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Director of Centre of Tropical Livestock Genetics & Health

Director of Centre of Tropical Livestock Genetics & Health
£68,857 – £112,161
Edinburgh, Nairobi and Addis Ababa

The Centre for Tropic Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) – a joint initiative between the University of Edinburgh, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) – wishes to appoint a Director of the Centre. The Director will be responsible for overall strategy and portfolio of research activities, seek to secure leveraged funding and lead stakeholder engagement relevant to the Centre. In keeping with the seniority of this position, the Director will hold a permanent research Chair within The Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies on the Easter Bush Campus. With this positioning, the successful candidate will be able to lead their own research programme at The Roslin Institute within the broad area of tropical livestock genetics and health.

As Director of CTLGH, the postholder will lead on developing and nurturing strategic partnerships and linkages, seek funding and oversee CTLGH research activity. The Director of the Centre for Tropic Livestock Genetics and Health reports to the Principals Group which consists of three members who are the leaders of the strategic partner institutions – SRUC, ILRI and The Roslin Institute. Working with the Director through regular meetings, the Principals Group provides oversight to the Centre and its programmes under the terms of the Framework Collaboration Agreement signed by each of the three strategic partners. The Principals Group also facilitate involvement of each institutions staff contributing to CTLGH (while retaining line management through their respective institution structure) and interact with the International Scientific Advisory Committee (ISAC).

The Director manages CTLGH through the Central Management Group (CMG) and core CTLGH support staff. The CMG consists of one senior member of each strategic partner institutions. These individuals are each designated Deputy Directors of CTLGH.

The postholder will also hold a permanent professorial appointment within the University of Edinburgh with appropriate academic reporting relationship with the Director of The Roslin Institute. This positioning will enable the development of an independent research programme in the broad area of tropical livestock genetics and health. In this capacity, the postholder will be able to supervise graduate students, attract external funding for their research, and contribute to the intellectual life of the University of Edinburgh.

PhD qualified in Animal Sciences, Biological Sciences or other related fields the successful candidate will have a minimum of 10 years active research or research program development.  You will be able to demonstrate:

  • extensive experience in a relevant research arena, including record of successful research activity and management of research funding;
  • proven experience in the design and management of multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research programs
  • track record of training and development of early-career researchers, staff and students;
  • able to demonstrate relevant network of academic, research, partner, donor stakeholders;
  • a minimum of 5 years in a senior leadership role (academia or industry), including record of success in strategic and operational management and planning, including experience of financial planning and resource allocation;
  • proven experience of managing staff and their performance;
  • outstanding communication skills;
  • well-developed understanding of the priorities, operation and strategy of relevant national and international funding bodies;
  • strong understanding of the challenges associated with livestock research and development in the global South

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For a confidential discussion, please contact Katharine Price or Lauren Crichton on 0141 212 7555.

To apply, please submit your CV and covering letter as one document via the apply button.