Professor and Academic Director of 'Y Lab' – the Public Services Innovation Lab for Wales

Cardiff (GB)
18 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
13 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Professor and Academic Director of 'Y Lab' – the Public Services Innovation Lab for Wales
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Cardiff University is looking for an exceptional individual to provide academic leadership for Y Lab, an exciting joint initiative with Nesta, working with Welsh Government and public services providers in Wales and beyond.

The ideal candidate will be a proven academic leader of established international standing and credibility in public service innovation. Experience of attracting and managing large funds, coordinating academics across a range of disciplines and liaising with external parties will be essential.

Responsibilities include providing academic leadership for Y Lab, co-developing Y Lab’s strategy with the Nesta Senior Innovation Programmes Manager, managing research projects and staff, developing new project proposals and generating research funding, PhD supervision, producing high quality research outputs and leading Y Lab’s research impact activities.

You will have:

  • Experience of research leadership in a multi-disciplinary academic environment.
  • A strong record of research publications in a relevant disciplinary area.
  • A successful record of obtaining research funding and managing research projects.
  • High credibility in both the academic and public sector communities A commitment to innovation and impact in public services.

This post is full-time and permanent. The appointment to Academic Director of Y Lab will be for three years after which the successful applicant will either continue in the role or revert to a Professorial position in one of the Schools of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Salary:  A point on the Cardiff Professorial Scale, and will be commensurate with the experience and achievements of the successful applicant.

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Closing date: Friday, 13 October 2017

For further information or to discuss the role please contact Professor Rick Delbridge, Interim Academic Director of Y Lab. Telephone 029 2087 6644

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.