Chair in Population Health Sciences and Head of Department of Population Health Sciences

London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
10 Jun 2022
End of advertisement period
14 Jul 2022
Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job Title – Chair in Population Health Sciences and Head of Department of Population Health Sciences, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine

Period of Appointment: Permanent professorial appointment as Chair in Population Health Sciences;  5-year fixed term (renewable) appointment as Head of Department of Population Health Sciences

Remuneration – Competitive 

Population Health is a major new strategic priority for King’s and our Academic Health Science Centre (King’s Health Partners), driven by the depth of health inequalities in the UK and globally, and the wealth of expertise  in Population Health across multiple Faculties of the University. Locally, King’s Health Partners serve the population of South East London, a multi-ethnic society with a high level of deprivation. 

Following the merger in 2021 of the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences and the School of Life Course Sciences, the newly formed School of Life Course and Population Sciences brings a breadth of  expertise across Population Health in the Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine together in one School, providing an exciting new environment for academic expansion of Population Health research and education Within this new structure, the University is looking for an energetic and talented leader in Population Health as Head of the Department of Population Health Sciences, to lead its development and to harness a critical mass of clinical, methodological and applied researchers in the newly integrated School. 

The Department of Population Health Sciences is dedicated to improving national and global health through research, education and community partnerships. Departmental academics interface with population and health systems research in Epidemiology; Social Determinants in Health; Primary Health Care; Global Health, Health Informatics; Health Economics, and Rehabilitation. 

Population Health Sciences is one of four Departments and one Section in King’s School of Life Course and Population Sciences. Together, the School offers a critical mass of population scholarship to understand how biology, behaviours, environments and policies interact to determine the life course of physical and mental health. We involve the public, and civic and industry partners to enrich our research and education. 

We seek to appoint an innovative, enthusiastic and committed individual to this new and strategically important role of Chair in Population Health Sciences, to expand capacity and exploit the potential of the Department and School in Population Health research and education. As Head of Department, the post holder is responsible for academic, strategic and operational leadership within the Department of Population Health Sciences, ensuring the structure is appropriate for delivery of the School’s ambitions; and will support the Head of School of Life Course & Populations Sciences in ensuring the School executives excellence across all its activities.

This role represents an opportunity for the holder to develop further management and leadership skills, and access valuable training and experience.

Further information

In the Department of Population Health Sciences based in the School of Life Course & Population Sciences (KCL Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine), there are over 150 staff working with patients and the public to better understand population health and primary care, social sciences and policy, epidemiology, statistics and health economics.

In REF2021, the School of Life Course & Population Sciences submitted under two units of assessments: Unit of Assessment 3 (UoA3) - Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy and Unit of Assessment 2 (UoA2) - Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care.

The Departments of Women & Children’s Health, Nutritional Sciences, Twin Research & Genetic Epidemiology and and Section of Ophthalmology were submitted to UoA3.  King’s was ranked 1st out of 89 submissions to UoA3 in terms of the proportion of impact and outputs rated 4*. 

The Department of Population Health Sciences was submitted to UoA2. With a GPA score of 3.36, King’s was in the top 10 for UoA2 for 4* impact and ranked 13th in the United Kingdom for the proportion of the submission ranked at 4* and 3*. 100% of the impact was rated 3* or 4*.

How to Apply

For a confidential discussion regarding this position, please contact our search advisor, Clare Bromley, at Berwick Partners (an Odgers Berndtson company) via Further information, including a candidate brochure, can be found at  

Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae detailing relevant qualifications and experience, full employment history and achievements. CVs should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefing how you feel you meet the criteria outlined in the Job Specification, your achievements, why the appointment is of interest, and what you’d like to achieve in the role. 

Closing Date: 14th July 17:00 BST