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Director of MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit


Department of Psychiatry






14 December 2017


14 January 2018

The School of Clinical Medicine invites applications for the Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. The post holder will hold a Professorship of Cognitive Brain Sciences in the Department of Psychiatry. Persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship may apply. The intention is that the successful candidate takes up the appointment from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applications from clinically qualified individuals are welcome; any such individual would be eligible to hold an Honorary Contract to undertake clinical duties with one of the University's NHS partner organisations.

Candidates will have an international track record in cognitive neuroscience, and show evidence of the leadership skills and scientific vision necessary to lead the Unit. They will have a breadth of understanding across the spectrum of basic and translational cognitive neurosciences, including clinical application, and the ability to facilitate impact beyond their own immediate area of expertise. They will also have the ability to forge and foster effective partnerships at an institutional level.

Standard professorial duties include teaching and research, examining, supervision, administration and contribution to clinical service delivery (if relevant). The post will be based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, Chaucer Road, Cambridge.

Candidates will be considered for the post on the basis of selection criteria outlined below, which they are asked to address in their application.

  • An outstanding research record of international stature in Cognition and Brain Science;

  • The ability to provide leadership, motivation and strategic direction for the scientific programmes of the Unit (including the Director's own research programme).

  • The vision, leadership experience and enthusiasm to build on current strengths in maintaining and further developing a cutting-edge research Unit, and an established record in attracting research grant support;

  • The ability to drive strategic development of cognition and brain science in the University and, where appropriate, to facilitate its development within the UK;

  • The ability to manage and interact effectively with staff and students at all levels;

  • An enthusiastic commitment to the recruitment, training and mentoring of the next generation of researchers, including undergraduates, research students, and postdoctoral research fellows;

  • Evidence of the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholders locally, nationally and internationally across a range of disciplines and industries so as to maximise scientific opportunities for the Unit, and support the rapid translation of its research.

A competitive salary will be offered.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Applications, consisting of a letter of application, a statement of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae and a publications list, along with details of three referees should be made online by 14 January 2018.

Interviews will take place at the School of Clinical Medicine on 28 February 2018.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Roger Russell, Executive Director, Penna Executive Search Agency. Email: Mobile: 07710 701570.

Please quote reference RN14273 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Posted on 12/01/2018

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