Director of the Roslin Institute

University of Edinburgh

The Roslin Institute at the University of Edinburgh is a UK National Institute of Bioscience supported by Institute Strategic Programme (ISP) grant funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). The Institute is located on the Easter Bush Campus on the south side of Edinburgh, and is embedded within the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies as part of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. The Institute provides a world-leading research environment in the broad field of animal sciences, with a particular focus on genetics and genomics, developmental biology, neurobiology and infection and immunity.

The current director of the Roslin Institute, Professor David Hume, will stand down in May 2017, both the University and the BBSRC are seeking to appoint an outstanding scientist and visionary leader to succeed Professor Hume as Director. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional scientist with an international reputation and an excellent track record in any area of research relevant to the Institute’s strategic mission. The candidate will need to show a clear vision for the future of the Institute, demonstrable leadership and strategic skills, with the ability to forge new partnerships nationally and internationally. The new director will be expected to lead their own internationally competitive programme of research.

This is a senior appointment by the University of Edinburgh, as such a competitive salary will be offered and will be negotiable depending on experience. The successful applicant will be employed as a Professor on University terms and conditions.

Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.

Candidates shortlisted for interview will be notified by 18th November 2016, and will be invited to make a formal visit to the Institute and present a seminar; however, this is not a requirement.  Formal interviews will be held on Monday 16th January 2017.

Informal queries may be made to Professor Sir John Savill, Vice Principal & Head of the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. 

Tel: 0131 242 9313; Email:

Professor David Argyle, Head of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Tel: 0131 650 6241; E-mail:

We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. As women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in posts at this level we particularly encourage applications from members of these groups.

For more information and to submit an application, please use the ‘apply’ button below.

The University of Edinburgh and the BBSRC value diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity.

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