Lecturer in Data Science (Environmental Intelligence) (E&R)

University of Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom
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College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences

This is a full time post available immediately on a permanent basis in the College of Engineering, Mathematics & Physical Sciences.

Our changing environment presents a series of inter-related challenges that will affect everyone’s future health, safety and prosperity. Environmental Intelligence is the integration of environmental and sustainability research with data science, artificial intelligence and cutting-edge digital technologies to create the meaningful insight that is required for individuals, businesses and policy-makers to address these challenges and mitigate the effects of environmental change.

This post is associated with the establishment of a new Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence, a partnership between The University of Exeter and the Met Office. The Joint Centre will provide a hub for cutting-edge research and training that builds on existing strengths both at the University of Exeter and the Met Office, the Exeter-based Joint Centre of Excellence will spearhead the development of Environmental Intelligence and promote the UK as a global trailblazer in this new field. Working closely with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for Data Science and AI, it will provide leadership at the interface of environmental science and AI, together with the infrastructure to support development of a UK national capability enabling joint and frictionless work between academia and industry, supporting growth in national productivity.

Reflecting its leadership in this exciting new field, the University of Exeter has recently been awarded funding for a Centre of Doctoral Training (CDT) in ‘Environmental Intelligence: Data Science and AI for Sustainable Futures’. The CDT will welcome over 50 fully funded PhD students in five cohorts, the first of which started in September 2019. The post holder will have the opportunity to help design and deliver the training programme for the CDT and to contribute to the delivery of a range of UG and PGT programmes.

The role

We are seeking to appoint a lecturer in Data Science (Environmental Intelligence) to find solutions to the most pressing environmental challenges facing today’s society. Applicants will have experience in the application of methodological research to environmentally-related issues, including for example, climate change, clean air, COVID-19, extreme weather events / natural disasters, covering a variety of sectors including energy, transport and health. We particularly encourage applicants with experience using environmental data and methodological expertise in machine learning, scalable infrastructure and statistical sciences to apply. Applicants should either have, or have the potential for producing, high quality publications and attracting significant research funding. Applicants will have a track record demonstrating excellence, or will show the potential for excellence, in delivering undergraduate teaching and the supervision of graduate students.

The Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science are committed to reducing gender inequality, as recognised by the recent receipt of an Athena SWAN bronze award, and strongly welcome applications from groups under-represented in academic posts.

The successful applicant will join either the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Mathematics depending their expertise.

Please ensure you read the Job Description and Person Specification for full details of this post, attached above.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university in the top 200 of universities worldwide. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. We have over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and have been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

What we can offer you:

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly;
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development;
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supports high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career;
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy;
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon

To make informal enquiries about the posts, applicants should contact Prof. Gavin Shaddick (email: g.shaddick@exeter.ac.uk) or Prof Richard Everson (email: ).