Closed – Science Director – UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

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  • Expected Salary:
    £77-90K pa
  • Location:
    Wallingford, Oxfordshire
  • Sector:
    Science Leadership
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This newly created position offers an exceptional candidate the opportunity to take a leadership role within UKCEH at an incredibly exciting time for the organisation.

Working closely with our Executive Director and Deputy Director, the Science Director will manage the successful delivery of the UK CEH science portfolio, including programmes funded through the NERC National Capability programme (c. £18m per annum) and external projects awarded through tender or competition (around £23m in 2019).

UKCEH organise their research across six Science Areas, each managed by an Area Head. You’ll lead these teams to achieve the implementation of the UKCEH 2025 science strategy, and the resource planning needed to deliver across the Science Areas. Moreover, you will work with the Science Board on the development of longer-term science plans and the overall UKCEH science business plan, including the identification and development of strategic opportunities for income, capital and skills investment.

UKCEH provide a unique inter-disciplinary capability, designing applied research programmes that deliver a focused and meaningful outcome, and maintaining their longstanding reputation for expertise and effectiveness is extremely important to them. As a key client-facing member of the senior team, you’ll oversee and nurture business-critical customer and funder relationships, including the entire National Capability programme.

Candidates will have an international reputation for leadership, innovation and excellence in the Environmental Sciences, and a strong grasp of informatics and complex systems analysis would be a significant asset. We’re looking for individuals with experience of defining, developing and implementing a research strategy. You should also bring a successful record of running large and complex research programmes, including a robust and assured approach to resource and budget planning and management.

Your leadership repertoire must include high personal impact, exceptional communication and collaboration skills, and a proven ability to build and maintain professional networks of influence across government, HEI, commercial and community partners. This includes a fluent, credible approach to working with funders and peers within and beyond the science community. Diversity of perspectives, background and insight are invaluable in our work, and we would particularly like to hear from candidates whose professional and personal profiles will bring a new understanding and capacity to UKCEH.


Further details about the role and how to apply are available at

For an informal discussion about the role or the process, please contact Shani Newbold or Andrei Racasan at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or email



(NB: this timetable may be subject to unforeseen change. Any changes to the interview timetable will be announced on this microsite. Please confirm with Cadence Partners before making any arrangements.)

·       Closing Date: 17 February

·       Preliminary Interviews: w/c 24 February

·       Final Panel: 11/12 March