Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences
Imperial College London, Faculty of Natural Sciences
United Kingdom

Job summary

Imperial College London is one of the world's leading science-focused universities, committed to making advances in research and education and lasting contributions to society. A global institution in outlook and reach, Imperial has three faculties: Engineering, Medicine and Natural Sciences – and the Imperial College Business School, an annual income of over £1 billion and considerable ambition for its future.

The Faculty of Natural Sciences enjoys an outstanding reputation for high quality research and education. Employing over 1, 300 staff, with approximately 4, 600 students and with a research income in excess of £70m, it is home to the departments of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Life Sciences, as well as the Centre for Environmental Policy and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. The College offers significant opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations and, in pursuing a truly multidisciplinary approach, the Faculty addresses some of the world's most challenging problems.

Duties and responsibilities

The College is now seeking to appoint a Dean to lead the Faculty, responsible for ensuring that its research and teaching remains at a world-leading level and promoting excellence in all of the Departments' activities. The Dean will work collaboratively with both internal and external partners. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean will be a member of the Provost's Board and College Council and will play an important role in setting wider College Strategy and managing its implementation.

Essential requirements

Candidates will demonstrate exceptional leadership ability, possess an outstanding reputation in research in a relevant area, be experienced in teaching and engagement and have considerable personal credibility. With a deep understanding of the key opportunities and challenges in developing a world-class Faculty, the Dean will drive its capabilities and its international status. As a senior post holder, the Dean will be a role model for Imperial Expectations, the College's behavioural principles.

Further information

Further information, including details of how to apply, can be downloaded at quoting reference 4162. The deadline for applications is 24th June at 17:00 BST.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College's care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK's only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It's our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations:

Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
Deliver positive outcomes
Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
Develop and grow skills and expertise
Work in a planned and managed way

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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