Lancaster University

Lancaster University

Professor of Mathematics and AI

United Kingdom

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Professor of Mathematics and AI

Mathematics & Statistics Location: Bailrigg, Lancaster UK Closing Date: Friday 17 May 2024 Interview Date: Wednesday 05 June 2024 Reference: 0404-24

The School of Mathematical Sciences at Lancaster University is seeking to appoint a new professorial position alongside a new £15M investment in “MARS: Mathematics for AI in Real-world Systems”. The post will take a prominent strategic lead within MARS, shaping the formation of a new 10FTE unit within the School, which is supported by an initial 5 years of pump-priming funding. This new unit will conduct research and teaching at the interface of mathematical modelling and AI, with a focus on methodological mathematics supporting application areas including Health, Environmental Science, Manufacturing Engineering, and Cybersecurity.

You will have a strong track record of excellence in research within a field related to dynamical modelling and/or AI methodology, with an enthusiastic approach to scientific leadership both within MARS and the wider School of Mathematical Sciences. You will be able to demonstrate a strong record of accomplishment in obtaining external research funding and publishing in internationally leading Mathematical Sciences literature. You will have considerable experience in translating foundational mathematical findings into real-world solutions through partnerships outside the academic sector, and have a vocation to developing an outward-facing talent pipeline. As such, strong applicants will be expected to have an application focus in areas including (though not limited to): epidemic modelling; systems modelling in biological, environmental, and ecological systems; areas of manufacturing and materials engineering; and network modelling and/or anomaly detection in cybersecurity applications.

“MARS: Mathematics for AI in Real-world Systems” is an exciting new £15M investment at Lancaster University, expanding on our excellence in impactful and industrially engaged research. Bringing in 10FTE new academic posts, with associated research staff and PhD students, MARS will revolutionise Lancaster's research capacity in mathematics connecting systems modeling and AI methods, to support its flagship strategies in the applied sciences of Manufacturing, Environmental Science, Health, and Cybersecurity. New undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will accompany this, providing opportunities to address a major skills-gap in the principles underlying AI and their application to real-world systems. These activities will will reach out to industry and government partners as regional, national, and global leaders in next-generation mathematics. With E3 funding, MARS will become a unique national capability in the North West, pushing the boundaries of AI- driven modelling to tackle key challenges in the modern world.

We welcome applications from all diversity groups. The School provides an environment aiming to meet the individual needs of each staff member. All new staff members are provided with mentoring and support from a carefully selected group of colleagues, with a lead individual taking responsibility for personal development. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies, and seek to promote a healthy work-life balance. The University is a charter member of Athena Swan and has held a Bronze award since 2008, in recognition of good employment practice to address gender equality in higher education and research. The School achieved its own Athena Swan Bronze award in 2017 (renewed in 2021), and is a registered supporter of the London Mathematical Society's Good Practice Scheme. We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job-share basis and habitually agree to flexible modes of working.

Informal enquiries should be made to the Head of MARS, Professor Chris Jewell [email protected], or the Director of Research, Professor Rebecca Killick [email protected].

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    Professor of Mathematics and AI


    Lancaster University


    United Kingdom


    March 28, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 17, 2024

    Job type

    Associate Professor/Professor



    About the employer

    Established in 1964 by the Royal Charter, Lancaster University is amongst the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. It is among the only 6 collegiate universities in the country and has collaborations with NHS, GCHQ, LEP, CEH, EA, Sunway University, and UFLA, Brazil. Initially, the university was based at St. Leonard's Gate. The campus was moved to Bailrigg in South Lancaster in 1968. The university formerly had four colleges namely Cartmel, County, Lonsdale, and Bowland. Grizedale, Fylde, Furness, Pendle, and Graduate colleges were set up after 1990. Currently, it has 9 colleges that offer a total of 18 research programs.

    The Lancaster University campus occupies a beautiful 560-acre parkland site at Bailrigg, just three miles from Lancaster city center. The Bailrigg campus is home to Lancaster Arts, bringing together our own theatre, art gallery, and concert series. The Nuffield Theatre is one of the largest professional studio theatres in Europe. It hosts public performances of theatre, contemporary dance and live art from some of the best-known and respected companies from the UK and abroad. Each of the 9 colleges has its private residence blocks, administration staff, halls, bars, and Wi-Fi enabled common areas. There are two banks, a bakery, an ice-cream parlor, general stores and supermarkets, a beauty salon, and a post office on the university campus. Lancaster also has Chaplaincy Centre which houses prayer rooms with facilities for different faiths such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islam, and Baha'i. Lancaster University provides university bus services making it convenient for the students and employees to commute. Further, the M6 motorway is only a five minutes' drive from the campus. It takes 10 minutes to drive to the West Coast Main Line that connects the city to London, Scotland, and Manchester.

    The academic structure of the university consists of undergraduate degree programs, postgraduate courses, research, and doctoral level programs. The acclaimed staff of the university guides the students into international level research centered on humanities, business subjects, natural sciences, modern languages, social sciences, and technology. Presently, the university has over 13,000 full-time students enrolled for first and higher degrees. There are 3,027 employees on the university campus including 1,323 faculty members.

    Lancaster University has over 148,000 alumni in more than 180 countries. The university has a notable list of alumni who have gained recognition in their respective disciplines. Emily Fleeshman is a Hollywood actress, famous for her role of Nikki in popular TV show Still Open All Hours. Also, she is the founder of an acting school named ‘The Actors' Lab’ based in Salford. Satnam Rana is a news presenter on BBC. Some other noble laureates of the university are Roger Ashton-Griffiths (actor), Andrew Brooke Miller (Novelist), Catherine Jane Smith (a member of British Labour Party), Lucy Jane Briers (actor), Andy Serkis (actor and director), Bruce Sewell (former counsel of Apple).

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