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Professor of Social Robotics

EmployerUniversity of Glasgow
Published20 March 2017
Closing Date30 April 2017
WorkplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK
CategoryBusiness / Economics
Social Sciences


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***This is the job description for the Professorial position. The Job description for Lecturer and Senior Lecturer is available as a link at the bottom of the page. Please confirm in your cover letter which position you are applying for and complete the professorial zoning questions with "NA" if applying for the Lecturer / Senior Lecturer position***

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences is seeking to appoint a Professor of Social Robotics to conduct and lead on world-class research consistent with the research strategy of the Institute and College. The post holder will build an internationally competitive and externally grant funded research program, publishing in high impact research papers, presenting at international meetings/symposia and participating in review and advisory groups and panels. In addition, the post holder will supervise and teach students at undergraduate and postgraduate level, supervise post-doctoral researchers, lead on curriculum development, and undertake appropriate administration as requested by the Director of Institute. The post holder will contribute to business developments and public policy debates concerned with the subject specialism.

Applications are invited from candidates of international standing with an appropriate record of academic achievement in Social Robotics or research contributing to developments in Social Robotics.


? To provide outstanding academic leadership by providing a coherent vision for research and postgraduate training and by inspiring the highest standards of research by Institute staff.
? To contribute fully to developing and enhancing the research profile and international standing of the Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology, through developing and sustaining an extensive track record of publications in high impact journals, contributing to international meetings and taking part in review and granting panels at national/international level, as appropriate. There is an expectation that as PI, the post holder will propose and secure at least one externally funded research grant application per annum.
? To develop and lead an internationally recognised research programme in the subject specialism by developing appropriate resources, recruiting and maintaining a highly productive research group, and securing external funding through grants and fellowships.
? To proactively collaborate with other institutes and bodies to create new research groups and approaches.
? Provide leadership to junior members of staff and students through research collaboration, supervision and mentorship.
? To sustain record of external research income.
? To contribute to the formulation of research strategy within subject specialism, the Institute and College, as appropriate.
? To deliver invited and reviewed talks at national and international conferences and workshops.
? To foster good relations with relevant sponsors, including reporting research findings.
? To supervise and mentor research students through to timely completion of their degrees.
? To engage in external academic activities in accordance with Institute research strategy which enhance the College‘s international profile.
’ To undertake external PhD examining.
? To undertake appropriate administrative responsibility as required by the Director of Institute, including but not limited to, selection, assessment, mentoring and development of post-doctoral and pre-doctoral research scientists.
? To contribute to the academic community through the editorship/review process of internationally respected journals and/or serving on professional bodies/research board(s).
? As PI propose and secure at least one externally funded research grant application per annum.


? To fully participate in teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates, as required by the Director of Institute.
? To contribute to Graduate School activities with the aim of broadening the skills and experience of postgraduate students.
? To lead curriculum development reflecting subject advances.
? To contribute to development of new degree programmes.
? To design and lecture on modules in undergraduate/postgraduate courses, to a high standard, in line with research and departmental goals.
? To assess student work (coursework, exams) in timely and effective way, providing constructive feedback where required.
? To propose and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate team and individual projects.
? To perform external examining, as appropriate.


? To participate fully in and chair appropriate committees, and contribute to the management of Institute/College operations.
? To actively contribute to the development of Institute strategy, priorities, direction and success.
? To represent Institute activities outwith the Institute and University.
? To contribute to Institute/College working groups, as appropriate.
? To participate in Institute performance reviews.
? To contribute to the efficient administration and servicing of the department as required by the Director of Institute.

Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience

Leadership Behavioural Framework

Effective leadership at Glasgow is essential to achieving our vision of a world-class, world-changing university, as set out in our strategy, ‘Inspiring People, Changing the World.’

The Leadership Behavioural Framework describes the leadership behaviours for all university leaders in the delivery of our strategic objectives.

Applicants should familiarise themselves with the framework available to download at ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gla.ac.uk%2Fmedia%2Fmedia_453130_en.pdf&module=jobs&id=109212" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.gla.ac.uk/media/media_453130_en.pdf before addressing the criteria in the framework.

Knowledge/ Qualifications

A1 PhD in relevant subject area.
A2 Extensive track record of published research in subject specialism.
A3 Distinction in scholarship and research.
A4 International recognition of research and a strong research profile.
A5 Knowledge of industrial research and commercial opportunities.
A6 Proven University teaching ability, including assessment and curriculum development.
A7 Up to date knowledge of research issues and future direction in subject area.
A8 Clear understanding of equality and diversity issues relevant to students and employees
A9 Knowledge of research ethics compliance requirements
A10 Knowledge of current research in social cognition, social signalling and emotion.


