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Institute Manager

Faculty of the Sciences
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University of York - Heslington Campus
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40,322 - 49,553, per year
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Robotics, autonomous systems and AI have the potential to transform the way we live, travel and work – from driverless cars and remotely monitored ships to assistive robots at work, in the home and in hospitals. In the Institute for Safe Autonomy, our mission is to ensure that robotics, their software, and their communications are safe.

Our research, working across multiple University departments and housed in a dedicated new building with specialist laboratories and testing facilities, will find solutions to the global challenges in assuring the safety of robotics and connected autonomous systems. It will provide a world-leading ecosystem for research and innovation, education, public engagement, and commercial realisation.


With the appointment of an inaugural director of the Institute for Safe Autonomy and the impending opening of the Institute’s new multi-million-pound building, there is a need for an Institute Manager to lead the day-to-day running of the Institute.

The Institute Manager will be a key member of the Senior Management team working closely with the Director, Academic Leads and other senior colleagues.  The role holder will lead the administrative and technical support teams within the Institute and be responsible for all business processes that underpin the Institute’s activities.   Working closely with other members of the Senior Management Team and colleagues across the University, the role holder will provide professional support and advice to the Director and assist setting objectives and creating and delivering plans and strategies for the Institute that meet the Institute goals and align with the wider University Plan.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Excellent knowledge of the full range of administrative services and systems supporting a substantial department within a large and complex organisation
  • Proven leadership skills, including development of high performing teams and support services in a complex environment
  • Proven management skills, including strategic planning, policy development, service delivery, project management and financial management
  • Experience of managing budgets and financial planning
  • Experience of using HR policies and procedures in managing staff


Interview date: To be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Professor Miles Elsden at

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