Chair in Evidence Based Improvement / Health Related Research

University of Dundee

Founded in 1881 as a constituent college of the University of St Andrews, the University of Dundee has grown significantly in size and research strength since being granted its Royal Charter in 1967 and is now home to over 3,000 staff and 18,000 students. The University boasts significant strengths in life sciences and medicine, and holds a strong reputation across the UK for employment of students in professional careers following their education. Voted Scottish University of the Year 2016 by the Times and Sunday Times, the University of Dundee is consistently recognised for its rapid growth in research power and ranked 15th in the QS Top 50 Under 50 2016-2017.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences - one of the University’s nine Schools - offers teaching and research broadly in health and a wide spectrum of related areas, including health sciences, mental health, applied epidemiology, health services research and health technology assessment (HSR/HTA). The School recruits approximately 1,200 students for undergraduate pre-registration nursing in adult, child and mental health, as well as approximately 100 Masters students into postgraduate programmes in nursing, maternal and infant health, and global health. In the latest REF, 85% of the School’s research was judged to be internationally excellent or world leading, with strengths across maternal and child health, working with vulnerable groups, long-term conditions and disability. Additionally, growing areas of research interest across the School include mental health research (both applied and methodological), advanced quantitative and qualitative methods, health technology assessment, mixed methods, service evaluation and evidence synthesis.

The School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) is now seeking to appoint an outstanding candidate to assume the role of Chair in Evidence Based Improvement / Health Related Research. The post-holder will take on an active research leadership role across the School and contribute to the Dundee Centre for Health and Related Research (D-CHARR). Established for the purpose of contributing to the transformation of health, health-related quality of life and understanding of well-being, D-CHARR will be an inter-disciplinary Centre for building capacity in health and related research. The appointed individual will also play a leading role in the Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre, an interdisciplinary and Scotland-wide Centre led by the University of Dundee, and will report to the Dean of the School and the Associate Dean of Research. The University welcomes applications from individuals across the globe and are open to the precise health related background of the incoming post-holder.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver who will support the University in identifying the widest possible field of qualified candidates and assist in their assessment against the requirements for the role. Questions can be directed to Liam O’Hara via or +44(0)207 340 6204.

Applications should consist of a full CV and should be accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly how candidates meet the criteria in the person specification, and what they believe they can bring to the role. These can be uploaded at quoting reference 2743. The closing date for applications is 9:00am GMT on Monday 5th December 2016.

The full field of candidates will be reviewed by the University during the week commencing 12th December and shortlisted candidates will subsequently be invited for informal visits and formal interviews in January 2017.  

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