Leadership Opportunity: Head of Dept of Life Sciences at Imperial College London

Leadership Opportunity: Head of Dept of Life Sciences at Imperial College London

The Faculty of Natural Sciences wishes to appoint an outstanding individual to lead the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London.

The Department embraces the full breadth of modern life sciences activity, with a dual location on the main South Kensington campus in London and the Silwood Park postgraduate campus at Ascot. It was the top ranked university for research intensity in Biological Sciences in the UK in the last Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF2014), and also ranked top equal in terms of the environment it provides, with a 100% ‘World Leading’ assessment. The Department teaches two major undergraduate degrees in Biological Sciences, and Biochemistry/Biotechnology, and a wide range of Masters-level courses aligned to its strengths.

Job Title: Head of the Department of Life Sciences and Chair/Professor in a relevant subject
Salary: Internationally competitive
Reporting to: Dean, Faculty of Natural Sciences
Contract: The role of Head of Department will, initially be for five years, in line with the College’s term of office for senior roles. The post holder will be employed as a Chair in a relevant subject on an open-ended basis, within the Academic Job Family.
Location: Primarily at Imperial College’s South Kensington and Silwood Park campuses, with some travel to other College campuses.
Closing Date: 12 July 2021 (Midnight BST)
About the Role
Imperial is seeking to appoint a successor to the current Head of Department, Professor Anne Dell CBE FRS FMedSci, whose tenure comes to an end on December 31 2021. As Head of the Department, you will provide strategic vision, direction and leadership to the Department, ensuring that our research and teaching programmes remain World-Leading, and that appropriate plans, management and governance structures and practices are in place. You will also ensure the operational sustainability of the Department through income generation and resource management, as well as formulate and implement academic strategy and plans in conjunction with the Dean and Faculty management team.
You should have an international reputation in their field of research, evidence of academic leadership and the ability to work collaboratively with members of a multi-disciplinary team and senior colleagues across the College. Appointment to the Headship will be for five years, in line with the College’s term of office for senior roles, with an open-ended academic appointment.
Informal inquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Richard Craster, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, r.craster@imperial.ac.uk
A full list of responsibilities and essential requirements can be accessed HERE
For assistance in the recruitment process and how to apply, please contact: Maria Monteiro, m.monteiro@imperial.ac.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7594 5498
If you are interested in pursuing further, please complete and submit your application online via our website at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/ quoting reference number NAT00919.
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