Open Position: Director of Marine Research Plymouth (MRP) – Deadline 09 February 2022

Role Summary

To provide leadership to Marine Research Plymouth (MRP), fostering the partnership between the University of Plymouth, the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), and the Marine Biological Association (MBA) to grow marine science and technology in Plymouth and regional, national and international recognition for its capability and excellence.

This role is responsible for the connection between industry and the partnership to drive Plymouth forward. The post holder will be able to effectively utilise strong national and international business relationships to enable MRP to achieve academic, research and innovation strategic goals. The Director will work with the Governing and Executive body of MRP and help to sustain effective relationships between scientists in the three institutions.

Key Accountabilities:

Leadership, Management and Engagement:

• To lead in conjunction with the Governing & Executive Body, the development and delivery of the MRP research and impact strategy:
• To provide inspirational leadership within MRP, ensuring effective collaboration to deliver:

  • Excellence: help drive creative thinking and research excellence, thus jointly improving the nature, reach and impact of knowledge
  • Funding: Jointly developing research projects, programmes and ventures.
  • Innovation: Jointly fostering and delivering greater innovation1 and revenue generation
  • Collaboration: Sharing capacity, capabilities, equipment, and facilities across the parties
  • Growth: Increased external funding including financial support MRP. Jointly investing in existing or new academic appointments and positions
  • Influence: Jointly marketing, communicating and representing the marine science excellence that resides in Plymouth to the city, region, nationally and internationally
  • To chair the Marine Research Plymouth Executive Body that has delegated authority in: budget management, and strategic planning, innovation, reporting, and operational management.
  • Ensures all activities undertaken are in compliance with the University’s Health, Safety and Wellbeing Policy
  • Acts in a way that demonstrates the University’s commitment to Equality and Diversity for staff, students and partners

Measures of Success:

• Recognition of the Marine Research Plymouth brand within the partnership and by external stakeholders regionally, nationally, and globally
• Enhanced levels of interactions between staff within the partnership as measured through: grant applications, outputs, impact or use of research facilities
• External funding secured that includes funding for Marine Research Plymouth activities
• External profile and reputation nationally and internationally
• Participation in relevant external events both nationally and internationally to raise the profile of Marine Research Plymouth
• Collaboration with industry partners
• Engagement with the media to increase exposure of the Marine Research Plymouth

Knowledge, Education & Training:


• PhD or equivalent international qualification or commensurate level of recognition/international profile in a relevant discipline.
• In depth knowledge of marine science and technology sufficient to enable innovation and new understanding in the field.
• Excellent working knowledge of institutional management systems and relevant legislation.

• In depth knowledge of the funding landscape.


• Significant and sustained national and international reputation for marine research excellence in their field.
• Sustained and successful leadership of major research grants and contracts.
• Influenced and shaped national and international marine research agendas and direction.
• Formed successful research partnerships internally and with external organisations.
• Demonstrates the ability to actively and positively promote their field of research.

• Significant, national or international leadership of teaching and learning initiatives.
• Significant contribution to research leadership, management or governance aligned to the goals of the Institution.

• Ability to build strong working relationships internally and externally
• Ability to prioritise and self-manage
• Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
• Ability to listen and understand differing view points
• Negotiating and influencing
• Analytical and results orientated
• Strategic vision and drive

Please demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria outlined in the knowledge, qualifications, training and experience elements of the job description in your supporting statement/CV.

For an informal discussion to find out more about the role then please contact Professor Jerry Roberts (DVC Research and Enterprise – University of Plymouth) by email at

Interviews are likely to take place in late February/early March and you will be notified if you have been shortlisted or not.

This is a permanent contract working 18.5 hours per week, consideration will be given to a variation on this pattern.

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