Director of the Dalton Cumbrian Facility

Closing Date : 07/01/2018
Employment Type : Permanent
Duration : Permanent from 1 March 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit : Science & Engineering
School/Directorate : School of Chemistry
Division : Dalton Nuclear Institute
Hours Per week : Full time
Salary : Competitive Salary
Location : Dalton Cumbrian Facility, Whitehaven, West Cumbria
Job Reference : S&E-11130

The Dalton Cumbrian Facility (DCF) a state-of-the-art research base of The University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute, and part of the UK National Nuclear User Facility. DCF provides academia and industry with the opportunity to carry out high-end research in radiation science and nuclear engineering decommissioning, incorporating academic access to the active research facilities within National Nuclear Laboratory Central Laboratory on the Sellafield site. It was established in 2011. Work at the DCF has been supported by a wide range of organisations including EPSRC, NERC, the European Union (through Euratom), Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, AWE, National Nuclear Laboratory, AREVA, Sellafield plc, Amec Foster Wheeler, UKAEA. Presently, the DCF has a research portfolio totalling £ 13 M, is the base for two Dalton Research Fellows (independent academics), 6 experimental officers, 7 post-doctoral researchers and 13 post-graduate researchers, with the research community augmented by visiting experimentalists from academia and industry. A further appointment, which could be at Readership level, will be made alongside the appointment of a Director. DCF also has a well-developed outreach activity, interacting strongly with the local community.

We seek to make an appointment of a world-leading researcher to lead the DCF during an exciting time as the UK renews its nuclear energy capability. The post is to replace Prof Simon Pimblott, who has taken up a senior research position in a US National Laboratory. The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record in the area of radiation science, defined broadly. The candidate must also have leadership experience and be able to interact strongly with the nuclear industry. The post will also have a leadership role within the Dalton Nuclear Institute, and will be associated with one or more School of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Manchester. Professor Pimblott was associated with the School of Chemistry, which is handling the recruitment of his replacement.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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: Professor Francis Livens


Tel: 061 275 4325

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

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

Further Particulars


This position is now closed. We are no longer accepting applications for this position.