Director of the Marine Institute

Plymouth, Devon (GB)
05 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
05 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

University of Plymouth

Appointment of Director of the Marine Institute

Location: Plymouth

Salary: commensurate with the seniority of the role

With over 23,000 students, 3,000 staff and an annual income of over £250 million, the University of Plymouth is ranked in the UK’s top 50 universities for research (2014 Research Excellence Framework) and in the UK’s top three modern institutions (Times Higher Education ‘200 under 50’ 2017). Its mission – advancing knowledge, transforming lives – is manifest in the compelling combination of first-class, innovative teaching, clusters of world-class research, and a commitment to widening participation and social inclusion, so that students are supported and encouraged to unlock their true potential.

The University is now seeking to appoint a Director of the Marine Institute. Representing 3,000 staff, researchers and students across the University, the Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK and provides a platform to bring together world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities in order to advance our understanding of the relationship between the way we live, the seas that surround us and the development of sustainable policy solutions. 

Based within the Faculty of Science and Engineering, the Director of the Marine Institute is responsible for the strategic development, co-ordination and dissemination of the Institute’s research and enterprise strategies and initiatives. Working collegially and collaboratively across the University, s/he will lead and champion the development of world-class and internationally renowned research, with global reach and influence in the marine and maritime areas and related interdisciplinary fields. S/he will also act as an ambassador for the Institute and wider University externally, raising its profile and reach nationally and internationally.

An internationally-recognised researcher within a relevant discipline, the successful candidate will bring outstanding and visionary leadership ability, as well as a deep understanding of the strategic imperatives in leading and developing an internationally-recognised institute of this kind. Candidates will demonstrate the skills to lead cross-disciplinary research initiatives and inter-disciplinary collaboration across the University, a commitment to developing staff and students, and a confidence in promoting the work of the Marine Institute to a wide range of stakeholders. 

This is a full-time post working 37 hours per week. 

We have instructed our executive search partners, Perrett Laver, to advise and assist with this selection and appointment. Applications should consist of a CV accompanied by a covering letter addressing the criteria in the person specification. These can be uploaded at quoting reference 3459. The deadline for applications is 12 noon GMT on Monday 5th March 2018.

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion. The University hold a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.