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Professor and Director of the Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) - 004440

Department: Office of The Principal
Salary: The starting salary will be commensurate with skills and experience
Reference: 004440
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 25-Nov-2019
Closing date: 31-Dec-2019

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About the Role

This role will lead the new University Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI).  The duties will include developing, implementing and maintaining the overall strategy, including the research strategy, and setting the direction for the Institute.  You will provide leadership to drive the research directions, impact and sustainability of the Institute.

The role will also involve harnessing the excellence of others (both internally and externally) and facilitating new approaches that bring different disciplines together creating areas of interdisciplinary research.  You will also be required to build academic relations with industrial partners and agencies.

The Director element of the role is fixed term for 5 years, underpinned by a substantive, permanent, Professorial appointment.  Once the Director role comes to an end, the post-holder will be expected to carry out the duties of a full Professorship including research, education, public engagement and impact and leadership and collegiality.

About You

You should have a doctoral degree or equivalent experience.  Strong research expertise in any aspect of digital AI at a national and international level, including publications in internationally renowned journals is essential.  You should also have a proven track record of industry leadership with academic engagement, and experience of driving multi-disciplinary work.

You will be able to engage and inspire stakeholders at all levels and be seen by regulators and senior executives/Council as being technically competent and strategically astute. You will also demonstrate a strong understanding of the part organisational culture plays in achieving excellent research bids and outputs, and will be adept at shaping others’ responses and engagement with appropriate changes.

About the School/Department/Institute/Project

The creation of the new University Digital Environment Research Institute (DERI) supports Queen Mary’s new strategy.  We will bring together our research leaders from across humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering to drive new multi-disciplinary research and increase commercial interactions with key businesses.

As this is a new Institute, there is scope to co-create particular focus areas with the highly motivated academics who form the Institute membership, though it is expected that digital health and ethics would be a strong focus from the start.

About Queen Mary

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable.

Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence. And we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers.

We continue to embrace diversity of thought and opinion in everything we do, in the belief that when views collide, disciplines interact, and perspectives intersect, truly original thought takes form.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is predominantly based in London, however travel to other locations and international travel will be required.  It is full-time appointment to start as soon as possible. The starting salary will be commensurate with skills and experience.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver in parallel with the public advertisement of the post.  For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Yana Shevkirova on +44207 340 6208 or

Application is by submission of a full curriculum vitae and a covering letter of application, addressing the job description and person specification and including suitable daytime and evening telephone contact details.

For further information and instructions on how to apply, please click here

The closing date for applications is 31 December 2019. Interviews are expected to be held in February 2020.

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