Director of the Institute for Sustainability

The University of Surrey is seeking to appoint a leader of international standing in the field of sustainability to be the inaugural Director of its pan-University Institute for Sustainability.

The Director’s vision will shape the development of the Institute, positioning it at the forefront of world-leading, inter-disciplinary research and innovation that addresses global challenges and real-world problems by combining technological solutions with an understanding of wider social contexts.

Credibility with senior academics, excellent strategic and interpersonal skills, and the ability to lead complex, inter-disciplinary research and innovation programmes, alongside an entrepreneurial approach and the ability to project the work of the Institute to a wide range of external audiences nationally and internationally, are key requirements of the role.

Applicants from across engineering, physical, life, and social sciences are welcomed.

This is an opportunity to break new ground in world-leading sustainability research and innovation through translating your ambitions into action at an exciting, entrepreneurial university with an outstanding campus, excellent international transport links, and a commitment to promoting human well-being in all its forms.

The appointment as Director will be for five years, subject to renewal.  The successful candidate will be appointed to a permanent professorial position at the University.

Presentations and interviews will take place at the University on Friday 6th May 2022.  

To find out more about the role and for a confidential discussion, contact Christopher Lake or Sabine Tilly of our advisors Syllogism on +44 (0)20 3417 6076 or email

Closing date: 10.00 BST on Monday, 4 April 2022

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  • Application deadline: Apr 04, 2022
  • University of Surrey
  • Guildford, UK
  • Academic Positions
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