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CREST Executive Director

Psychology
Salary:   £51,630 to £58,089
Closing Date:   Wednesday 08 May 2019
Interview Date:   Thursday 23 May 2019
Reference:  A2648

The Centre for Research and Evidence on Security Threats (CREST) is an interdisciplinary research centre at the forefront of the UK’s efforts to understand, mitigate and counter security threats. Commissioned by the ESRC in partnership with the UK security and intelligence agencies, the Centre enables world-leading academics, policy makers and practitioners to come together and work on the key issues of our times. The Centre has extensive ‘executive’ agendas that encompass a rapid research commissioning process, a communication programme (e.g., quarterly magazine, toolkits), a networking programme (e.g., conferences, workshops) and capacity building activities (e.g., connecting sectors, supporting ECR development). We are seeking to appoint a director of these activities.

You will deliver strategic leadership to CREST’s executive activities, ensuring they drive forward the Centre’s research, engagement and capacity building agendas in ways that maximises research excellence and impact. You will engage with key scholars and stakeholders, grow our successful programme of research communication and public engagement, oversee the Centre’s research commissioning programme, and help ensure the Centre delivers on its national capability for all users. Working closely with CREST’s director, you will be a central part of the Centre’s leadership team. 

You should have substantial experience of leading and contributing to activities of a research centre, the ability to communicate complex research effectively to a range of audiences, and experience of building and developing networks with internal and external contacts. The post will be fixed term until end September 2020, pending CREST being successful at securing funding to continue beyond that date. 

The Department of Psychology provides a work environment that strongly supports the individual needs of each employee, promoting a healthy work-life balance. We hold the Athena SWAN Bronze award, recognising our commitment to the representation of and support for women in the academic workplace. We are committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. 

We particularly welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. Appointments will always be made on merit.

Informal enquiries are welcome, and should be addressed to Professor Paul J. Taylor ( email: p.j.taylor@lancaster.ac.uk Tel: 01524 594421) in the first instance.



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