Job description

Following a successful inaugural REF return in Computer Science, the school is looking to augment its research and innovation leadership within in the field of agile software.  This is a key leadership role where you will have the opportunity to drive forward the future development of agile development research and innovation through our growing research group.


The school brings together an exciting combination of subjects that underpins our human-centric computing research strategy. The school has a thriving community of PhD and MSc students and has strong links with international universities, regional industrial partners, community bodies and professional bodies. The agile research group has an expanding body of research students and staff, co- funded through an excellent industrial network. 


We are renowned for our outstanding, impactful research alongside a passion for public engagement and a growing educational portfolio that includes practice-based education. Our Software Engineering degree was rated Outstanding by OFSTED in a recent review of our apprenticeship programme with a national employer.


We offer staff a supportive, inclusive and collegiate environment. We are well resourced, with an extensive range of state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment and teaching facilities including our flagship £35m Engineering Innovation Centre.


You will have an empirically based software engineering expertise that reflects the technical and human-centric elements of agile processes in software development and digitally oriented organisations. Essential criteria for the post in terms of qualifications and work experience include having: a PhD (or equivalent) in a specific topic relevant to agile software development; full membership of relevant accredited bodies in the area of specialist topic; a first degree; a record of research leadership, including the management of research staff; a sustained output of world-leading research and publications in the area of agile software development; evident knowledge transfer and potential research impact; a track record of successfully supervising research students; a background of securing research funding from grant awarding bodies and sponsors; and a significant contribution by scholarship, research, consultancy or practice.


In terms of skills and abilities, the essential criteria include excellent communication skills across a wide range of media; negotiation and influencing skills and a flexible approach which responds to the challenges of change; strategic thinking and project management skills, including excellent time management; and an ability to deal with complex situations.


For informal enquiries please contact the Head of School, Dr Jamie Taylor


Applicants need to meet all essential criteria on the person specification to be considered for interview. Please provide a CV with your application with details of your track record, this can be sent via email to k. This position is based in Preston.


School/Service: School of Psychology and Computer Science

Contract Type: Indefinite

Interview Date: To be confirmed