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Director of York Environmental Sustainability Institute (YESI) & Chair

York Environmental Sustainability Institute
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Current Professorial minimum 64,986
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Role Description

York Environmental Sustainability Institute’s mission is to facilitate and deliver world-class interdisciplinary research on environmental sustainability for the research community, industry and policymakers. Our innovative approach is based on equal partnerships between the humanities and social, physical and life sciences, addressing environmental challenges at local, regional and global scales.  We are seeking to appoint a new Director to provide high-level strategic leadership for the Institute, guiding it successfully through the next exciting stage of its development.

The role 
You will provide strategic leadership for the Institute, nurturing collaborative research in environmental sustainability at York, including supporting strategic partnerships at the University. You will be instrumental in continuing to raise the profile of research in environmental sustainability at York and of the YESI brand, both internally and with external partners.  Partnerships with key external organisations (academic, NGO, Government and business) are essential for YESI’s research agenda, and you will ensure the sustained success of these partnerships and that York continues to lead the development of innovative environmental research. 

Key Requirements

  • Proven leadership and managerial skills
  • PhD in relevant subject area related to environmental sustainability
  • Outstanding and internationally recognised knowledge in relevant discipline
  • Evidence of the ability to translate research into impact 
  • Substantial publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals
  • Significant and sustained success in accessing research grants and other external funding

The successful candidates will be appointed as a Professor in a relevant academic department and will take the Director of YESI is for an initial period of four years.

Salary will be commensurate with experience on the professorial scale, current minimum £64,986 per annum.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Jane Hill (

Closing Date: 02 February 2020
Interview Date: 06 March 2020

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Why York?

York is one of the most successful universities in the UK.

With world-class activity across the spectrum from the physical sciences, life sciences, and social sciences to the humanities, we have been recognised as one of the top 100 universities in the world, gaining outstanding results in official assessments of our research and teaching.