Professor and Director, Centre for Decision Research

Leeds, United Kingdom
Competitive salary
24 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you an experienced academic leader looking for an exciting leadership position? Are you passionate about delivering world-leading research and an exceptional student experience?

This is an opportunity to become a Professor and Director in the internationally recognised Centre for Decision Research (CDR) ( at Leeds University Business School. The Centre was founded in 1996 and has grown into a leading international research centre. Our research builds on basic and applied approaches in behavioural decision research and business analytics, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary research. We aim to understand and inform how people make real-world decisions about, for example, personal finances, health, and climate change.  

We are looking for an individual of excellent international academic standing to undertake this role. You may have a background in any area related to decision making, including both psychological and analytic perspectives, and should be willing to work in collaboration with and support other disciplines. Members of our Centre in the Business School have expertise in psychology, behavioural decision making, decision science, business analytics, computer science, environmental science, engineering, finance, business, and other disciplines. Research in the Centre currently covers behavioural decision making, risk perception and communication, multi criteria decision making and business analytics. We have a successful MSc in Business Analytics and Decision Sciences, which combines our perspectives (this is rated 48th globally).

You will provide leadership for further promoting CDR’s applied interdisciplinary research, societal impact, and public engagement strategy; as well as deliver effective and innovative research-led teaching. We are looking for someone with a strong publication record and international reputation, an interdisciplinary network, experience in promoting societal research impact, as well as the leadership and mentoring skills needed to support the Centre’s staff in achieving their potential.

You will have experience of leading interdisciplinary research projects that meet international standards of academic excellence, and of integrating this research into innovative learning and teaching as well as impact and engagement strategies. With a track record of sustained delivery of ambitious and imaginative academic leadership, you will have experience of effective team working and collaborative development, with excellent leadership, mentoring, and communications skills. In addition, you will have experience of leading research initiatives and developing links with research groups in different disciplines, in the University, the UK and internationally.

Leeds University Business School is internationally renowned for the quality of its teaching, its research and its facilities. Our work covers the full spectrum of business disciplines, teaching undergraduate, masters and doctoral students and creating new knowledge through research. We place a premium on international levels of scholarship and research excellence, and are now seeking to appoint a professor in the field of decision making who will enhance our international reputation with their research expertise. Delivering top quality research outputs that contribute to impact and innovation, you will help us develop a significant international presence and be a key player in our mission to make an exceptional impact on business and society globally through leadership in research and teaching.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Professor Barbara Summers (Director, Centre for Decision Research)
Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4473, email: 

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Business
School/Institute:  Leeds University Business School
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 10   Competitive salary
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing    
Closing Date:  Thursday 31 October 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed    
Downloads:  Candidate Brief