Job Opportunity: Director of the IMLR

Monday 10 February 2020

The School of Advanced Study (SAS) invites applications for the full-time post of Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research.

The post is open to a person with expertise in any area of Modern Languages (which, in this context, does not include specialist linguistics). Applicants will be of outstanding academic stature who command respect across the Modern Languages community and the humanities as a whole. S/he will bring significant leadership qualities, be able to work comfortably and creatively with others and set an agenda for the next decade enhancing the work of the Institute nationally and internationally. Reporting to the Dean and Chief Executive of the School of Advanced Study, the Director will provide high-level strategic and managerial leadership for the Institute and contribute to that of the School as a whole. The Director will be expected to enhance SAS’s work in the priority areas as well as its work in Modern Languages. S/he will be a capable and experienced manager of people and budgets and be able to deliver forward-looking initiatives. 

Anyone considering applying who would like to discover more about the role can contact the Dean, Professor Rick Rylance, or Deputy Dean, Professor Jo Fox, for an informal discussion. An appointment can be made through Kiran Dhillon ( 

The appointment is offered as either a substantive permanent appointment with the University of London or a secondment for five years to the role of Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research (renewable). The successful candidate will have the opportunity to be considered for a Pro-Dean appointment. The School of Advanced Study has a number of Pro-Deans who represent particular areas of the School’s work across its Institutes and Libraries and lead their development. These include the Senate House and SAS Libraries; research strategy; and postgraduate work. Pro-Deans have responsibility for enabling strategic cohesion across the areas they represent.

Further information / application process

Applications close: Friday, 17 April 2020. Interviews: Thursday, 14 May 2020