Co-Director of the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and Environment and Chair

Imperial College London
South Kensington, London (Greater) (GB)
Starting salary is £84,491 per annum
Closing date
Apr 6, 2023

Imperial College London is seeking an outstanding Co-Director to join the management team of the Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. The Grantham Institute was founded in 2007 through a donation from the Grantham Foundation for the Protection of the Environment.

It was the first of Imperial’s seven Global Challenge Institutes. Its vision is for “a sustainable, resilient, zero-carbon future” and it works to achieve this through its mission “to contribute to, and lead on, world-class research, training and innovation towards effective action on climate change and the environment”.

The Institute has established a world-class reputation for research, training, innovation, translation and thought leadership on issues around the low-carbon transition and global sustainability.

Working alongside the current Co-Director, Professor Ralf Toumi, the new Co-Director will:

  • Develop and lead the next 5-year research strategy of the Institute;
  • Develop and lead their own research programme in their home department, Contribute to Department teaching etc;
  • Ensure policy and decision makers are influenced by targeted scientific advice at local, national and international levels;
  • Foster research collaborations across the College as a basis for new, inter-disciplinary projects;
  • Raise the academic profile of the Institute, and its research, by building close relations with the UK, European and global energy research community, and its sponsors;
  • Ensure the Grantham Institute contributes to the mission of the College and is financially sound;
  • Provide leadership on fundraising, including developing and maintaining good relations with the Grantham Foundation; and
  • Engage with the members of the Advisory Board and other external partners, through both formal meetings and less formal exchanges, to enlist their help and support in driving forward the mission of the Institute.

In addition, working in a relevant Department, as a Professor, you will undertake activities such as:                                                                                   

  • Attract high levels of sustained research income;
  • Carry out original research at highest international standing;
  • Teach and examine courses at all levels – undergraduate, masters, higher research degrees/ PhD – through lectures, seminars, tutorials, course work, training and PhD supervision; 
  • Undertake departmental leadership roles and management duties, as required.

The Co-Director will be an outstanding academic with an international reputation in an area of specific relevance to the Institute.

A full list of responsibilities and essential requirements can be seen on our career site.

Appointment to the Co-Director role will be, initially, for five years, in line with the College’s term of office for senior roles, with an open-ended academic appointment in an appropriate Department. Your time will be split between the responsibilities in their home department (40%) and the role of Co-Director (60%).

If you are interested and wish to discuss the post informally, please contact Professor Mary Ryan, Vice-Provost (Research and Enterprise) at or Professor Ralf Toumi, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at

In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach the following supporting documents:

  • A full curriculum vitae (CV) including your list of publications, and a letter explaining why you believe that you are suitable for the role and what plans you would have for the Institute if successful.

Queries relating to the application process should be directed to: Maria Monteiro, Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7594 5498

Closing date: 17 April 2023 (Midnight GMT).

To apply please click the APPLY button

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.



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