Director of the Institute of Modern Languages Research
London Senate House

Job reference: 001603

Location: London Senate House

Closing date: 17/04/2020

Salary: Professorial salaries in the School of Advanced Study are set by negotiation

Employment type: Open ended

Department: School of Advanced Study

Sub-Department: Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR)

Hours per week: 35 hours per week

Applications are invited 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).

The School seeks someone of outstanding academic stature who will 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 (SAS), 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 Lydia Charles (

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

To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your CV and cover letter (by clicking ‘apply for job’ at the bottom of this page) before the closing date at midnight on Friday, 17 April 2020.

Interviews will be taking place on Thursday, 14 May 2020.


IMLR was established in 2004 with the merger of the Institute of Germanic Studies and the Institute of Romance Studies, founded in 1950 and 1989 respectively. Until August 2013, the Institute was known as the Institute of Germanic & Romance Studies when it was renamed to emphasise its national research role and to embrace a wider Modern Languages remit. The IMLR is unique in UK Higher Education (HE) as a research-intensive institute dedicated to strengthening the national capacity for multidisciplinary research and innovation in Modern Languages (ML). Its purpose is to drive and invigorate language-based research across the UK and to explore synergies between Western European languages and cultures and other global languages and cultures (eg Arabic, Russian, Mandarin). The Institute spearheads new cross-language interdisciplinary collaborations and proactively advocates the strategic importance of languages in research across all sectors.


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