Programming Languages for Trustworthy Systems

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The University of Edinburgh seeks to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in Programming Languages for Trustworthy Systems.  An ideal candidate will be able to contribute and complement the expertise of the Programming Languages & Foundations Group which is part of the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science (LFCS).

The successful candidate will have a PhD, an established research agenda and the enthusiasm and ability to undertake original research, to lead a research group, and to engage with teaching and academic supervision, with expertise in at least one of the following:
We are seeking current and future leaders in the field.

Applications from individuals from underrepresented groups in Computer Science are encouraged.

Appointment will be full-time and open-ended.

The post is situated in the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science, the Institute in which the School's expertise in functional programming, logic and semantics, and theoretical computer science is concentrated.  Collaboration relating to PL across the School is encouraged and supported by the School's Programming Languages Research Programme, to which the successful applicant will be encouraged to contribute. Applicants whose PL-related research aligns well with particular strengths of the School, such as machine learning, AI, robotics, compilers, systems, and security, are encouraged to apply and highlight these areas of alignment.  

All applications must contain the following supporting documents:
• Teaching statement outlining teaching philosophy, interests and plans
• Research statement outlining the candidate’s research vision and future plans
• Full CV (resume) and publication list

The University job posting and submission site, including detailed application instructions, is at this link:


Applications close at 5pm GMT on January 31, 2020. This deadline is firm, so applicants are exhorted to begin their applications in advance.

Shortlisting for this post is due early February with interview dates for this post expected to fall in early April 2020. Feedback will only be provided to interviewed candidates. References will be sought for all shortlisted candidates. Please indicate on your application form if you are happy for your referees to be contacted.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Prof Philip Wadler (wadler@inf.ed.ac.uk).

Lecturer Grade: UE08 (£41,526 - £49,553) 
Senior Lecturer or Reader Grade: UE09 (£52,559 - £59,135)

The School is advertising a number of positions, including this one, as described here:


About the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science

As one of the largest Institutes in the School of Informatics, and one of the largest theory research groups in the world, the Laboratory for Foundations of Computer Science combines expertise in all aspects of theoretical computer science, including algorithms and complexity, cryptography, database theory, logic and semantics, and quantum computing. The Programming Languages and Foundations group includes over 25 students, researchers and academic staff, working on functional programming, types, verification, semantics, software engineering, language-based security and new programming models. Past contributions to programming languages research originating at LFCS include Standard ML, the Edinburgh Logical Framework, models of concurrency such as the pi-calculus, and foundational semantic models of effects in programming languages, based on monads and more recently algebraic effects and handlers.

About the School of Informatics and University of Edinburgh

The School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh is one of the largest in Europe, with more than 120 academic staff and a total of over 500 post-doctoral researchers, research students and support staff. 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 of Informatics has recently established the Bayes Centre for Data Technology, which provide a locus for fruitful multi-disciplinary work, including a range of companies collocated in it. The School holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance the representation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. We are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions actively promoting LGBT equality.

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