Dean of Physical Sciences

Liverpool, Merseyside (GB)
08 Jun 2018
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09 Jul 2018
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Liverpool is ranked in the top one per cent of higher education institutions in the world, it is an institution with global reach whose activities are rooted in research and teaching excellence and reflect the dynamics of the knowledge economy. The School of Physical Sciences has world-leading research conducted through the three departments (Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences and Physics) and their associated interdisciplinary research centres.  Teaching-related activities within the School have many outstanding features and are bolstered by state-of-the-art teaching labs, extensive outreach activities and collaborative provision through Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The School has recently been awarded Athena Swan Silver, and is ambitious to attain a Gold Award.  The University is now looking to appoint a Dean of the School of Physical Sciences.

The new Dean will be an individual who is an exceptional academic leader, able to drive the School forward and be responsible for the delivery of local plans in support of the University’s strategic plan (Strategy 2026). They will have an outstanding academic track record, demonstrating research excellence and leadership and the potential to drive forward the research agenda of the School. They will ensure the delivery of an outstanding modern curriculum to over 2,500 students across the three scientific disciplines that meet the stated educational aims of the University and the discipline-specific accreditation bodies. The appointee will possess proven experience in academic leadership, possibly from leading a significant research activity, in the formulation and delivery of the strategy. 

The Dean will also take responsibility for strategic development within the School, leading the School’s Management Team in identifying future collaborative inter-disciplinary research and impact opportunities, maintaining and building strategic partnerships with business and developing innovations in scholarship that will enhance our students experience.

Salary will be commensurate with the appointee’s accomplishments, potential, and the academic rank of the appointment. Applicants with plans to maintain a significant personal academic contribution are welcome.  Informal enquiries regarding the post should be directed to the University’s appointed advisors, Perrett Laver, online at, quoting reference number 3069, or by contacting Evan Yeckley via or +44 (0) 207 340 6207.

The deadline for applications for this position is Monday 9th July 2018. Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee and shortlisted candidates will subsequently be invited to visit the campus.

Prior to interview, applicants will be invited to visit the University, meet with a range of Faculty members, and observe the campus facilities, however, informal visits to the University and discussion of the post by any interested candidate are also welcome and encouraged.

Formal interviews and presentations will subsequently take place in October 2018, at which point the selection of the preferred candidate will take place.