Global Director of Research Engagement

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
11 Apr 2019
End of advertisement period
09 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Heriot-Watt University has a rich heritage and an established reputation as a leading research-led university and provider of education with five global campuses in the UK, Dubai and Malaysia alongside considerable online learning provision around the world. 

The University is truly distinctive in its global structure, offering students access to education and research across the Group and unparalleled opportunities for mobility during their study and research. 

Heriot-Watt University is world renowned for its research in areas as varied as photonics, additive manufacturing, quantum technology, signal processing, robotics, AI, petroleum engineering, actuarial and financial mathematics, translating and interpreting, logistics and business education.

Our school structure at Heriot-Watt University, with each school covering multiple disciplines, facilitates research cutting across traditional discipline barriers. Research institutes and multi-disciplinary research centres supplement this to provide focus on our key strengths. Our REF results firmly place us alongside the UK’s best in our core disciplines of science and engineering, business and management, languages and design, with Heriot-Watt University ranked 1st in Scotland (9th in the UK) for research impact.

The newly reshaped Research Engagement Directorate will be critical in supporting our academic colleagues in the delivery of our new strategic goals in research. The team support and facilitate research and its wider impact across the global HWU group. The team is responsible for providing specialist, professional advice to support academics and senior managers in developing research proposals, establishing relationships with funders, research governance, assessment, management and developing collaborative links between industry, academia and the wider community.

The Global Director will provide inspirational leadership and management of the Directorate to ensure that world-class professional support and advice is provided to our researchers. The Global Director will also have demonstrable outward focus and understanding of the research and innovation landscapes and key stakeholders in Scotland, the UK and globally including research and innovation funders and policy makers to support our strategic decision making.

If you have leadership experience at a senior level with a proven track record of delivery and the ability to critically synthesise and analyse information and data to manage a large multi-disciplinary team, we would be delighted to hear from you and to receive your application. 

Informal enquiries regarding the post should be directed to the University’s appointed advisors, Perrett Laver: online at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/, quoting reference number 4119, or by contacting Beth Hayden at beth.hayden@perrettlaver.com or via 0207 340 6235. 

The deadline for applications for this position is Thursday 9th May 2019.

Interviews will be conducted on Thursday 27th June.