Computational Modelling Group

Reader/Senior Lecturer in Operational Research/Management Science University of Southampton - School of Mathematics/School of Management

Apply by
26th November 2010
Petrina Butler

The LANCS Initiative (see is a £13 million project to expand UK research capacity in the foundations of Operational Research (OR). LANCS is a collaboration between four of the leading OR research groups in the UK (Lancaster, Cardiff and Nottingham are joined with Southampton in the Initiative).

Benefiting from their position within the research-oriented culture of a Russell Group University, the Schools of Management and Mathematics are seeking to consolidate strength in Operational Research/Management Science (OR/MS). Through the LANCS Initiative, three excellent appointments have already been made at Lecturer level. Applications are now invited for the post of Reader/Senior Lecturer in OR/MS. All four of these posts are joint appointments between the two Schools.

You should have a PhD in OR/MS or a related discipline, and an established high-quality research track record, ideally including successful research grant applications. You will be expected to have research expertise (and future research plans) closely aligned to one of the research themes of the LANCS Initiative, currently Healthcare, Transportation and Logistics, Optimisation, Heuristic Understanding, and Systems to Build Systems. We particularly welcome applicants with research interests in developing new methodology that is applicable to actual practical problems.

Experience of teaching, assessment of students and dissertation project supervision is essential. Duties, as determined by the Heads of the Schools of Mathematics and Management, will include: conducting research at international level in OR/MS; applying for externally funded research grants; actively contributing to the research activities of the LANCS initiative; and teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students including the supervision of research students. As part of the role, you will also be expected to support the effective management and administration within the two Schools, including helping to support the junior LANCS staff.

The position is available from 1 February 2011 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Interviews are expected to be held in mid January 2011. As part of the interview process, candidates will be invited to give a research presentation.

Informal enquiries can be made at any time to:

Professor Terry Williams, Head of the School of Management, email:, tel +44 (0)23 8059 8994

Professor James Vickers, Head of the School of Mathematics, email:, tel +44 (0)23 8059 5113

Professor Sally Brailsford, email:, tel. +44 (0)23 8059 3567

Professor Chris Potts, email:, tel. +44 (0)23 8059 3651

The closing date for applications is Friday 26 November 2010 at 12.00 noon.

Please quote reference number "4895-10-J" in all correspondence.

For more information or to apply online please visit

Alternatively please call +44 (0)23 8059 2750. As part of your completed application, you will be required to include addresses of 3 referees and your full CV.