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Director of the Rowett Institute (Chair)

University of Aberdeen - School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition

Location: Aberdeen
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 30th October 2020
Closes: 10th January 2021
Job Ref: ROW072A

We wish to recruit a Director of the Rowett Institute to provide inspiring leadership that meets the Government requirements for nutrition research and sustains the grant-funded work, commercial partnerships, teaching and training that characterise this international centre.

The Rowett Institute is one of the leading nutrition institutes in Europe undertaking research to address some of the most compelling contemporary problems in nutrition.

We wish to appoint at chair level a leading researcher in human nutrition or related field that complements research in the Institute and the School.  The candidate should be an experienced senior manager with experience of leadership, human resources, financial accountability and negotiating at a high level with deep knowledge of Government or other funding sources that carry clear accountability expectations. We are looking for an inspiring and credible leader who has made an impact in research and related academic activities with the experience to manage a research institute and ensure its income generating activities sustain and develop its future. This includes leading the Rowett as we seek to diversify our research strategy and income streams.

Our ideal candidate will also have the drive, creativity and expertise to lead the next Government grant process and to deliver on the programme as well as to ensure the other activities delivered by the Institute flourish and grow.

This is a unique role and an excellent opportunity for a candidate who has the credentials, track record and standing to lead a thriving and world-renowned research institute and to ensure its sustained competitive place within the Scottish Government research policy landscape and internationally and to further develop the other strands of activity that utilise the Rowett’s assets in personnel, infrastructure and influence.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Professorial Grade 9 salary scale and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2/ Skilled Workers visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Reid, HR Adviser by email for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10 January 2021.

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact Professor Siladitya Bhattacharya Head of School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition by e-mail:

Please quote reference number ROW072A on all correspondence.

Please note interviews are scheduled to take place on Thursday 28 January 2021

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