Appointment: Director, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit
posted on: Nov 12, 2012
We are seeking to appoint an exceptional scientist to direct an internationally renowned Unit in the field of social and public health sciences. The Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Chief Scientist Office (CSO) of Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates, and is located at the University of Glasgow. The new director will succeed Professor Dame Sally Macintyre when she stands down in 2013.
The SPHSU has been led by Professor Dame Sally Macintyre since it was formed in 1998 as a merger of the MRC Medical Sociology Unit and the CSO's Public Health Research Unit and has an outstanding international reputation. The Unit's current core budget is over £19 million over five years; additionally, it generates substantial additional grant income from UK and international funders.
The Unit currently comprises nine linked research programmes addressing the social determinants of health and inequalities in health, and providing robust evidence to inform and evaluate policies to improve population health and reduce health inequalities. The SPHSU collaborates with a wide range of academic and public partners in Scotland, in the UK, and internationally.
The MRC is a publicly-funded organisation dedicated to improving human health. The MRC supports research across the entire spectrum of medical sciences and supports Units such as the SPHSU to provide scientific leadership in key research fields, and provide long-term support for multidisciplinary centres of excellence.
The University of Glasgow provides a world-leading research environment with major opportunities for interactions and collaborations in social and life sciences. The SPHSU is a member of the University's Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW). The Institute of Health and Wellbeing is part of the College of Medicine, Veterinary and Life Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences. The potential for an incoming Director to also take over the leadership of the IHW will be explored as part of the appointment process. Further information on the IHW can be found at:
The Chief Scientist Office funds health research and research infrastructure on behalf of the Scottish Government, with an emphasis on translational research for patient and population health benefit. SPHSU is one of six research units and centres supported by the CSO, and one of three co-funded with the MRC.
The ideal candidate will be an exceptional scientist, with an excellent track record in any area of social and public health sciences relevant to the Unit's mission. The candidate will need to show a clear vision for the future of the Unit, demonstrable leadership and strategic skills, and the ability to forge new partnerships nationally and internationally. Additionally, the new director will be expected to lead their own internationally competitive programme of research.
This is a senior appointment by the MRC and University of Glasgow and a competitive salary will be offered, commensurate with the seniority of the post. The successful applicant will be employed as a University Professor on University terms and conditions. The Professor will be a member of Senate and of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, and the College of Social Sciences within the University. Applications are welcome from clinical and non-clinical candidates.
Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate.
For further information on how to apply, please visit the Perrett Laver website at www.perrettlaver.com/candidates
and quote reference 1178. The deadline for applications is midday (BST) on Monday 10th December 2012.
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