Job Description

We are pleased to invite applications for the role of Director for the Interdisciplinary Centre for Health, Wellbeing and Nutrition.

We wish to appoint, at Professorial level, a Director to lead our interdisciplinary Centre for Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing. We are looking for a world leading, inspiring and credible leader who will play a pivotal role building on the existing successes and strengths to position the university as a global leader in this field, providing academic research leadership of the interdisciplinary challenge area across the university, develop connections with the other four interdisciplinary centres, as well representing the university externally to build the university’s reputation in health, nutrition and wellbeing with government, policy makers and other key stakeholders.  It is envisaged that the post holder will work collaboratively across the Schools within a governance structure overseen by the Vice-Principal Research.

Our ideal candidate should have extensive internationally-renowned academic expertise in an underpinning discipline within Health, Nutrition and Wellbeing, with a proven track record of interdisciplinary research, and success in meeting or exceeding challenging targets. For this role candidates will be an experienced academic leader with outstanding leadership, human resources, financial accountability and negotiating skills. You will also have an in-depth knowledge of high-level Government policy and business as well as a strong understanding of government and other funding streams. You will be an excellent communicator and influencer who is able to work effectively across the University and externally at all levels. You should have a demonstrable ability to think and act strategically at an institutional level and across academic schools, negotiate, find and implement novel solutions and communicate your ideas with sensitivity and diplomacy. An important aspect of this role is the ability to build strong networks with key non-academic collaborators as well as the ability to influence others’ thinking at a senior leadership level.

Please refer to Further Particulars for full details of the role and remit.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and probation period.

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This role is based in the UK and as such the successful candidate will be required to live and work in the UK.

Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa. At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Heather Clark, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 6 August 2021.


Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:


Professor Marion Campbell, Vice-Principal Research


Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Campbell.


Please quote reference number VPO13A on all correspondence

Please see the link below for full details and to apply: