Closing date: Thursday, 30 June 2022
LOCATION: University of Limerick
REPORTS TO: Head of School
CONTRACT TYPE: Multiannual
SALARY SCALE: €123,449 – €156,051 p.a.
The University of Limerick supports blended working
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for two new Professor posts in the University of Limerick under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative (SALI) Call 2022 in line with the requirements set out in the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Call document; https://hea.ie/assets/uploads/2019/06/Senior-Academic-Leadership-Initiative_Call-for-Applications-2020-2.pdf
This SALI Programme is managed by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills (DES). Following a competitive process based on an annual call for applications from higher education institutions (HEIs), the HEA approved the post of Professor of Biochemical Engineering to assist in accelerating gender balance at senior levels.
The Senior Academic Leadership Initiative aims to help achieve equality of outcome in the higher education sector. New and additional senior academic leadership posts have been funded in areas where:
- There is clear evidence of significant gender under-representation.
- Where this appointment will have significant impact within the faculty/department/functional unit and the HEI.
- Where they would be a proportionate and effective means to achieve accelerated and sustainable change within an institution.
These posts are new and additional to the sector and they will be funded through new and additional funding provided specifically to help progress gender balance among academic staff at senior levels.
The key objective of this Initiative is principally to attract outstanding female applicants both from within the sectors currently and internationally. The Initiative will also assist in increasing the number of women involved in the decision-making processes in the institutions, as advocated in the EU Commission Strategy on Promoting Equality in Decision Making.
In securing the Post of Professor of Biochemical Engineering our institution has demonstrated our commitment to gender equality. Our institution has also demonstrated plans for future developments in this area and has outlined the organisational and cultural initiatives in place to support the newly appointed staff.
While this Initiative gives priority to highly qualified female candidates within the boundaries of what is legally permissible, in order to address their under-representation, preferential consideration of female candidates is excluded if other reasons worthy of legal protection prevail. In exceptional circumstances, candidates who are in a minority or protected under Irish social legislation, or who also belong to an under-represented minority in academic posts may be considered if the institution can clearly articulate reasons worthy of legal protection as to why they should be considered.
Only applicants who are suitably qualified will be appointed. If applicants do not meet the normal competition rules for appointment at Professorship level, then appointments will not be made.
This is a dedicated call under the Senior Academic Leadership Initiative and is an open competition for which both internal and external candidates will be eligible.
In line with the objectives of the HEA SALI call 2022, applications from highly qualified female candidates will be prioritised within the boundary of what is legally permissible, in order to address their underrepresentation. However, preferential consideration of female candidates is excluded if other reasons worthy of legal protection prevail.
In exceptional circumstances, applications from candidates who are in a minority or protected under Irish social legislation, or who also belong to an under-represented minority in academic posts may be considered, where they clearly articulate in a separate eligibility statement, as part of their application, reasons worthy of legal protection as to why they should be considered. (Appendix 1).
Equality & Diversity
UL fosters an organisational culture that is inclusive, where staff irrespective of gender participate equally at all levels. Staff diversity is a key to excellence and innovation and we celebrate the strength that difference creates. We recognise the real education and organisational benefits of having a diverse community of employees and students. To this end, the University is working towards building and maintaining an inclusive environment which promotes equality, values diversity and respects the rights and dignity of all.
UL was one of the first Irish institutions to achieve a Bronze AS Award 2015 and in April 2019, achieved renewal to the expanded charter.
Download our Athena SWAN Action Plan https://www.ul.ie/equality-diversity/equality-and-diversity
Download our Gender Action Plan https://www.ul.ie/equality-diversity/equality-and-diversity
- Degree in chemical or biochemical engineering or an equivalent discipline.
- A doctoral degree (level 10NFQ) in chemical engineering or an equivalent discipline.
OVERALL PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
Advance and consolidate an international centre of excellence in biochemical engineering research at the University of Limerick. Participate in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
Further information is available here