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No 6209

Wednesday 12 January 2011

Vol cxli No 13

pp. 365–408

Vacancies, appointments, etc.

Electors to the Laing O’Rourke Professorship of Construction Engineering: Notice

The Council has appointed members of the ad hoc Board of Electors to the Laing O’Rourke Professorship of Construction Engineering as follows:

The Vice-Chancellor, in the Chair

(a) on the nomination of the Council

Professor Howard Chase, M

Professor Ian Liddell, Buro Happold

(b) on the nomination of the General Board

Professor Dame Ann Dowling, SID

Professor Tom O’Rourke, Cornell University

Professor Stefan Scholtes

(c) on the nomination of the Faculty Board of Engineering

Mr Terry Hill, Ove Arup and Partners

Professor Robert Mair, JE

Professor Sarah Springman, Institute for Geotechnical Engineering, Zürich

Professorship of Plant Systematics and Evolution, and the Directorship of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden: Notice

Applications are invited for the Professorship of Plant Systematics and Evolution from senior academics whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment as soon as possible.

The successful candidate will also be the Director of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, one of the UK’s finest collections of living plants, which provides an excellent opportunity to develop research and teaching programmes that are relevant to taxonomy, systematics, and evolution, as well as conservation and biodiversity. There will also be the opportunity for the Director to be the Curator of the University Herbarium.

Further information is available at or contact the Academic Secretary, University Offices, The Old Schools, Cambridge, CB2 1TT (email, to whom a supporting statement should be sent, together with details of current and future research plans, a curriculum vitae, a publications list, and form CHRIS/6 (parts 1 and 3 only, with details of three referees) so as to reach him no later than 18 February 2011.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Sir David Baulcombe, Head of the Department of Plant Sciences ( or Professor Keith Richards, Chair of the CUBG Syndicate (

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK

Other vacancies in the University

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Any job application submitted with a curriculum vitae should be accompanied by a Cover Sheet for Employment (form CHRIS/6) which can be downloaded from, or may be obtained in hard copy from the advertising Department or Faculty. A full list of current vacancies can be found at

Director of Public and Professional Programmes in the Institute of Continuing Education

Salary: £49,342–£52,347 a year.

The Institute of Continuing Education is a largely self-funding non-School Institution of the University, providing accredited and non-accredited courses for adult learners, with about 10,000 enrolments annually. The Director of Public and Professional Programmes provides oversight and administration of a high-quality programme of courses, including non-accredited courses and accredited courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

This is both a strategic and a practical role that requires expertise across a range of activities. It is important that the role-holder is able to develop and lead the work of the Institute as an important public engagement arm of the University, and balance this with developing and leading the Institute’s professionally orientated provision in collaboration with the wider University: ‘sharing Cambridge with the world’.

The role-holder must possess and demonstrate a number of core skills that will enable her or him to build substantive and lasting relationships with a range of constituencies, internally within the University and externally, including public and private bodies, organizations, and the public at large.

Strategic development, and the financial implications of such development of new courses and academic services, are core parts of the role, and associated with that is the management of resources, including finance and staff, both academic and administrative. The role-holder line-manages a team of Academic Programme Managers, who in turn manage a team of Administrative Secretaries. The role-holder liaises closely with academic staff and tutors, and, as part of the senior management team, has the support of the Senior Administration Secretary.

The position is available from 1 March 2011.

Please visit for further details of the vacancy.

Applications, to include a curriculum vitae, covering letter (the length of which should not exceed two A4 sides), and a completed CHRIS/6 form ( should be emailed to

Quote reference: EA07596. Closing date: 24 January 2011.

Departmental Secretary (Maternity Cover) in the Language Centre

The Language Centre is seeking to appoint a Departmental Secretary to provide maternity cover. The post-holder will be responsible for maintaining the efficient and effective running of the Centre and for managing all financial, administrative, and HR matters relating to the Centre and its staff, acting on behalf of and reporting to the Director.

Candidates will need to be educated to degree level, to possess an equivalent business qualification, or have extensive experience in previous roles. Knowledge of University policies and procedures and the University’s CUFS accounting system and Human Resources system (CHRIS) would be an advantage. In addition to this, excellent computer skills, including familiarity with word processing, spreadsheets, and databases, are essential. The successful candidate will be organized and ordered, and be able to understand accounting procedures and to implement them in a methodical and systematic fashion.

The role requires relevant experience in a managerial or administrative position. Good communication skills and the ability to handle people across all levels are essential. This is an extremely interesting and challenging role for someone who would enjoy working with a multi-national team of staff and who has a strong interest in or knowledge of other languages.

The salary for the post will be in the range of £32,620 to £43,840 a year. Funds for the post are available for twelve months, or until the return of the post-holder, whichever is the earlier. The post will be vacant from 1 March 2011.

Further particulars and a CHRIS/6 application form may be downloaded from the Job Vacancies page of the Language Centre website ( Please send all applications (which must include a CHRIS/6 form, curriculum vitae, and cover letter) for the attention of Mrs Victoria Lever, The Language Centre, Downing Place, Cambridge, CB2 3EL, or via email to

The closing date for applications is Wednesday, 19 January 2011. The expected date of interview will be Friday, 28 January 2011.

Further information may be obtained from Mrs Lever via email ( If you require general information about the Language Centre, please see the website, or telephone 01223 335058.

Quote reference: VD07569.


The following election has been made:


Professor John Francis Toland, B.Sc., Queen’s University Belfast, M.Sc., D.Phil. Sussex, FRS, FRSE, Professor of Mathematics, University of Bath, elected N.M. Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences, with effect from 1 October 2011.