Lecturer/Reader in Software Engineering

University of Edinburgh

Lecturer or Reader in Software Engineering

Lecturer: UE08 £43,414 - £51,805pa

Reader: UE09 £54,949- £61,823pa

School of Informatics, Science and Engineering

Full-time (35 hours per week)


Applications are invited for an academic position in a Lecturer/Reader (Assistant/Associate Professor) position in Software Engineering to join the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. We welcome application in all areas of Software Engineering, but particularly encourage candidates working in requirements, design, testing and verification of mobile and cloud systems.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking current and future leaders in the field. The successful candidate will have (or be near to completing) a PhD, outstanding track record of research, evidence of growing reputation, an ambitious vision and research agenda, the enthusiasm and ability to undertake original research, to lead a research group, and to engage with teaching and academic supervision. We are committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and welcome applications from candidates belonging to groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in the School, including, but not limited to, women and ethnic minorities. We will be happy to discuss and support dual careers. University of Edinburgh supports several family friendly initiatives including flexible working, family leave, childcare schemes to support staff. 

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is the largest in the UK and one of the largest in Europe, with over 500 academic and research staff, and over 2000 taught and research students. Informatics at Edinburgh rated highest on Research Power in the most recent Research Excellence Framework. The School has strong links with industry, with dedicated business incubator space and well-established enterprise and business development programmes. The School benefits from close collaboration with the Bayes Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, which provides a locus for fruitful multi-disciplinary work, including a range of companies co-located in it. The School is committed to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. We are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions actively promoting LGBT equality. 

The post is based within the School’s Institute for Computing Systems Architecture (ICSA), which focuses on related aspects of software engineering ranging from architecture, compilers and systems software to networking, database systems and security. Other institutes in the School also contribute to research in software engineering areas like verification, programming languages, program analysis, modelling, privacy and security.  


We recognise that the pandemic may have affected some applicants disproportionately and aim to take this into account in the selection process. Applicants can optionally include a short statement regarding how their work has been disrupted by Covid, and how this affects their recent track record. This statement should be part of the cover letter and shouldn't be more than a paragraph in length.

All applications must contain the following supporting documents:

• Teaching statement

• Research statement

• Full CV (resume) and publication list

Applications from individuals from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged.

Application Closing Date: 2nd February 2023

Your skills and attributes for success:

UE08 Lecturer:

  • PhD in Computer Science (or related field) and experience as an established academic in Software Engineering. Candidates who are close to completing their PhD, and who otherwise meet the selection criteria, will be considered
  • Proven experience of undertaking original research, including leading a research group. 
  • Proven experience of attracting research funding as an independent researcher. 
  • A track record of first author and/or collaborative publications in high quality software engineering journals and international conferences (ICSE, ASE, FSE, ISSTA, ICST, RE, OOPSLA, ECOOP, PLDI, CAV..). 
  • Strong relevant research and teaching skills. 
  • Effective written and oral communication skills in a range of contexts (e.g. teaching, research presentations and publications). 
  • Experience of contributing to teaching on a range of non-Honours courses as well as in more specialist areas of relevance to Design Informatics. 
  • Experience of engaging with a range of teaching mediums including online and distance learning. 

Click here for a copy of the full job description for position of Lecturer

UE09 Reader*: as above and including:

  • Proven ability to provide leadership for activities in delivering the School’s objectives.
  • Extensive experience in research, postgraduate supervision and teaching is essential. 
  • Proven ability to foster and embed a strong student-focused culture 
  • Evidence of significant achievement in the relevant field through (e.g.) successful knowledge transfer from research to academic community, public, private and/or voluntary sectors and general public; the receipt of prestigious prizes and awards; membership of national and international bodies relevant to the research field.
  • Experience of managing, motivating and developing research staff, students and projects. 

.*PhD must be completed for a Reader appointment.

Click here for a copy of the full job description for position of Reader

Shortlisting for this post will take place mid-February 2022 with interviews scheduled to be held on 8th and 9th March 2023. Unfortunately, due to the level of applications feedback is only provided to interviewed candidates.

Enquiries should be addressed to Dr. Ajitha Rajan (arajan@ed.ac.uk).

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK.  Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.