Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Applications invited for Director of Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

Director, Sussex Sustainability Research Programme

Building on the success of its 50th anniversary, the University of Sussex is delivering a strategy, Making the Future 2013-18, which will reinforce our strengths as a leading research university, and provide an outstanding student experience to a growing number of students. Creative thinking, pedagogic diversity, intellectual challenge and interdisciplinarity have always been central to a Sussex education. The University has more than 14,500 students and has staff and students from over 120 countries, giving us a distinctly international perspective.

The Director of the Sussex Sustainability Research Programme is a new leadership role. An exceptional individual, of established standing and credibility in sustainability nationally and internationally, will work in partnership, initially spanning four of the University's schools of study (Business, Management and Economics; Global Studies; Life Sciences; and Law, Politics and Sociology) together with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), to develop a world-leading interdisciplinary programme in sustainability research addressing complex environmental and societal challenges related to climate and biosphere change.

Building on distinctive Sussex strengths in interdisciplinary sustainability research and policy engagement, the programme will provide a research environment in which innovative ideas, approaches and solutions develop.

The programme's activities will enhance both the understanding of complex sustainability challenges, and the approaches through which more sustainable development pathways may be negotiated.

Ideal candidates will be proven academic leaders who have internationally recognised research distinction in sustainability, across natural, applied and social sciences. Experience of attracting and managing large funds, galvanising academics across a range of disciplines and liaising effectively with external parties will be essential.

The role will be based at the University of Sussex, and the remuneration package will be commensurate with the significance of the appointment and the calibre of the successful applicant.

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To apply, please send a covering letter, cv and completed equal opportunities form to by 04 September 2015.

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