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Chair in Distributed Systems

School of Computing and Communications
Closing Date:   Saturday 31 December 2022
Interview Date:   Friday 03 February 2023
Reference:  1108-22

Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications is growing and we are seeking to appoint six new academic members of staff including a new Chair in Distributed Systems to join our team. The appointment will be at professorial (full, tenured) level. Lancaster University has a rich tradition of research in Distributed Systems for over 25 years including pioneering work on many aspects of novel middleware and systems platforms. With the emergence of cloud-systems, edge-computing and cyber-physical systems and the proliferation of mobile, embedded computing and pervasive computing, the role of distributed systems in underpinning the systems of the future has never been clearer.

Applicants should be computer scientists with a track record of achievement in research, teaching and engagement and have a compelling vision for their future research and teaching as well as the impact they expect their work can make.

Research, teaching and a collegiate approach are all crucial to us: you should be passionate about joining a team committed to combining both research and education and seeing students succeed. Lancaster has particular strengths in collaborative and interdisciplinary work both within the School and through our research centres and institutes and we encourage applications from those who are genuinely interested in the potential for collaborative approaches to address some of the grand challenges facing computer science and society more generally.

The School of Computing and Communications (SCC) at Lancaster University is a research-intensive department comprising of over 50 academics and 150 researchers, with a grant portfolio exceeding £25m from a wide range of sources including EPSRC, Innovate UK, EU and industry. We offer a multidisciplinary environment with enormous potential for collaboration and work on challenging real-world problems especially via our interdisciplinary research institutes and centres and the new £42m Health Innovation Campus. The School is housed in the iconic InfoLab21 building on the University’s main campus located in beautiful countryside just outside the city of Lancaster.  

Lancaster University is TEF Gold, Times/Sunday Times University of the Year (2018) and Times/Sunday Times International University of the Year (2020), recognising ongoing commitment to both research and teaching and major investments in our campus and facilities. 

We are committed to creating a supportive, inclusive working environment. Learn more about equality, diversity and inclusivity at Lancaster.  More information about living and working at Lancaster can also be found online. In addition to traditional lectureship contracts Lancaster also offers alternative career routes for academics with a particular focus on teaching and scholarship for applicants interested in pursuing this pathway. 

For an informal discussion about these roles please contact the Head of School:

Professor Nigel Davies (

More information about the School can be found at SCC  Lancaster University


On submitting an application candidates MUST attach a statement of their research and teaching visions (2 pages each) together with a cover letter.  

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Please note: Unless specified otherwise in the advert wording, all advertised roles are UK based.

The University provides an environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, whilst promoting the importance of wellbeing for all our colleagues. We have a range of support networks available for our employees, and more information on these can be found on the ‘Working at Lancaster’ information page.


We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. The University recognises and celebrates good employment practice undertaken to address all inequality in higher education.


We warmly welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of their age, religion, gender identity or expression, race, disability or sexual orientation, and are committed to promoting diversity, and equality of opportunity.

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