Director of Geosolutions, School of Earth and Environment, Faculty of Environment

Are you an outstanding leader with an international profile and track record of research and knowledge exchange, ready to lead the energy transition through interdisciplinary subsurface research? Do you have the confidence and experience to deliver geoscience solutions for a sustainable future and for addressing the climate crisis? Do you have the vision and leadership to drive forward the new Geosolutions Leeds research centre, and create a valued, collaborative and adapatable environment where existing and future talent are nurtured?

Geosolutions Leeds leverages our world-leading expertise in Geology, Engineering, and Social Science to lead the energy transition through interdisciplinary subsurface research. Reporting to the Head of the School of Earth and Environment and ultimately to the Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (PDVC), the Director will lead Geosolutions Leeds, collaborating with the Faculty of Environment leadership, professional services colleagues, and Research Institutes. The Director will drive initiatives supporting research, innovation, education, and knowledge exchange, fostering a collaborative environment that addresses the global energy transition's urgent demands.

The University of Leeds has a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities. Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe. We are highly focused on impact, not money or profits; we strive to make a positive difference in the world. Equally pivotal is our role in training the next generation of global citizens and leaders, and educating the problem solvers, innovators, collaborators and critical thinkers of the future. To shape our world positively, the University of Leeds will place itself at the heart of a global community combining research and innovation, student education, and knowledge exchange.

The University Strategic Plan (2020-2030) sets out an ambition to place the University of Leeds at the heart of a global network, finding innovative solutions to regional, national, and global challenges. Key to this is the new Geosolutions Leeds research centre, funding as a strategic investment as part of the University of Leeds Climate Plan. The Climate Plan maps out how the University will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support a net zero city, deliver sustainable travel, enable responsible investment, shape institutional decision-making, and refocus research and education. Geosolutions Leeds is at the heart of supporting our commitment to climate change mitigation and adaptation, locally and globally, while also contributing to a healthier, greener and fairer place to live, work and study.

The ideal candidate is an established geoscience researcher, with a demonstrable track record of interdisciplinary research and academic leadership. The successful candidate should have a research agenda that is aligned with the mission of Geosolutions Leeds and the overall strategy of the University of Leeds. The successful candidate is also expected to demonstrate experience in bringing people together across different disciplines and sectors.

The University of Leeds is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnic origin or disability.

For details of the appointment, including further information about the job description, person specification and how to apply, please visit: quoting reference 6894.

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The deadline for applications is 16.00 GMT on Monday 4th December 2023.

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