Head of Research

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
30 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
27 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Research

Type  Permanent

Salary   £65,000 - £78,000 per annum

Location   Edinburgh / flexible

Location flexible
£65,000 - £78,000 per annum
REF:  R/MGT/098/18

SRUC is a unique organisation founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. SRUC’s principal purpose is to advance education, science, research, environmental protection and improvement in the rural and land-based industries, both domestically and internationally.

Reporting to the Academic Director, the main purpose of the Head of Research role is to lead SRUC’s commitment to excellence in research. In this role you will have the opportunity to actively contribute to the strategic leadership of SRUC by being an integral member of SRUC’s Wider Leadership Team.

This role provides the following responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with the Deans of Faculty to develop and update SRUC’s research strategy with a key focus on research income generation.
  • To approve grant applications leaving SRUC based on scientific quality and strategic fit.
  • To support the strategic development of research programmes within the faculties.
  • To lead SRUC’s submission to the Research Excellence Framework.
  • To lead the establishment and management of Transdisciplinary Research Centres that cross SRUC faculties and develop strategic relationships with other key Research providers in Scotland and beyond.
  • To develop strategic research partnerships.
  • To enhance SRUC’s distinctive international reputation for research.
  • To contribute to the SRUC goal of achieving university status.
  • To pursue his or her own research and/or teaching and contribute to SRUC’s research and/or teaching programmes.
  • To implement SRUC health and safety management systems and policies and ensure effective arrangements with regard to employees, students and other individuals.
  • To deputise for the Academic Director as and when required.

This role also provides the following general senior management responsibilities:

  • To foster an environment and culture that delivers excellence in all activities and which includes:
  1. Investment in all staff and their career development via appropriate training and through annual Performance Review and Personal Development Plans (PDP).
  2. The setting, monitoring and achievement of targets for your area of responsibility and its staff.
  3. An inclusive and equitable environment for all staff, students and visitors.
  4. A collegial approach to delivering success.
  • Provide regular and accurate management information and reports e.g. to Academic Leadership Team, as and when required.
  • To chair appointment panels for relevant appointments and serve on other appointment panels, as required.
  • To carry out line management duties for direct reports.
  • To identify and then manage underperformance.
  • To undertake appeals/grievance/disciplinary issues as required.
  • To contribute a  research perspective to the collegial development of SRUC.

Fuller details of this role including the requirements for consideration can be found in the downloadable Candidate Brief which can be accessed from the link below. 

The closing date for all applications is midnight on 27 November 2018.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form.

Important information
Please download and read the following information before proceeding with your application:

Candidate Brief: Head of Research

To apply for this role please CLICK HERE

SRUC Leading the way in Agricultural and Rural Research, Education & Consultancy.

SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the “Disability Confident Employer” symbol. SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter. 

SRUC. A Charitable company limited by guarantee, SC003712. Registered in Scotland No SC103046

Closing date
27 November 2018 

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