JULY 2014: Call for apllications: Director of IFAE

Publication Date: July 1, 2014

Closing Date: October 10, 2014


The Institute of High Energy Physics (IFAE), http://www.ifae.es/, is a consortium of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and the Generalitat of Catalonia. It was formally established in 1991 as an entity with its own independent legal status. IFAE is part of CERCA, the public Catalan network of research Institutes (www.cerca.cat).

IFAE conducts experimental and theoretical research at the frontier of fundamental physics, namely in Particle Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology. IFAE also works at the cutting edge of detector technology, applying its know-how to Medical Imaging and projects in other research and engineering domains.

The Institute’s main experimental projects in fundamental physics are ATLAS, T2K, MAGIC, CTA, DES and PAU. Medical Imaging other applied science projects are becoming an important part of IFAE’s activities. Theoretical research is focused on Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model Physics, Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology. The Institute maintains a fruitful collaboration with its spinoff company, X-Ray Imatek.

In 2012, IFAE was granted the Severo Ochoa award, given by the Spanish government to leading national research centers. To date, it is the only such center doing experimental research in fundamental physics.


Candidate profile and contact information

IFAE is seeking applicants with a distinguished record of scientific excellence and the innovative thinking necessary to lead a dynamic organisation. Applicants must have a PhD or comparable degree and must have high international visibility in IFAE’s field(s) of activity as well as significant research management experience. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and consistent with IFAE management’s salary scale.

The successful candidate may be offered an indefinite position as Research Full Professor. The appointment as Director will be for a period of 4 years, and could be extended for a longer period. Applicants should send a CV and a cover letter by e-mail to the Director of CERCA, at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está protegida contra spambots. Usted necesita tener Javascript activado para poder verla. , citing as the subject “IFAE Director call”.


Job description for the position of Director

The director will have the following duties:

  • Provide scientific vision and strategic goals for IFAE.
  • Submit the Centre’s research activities programme and annual operational budget to the Consortium’s Governing Board.
  • Represent the Centre at official and social events, in coordination with the President and other members of the Governing Board.
  • Keep CERCA regularly informed of the Centre’s progress.
  • Any other functions approved by the Consortium’s Governing Board.

The Director will be responsible for:

  • Devising a strategic plan and ensuring its implementation.
  • Presenting the Director’s Reports at meetings of the Governing Board.
  • Proposing the names of members of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to the Governing Board, keeping them informed about major changes, and organising their regular meetings.
  • Participating in the periodic CERCA evaluation of IFAE.
  • Coordinating periodic scientific assessments of IFAE’s research programmes and core facilities, and implementing recommendations of the SAB.
  • Supervising the implementation of the financial aspects of the budget.
  • Negotiating contracts for new senior personnel, whenever appropriate.
  • Adopting strategic decisions on the Institute’s research directions, in line with IFAE’s mission and background.


Selection of candidates

Suitable candidates will be identified in a prioritized list by three members of SAB, drawing upon the input of any other expert that the SAB might require.

The Governing Board will be responsible for the final steps of the selection process. It may create an ad hoc Commission involving some of its own members in order to create a short list of selected candidates. Candidates included in the short list may be invited to visit IFAE and meet the ad hoc Commission for a final interview. The result of these interviews will be presented to all members of the Governing Board and to the Rector of the UAB. Following the proposal of the Rector of the UAB, the Governing Board will make the appointment.


Approximate Calendar

June 20th                   Call for applications opens

October 10th            Application deadline

October 31st               List of prioritized candidates by the SAB

November 15th         Short list of candidates

December 15th         Appointment announced.



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