Professor of Mathematics or Data Science for Health - Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Birmingham

Vacancy added: 21.08.2019

Employer: University of Birmingham


Position Details

Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Competitive salary for the best candidate
Professorial Level
Full Time / Permanent
Closing date 30 September 2019



Job Summary

We are looking for an outstanding individual to provide research leadership within the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine. The post provides a unique opportunity to develop new avenues for research and teaching within an environment where working beyond traditional discipline boundaries is actively encouraged and supported.  Within the domain of application of mathematics and computer science to biomedicine and healthcare, you will have a very well-established track record of impactful research, fuelled by a desire to make a difference to society. You will have a sustained record of securing significant research funding from a variety of sources, with evidence of your ability to successfully lead large and complex research projects.

You will have demonstrated success in mentoring and supporting early career researchers, from PhD students through to independent Fellowship holders. You will be highly motivated to bring mathematics and data science to new audiences and a desire to contribute to educating students across mathematics, computer science and medicine. The ideal candidate will also have a strong track-record and commitment to internationalisation and have proactively sought opportunities to ensure their research is relevant to communities both within the EU and globally.

We particularly welcome applications from female candidates who remain under-represented at this level within mathematics and computer science applied to medicine.

Main Duties/Responsibilities


The substantive appointment will support and develop the research activity of the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine. The post-holder will be expected to:

  • Pursue a personal research programme consistent with the Centre ethos and research priorities of the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, School of Computer Science and School of Maths
  • Build the research profile of the Centre, Institute, Schools and University through active engagement with relevant external stakeholders, research councils, learning bodies and professional bodies
  • Plan and undertake high-quality research cognisant of relevant metrics for international reputation and scholarly merit
  • Publish research outputs in peer reviewed journals of international standing suitable for inclusion in REF, of 4* or 3* quality
  • Generate research income through successful applications to major funding bodies including Research Councils 
  • Contribute to the planning, teaching, examining and marking of undergraduate and postgraduate modules including: supervise and manage research projects, supervise and manage Masters and Doctoral students both within the Institute and externally
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding 
  • Provide expert advice to staff and students within the discipline and beyond as appropriate
  • Develop links with external contacts in the UK and internationally to enhance the scholarly reputation ofthe Centre and the University
  • Collaborate in research initiatives in and beyond the University

Teaching and Learning

The postholder will:

  • Provide academic leadership and contribute to teaching, learning and assessment on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Colleges of Medical and Dental Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences and the wider University, more specifically on the mathematics and/or computer science undergraduate programmes, as well as relevant medicine programmes such as Master Programmes on Integrated Metabolism Research and Biomedical Innovation as well as interdisciplinary CPD programmes
  • Cooperate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of modules and programmes in terms of content, delivery and assessment
  • Be responsible for the design and content of areas of teaching and learning associated with the Institute subject area within the College and University’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes
  • Provide academic support and advice to undergraduate and postgraduate students 
  • Promote the use of a range of methods and techniques in teaching, learning and assessment

Management and Administration

The postholder will:

  • Be involved with the leadership of the Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine and to carry out other specific College and University roles and functions as may be reasonably required
  • Contribute to the recruitment of students to degree, CPD and research programmes in the College and University when appropriate
  • Take part in and, where appropriate, to act as Chair of one or more College or University committees 
  • Make a major contribution to selected administrative activities within the University (eg, appeals panels, working groups)
  • Advise on the personal development of colleagues or students and engage in personal training programmes consistent with the needs/aspirations of an individual, or the Institute 
  • Participate in the administration and/or management of research and/or teaching across the Institute, Schools or Colleges 
  • Lead and manage teams to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (eg, new programme or a recruitment drive)
  • Contribute to widening participation, outreach, public engagement, dissemination of scholarships, staff/student recruitment drives, and public understanding of the discipline
  • Undertake any such duty as may be reasonably requested and necessarily commensurate with the nature and grade of the post

The post-holder will:

  • Have a highly developed knowledge of the principles, theory and practices associated with Mathematics, Data Science for Healthcare activity such that they are able to evidence a previous sustained and continuing record of high quality publications and significant grant capture in these areas
  • Display a record of translating their research activities into high quality, innovative teaching and learning activities 
  • Have made a significant contribution nationally or internationally to the discipline, for example through journal editorial activity, administrative roles in a relevant academic or corporate body

Person Specification

At the appropriate level, the post-holder will be expected to evidence:

  • A PhD in a relevant field 
  • A strong and proven research track record with clear evidence of developing and implementing novel research strategies
  • An established record of attracting and securing significant external funding
  • An international reputation for excellence in research through an outstanding publication record in high impact journals
  • Experience of working within and leading internal and external research networks
  • Experience of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and supervision to doctoral level
  • Making substantial contributions to the delivery and design of teaching programmes
  • Undertaking the full range of responsibilities in relation to student supervision, marking and examining
  • Acting as a personal tutor for academic and pastoral issues and experience mentoring research activity of junior staff
  • Engagement with external bodies to enhance national or international standing of the discipline
  • Commitment to the promotion of equal opportunities.
  • Identification of developing new areas of research and teaching
  • Ability to solve problems creatively and effectively and strategic planning with effective implementation and evaluation
  • Engagement in knowledge-transfer activities

Further particulars can be found here:

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor John Terry on

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