Professor in Digital Living

Engineering and Environment


Northumbria University, Newcastle is now in the UK top 50 for research power and has been recognised by Times Higher Education as having the biggest rise in research power of any university following the results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), a national assessment of research quality in UK universities. To further strengthen our world-leading research areas we are investing to develop exciting opportunities in multi-disciplinary research.

The multidisciplinary research themes are a University wide initiative designed to encourage development of our research rich, business focused environment. The Faculty of Engineering & Environment leads three of the University themes:

  • Future Engineering
  • Extreme Environments
  • Digital Living

The Digital Living multidisciplinary research theme draws together expertise from the Faculty of Engineering & Environment, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, and Faculty of Business & Law. Digital Living is focused on secure digital cities and, specifically, is concerned with digital technology, the city, security, and economy at the intersection of which lie relationships between people, technology, and place. A key focus of investigation which unites and transcends these core issues is data - how it is acquired, stored, managed, processed, kept secure, made available, presented, and visualised together with considerations of data privacy.      

Working with experts in a the theme you will also have an important disciplinary base within one of our Departments:

  • Architecture & Built Environment
  • Computer & Information Sciences

You will have the opportunity to demonstrate your extensive knowledge and subject expertise through individual and collaborative academic activity. Successful candidates will be selected according to the excellence of their research and/or enterprise profile and plans (candidates are encouraged to include a two page research/enterprise plan in their application), regardless of their area of research or enterprise interest. Candidates with experience of working in fields other than the Higher Education sector, with a strong entrepreneurial or commercial background, are also strongly encouraged to apply.

For informal enquiries about this post please contact:

Professor David Kirk (MDRT Theme Lead) Email:;

Professor Ruth Dalton (Architecture & Built Environment) Tel: +44 (0)191 227 4107 Email:  

For more information about the Digital Living theme please visit

Depending on the nature of research, some posts may be exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 therefore the successful candidate will be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check. 

To apply for this vacancy please click on the 'Apply Now' button at the top of this page.

Please submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article. Alongside this please complete the attached Equal Opportunities/Personal details form (found at the bottom of this page).

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN (Bronze) award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note this vacancy will close at 23:59 on 13/06/2017