robotics also strongly features in the departmental undergraduate programmes in Computer Science and in Artificial Intelligence.

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the role are to deliver research excellence and high-quality education, to help shape the future of the department, and to maintain a supportive, collegiate culture. There will be opportunities to participate and lead aspects of department strategy and to gain experience and mentorship to flourish. The role holder will provide expertise in robotics, securing funding to continue their highly respected international research and will actively engage in productive, collaborative links in academia, at King’s and beyond, industry and public organisations. They will nurture the talent of research students and postdoctoral staff to ensure their effective development. The role holder will enhance the education experience of our undergraduate and postgraduate students, teaching exciting courses and contributing to the development of curricula and teaching methods. Guided by the department safety committee and practices, they will be responsible for health and safety in their own area. Specifically, the appointee will be expected to: • Provide academic leadership in the area of Robotics within the Department of Informatics, and to play a leading role in this area within the Faculty, and across the University. • Contribute to the teaching, project supervision, and administration of the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Department of Informatics. • Contribute to national and international Research Council activities and similar panels as appropriate. • Seek continued involvement in international research activities, such as conference programme committees and editorial work for academic journals. • Supervise and train postgraduate research students and postdoctoral research staff to ensure their effective development. • Contribute fully and conscientiously to administrative tasks in the Department of Informatics, as directed by the Head of Department. • Be involved in the mentoring of junior staff and act as line manager for non-professorial members of academic staff. At an appropriate time, the appointed candidate may be expected to take on a term of office as Head of Department. • Lead/contribute to service activities within the Department, Faculty and University. • Contribute to performance and development review processes as appropriate in accordance with the University’s strategy.

Students

Artificial Intelligence

Our Artificial Intelligence MSci will equip you with systematic knowledge and experience of the theory and practice of AI

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Kings Students Aug 2022-604

Education, qualification, and training

Essential • PhD in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics or related field. • Strong research record in Robotics through high-quality publications.

Knowledge and skills

Essential • Leadership skills • Ability to attract and develop talented researchers into the field • Ability to motivate students and junior colleagues • Ability to carry out relevant research • Ability to teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Robotics and Autonomous Systems Desirable • Ability to further academic planning and strategic development

Experience

Essential • Outstanding research record of international stature in Robotics • Established record of acquiring research grants/funding • Teaching and assessment experience at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level • Experience of supervision of research students Desirable • Experience of university governance and of academic administration

Personal Characteristics and other requirements

Essential • Ability to organise work to meet demands of research, teaching, and administration • Ability to manage and interact with staff and students at all levels • Ability to communicate effectively (written and orally) • Commitment to providing effective teaching at undergraduate and MSc level

Computer Science

Our MSci will allow you to understand the underlying principles of a range of Computer Science areas

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About King’s

King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities, ranked 35th in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2022) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King’s has over 33,000 students from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of about £1BN (2020/21). King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world. In the 2021 REF King’s achieved excellent results. Overall, 55.1% of the work submitted was rated 4*, we maintained our position at 6th in the Power rankings, and in Impact King’s ranked 3rd amongst multi-faculty universities. Informatics itself ranked 12th in the country for quality of research.

Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences

Delivering sustainable academic excellence We are a vibrant faculty based in the heart of London with a long tradition of world-leading research and teaching in physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering. Our internationally renowned scientists are working across traditional subject boundaries, leading cutting-edge research, tackling global challenges and answering fundamental questions about our universe. For students, we offer a wide-ranging portfolio of undergraduate, MSc and PhD programmes. Studying with us enables students to work with, and learn from, world-leading academics while benefiting from an open-door policy and a wealth of support. With nearly 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and around 350 academic and research staff, our ambition is to inspire, educate and innovate - fostering the next generation of scientists and future leaders. We count Nobel Laureates among our distinguished former staff and students, and we are committed to promoting the careers of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our Departments • Department of Chemistry • Department of Engineering • Department of Informatics • Department of Mathematics • Department of Physics Our unrivalled central London location has enabled us to foster close ties with tech, business and science industries, and we are within easy reach of major research libraries and leading scientific societies such as the Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the London Mathematical Society. Our future Supported by significant university investment, the faculty is embarking on a period of ambitious growth, which aims to build upon current strengths in natural and mathematical sciences and establish King’s as the outstanding global institution in science and technology. For further information about the Faculty please visit our website.

