Head of the Department of Life Sciences

Job summary

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 (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/life-sciences/). It was the top ranked university for research intensity in...

Job listing information

  • Reference NAT00919
  • Date posted 11 May 2021
  • Closing date 12 July 2021

Job description

Job summary

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 (https://www.imperial.ac.uk/life-sciences/). 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 our strengths.

Duties and responsibilities

We are 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.

Essential requirements

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.

Further information

Informal inquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Richard Craster, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, r.craster@imperial.ac.uk 

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 this post further, please complete and submit your application online via our website at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/jobs/

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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