Assistant Professor in Imaging and Computation

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WorkplaceHeriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS, GB, Scotland, United Kingdom
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We welcome applications for one position in Imaging and Computation at Assistant Professor level (Grade 8; salary: £43,414 – £51,805) to join the Signal and Image processing Laboratory (SIPLab) (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> of Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh . We seek candidates with demonstrated experience of cutting-edge research at the interface of imaging and computation sciences, ranging from computational imaging, to image processing, analysis, and visualisation, and with expertise across theory, algorithms, and applications.

Heriot-Watt is an internationally-leading University, recognised for its world-class research, emerging from a strong collaborative and multi-disciplinary research culture. The University is a global institution delivering high-quality international teaching programmes, not only at its lead campus in Edinburgh, but also at its Malaysia and Dubai campuses. The present opening is for a research and teaching position at Assistant Professor level in Edinburgh, in the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS).

EPS is one of the most successful schools of its kind in the UK, with over £25 million annual research income. It is a recognised research leader in both Physics and Engineering, consistently rated among the best at national level, in particular in the context of the Research Excellence Framework (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

As one of the main research units of EPS’s Institute of Sensors, Signals, and Systems, SIPLab is a leading laboratory imaging and computation sciences, and is recognised both nationally and internationally. The laboratory gathers more than 10 academics and their respective research groups. We maintain strong collaborations with colleagues at EPS’s Institute for Physics and Quantum Sciences, and with the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. Our research is deeply embedded into three of Edinburgh’s Data-Driven Innovation hubs (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> the Bayes Centre (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> , the National Robotarium (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">, and the Edinburgh International Data Facility (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

At Heriot-Watt, we understand that being diverse makes us better, which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment. We especially encourage women and members of underrepresented groups to apply for this position.

Edinburgh is regularly voted the best city in the UK and is renowned for its unique architecture, its international festival and its vibrant academic and cultural life. It is also a family friendly city with very good schools, affordable housing and a very safe environment.

Detailed Description

SIPLab welcomes applications from outstanding self-motivated individuals developing world-leading research at the interface of imaging and computation sciences, ranging from computational imaging, to image processing, analysis, and visualisation.

We seek candidates with expertise ranging from theory and algorithms (machine learning, optimisation, statistical methods, graph-based methods, etc.), to techniques (coded-aperture, aperture synthesis, multi-model fusion, compressive sensing, etc.) and imaging applications throughout science and technology (medical imaging, astronomical imaging, remote sensing, computational photography, quantum imaging, etc.), to extreme imaging modalities (extreme scale, low resource, extreme environments, etc.), also including the interface with high-performance computing hardware and software technologies.

The successful applicant will develop cutting-edge research and establish collaborations within SIPLab, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh’s Data-Driven Innovation hubs, as well as at national and international levels. There will be a requirement to demonstrate leadership and initiative, with a view to building a research team and becoming internationally recognised.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate interest and experience in teaching signal and image processing. The successful candidate will be required to contribute to teaching within EPS’s Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering discipline. Of particular relevance are two international MSc programmes run by SIPLab: the MSc in Computational Data Science (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> joint with the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, and the new flagship MSc in Imaging, Vision and High Performance Computing (?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">, joint with the University of Edinburgh.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be based at our Edinburgh UK campus. Reporting to the Head of the Institute for Sensors, Signals, and Systems hosting SIPLab, responsibilities include: (i) Carrying out and publishing world-class research; (ii) Establishing, leading, sustaining, and managing a research team; (iii) Delivering undergraduate and postgraduate teaching (including project supervision); (iv) Developing innovative teaching in line with the university’s global nature; (v) Engaging in administrative tasks within the School’s research and teaching ambitions and initiatives.


Essential criteria

  • PhD in Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science (or equivalent), in the area of signal and image processing.
  • Research expertise and strong publication record in major international journals and conferences in the broad area of imaging and computation sciences.
  • Evidence of independent research vision and strategy.
  • Experience in teaching and project supervision.

Desirable criteria

  • International research experience.
  • Experience in raising research funding.
  • Experience in managing a research team.
  • Experience of high-performance computing and software technologies.

Person attributes

  • Demonstrated communication skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership in research.
  • Demonstrated initiative in teaching and research.
  • Demonstrated evidence of ability to undertake collaborative research.

Contact and Address

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Professor Yves Wiaux, Head of SIPLab,

Applicants must please submit via the Heriot-Watt on-line recruitment system (1) a cover letter describing their interest and suitability for the post; (2) a Full CV that includes their publication list.

Heriot-Watt University is committed to securing equality of opportunity in employment and to the creation of an environment in which individuals are selected, trained, promoted, appraised and otherwise treated on the sole basis of their relevant merits and abilities. Equality and diversity are all about maximising potential and creating a culture of inclusion for all.

Heriot-Watt University values diversity across our University community and welcomes applications from all sectors of society, particularly from underrepresented groups. For more information, please see our website and also our award-winning work in Disability Inclusive Science Careers


In your application, please refer to and reference JobID 224715.

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