University of York

University of York

Head of School and Professor (Physics, Engineering and Technology)

United Kingdom

Closing in 25 days

Head of School and Professor (Physics, Engineering and Technology)


School of Physics, Engineering and Technology


Commensurate with professorial experience plus a £10,000 per annum Allowance



Contract status


Hours of work

Full-time (flexibility available)

Based at

University of York campus

Interview date

17/01/2024 & 18/01/2024

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  • Candidate Brief 12741.pdf (PDF, 779.27kb)
  • Role Description

    The School of Physics, Engineering and Technology (PET) is at the forefront of pioneering research and technological development, seeking to make advances in physics and engineering that will shape the technologies of the future. Its interdisciplinary approach links theory, practice and creativity as we explore fundamental phenomena and translate our expertise to high impact areas. We are now seeking to appoint a new Head of School following the conclusion of the current incumbent's term of office in July 2024.

    Female candidates, and candidates who identify as Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic or Global Majority are strongly encouraged to apply as they are currently under-represented within the School and in leadership roles at the University.

    The Role Heads of School at York have three roles of equal weight. They are, first, academic leaders of their Schools, responsible for the highest possible standards in research and impact, teaching and student experience. Second, they are a crucial component in Faculty-level decision-making, working with the Dean, their team, and fellow HoDs to build ambitious Faculty-wide academic strategies and to generate and manage the resources needed to deliver them. Third, they are Senior Leaders of the University as a whole, representing the university to local, national and international stakeholders, and building and sharing the experience and expertise that enables us to meet our commitments as a University for Public Good.

    Key Requirements:

  • PhD or equivalent, such as professional level experience
  • Relevant research and teaching at a high level
  • A personal academic standing which commands the respect of colleagues within the School, University and externally
  • Strong commitment to the goals and vision of the University
  • Ability to inspire, influence and persuade at all levels of the organisation
  • Proven record of managing diverse resources in the University or a similar environment
  • Integrity, openness and honesty with a strong commitment to equality and inclusivity and an understanding of cultural differences and considerations
  • Closing Date: 02/01/2024 Interview Date: 17/01/2024 & 18/01/2024

    Applicants interested in an informal discussion regarding the position are encouraged to contact the University Recruitment Adviser; Paul Ellison ([email protected]).

    About York The University of York is a member of the prestigious Russell Group. We are a dynamic, research-intensive university, undertaking groundbreaking research that underpins our inspiring teaching. Our University Strategy 2030 is based on four core principles and is focused around key aims that inspire every area of university life - our research, teaching, support and community aspirations.

    The University strives to be diverse and inclusive – a place where we can ALL be ourselves.

    We particularly encourage applications from people who identify as Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background, who are underrepresented at the University.

    We offer family friendly, flexible working arrangements, with forums and inclusive facilities to support our staff. #EqualityatYork

    Job details


    Head of School and Professor (Physics, Engineering and Technology)


    University of York


    United Kingdom


    November 18, 2023

    Application deadline

    January 02, 2024

    Job type

    Associate Professor/Professor


    Engineering,Physics,Space Science

    About the employer

    The University of York was established in 1963 when the University Grants Commission permitted a university in 1960. The university started operating with its first batch of 230 students on Oct. 9, 1963, under the leadership of Lord James as its chancellor. Originally the university only had 28 staff members and six departments; economics, English, education, history, politics, and mathematics. At present, the university includes nine colleges and more than 30 research centers and academic departments. The university is now accredited by the Privy Council.

    Located in Heslington, the University of York has been improving and expanding its campus ever since its establishment. The campus has plenty of landmarks, sculptures, and college buildings. The King's Manor is a historic structure that currently houses the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and the Department of Archaeology. Located in the center of the campus, Central Hall is a tiered auditorium used for hosting concerts, competitions, conferences, graduations, fashion shows, and other events. The university's archives and library network includes many libraries on the campus and in the nearby area. The JB Morrell library is the campus' main library. Heslington Hall is another significant landmark of the campus.

    The University of York offers a plethora of undergraduate, research, and postgraduate programs in various fields like archaeology, sciences, computer science, law, management, medicine, mathematics, languages, arts, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. The university has 18,930 students. The university has collaborations with reputed research-oriented institutions across the world. It is a part of an alliance of 24 well-established research-intensive universities. Also, the university has great student exchange programs and research links with numerous other universities around the globe. It offers excellent professional training to its students and provides them outstanding employment opportunities in prestigious firms.

    The university has produced several notable and successful alumni. Greg Dyke is a renowned British journalist, media executive, broadcaster, and football administrator. Aníbal Cavaco Silva is Portugal's former president. Mahmoud Mohieldin is the vice-president of the World Bank Group. Jung Chang is a British writer, famous for her award-winning book 'Wild Swans'. Anthony Horowitz is an English screenwriter and novelist, popular for his works such as 'The Diamond Brothers' series, 'The Power of Five' series, and the 'Alex Rider' series. Han Seung-soo is South Korea's former prime minister. Peter Hitchens is an author and journalist who writes for The Mail. His popular works include 'The Abolition of Britain', 'The War We Never Fought', and 'The Rage Against God'. Many other distinguished people are a part of the university's alumni network.

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