University of York

University of York

Centre Manager - Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe AI

United Kingdom

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Centre Manager - Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe AI


Computer Science


£36,024 - £44,263 per year


Grade 6

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Open or fixed-term (see job details)

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Full or part-time (see job details)

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University of York campus

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  • Role Description Department

    The SAINTS CDT is the UK's first multidisciplinary PhD programme focused solely on the safety of artificial intelligence (AI). Our vision is to train future leaders with the research expertise and skills to ensure that the benefits of AI systems are realised without introducing harm as the systems and their environments evolve. Research will be focused on the lifelong safety assurance of increasingly autonomous AI systems in dynamic and uncertain contexts. It will build on methodologies and concepts in disciplines spanning AI, safety science, philosophy, law, sociology and health sciences. As the SAINTS CDT Manager, you will be part of the Department for Computer Science and will work closely with colleagues across departments.


    We are seeking a pro-active, effective, and reliable individual to lead the operational delivery of the new UKRI UKRI AI Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Lifelong Safety Assurance of AI-enabled Autonomous Systems (SAINTS). SAINTS is a prestigious new centre, funded to train 60 PhD students to become future leaders in Safe AI, whether in industry, academia, policy or regulation, and brings multiple disciplines together. Year 1 students will arrive in York in September 2024, and their application journey has already begun.

    Working alongside the CDT Director and leadership team, you will have a high level of autonomy to shape the CDT, and an interesting portfolio of responsibilities, including day-to-day operations, communications, student support and progression, financial management, and governance. Your experience of working in a higher education setting will enable you to engage with stakeholders across the university, become a trusted colleague, and to deliver a centre that brings value to students, partners, university departments and colleagues.

    This long-term appointment is pivotal to the success of SAINTS, and you will be supported by an administrator, events coordinator and research & innovation manager. You will have opportunities for developing your skills and experience, and will be supported to join the university's burgeoning Professional Research Investment Strategy Manager community.

    Skills, Experience & Qualification needed
  • Level 3 qualification or equivalent experience

  • Experience of administration and / or project management in the HE sector

  • Communicate effectively in verbal and written formats, including the use of a variety of digital tools

  • Good understanding of academic research, and the motivations for carrying out PhD research

  • Gather, analyse, interpret and report complex data/information

  • Interview date: to be confirmed

    For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Ana MacIntosh - [email protected]

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Centre Manager - Centre for Doctoral Training in Safe AI


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    February 09, 2024

    Application deadline

    February 29, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Business and Economics,Engineering

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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