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Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity and Chair

Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity
Commensurate with experience on the Professorial scale (minimum 67,940)
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Full-time (flexibility available)
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University of York campus
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Role Description

The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity researches the changing relationship between humanity and the natural world, and how we might maintain and develop a sustainable Earth. The Centre represents a 10-year interdisciplinary collaboration between the University of York, the University of Sherbrooke, University College London and the University of St Andrews. LCAB recognises biological gains as well as losses, and identifies the circumstances under which changes are perceived as positive or negative. It aims to understand and inform society’s response to these changes.

LCAB is home to a community of academics, researchers and postgraduate students from a wide range of disciplines.  As such it is a dynamic environment where you will develop and spearhead research collaborations with academics from a host of intellectual perspectives. The Director will be supported by Associate Directors in complementary disciplines, a Centre Manager and Administrator, all of whom have been in post since LCAB launched in 2019.

The post will be associated with the Department of Biology, a large broad-spectrum biosciences department with disciplinary strength from ecology to biomedicine. Biology has an excellent reputation for both research and teaching, currently being ranked top for student satisfaction amongst research-intensive UK Universities and consistently being judged in the top 10 by the UK Research Excellence Framework exercises since 2008.

The Role
We seek an inspiring colleague to become the new Director of LCAB. You will take up your position at the start of the fifth year of the Centre’s 10-year programme. You will continue to build the LCAB community and take forward and develop its research aims. You will be an internationally recognised researcher in any area of Anthropocene biodiversity, a collaborative interdisciplinary leader who can harness research strengths across faculties, and be able to articulate the implications of biodiversity research for wider society.

You will:

  • Be an inspiring leader, who will continue to grow the LCAB research community and encourage and enable the development of early career researchers
  • Provide high-level strategic leadership for LCAB, developing and carrying out internationally outstanding research, and collaborating with others both within and across disciplines
  • Continue to raise the profile of LCAB’s research, developing new partnerships nationally and internationally and leveraging additional external funding

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • We seek a proven leader in collaborative research to guide LCAB successfully through the next stage of its development. This is a stimulating role with responsibility for driving a large and dynamic programme of research and engagement activities.  You will have:
  • Outstanding and internationally recognised knowledge and research experience of a subject area related to Anthropocene biodiversity
  • A PhD in a relevant subject area and a substantial publication record in international refereed journals
  • An understanding of the most successful ways to foster interdisciplinary research and collaboration, including developing networks and partnerships
  • The ability to attract funds for internationally excellent research
  • The skills to communicate research to a wide range of audiences and raise the profile of the Centre, and translate research into impact beyond academia
  • A track record of attracting and supervising exceptional early career researchers
  • Experience of major administrative tasks or positions of responsibility within a department or research unit, including oversight of budgets

Informal enquiries may be directed to

Closing Date: 03/01/2023
Interview Date: 25/01/2023

Please visit Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity for further information on the centre and Biology @ York for further information on the Department.

The University strives to be diverse and inclusive  – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University. 

We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

Athena Gold 2017 



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