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Professor of Visual Computing

Job title Professor of Visual Computing

Department Computer Science

Grade Competitive Package

SOC Code - Visa Requirements 2311

This role is sponsorable

Placed on Monday 07 August 2023

Closing date Monday 02 October 2023

Interview date Tuesday 10 October 2023

Reference ED10344

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The Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath invites applications for a full Professor in Visual Computing. 

You will be part of the Visual Computing group, within the Department of Computer Science. We’re particularly looking for candidates with research interests in a core area of visual computing such as computer vision. 

Your research interests might also engage with the other research groups in the Department: Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, and Mathematical Foundations.  

About the Visual Computing group 

The Visual Computing group is a key strength of the department, highly regarded internationally and successful in research publication and grant capture, with a focus on computer vision and computer graphics and cross over into machine learning and human-computer interaction. The nature of our research and our strong industry connections mean that the group has clear routes to impact, with applications including entertainment and healthcare. The group also provides research led undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

We are a highly collaborative team, working not only with the other research groups in our department but across the university and beyond. We lead the Digital Economy Centre for the Analysis of Motion, Entertainment Research and Applications (CAMERA), performing world leading research in Intelligent Visual and Interactive Technology, underpinned by academic and partner expertise across both core research disciplines – Computer Vision, Graphics, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and AI – as well as expertise in healthcare, rehabilitation, biomechanics, musculoskeletal modelling, sports performance, and psychology. 

Our facilities centre around state-of-the-art motion capture studios. Other facilities include our photogrammetry rig for avatar and more general shape capture, a 4D volumetric capture system and several smaller bespoke systems. We are also establishing a new virtual production system in our new studio as part of a significant national research and impact collaboration.

About you

We welcome applications from established Professors and from Readers, Senior Lecturers and Associate Professors or equivalent who can demonstrate a significant upward trajectory and readiness to take the next step. 

Key attributes of the successful candidate will be the capacity for strategic leadership and the ability to influence and shape the activities and outputs of the department and in particular the Visual Computing group.

With an excellent track record of research outputs, publications, and research grant acquisition, you should be able to demonstrate internationally leading expertise in Visual Computing. 

You will be expected to generate and lead research projects with real world impact. 

You will conduct an internationally leading research programme and take a lead in obtaining significant funding from UK and international sources. 

You should also take a keen interest in pursuing excellence in teaching and in supervising students.

Further information

As a department, we will offer you support and growth opportunities, including career mentoring, opportunities to progress, manage and lead, and access to our network of partners across a range of sectors including entertainment, sport, and healthcare technologies. You will offer us a strong academic record and the ability and enthusiasm to enhance our research environment and outputs, and to create engaging experiences for our excellent students. 

If you have any questions or you would like to talk informally about the role, please contact Professor Eamonn O’Neill,, Head of Department, or Professor Özgür Şimşek,, Deputy Head of Department. 

What we can offer you:

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and disabled people, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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Update to our application process

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.