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Professor in Nuclear Science/Engineering and Director of the Dalton Nuclear Institute
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: SAE-017943

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 31/01/2022

Salary: Professorial Salary and additional honorarium

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Dalton Nuclear Institute

Hours per week: full time

Contract Duration: Permanent

School / Directorate: Faculty of Science & Engineering Research Institutes

The Dalton Nuclear Institute (DNI) is committed to the pursuit of research excellence, education, knowledge exchange and discovery through innovation whereby a coherent and integrated interdisciplinary research community works towards developing nuclear technologies through to application.  The DNI brings together the skills and expertise of the nuclear research community at The University of Manchester, the most advanced nuclear research capability in UK academia. Its aim is to create opportunities to grow the scale, scope and quality of the University’s nuclear activities, support development of distinctive features in Manchester’s nuclear research capability, and foster interdisciplinary collaboration. In addition, the DNI nurtures strategic partnerships with academia, industry, regulators, and government, and engages with the wider public through school activities, community outreach and the media.

Research is at the heart of The University of Manchester and the sheer scale, diversity and quality of our research activity sets us apart.  Much of this research combines expertise from across disciplines, making the most of the opportunities that our size and breadth of expertise affords.  We are able to combine disciplines and capabilities to meet both the challenges of leading-edge research and the external demands of government, business and communities. 

We are looking to appoint a Director to be responsible for leadership and management of the Dalton Nuclear Institute, and for promoting interdisciplinary research within the Institute and externally on a national and international level.

You will be a person of the highest academic standing that commands the respect of colleagues within the Institute and the University, and externally, particularly with industrial and government stakeholders.  You must also have a strong commitment to promoting excellence in all aspects of academic endeavour, in research, education and equality, diversity and inclusion. The appointee will also have the ability to think strategically, build teams and effective working relationships, and be able to effectively manage change.  Previous experience of academic leadership would be an advantage.

You will hold a permanent substantive Chair within the School of Natural Sciences or the School of Engineering within the Faculty of Science and Engineering. The appointment as the Director of the DNI will be for three years in the first instance, renewable subject to agreement. The Directorship will attract an additional honorarium over and above the agreed Professorial salary.

The Faculty and the University are fully committed to supporting and progressing equality, and the University holds a number of equality, diversity and inclusion awards, including our Athena Swan and Race Equality Charter Mark.  We encourage applicants from diverse career paths and backgrounds and from all sections of the community regardless of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation and transgender status. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic applicants who are currently under-represented at this level.

This post is advertised as full-time, but a part-time and flexible appointments may be considered.

We have a package of family-friendly policies, covering flexible working, career breaks and entitlement to paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave.  Further benefits are described at 

We are currently piloting positive action in recruitment, aiming for at least one in three of the applicants that meet the essential shortlisting criteria and are to be interviewed (after shortlist) for this role to be women, BAME, Black, LGBTQ+ or have a declared disability. Appointment will be made on merit and equal opportunities data completed by applicants will not be accessible by the Recruiting Manager and panel.

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

likely date for interviews is 25/03/2022,

Blended working arrangements may be considered          

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name:Martin Schröder, Vice President and Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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