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Job title Deputy Director (GW-SHIFT)

Department Chemical Engineering

Salary Starting from £56,021, rising to £64,914

Grade Grade 9

Contract Type Part Time, Fixed Term

Placed on Friday 05 July 2024

Closing date Sunday 21 July 2024

Interview date To be confirmed

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Deputy Director (GW-SHIFT)

About the role

We are seeking a Deputy Director to join the new and exciting GW-SHIFT (Great Western Supercluster of Hydrogen Innovation for Future Technologies) programme, one of a raft of significant and growing research activities in sustainable hydrogen energy at the University. GW-SHIFT is running for four years from 1 January 2024.

This role involves extensive liaison and engagement with academic, civic and industry partners in the Southwest of England and in South Wales to deliver a regional impact programme for low carbon hydrogen. You will be a pivotal member of the GW-SHIFT management and executive leadership team, working closely at Bath with Prof Tim Mays (Co-Director and Line Manager) and the Project Administrator, PA (to be appointed) and with Prof Xiaohong Li (Co-Director) at the University of Exeter.

For a full view of the responsibilities of the role please see the Job Description attached below.

You will benefit from working alongside support staff on other hydrogen projects in a new Hydrogen Support Hub on the main Bath campus at Claverton Down.

This position is offered on a part time basis, for 21.9 hours per week, with an expected end date of 31st December 2027.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Professor Tim Mays at, however please ensure your application is submitted via our website.

About you

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • demonstrable and recent experience of high-level research project management and leadership in an academic environment
  • a proven track record in successfully leading nationally or internationally funded projects
  • a good understanding of, and networks in, industry and policymaking
  • financial management experience including budgets, audits and reporting
  • excellent influencing and negotiation skills

What we can offer you:

Find out more about our benefits.

We consider ourselves to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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Further details:

We are constantly seeking to reduce the unconscious bias that enters any assessment process, with the goal of creating an inclusive and equal assessment process. To support this, personal details will be removed from application forms at the initial shortlisting stage.