Head of School of Physical Sciences

Canterbury, Kent (GB)
£63,287 pa, plus a Head allowance of £8,543
12 Mar 2018
01 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of School of Physical Sciences

Salary will be on the Professorial scale which starts at £63,287 pa, plus a Head allowance of £8,543



Permanent Professorial position plus five-year contract as Head (with the possibility of a three-year extension)

The University of Kent is looking for an experienced, inspiring and engaging Head of the School of Physical Sciences (SPS)  to oversee the management, strategic direction and performance of the multi-disciplinary School (which includes Chemistry, Forensic Science and Physics), one of seven Schools within the Faculty of Sciences. 

This vital senior role is ideal for a committed and focused individual looking for the role that will take their career to the next level, and will also see our successful candidate act as a scholar of international distinction, who maintains their scholarly activity whilst Head.

About this pivotal role
Reporting to the Dean of Faculty of Science, your main focus will be to offer overall strategic leadership, guidance and management on all operational matters of the School, whilst developing and implementing a clear and forward-looking vision for the School’s future. This includes overseeing staff development, operating a sound budget and ensuring the School is run for the benefit of its staff and students and the University as a whole.

Developing the School’s reputation as a leading national and international centre for all of its research, enterprise and innovation activities is a key requirement, as is ensuring that all of the staff in the School are focused on delivering a high quality and challenging learning experience for students, which includes a strong student voice.

In addition to leading the School and playing an integral role within the University’s management structure – which will see you act as a member of the University Senate, you will, as a scholar of international distinction, maintain your scholarly activity whilst Head. You will also be appointed to a permanent Professorial position inside the School.

To secure this exciting opportunity, you will have:

  • A relevant doctoral qualification (or equivalent relevant professional experience)
  • A distinguished national and international track record of outstanding academic and research leadership
  • A strong background of offering strategic leadership, guidance and personal development
  • A sound understanding of how higher education works
  • Have a current track-record of research funding and outputs
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written
  • The ability to allocate and use resources effectively

Closing date for applications: April 1st, 2018

 Interviews are to be held: May 3rd, 2018

For further information and to apply for this position, please visit our website.

We particularly welcome applications from female candidates as they are under-represented at this level within the School of Physical Sciences (SPS)

Please note: applications must be made via the University’s online application system. You will be required to fill in the main details section of the application form as well as upload your CV and a cover letter. Your cover letter should clearly and explicitly address the requirements of the Person specification and you should provide clear evidence and examples in your application which back-up any assertions you make in relation to each criterion. We recommend a maximum of 4 x A4 sides for this document.