Lecturer in Games Engineering job with EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY

who we are
Edinburgh Napier University is the “No. 1 Modern University in Scotland”. Edinburgh Napier is an innovative, learner-centred university with a modern and fresh perspective. She is ambitious, inclusive in her ethos and applied in her approach.

The Schools of Computing and Engineering & the Built Environment have around 200 academics, 3,100 students on campus and offer programs with professional accreditations from the British Computer Society, the Institution of Engineering and Technology, the Chartered Institute of Building and other accreditation bodies. We have excellent computer, engineering and design laboratory facilities. The two universities are starting a major joint development in the field of Industry 4.0 and bringing together computer science, engineering, mathematics and construction technology.

The School of Computing is highly regarded and one of the UK’s largest computer science schools. The School of Engineering & the Built Environment is home to leading UK research centers in transport policy and sustainable building. The schools are located in the vibrant and exciting Merchiston area in the heart of Edinburgh, Scotland’s inspiring capital.
Computer science research at Edinburgh Napier University is among the best in Scotland in terms of both research output and research impact. The UK’s latest national research assessment, REF 2021, ranks our research performance in Computer Science and Computer Science as the third best in Scotland. In terms of research impact, 100% of our work achieved the highest rating (4* = rated as world leader), an achievement matched by only six other universities across the UK.

More information about Edinburgh Napier University can be found here.

The role
This is a great opportunity for academics or researchers with expertise in game development, computer graphics, AR/VR, HPC or game-related software engineering or related fields to join the Software Engineering and Computer Games Engineering research groups where you can complement the work of the experienced team. Desirable areas of specialization include but are not limited to: computer game design, game development, game middleware and game engine, computer graphics, animation, visualization, user interface design, human-machine interaction, physical sensing, and human factors in software systems. With a 30% research time allocation, this role will enable you to explore new and emerging areas of software development, deliver excellent quality research, and secure significant external research funding.

As a lecturer you belong to our specialist group Software Engineering Technology with:

  • A research allowance of at least 30% of your time to build up your research, which can be further increased by third-party funds.
  • Assistance with traveling to conferences and building collaborations.
  • Extensive training and development opportunities through our Human Resources (HR) and Research, Innovation and Enterprise Office (RIE).
  • Assistance with grant applications and post-grant awards by colleagues from the specialist services in the schools and the Office for Research, Innovation and Enterprise (RIE).
  • Opportunities to lead and join doctoral supervision teams.
  • Opportunities to participate in leading the research group.

Our ideal candidate must demonstrate enthusiasm to work across disciplines in basic and/or applied research, establish links with industry and develop teaching to improve the employability of our graduates. A focus for all of our academic staff is maximizing networks, building relationships with industry and other external organizations to deliver excellent research publications, strong research revenues and knowledge transfer through knowledge transfer partnerships with industry partners. You will be expected to develop and deliver classroom, blended and online classes both on and off campus within the UK and overseas.

If you are not a member of the Higher Education Academy professional membership program, you will be expected to complete a PGCert in Teaching and Learning supported by the Department of Learning and Teaching Enhancement (DLTE) or otherwise earn membership.

What you can expect

There’s support for traveling to conferences, purchasing equipment, and building your network. We offer a range of development opportunities including our research and innovation office which supports grant applications. After all, you will be supervised by a professor, and we want you to be quickly included in a PhD supervision team.

Edinburgh Napier University is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Our gender pay gap is currently one of the lowest in the industry. We support flexible part-time work. We actively encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.

who we are looking for

  • A PhD at doctoral level in the appropriate discipline.
  • Outstanding track record of research publications appropriate for the career phase.
  • Evidence of a professional academic and research profile and commitment to sustained continuous professional/academic development.
  • Sufficient breadth and depth of experience in one or more of the above areas to develop quality teaching/learning and research programs.
  • Relevant teaching experience according to career level.
  • Commitment to face-to-face, blended and online teaching both on and off campus in the UK and overseas.
  • Demonstrate a level of achievement appropriate to the position sought, including international/national reputation, external income generation, and involvement in academic service (e.g. board membership, as module leader).

If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity, please click here to view the role profile.

Benefits we offer

Salary: £42,155 – £51,805.00 per year per year (Grade 6)

Competitive salary with excellent benefits. Including our generous pension scheme (23% Employer Contribution – Scottish Teachers Superannuation Scheme) and a minimum of 41 days annual leave.

You can find more information about our benefits here.

additional information

Informal inquiries regarding the role can be directed to Professor Xiaodong Liu ([email protected]) or Professor Ashkan Sami ([email protected]). Applications for the position must be submitted via the Edinburgh Napier University application website – email applications will not be accepted.

If you have any questions about the recruitment process, email [email protected]

Application deadline: November 13, 2022 at 11:59 p.m

Interview date: 1st week in December 2022

The university is committed to inclusion, which is demonstrated through our work in relation to our awards and accreditations for diversity, holding Disability Confident, Career Positive and Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champion status. More details can be found here.