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Department of Informatics

The Department of Informatics delivers the highest quality undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in computer science through the commitment and enthusiasm of its staff within a stimulating, research-led context. The department has grown by circa 30% in the last four years to 81 academic staff in total. With a total population of 1500 undergraduates, 300 postgraduates and 150 PhD students, the overall student figures have grown by 43% over the last five years. This year also saw the successful launch of a new suite of Undergraduate programmes for the department in Artificial Intelligence. The department offers a variety of full-time BSc and MSci degrees designed to provide transferable skills, giving our students a head start in their career. Our undergraduate degree programmes equip our students with an in-depth knowledge of the field of computer-based information systems and artificial intelligence. Studying in the Department of Informatics gives our students access to academics who are renowned in their field and who are researching and developing cutting-edge technology to advance society. Research in the Department of Informatics is of the highest quality and covers a broad range of sub-disciplines of Computer Science considering fundamental scientific questions as well as practical challenges and opportunities of the increasingly complex digital society. Our research groups are based on common scientific areas, whilst our hubs focus on external research challenges, which often require expertise and ideas from multiple sub-disciplines. The intersecting lattice-like structure of groups and hubs in Informatics provides a robust framework which supports Informatics' commitment to research of the highest scientific quality and its ambition to increase the external impact of its research. The departmental research activity is supported by a number of grants, which fund research posts and equipment and facilitate collaboration with external research partners. A remarkable upward trend of total research income for the department is illustrative of the thriving research activity. The main source of the departmental research income are grants from EPSRC (~60%), with further funding from the UK Government and from EU, each contributing 10-15%, and some funding from industry. Informatics is home to the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence (STAI), in partnership with Imperial College London, which aims to train a new generation of computer scientists who are experts in methods of safe and trusted AI. The department also hosts the Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) London. CUSP London is a collaboration between King’s College London and New York University. It is a multi-disciplinary research centre that brings together researchers, businesses, and government agencies, to apply data science and visual analytics to challenges in and for London. Informatics is actively involved in the Faculty Centre Net-Zero hosted by the Department of Engineering. In collaboration with the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Physics' Biological Physics and Soft Matter Group, Informatics is also part of the Centre for the Physical Science of Life. The Department is located on the Strand Campus in the heart of central London, close to the cultural activities of the West End and the South Bank, the major departments of state at Whitehall, and the leading financial institutions of the City, and within easy reach of major transport links. The Department is based in the historic and recently redeveloped Bush House, which features state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate education, with a distinctive approach, combining traditional teaching methods with modern, project-based learning, catering for the needs of our students and the industries in which they will work. For more information please visit our website.

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Please quote the vacancy id: 088689 in all correspondence.

Closing date for applications: 10 June 2024 23:59
Interview date: 09 July 2024

Application process

King’s College London is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and through this appointment process it is the university’s clear stated aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBT+ community and from disabled people.

Contact the team

For an informal discussion or to find out more about the role please contact the King’s Search Team.

To apply for this post you will need to register on the King’s College London application portal and submit the application form along with the following: • a short statement setting out your reasons for applying for the post and highlighting the particular skill and experience which you feel you would bring to the role (two pages maximum) • an updated curriculum vitae Applications must be made electronically in Word or PDF format. Please ensure you quote reference number 088689 on all correspondence.

