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Programme Director

The 50-person Digital Roads of the Future Initiative is a partnership led by the University of Cambridge, National Highways (NH) and Costain that is sponsored in the first instance by the Digital Roads (DR) and Future Roads (FR) programmes. The DR programme is an £8.6 mil 5-year EPSRC Prosperity Partnership grant. It is led by one Academic and two Industry Principal Investigators and supported by three Academic and five Industry Co-Investigators. Aside from the Programme Director, DR is also staffed with a Project Manager, a Principal Research Associate, four Industrial Researchers, four Senior Research Associates, and twelve PhD students. The FR programme is a £5.9 mil EC MSCA COFUND grant. It is led by one Academic Principal Investigator and supported by four Academic Co-Investigators. It is staffed with two Programme Managers and 27 post-doctoral fellows.

We are seeking a Programme Director, based in West Cambridge, who will lead the Digital Roads of the Future (DRF) initiative and will be responsible for the planning, development, management, and delivery of all aspects of the DRF initiative and its two main pillars; the EPSRC Digital Roads (DR) Prosperity Partnership programme, and the Future Roads (FR) fellowships programme. This includes engaging and influencing senior decision-makers across business and academia, to understand needs and priorities, to know what equates to excellence, and to lead the programme team to deliver this. You will be comfortable creating solutions to new challenges and be effective at fostering a culture of creativity and innovation.

The Programme Director will be supported by the DR Programme's Project Manager and the Future Roads Programme's two Programme Managers. The Programme Director will also liaise closely with other Departmental academic and administrative staff.

You will hold a PhD degree in Construction Engineering or a relevant discipline and have previous experience and knowledge of the construction industry. You will possess exceptional project management, budget and programme management skills, combined with excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills, including high-level relationship management. Experience of working at the industry/academic interface is an essential requirement for this role, as well as leadership and research experience with the ability to draft and edit papers and reports.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2027 in the first instance.

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application.

The closing date for applications is Friday 17 December 2021. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (, +44 (0)1223 332615).

Short-listing and interviews are expected to take place in January 2022.

Please quote reference NM28667 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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