Research leaders in Digital Innovation

We are actively looking for ambitious, leading researchers who can help drive our research priorities in the area of digital innovation, as well as bringing tangible enhancements to our international profile

This initiative is part of a broad programme of investment to support the recently launched corporate strategy. Within the strategy, considerable emphasis is given to the wider digital agenda, building on existing strengths and clear aspirations.

If you have an outstanding research track record, are prominent in your field and think you can help us make a difference in the areas outlined below, please contact us directly.

AI/Machine Learning

We are seeking to appoint a research leader in AI/Machine Learning to accelerate this activity, potentially with the involvement of one or more of our established teams or with the intention of building a complementary one. This will facilitate a step-change in capability to assist us in developing a distinctive and innovative profile in relation to one or more of learning and adaptation, sensory understanding and interaction, reasoning and planning, optimisation of procedures and parameters, autonomy, creativity, and extracting knowledge and predictions from large, diverse digital data sets. The benefits, applications and implications for society also form part of our interests in how new business models may develop, as well as the social changes that may result.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

With the introduction of digital transport technologies representing one of the highest priorities in the UK Government’s national Digital Strategy, we are looking for a research leader to leverage our strong industrial links and core expertise in 5G communications within this rapidly growing vertical sector. The provision of ubiquitous 5G infrastructure will be an essential factor for all future transport initiatives and the only means of achieving the full levels of safety, reliability and service features which will be required. This appointment is an opportunity to strengthen existing activities and will enable us to shape and take advantage of future initiatives. A willingness to work in a multidisciplinary environment is key, as is an appreciation of the broad requirements of the many stakeholders who have a vested interest in overseeing the technology development.


Cybercrime is a fast-growing area of concern, within which we want a leader to drive our research to develop a more sophisticated understanding of cybercrime per se and hence more effective responses. The focus is not only on the design and development of technologies, but on our understanding of the way people use and misuse technology and behave in the cyberworld. This covers cryptography, information assurance and risk management, systems engineering and architectures, and trust and trusted systems. It also involves research on the motivations of people in cyberspace, the way that different societal demographics respond to risk and interact with technology, and legal and policy dimensions. The activity is expected to be cross-disciplinary in approach, contributing to government and industry priorities to enable a step change in understanding and protection against cybercrime.

Digital Economy

The broad area of interest concerns the application of digital technologies and the tangible outcomes of the digital transformation of society. The innovative use of digital solutions can have a dramatic effect on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy. We are seeking a research leader who will embrace the opportunities provided by digital innovation whilst considering the possible negative consequences and their mitigation. Whilst the main focus would be on the digital economy, our interests also encompass behavioural aspects of the digital transformation, its reflection on arts, literature, popular culture and education, its impact on community life and cultural experiences and its legal and legislative implications.


OneHealth embraces the idea that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interconnected, and involves applying a coordinated, collaborative, multidisciplinary and cross-sector approach. Within this broad envelope, we are seeking a leader in the development of novel, multi-level smart sensor technologies for patient self-management support, with the goal of enhancing independent community living, including implantable, environmental and wearable devices based on individual rather than population health. Working at the interface between technology and medicine, the drive is solving problems by clinical need rather than technological possibility. We are also seeking a leader in clinical data science/epidemiological statistics who is at the forefront of integrating biomedical data to predict disease risk, prognosis and moves towards stratified approaches to management, including machine learning and other advanced techniques. We also wish to use our data sources for interventional studies including identifying patients for clinical trials, and patient reported outcome measures to see how they support sustainable health and social care systems.

Programmable Communication Networking

Future communication networks and the Internet of Things (IoT) will be more and more software based, to the extent that greater than 90 per cent of routers, switches, management systems and personal devices will be software programmable. This is to enable agility in operation and the provision of easier and cheaper upgrades. We are looking for a research leader to help us develop future flexible networks which include new functionalities, algorithms and protocols, and which will accelerate the introduction of new services. This activity will bridge the disciplines of electrical and electronic engineering and computer science, and provide us with a unique expertise that industry and research funders have recognised and is now being identified as a priority area for research.

Contact us

If you are inspired by these areas of research, please send an expression of interest to Professor Michael Kearney, Provost and Executive Vice-President, indicating your area of expertise and how you think you could fit into our current vision.

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