Newcastle University - Faculty of Medical Sciences - Director, Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research

United Kingdom, Newcastle
Education - Dean/Senior Education

The Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research is proud to announce its search to appoint a new Director as the successor to Professor Sir Doug Turnbull, FRS FMedSci.

An internationally-renowned hub, the Centre blends a long term interest in mitochondrial biology with the study of patients manifesting mitochondrial dysfunction, producing a unique and diverse environment for mitochondrial research. It has amassed one of the largest cohorts of patients internationally and boasts an unrivalled mitochondrial bioresource. Research performed by the Centre contributed significantly to the mitochondrial donation law in 2015, with Newcastle scientists awarded the first UK licence to perform mitochondrial donation. 

Key to the success of the Centre has been a shared vision to expand our current understanding of mitochondrial biology to transform the lives of all patients with mitochondrial disease.

As Director, you will have a vision for the future of the Centre that you will be able to deliver, engaging all the current Centre members and key stakeholders. You will provide strong and inspirational leadership, both academic and managerial generating an environment that ensures excellence is maintained across all the Centre’s many facets.

You will have a proven track record in successfully developing, leading and inspiring research units, with evidence of managing people, budgets and resources. 

You will have a clearly defined strategy to maintain and extend the commitment of the Centre towards the training, nurturing and mentorship of early career researchers. You will also continue to support our outstanding engagement strategy that has led to an internationally recognised relationship with patients and the public.

You will have an exceptional research background in any area of basic, translational or clinical mitochondrial biology evidenced by high quality publications with an ability to acquire competitive research funding and you will be expected to continue and expand these research activities during your tenure.

The Director appointment is for an initial 5 year period. It is envisaged that the successful applicant will be appointed to an ongoing Professorial role, which will underpin this appointment.

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Enquiries or applications can be made, in confidence, to Holly Lithgow via / +447408836145 or Natalie Derry via / +447408851596.

The closing date for applications is 23 October 2019 and interviews are planned for 22 November 2019.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the community they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.