Professor in Health and Physical Activity, SRES

University of Essex - School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences


The University of Essex is expanding its facilities for sports performance, research and education with a major new facility having opened in January 2018. As part of this development, the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is investing significantly in new research and teaching provision.
We are therefore seeking to appoint a Professor in Health and Physical Activity with outstanding leadership skills to play a key role in developing our international research and education profile. This follows a successful inaugural submission to the HFCE Research Excellence Framework 2014, where Essex was ranked in the top 20% nationally for research intensity.

Duties of the Role

The successful candidate will be expected to make a major contribution to the research environment in our HEAL (Health Exercise and Active Lifestyle) research group. This group has international expertise in green exercise, pacing, biomedical optics, paediatric exercise science, cardiovascular health and rehabilitation.

Key responsibilities will also include providing strategic leadership in education, generating research income, undertaking research that is world leading in terms of originality and supervision of post-doctoral researchers, research students and other staff.

Opportunities also exist to build on our existing collaborations with the wider University community. These include: the School of Biological Sciences; Institute for Social and Economic Research; the Centre for Brain Science; School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of Health and Social Care; and the Institute for Analytics and Data Science.

Appointment for this post will be made as Professor.

Skills and qualifications required

Applicants must hold a relevant doctoral qualification, be able to demonstrate significant leadership and have a proven track record of internationally excellent research in Health and Physical Activity along with the ability to attract significant research funding. Candidates should also have an enthusiasm for and be prepared to contribute to our Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programmes.

At the University of Essex internationalism is central to who we are and what we do. We are committed to being a cosmopolitan, internationally-oriented university that is welcoming to staff and students from all countries and a university where you can find the world in one place.

Please use the ‘Apply’ button below to read further information about this role including the full job description and person specification which outlines the full duties, skills, qualifications and experience needed for this role. You will also find details of how to make your application here.

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