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Director of MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre

Shape our success

This is an exciting time to join the University of Southampton.

We are seeking a visionary Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre (LEC) who shares our commitment to drive forward and build on our current achievements. The University of Southampton is a leading research-intensive University, a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group and one of the top 100 universities worldwide.  We deliver an excellent educational experience, world-leading research and we are known for successfully commercialising our research through enterprise.

This is an exciting time to join the University of Southampton. We have an aspirational University Strategy (see, setting out our ambitions over the next five years.  The strategy involves achieving a top 10 place in the UK for research, which we will achieve by investing in the highest quality staff and facilities. We are also transforming the education offer available to undergraduate and postgraduate students across the University, providing greater flexibility and modular courses, with a strong interdisciplinary and international focus.

About the role

The Director of the MRC LEC will have a senior leadership role in the Faculty as a member of the Faculty Executive Board and play a key role in delivering our ambitious targets for growth and impact in research and knowledge exchange.  Working with colleagues across the University and in the local NHS we have strengthened our position as a renowned centre for translational research, leading innovative learning and discovery for better health across the life-course. we are looking to appoint an outstanding senior academic to lead the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Centre in developing and delivering lifecourse epidemiological methods to reduce the population burden of chronic musculoskeletal disease and disability.

About you

 Accountable jointly to the MRC and the University for all aspects of the management of the Centre you will provide visionary direction and leadership, upholding the agreed mission of the Centre to use lifecourse epidemiological methods to reduce the population burden of chronic musculoskeletal disease and disability.

You will play an instrumental role in engaging with and inspiring diverse teams across the Centre, Faculty and wider University. You will deepen cross-functional relationships within faculties and the MRC, contributing to the development of the scientific programme of the Centre.

With a deep understanding and knowledge of chronic musculoskeletal disease and disability, as well as a proven track record of outstanding academic achievement of international standing you will have the ability to lead, plan and develop a range of high-quality research and teaching activities.  You will think both analytically and creatively and be able to engage with and influence policy makers helping to inform health policy as well and promoting public engagement.

What we can offer you

We support a flexible approach to work, as well as additional benefits that will make your life easier, such as access to private dental and/or healthcare insurance and generous holiday allowance. We will support your long-term future too, with access to the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subsidised health and fitness facilities, and a range of discounts. Furthermore, Southampton is a fantastic place in which to live, work and socialise; regardless of what life stage you are at, you will find yourself in a dynamic and vibrant city that caters for all.

If you want to take your career to new heights and believe you have the skills, experience and drive to help shape the future of the University of Southampton, then we look forward to receiving your application.  We value diversity and it’s important to us that we find the right person, whatever their circumstances.

We welcome students and staff from all walks of life, and we champion a uniquely diverse working environment in which every colleague can excel, regardless of their background or life choices. We invite like-minded people into our community: people who care about changing the world, and who share our passion and vision for creating an innovative and forward-thinking learning and research environment.

We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating an environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, and are immensely proud to have been awarded an institutional Athena SWAN silver award, which underpins our pledge to improve equality for women. We work with our people to ensure their ideas are always heard, and we invite you to share your background and life experiences with us to help us create a truly unique working environment.

It is important that we find the right person for this role, whatever their circumstances. We will endeavour to be as flexible as possible to consider individual requirements and circumstances to find the optimum solution for the successful applicant.

Important dates 

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight (GMT) on Monday 7 November 2022.

Successful candidates will be invited to a virtual engagement day on Wednesday 30th November 2022 and in-person interviews are scheduled to take place on Friday 16 December 2022.



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