Selection process

Applications will be shortlisted by a selection committee drawn from across the Faculty. Selected candidates will be invited to interview where they will be asked to present and respond to questions. The interview panel will be chaired by the Executive Dean and will include internal and external representatives. Interviews will be held on 9th July. Our staff and students come from all over the world and the Department is proud of its friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged with several family-friendly policies, including the operation of a core hours policy, the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example maternity leave. The Department of Informatics is committed to ensuring an inclusive interview process and will reimburse up to £250 towards any additional care costs (for a dependent child or adult) incurred as a result of attending an interview for this position.

About King's

King's College London provides a dynamic habitat for individuals looking to expand their career prospects.

Vision 2029

King's Vision builds upon our history of service to society and takes us to our 200th anniversary in 2029

Back to top

nms-informatics-feature

The Role

This is an exciting time to join us as we continue to grow our department and realise our vision of a diverse, inclusive and innovative department of Informatics at one of the most prestigious universities in the UK. We seek applicants who will support us in our ambitions in inclusivity and diversity. As we continue to grow and strengthen our department, we are seeking a distinguished Professor in Robotics who will combine their outstanding research track record in this area and leadership qualities with a strong commitment to contribute to propelling the Informatics Department to new heights. The ideal candidate will have a clear vision of how to achieve this. Candidates must demonstrate excellence in conducting innovative and compelling research, and they should have a proven track record of successfully attracting funding, as well as the ambition and potential to secure significant research funding. The successful applicant for this post is a computer scientist who will undertake research in the area of Robotics. Topics of interest include intelligent robots, motion, path or task planning, vision and sensory processing for robotics, machine learning in robotics, robust AI techniques for robotics, human-robot interaction, medical, assistive and industrial applications of robotics systems, control, and also areas related to robotics ethics and social good. The Department seeks to broaden and deepen its current strengths in this area, so candidates engaged in research that complements existing expertise will be considered favourably. Relevant activities within Informatics include Responsible AI-UK (RAI-UK), Trustworthy Autonomous Systems (TAS) projects, such as TAS Hub, the TAS Verifiability and TAS Governance and Regulation nodes; the Safe and Trusted AI Centre for Doctoral Training; the Reasoning and Planning (RAP) and Human-Centred Computing (HCC) research groups. Robotics at King’s is an increasingly strategic activity spanning multiple units, in Informatics, Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will play a significant role in leading and developing collaborative activities between these units. Robotics also strongly features in the departmental undergraduate programmes in Computer Science and in Artificial Intelligence.

Key responsibilities

Key responsibilities of the role are to deliver research excellence and high-quality education, to help shape the future of the department, and to maintain a supportive, collegiate culture. There will be opportunities to participate and lead aspects of department strategy and to gain experience and mentorship to flourish. The role holder will provide expertise in robotics, securing funding to continue their highly respected international research and will actively engage in productive, collaborative links in academia, at King’s and beyond, industry and public organisations. They will nurture the talent of research students and postdoctoral staff to ensure their effective development. The role holder will enhance the education experience of our undergraduate and postgraduate students, teaching exciting courses and contributing to the development of curricula and teaching methods. Guided by the department safety committee and practices, they will be responsible for health and safety in their own area. Specifically, the appointee will be expected to: • Provide academic leadership in the area of Robotics within the Department of Informatics, and to play a leading role in this area within the Faculty, and across the University. • Contribute to the teaching, project supervision, and administration of the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the Department of Informatics. • Contribute to national and international Research Council activities and similar panels as appropriate. • Seek continued involvement in international research activities, such as conference programme committees and editorial work for academic journals. • Supervise and train postgraduate research students and postdoctoral research staff to ensure their effective development. • Contribute fully and conscientiously to administrative tasks in the Department of Informatics, as directed by the Head of Department. • Be involved in the mentoring of junior staff and act as line manager for non-professorial members of academic staff. At an appropriate time, the appointed candidate may be expected to take on a term of office as Head of Department. • Lead/contribute to service activities within the Department, Faculty and University. • Contribute to performance and development review processes as appropriate in accordance with the University’s strategy.

