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Deputy Director (Fixed Term)

The Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) invites applications for a new Deputy Director role, which combines leadership, academic, and management responsibilities for CSER, an interdisciplinary research centre of approximately 30 current staff. CSER produces world-leading research on topics ranging from pandemic risks, climate change, and the impacts of AI, and works with policymakers, industry, and civil society at the national and international level to reduce global risk.

The Deputy Director will support the Executive Director by assuming operational responsibility for the day-to-day activities of the Centre, including delivery of global catastrophic risk research programmes and related activities, people management, financial management, and establishing and maintaining partnerships. The role will also involve contributing to strategic planning for the Centre, in collaboration with the Executive Director and CSER's management team. In addition, the post-holder will have the opportunity to contribute to research guidance and joint research projects within areas relevant to CSER's broad research aims.

We are looking for an ambitious candidate with initiative and a broad intellectual range to play a leadership role in CSER's operations and delivery of research programmes.

Applicants should have:

  • A strong educational background, with a PhD or equivalent experience, and at least three years of experience in roles with significant managerial, strategic and executive responsibility
  • Experience in developing, maintaining, and/or adapting key operational processes
  • Experience working with central operations providers; preferably at a university
  • Experience managing significant budgets, preferably at the level of millions annually, and preferable in an academic context
  • Excellent organisational and prioritisation skills
  • Strong abilities in strategic thinking and planning
  • The ability to communicate the Centre's activities to a range of audiences; an enthusiasm and strong commitment to the Centre's core research aims is expected
  • The ability to support line managers and staff in individual growth, and in doing so promoting a kind and curious culture

The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

In the upload section, please submit a CV and cover letter of no more than 2 pages, that outlines how you meet the criteria. Please also provide details of two referees.

If you have any questions about this vacancy you can contact; or about the application process, please contact Ruth Farley, HR Coordinator on

The closing date for applications is midnight (GMT) on Sunday 4 July 2021. Interviews will be conducted online and are planned for the week commencing 26 July (subject to change).

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Please quote reference GO26772 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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