Head of Department/Chair in Musculoskeletal and Ageing Science


Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Location: Institute Of Life Courses And Medical Sciences Department Of Musculoskeletal And Ageing Science

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In an exciting period of growth, the University of Liverpool is looking to appoint an academic leader with a strong research profile to lead the Department of Musculoskeletal and Ageing Science. The Department sits within the Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences, one of four institutes within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. This is a fantastic opportunity to take leadership of an impressive department within a well-respected Institute and Faculty.

The new Head of Department will be joining a collaborative and impactful Musculoskeletal and Ageing Science department that seeks to enhance quality of life through high-quality research. The department is recognized for its impact in the field of musculoskeletal ageing.  Our research includes most aspects of musculoskeletal ageing including frailty and muscle loss with ageing, joint disease and osteoarthritis, tendon and ligament disorders, bone disorders and gait and biomechanics.  

The Head of Department provides leadership and direction to the department and contributes to the Faculty strategy. Working with the Executive Dean of the Institute and the Institute Senior Leadership Team, the Head of Department will be responsible for implementing departmental plans, refining and implementing the research strategy, and have significant responsibility for staff development. The role will also require leadership in implementing the plan to increase research funding and impact. There will also be a focus on continuing to grow student numbers and satisfaction, with a particular emphasis on taught postgraduate students. 

Applications are invited from either basic scientists or clinical academics with a track record of senior leadership in a university setting and a demonstrable track record in strategic and operational management and planning in higher education. Candidates will have a strong and sustained track record of internationally excellent research and a relevant disciplinary background. Evidence of winning significant research council or AMRC charity funding and/or a history of securing other sources of research income is also crucial. A proven track record in research is essential, as well as a background in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching development and delivery.  

The appointee will join an innovative University that is passionate about inspiring people to learn and achieve, that celebrates individuality and ingenuity, energy and enterprise, and is committed to enhancing both student experience and research excellence. 

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How to Apply

The closing date for all applications, which should be in the form of a CV and cover letter and addressed to masliverpool@minervasearch.com is 2 July 2023.

Interviews will be held on 13 September 2023

Diversity and Equality

Please also complete and return the Diversity and Equality Data Sheet with your application.

The University of Liverpool is committed to being an inclusive employer. We welcome applications from everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, faith or disability.

For more information about the University, visit: www.liverpool.ac.uk twitter.com/@livuninews

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Please note completing the University of Liverpool Application form will not guarantee you are considered for the role, you must formally apply through our appointed advisers.



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