Students

Artificial Intelligence

Our Artificial Intelligence MSci will equip you with systematic knowledge and experience of the theory and practice of AI

Back to top

Kings Students Aug 2022-604

Education, qualification, and training

Essential • PhD in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics or related field. • Strong research record in Robotics through high-quality publications.

Knowledge and skills

Essential • Leadership skills • Ability to attract and develop talented researchers into the field • Ability to motivate students and junior colleagues • Ability to carry out relevant research • Ability to teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Robotics and Autonomous Systems Desirable • Ability to further academic planning and strategic development

Experience

Essential • Outstanding research record of international stature in Robotics • Established record of acquiring research grants/funding • Teaching and assessment experience at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level • Experience of supervision of research students Desirable • Experience of university governance and of academic administration

Personal Characteristics and other requirements

Essential • Ability to organise work to meet demands of research, teaching, and administration • Ability to manage and interact with staff and students at all levels • Ability to communicate effectively (written and orally) • Commitment to providing effective teaching at undergraduate and MSc level

Computer Science

Our MSci will allow you to understand the underlying principles of a range of Computer Science areas

Back to top

bush house doorway

About King’s

King’s is one of the top 10 UK universities, ranked 35th in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2022) and the fourth oldest university in England, based in the heart of London. King’s has over 33,000 students from some 150 countries, and over 8,500 employees. King’s is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of about £1BN (2020/21). King’s Strategic Vision looks forward to our 200th anniversary in 2029. It shows how King’s will make the world a better place by focusing on five key strategic priorities: educate to inspire and improve; research to inform and innovate; serve to shape and transform; a civic university at the heart of London; an international community that serves the world. In the 2021 REF King’s achieved excellent results. Overall, 55.1% of the work submitted was rated 4*, we maintained our position at 6th in the Power rankings, and in Impact King’s ranked 3rd amongst multi-faculty universities. Informatics itself ranked 12th in the country for quality of research.

Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences

Delivering sustainable academic excellence We are a vibrant faculty based in the heart of London with a long tradition of world-leading research and teaching in physics, mathematics, chemistry, computer science and engineering. Our internationally renowned scientists are working across traditional subject boundaries, leading cutting-edge research, tackling global challenges and answering fundamental questions about our universe. For students, we offer a wide-ranging portfolio of undergraduate, MSc and PhD programmes. Studying with us enables students to work with, and learn from, world-leading academics while benefiting from an open-door policy and a wealth of support. With nearly 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students and around 350 academic and research staff, our ambition is to inspire, educate and innovate - fostering the next generation of scientists and future leaders. We count Nobel Laureates among our distinguished former staff and students, and we are committed to promoting the careers of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Our Departments • Department of Chemistry • Department of Engineering • Department of Informatics • Department of Mathematics • Department of Physics Our unrivalled central London location has enabled us to foster close ties with tech, business and science industries, and we are within easy reach of major research libraries and leading scientific societies such as the Royal Society, Royal Society of Chemistry, BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT, the Institute of Physics, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the London Mathematical Society. Our future Supported by significant university investment, the faculty is embarking on a period of ambitious growth, which aims to build upon current strengths in natural and mathematical sciences and establish King’s as the outstanding global institution in science and technology. For further information about the Faculty please visit our website.

Artificial Intelligence Computing Data AdobeStock_200146313(1)