C1 Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills.
C2 Demonstrably excellent presentation skills
C3 Proven time management and organisational skills
C4 Proven project and budget management skills.
C5 Demonstrable leadership skills within an internationally renowned academic environment
C6 Proven ability to act as a strategically
C7 Demonstrable ability to conduct research at an internationally competitive level
C8 Demonstrable ability to manage difficult situations, including staffing situations, as appropriate


E1 Substantial academic/professional experience in subject specialism.
E2 Significant experience of research leadership with established record of outstanding research publications.
E3 Proven experience of successfully securing research grant funding.
E4 Proven experience of successful project management
E5 Internationally established research reputation and evidence of successful international collaborations
E6 Extensive experience of teaching, supervision and examination of PhD candidates and researchers at postgraduate and doctoral level.
E7 Contributions to scientific/learned societies.
E8 Experience of lecturing at university level.
E9 Experience of cross-disciplinary research combining cognitive and computer science with social interaction and emotion research.

Participate in the Institute Management Group of approximately 20 senior academics. The Institute incorporates 42 academic staff,19 support staff and 60 postgraduate students.

Planning and Organising
Self-generation of work through research.
Requirement to be responsive with respect to funding opportunities.
Effective organisational skills to effectively manage time and budget
Prioritise as appropriate research, teaching, service and any other managerial/leadership duties.
Highlight issues for the attention of the relevant committees on behalf of self and others.
Act on outcomes as necessary, in terms of Institute policy and provision.
Respond to varying needs of students as appropriate.

Decision Making
Prioritise work in accordance with agreed Institute/College objectives.
Demonstrate leadership and encourage participation in agreed research activities.
Devise and develop innovative research based teaching programmes.
Supervise/line manage new researchers and assist other academic staff on their progress/direction.
Take responsibility for organisation of resources, as appropriate.

Internal/External Relationships
Frequent liaison with students for the exchange of information as part of the teaching/learning process and with Research Assistants to advise on research in order to maximise research outputs.
Liaise with academic colleagues for exchange of information to facilitate effective research and teaching.
It is expected that the post holder will maintain a strong network of researchers/academics in their subject specialism via involvement in conferences and learned societies and through liaising with colleagues in schools, local authorities, other HE Institutions and professional bodies.
Liaise with a range of support and academic staff, both within the Institute, the College, and more widely within the University regarding research and teaching.

Problem Solving
To gather and interpret research data/information and prepare/present accordingly.
To give advice and support the identification of appropriate solutions for staff and students with their research projects, as appropriate.
To resolve issues of an academic nature arising in research and scholarship.
To propose alternative strategies and negotiate alternative arrangements in responding imaginatively to strategic challenges in research/teaching and service.

Requirement to represent the University nationally and internationally and to increase the profile of the University overseas.

Additional School/RI/College
The University of Glasgow as an Athena SWAN Charter member (?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ecu.ac.uk%2Fequality-charters%2Fathena-swan%2F&module=jobs&id=109212" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.ecu.ac.uk/equality-charters/athena-swan/ ) is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment.

The Institute of Neuroscience & Psychology/School of Psychology, as a Bronze award holder, recognises the Athena SWAN Charter, promotes open and fair policies for equality and supports flexible working arrangements.

Further information and local Athena SWAN Self-Assessment Team contact details at ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.gla.ac.uk%2Fmedia%2Fmedia_453130_en.pdf&module=jobs&id=109212" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.gla.ac.uk/schools/psychology/athenaswan/.

The appointment will be subject to the whole powers and conditions of any Act of Parliament, Ordinances, and Law affecting the University. The appointment is a whole-time appointment, the Professor undertaking to accept paid outside work only with the prior consent of the University Court. This provision does not apply to examinerships and such other appointments as are incidental to the ordinary course of University business.

Salary will be negotiable and depending on experience.

The successful applicant will be eligible to join the Universities’ Superannuation Scheme. Further information regarding this scheme is available from the Superannuation Officer, who is also prepared to advise on questions relating to the transfer of superannuation benefits.

All research and related activities, including grants, donations, clinical trials, contract research, consultancy and commercialisation are required to be managed through the University’s relevant processes (e.g. contractual and financial), in accordance with the University Court’s policies.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

Details of three referees should be included on the applicant information form - referees will be contacted for all short listed applicants.

Vacancy reference: 016686, closing date: 30 April 2017.

It is the University of Glasgow’s mission to foster an inclusive climate, which ensures equality in our working, learning, research and teaching environment.

We strongly endorse the principles of Athena SWAN, including a supportive and flexible working environment, with commitment from all levels of the organisation in promoting gender equity.

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401.

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