Co-Director of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Exeter, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 02 Dec 2022

University of Exeter
Met Office

Co-Director of the Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence

The University of Exeter is one of the world’s best universities. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of top UK research-intensive universities, having ranked in the top 150 universities in the world and the top 15 UK universities in prestigious global and national league tables. Our success is built upon strong foundations of leadership, governance and management, and a sector-leading partnership with our students. 

Launched in October 2021, our new Strategy 2030 aims to use our outstanding education and research to create a sustainable, health and socially just future. Our shared purpose and vision will continually move us forward to make a difference to pour people, our communities, our partners, and to the world around us. 

The Met Office is the national meteorological service for the UK. It provides critical weather services and world-leading climate science, helping people make better decisions to stay safe and thrive. Since its foundation in 1854, the Met Office has pioneered the science of meteorology and its application. To this day, they continue to push the boundaries of science and technology, so that they can meet the demands of today and the future. They are a key part of the weather and climate community, uniting scientific leaders from every corner of the globe, delivering extraordinary impact and benefit to the world.

Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence (JCEEI)

The University of Exeter and the Met Office launched a Joint Centre to realise mutual advantages in the field of Environmental Intelligence. As a new field of knowledge, Environmental Intelligence uses the power of data science and artificial intelligence to transform understanding of the natural environment and provide a step-change in our ability to develop solutions to environmentally related challenges. The Joint Centre provides a hub for cutting-edge research and training that builds on existing strengths both at the University of Exeter and the Met Office and is spearheading the development of Environmental Intelligence and promoting the UK as a global trailblazer in this new field.

The JCEEI is led by two Co-Directors, one from University of Exeter (UoE) and one from the Met Office, reflecting the equal contributions made by the two partners in establishing the Joint Centre. 

We are seeking to appoint a new Co-Director, to provide continued academic and managerial leadership for the Joint Centre and to promote UoE interests in this exciting developing partnership. Co-Director will be accountable for the successful delivery of the Centre, its programmes and activities. They will oversee the technical and programme management aspects of the Centre and help to shape and translate the strategic direction set in conjunction with a high-level Steering Committee into operational activities.  

Co-Director is expected to be a leading international authority in one or more fields relating to Environmental Intelligence. The successful applicant will have an outstanding record of innovative research and attracting major research funding as well as a track record of substantial engagement and collaboration with national and international academic and industry partners. They will possess in depth knowledge of specialism to enable the development of new knowledge, innovation and understanding in the field. They will display an understanding of the importance of equality and diversity within an organisation and a commitment to helping create an inclusive culture. 

The University of Exeter is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and through this appointment process it is the University’s clear stated aim to develop candidate pools that include applicants from all backgrounds and communities. The University particularly welcomes applications from women, people from black and minority ethnic communities, the LGBTQ+ community and from disabled people.

For details of the appointment, including further information about the job description, person specification and how to apply, please visit: quoting reference 6164A.

For informal inquiries please contact Dr Urvashi Ramphul at or on +44 (0)20 7340 6253.

The deadline for applications is 23.59 GMT on Friday 2nd December 2022.

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