Department of Informatics

The Department of Informatics delivers the highest quality undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in computer science through the commitment and enthusiasm of its staff within a stimulating, research-led context. The department has grown by circa 30% in the last four years to 81 academic staff in total. With a total population of 1500 undergraduates, 300 postgraduates and 150 PhD students, the overall student figures have grown by 43% over the last five years. This year also saw the successful launch of a new suite of Undergraduate programmes for the department in Artificial Intelligence. The department offers a variety of full-time BSc and MSci degrees designed to provide transferable skills, giving our students a head start in their career. Our undergraduate degree programmes equip our students with an in-depth knowledge of the field of computer-based information systems and artificial intelligence. Studying in the Department of Informatics gives our students access to academics who are renowned in their field and who are researching and developing cutting-edge technology to advance society. Research in the Department of Informatics is of the highest quality and covers a broad range of sub-disciplines of Computer Science considering fundamental scientific questions as well as practical challenges and opportunities of the increasingly complex digital society. Our research groups are based on common scientific areas, whilst our hubs focus on external research challenges, which often require expertise and ideas from multiple sub-disciplines. The intersecting lattice-like structure of groups and hubs in Informatics provides a robust framework which supports Informatics' commitment to research of the highest scientific quality and its ambition to increase the external impact of its research. The departmental research activity is supported by a number of grants, which fund research posts and equipment and facilitate collaboration with external research partners. A remarkable upward trend of total research income for the department is illustrative of the thriving research activity. The main source of the departmental research income are grants from EPSRC (~60%), with further funding from the UK Government and from EU, each contributing 10-15%, and some funding from industry. Informatics is home to the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Safe and Trusted Artificial Intelligence (STAI), in partnership with Imperial College London, which aims to train a new generation of computer scientists who are experts in methods of safe and trusted AI. The department also hosts the Centre for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) London. CUSP London is a collaboration between King’s College London and New York University. It is a multi-disciplinary research centre that brings together researchers, businesses, and government agencies, to apply data science and visual analytics to challenges in and for London. Informatics is actively involved in the Faculty Centre Net-Zero hosted by the Department of Engineering. In collaboration with the Department of Chemistry, and the Department of Physics' Biological Physics and Soft Matter Group, Informatics is also part of the Centre for the Physical Science of Life. The Department is located on the Strand Campus in the heart of central London, close to the cultural activities of the West End and the South Bank, the major departments of state at Whitehall, and the leading financial institutions of the City, and within easy reach of major transport links. The Department is based in the historic and recently redeveloped Bush House, which features state-of-the-art teaching and research spaces. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate education, with a distinctive approach, combining traditional teaching methods with modern, project-based learning, catering for the needs of our students and the industries in which they will work. For more information please visit our website.

Department of Informatics

Our Department is a cutting-edge place to study and research the field of computer science and the technologies that are...

Centre for Robotics Research

CORE was initiated within Department of Engineering from 2007. It has been reinstated within the new Engineering department from...

Back to top

Please quote the vacancy id: 088689 in all correspondence.

Closing date for applications: 10 June 2024 23:59
Interview date: 09 July 2024

Application process

King’s College London is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and through this appointment process it is the university’s clear stated aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBT+ community and from disabled people.

Contact the team

For an informal discussion or to find out more about the role please contact the King’s Search Team.

To apply for this post you will need to register on the King’s College London application portal and submit the application form along with the following: • a short statement setting out your reasons for applying for the post and highlighting the particular skill and experience which you feel you would bring to the role (two pages maximum) • an updated curriculum vitae Applications must be made electronically in Word or PDF format. Please ensure you quote reference number 088689 on all correspondence.

Selection process

Applications will be shortlisted by a selection committee drawn from across the Faculty. Selected candidates will be invited to interview where they will be asked to present and respond to questions. The interview panel will be chaired by the Executive Dean and will include internal and external representatives. Interviews will be held on 9th July. Our staff and students come from all over the world and the Department is proud of its friendly and inclusive culture. Diversity is positively encouraged with several family-friendly policies, including the operation of a core hours policy, the right to apply for flexible working and support for staff returning from periods of extended absence, for example maternity leave. The Department of Informatics is committed to ensuring an inclusive interview process and will reimburse up to £250 towards any additional care costs (for a dependent child or adult) incurred as a result of attending an interview for this position.

About King's

King's College London provides a dynamic habitat for individuals looking to expand their career prospects.

Vision 2029

King's Vision builds upon our history of service to society and takes us to our 200th anniversary in 2029

Back to top