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Director of Particle Physics Department

About this job

Company & location
Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), United Kingdom
Last updated
May 21, 2018

Director of Particle Physics Department


Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire

Salary £77,000 - £83,000 (dependent upon qualifications and experience)

Full time/Flexible hours and Joint Appointments will be considered

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

The Science & Technology Facilities Council is a partner organisation within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). UKRI is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

STFC’s Particle Physics Department (PPD) participates in and supports the UK particle physics experimental programme, providing capabilities that complement and go beyond what can be achieved in universities alone.

About the role

We now have a prestigious opportunity for a highly skilled and experienced professional to lead the STFC Particle Physics Department, based at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL).

As Director you will provide visible and inspiring leadership to deliver STFC’s corporate vision, collaborating closely with colleagues in our Programmes and Facilities Directorates, and the national and international particle physics community.

You will be responsible for the leadership of a department of around 75 staff, including those based at RAL, CERN and our underground laboratory at the Boulby Mine. You will have direct line management of senior staff. As well as demonstrating sound financial, safety and risk management, you will be responsible for managing the department’s annual funding of £5M.

You will develop and execute the PPD strategy to support and deliver the STFC programme for UK Particle Physics (UK-PP).

Responsibilities will include:

  • representing STFC on international bodies and committees and fostering co-operation through developing relationships at international laboratories
  • designing, building and executing world-leading experiments
  • performing world-leading and high profile research in particle physics detectors and accelerators and in computing
  • leading PPD’s contribution to the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN
  • working with the Strategy, Planning and Communications Directorate to strengthen strategic partnerships worldwide
  • developing the research capabilities of the UK particle physics community through dissemination of knowledge and technology and working extensively with communities worldwide, particularly university based UK-PP groups
  • investigating new sources of funding for the department
  • liaising with university-based UK-PP groups
  • ensuring that all objectives and outputs of the Particle Physics Department makes a tangible contribution to STFC’s strategic themes that underpin our activities
  • working in close collaboration with STFC colleagues to achieve corporate goals
  • championing the principles of equality and diversity, ensuring they are integrated into all aspects of our business
  • demonstrating and modelling personal commitment to STFC and UKRI vision, values and strategic objectives, promoting our achievements at every opportunity and in appropriate arenas
  • promoting the public interest in and understanding of science
  • ensuring that STFC Particle Physics Department maintains its role as a world leader in particle physics.

The preference is for a full-time appointment, however, we operate a flexible working policy, and we will also consider a joint appointment arrangement.

UK and overseas travel will be required.

About you

You will hold a first degree in physics, with PhD qualified candidates desirable.

You will demonstrate an excellent track record of scientific achievement in experimental particle physics, along with experience of senior leadership of a significant particle physics function, both in terms of personnel and finance.

You should be familiar with the delivery of particle physics within the UK, with significant experience of research at major international particle physics laboratories, ideally including CERN.

You will demonstrate knowledge of the funding and politics of particle physics work and you will hold excellent connections throughout the international particle physics community.

You will display a strategic focus, corporate planning skills and exceptional leadership ability.

You will demonstrate excellent communication, interpersonal, influencing and collaboration skills, including the ability to build strong relationships at all levels and to positively influence stakeholders.

What we offer

STFC offers a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance including 30 days’ annual leave, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, exceptional pension scheme, social and sporting activities and societies, a subsidised restaurant and good public transport links. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

How to Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role.

Applications are handled by UK SBS;

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 17th June 2018 with interviews scheduled for Monday 9th July 2018.

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