Head of Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour

University of Liverpool - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences - Institute of Integrative Biology

The salary will be competitive and will be made on an appropriate point on the professorial academic pay scale, commensurate with experience. The position will be based at the University of Liverpool, UK.

The University of Liverpool, which is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions in the world, is an institution with global reach whose activities are rooted in world-leading research excellence and reflect the dynamics of the knowledge economy. 

The Institute of Integrative Biology (IIB) is one of the 5 research-focused Institutes within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences and lies at the heart of a thriving biomedical science campus in Liverpool. The Institute currently consists of 64 academic staff including 25 Professors. A number of independent research fellows, ~100 staff on permanent and fixed-term research contracts, ~100 postgraduate students and 28 technical staff. It is administered by 18 professional services staff providing management, financial, research and clerical support to the institute. With a research income of approximately £9.2m annually, the Institute’s scientists deliver ground-breaking research which spans the complete range of biological scales from genes and genetic regulation through proteins, post-translational modification and cellular function to whole organisms, populations and ecosystems. The Institute has a strong profile in organismal biology — broadly defined to include evolution, ecology and behaviour — with an expanding portfolio of research funding and the appointment of several new members of staff in this area. IIB benefits from state-of-the-art facilities in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and computational biology and expertise in applying these techniques to answer questions in evolution, ecology and behaviour. Particular emphasis is placed on breaking down disciplinary barriers and on encouraging the development of thematic networks of active research groups, both within IIB, but also extending externally into environmental science, mathematics and veterinary and clinical medicine.  The Institute has Athena SWAN Gold status in recognition of its activities and policies promoting gender equality, placing it in the 1.6% of university departments holding such an award (see ECU website).  IIB is committed to supporting its staff in reaching their full potential, providing a fair and supportive working environment and organisational structure. 

The IIB now seek to appoint a new Head of the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour. As a full Professor, the appointee will be expected to conduct his/her own programme of internationally-leading research, including the regular production of high calibre research outputs; the provision of academic leadership, supervision and mentorship; the ability to secure a high volume of research grants from a rangeof sources; and the identification and energising of collaborative research activity within the Department, across the University, and externally.

Further, as Head of the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour, the appointee will act as a proactive and engaged academic and administrative leader for the Department.  You will be responsible for driving forward the development of the Department through direct and collegial engagement with faculty members; through forging connections within the Department and across the University; and through the management of departmental-level administrations and through leadership of the peer-review process for grant applications and outputs.

Informal questions regarding the post should be directed to Professor Steve Paterson (s.paterson@liverpool.ac.uk

Applications will be considered by the Selection Committee and provisionally shortlisted candidates will be invited to have informal conversations with relevant colleagues at the University (either by visiting in person or by skype or phone, depending on which is most convenient).

Following these conversations, shortlisted candidates will be invited to give a presentation, meet with a range of Department, Institute and Faculty members and observe relevant facilities on Tuesday 20 February 2018; they will be formally interviewed with the appointing panel on Wednesday 21 February 2018, at which point selection of the preferred candidates will take place.