Open call for academic leadership roles

Post are available in Environmental Science, Applied Mathematics, and Public Communication of Science, supporting the UK Geodisposal programme.

  • Post Reference: RWMRSO/DL001/ENV / RWMRSO/DL002/MATH / RWMRSO/DL003/PCOS
  • No of roles: 3
  • Duration: Up to 6 days pa
  • Remuneration: Honorarium
  • Closing Date: 11/10/2020
  • Post Category: Discipline Lead (academic)
  • Business Unit: Radiation Waste Management Research Support Office
  • Location: UK-wide


The Universities of Manchester and Sheffield are collaborating to host the Radioactive Waste Management Ltd (RWM) Research Support Office (RSO). The RSO is led by Katherine Morris (Manchester), Neil Hyatt (Sheffield) and Sam Shaw (Manchester) with Lucy Bailey as the RWM lead and will act as a hub, with the mission to work with leading universities to deliver and co-ordinate research aligned to RWM’s needs.

The RSO is currently being established and, as part of this process, we need to build a team of domain experts (‘Discipline Leads’) to provide the necessary coverage of both relevant disciplines and the wider academic community. We are therefore seeking to identify Discipline Leads for Environmental Science, Applied Mathematics, and Public Communication of Science, to work with those already identified for Geosciences, Radiochemistry, Materials Science, Advanced Manufacturing, and Applied Social Science (see our research disciplines page).

The role

The Discipline Leads will work within the RSO to deliver relevant research needs (both within discipline and multi-disciplinary). They will therefore have to engage with the wider academic, research and innovation communities (e.g. other universities, UKRI, Catapult Centres, National Nuclear Laboratory, STFC facilities and EU / international funders). Discipline Leads will work with RWM to develop a set of SMART objectives for their discipline. They will each work closely with a relevant RWM subject matter expert to assist the community in developing high quality, relevant research projects. Since the RWM academic research programme will often overlap multiple disciplines, it is very important that the Discipline Leads function well as a team, and work effectively together.

The person

The Discipline Leads will be expert researchers who have a responsibility to understand RWM’s mission and research needs in the context of their discipline. They also need to understand their community and represent it within the RSO. The Discipline Lead will support and develop their community and demonstrate leadership in this role. They will lead the topic meetings, present the outcomes at the Programme Executive and, with support of the core team and their community, foster new proposals for the RWM-run funding competition. Appointees may be drawn from academia or industry and all levels of academic career will be considered.


It is expected that the Discipline Lead role will require a commitment of around 6 days pa, and for this an honorarium will be offered. The costs of travel and subsistence incurred in connection with the role will also be covered. These roles will be administered via a letter of terms from The University of Manchester. Appointment will be for 1 year, with renewal subject to an annual review.


To apply for a Discipline Lead role, please complete the application form in the guidance document and send it, along with a  summary CV (2 pages max), to

Please remember to indicate the reference number for the role you are applying for:

  • RWMRSO/DL001/ENV – Environmental Science
  • RWMRSO/DL002/MATH – Applied Mathematics
  • RWMRSO/DL003/PCOS – Public Communication of Science

To discuss this opportunity further, please contact Katherine Morris ( or Neil Hyatt (

Closing date: 11/10/2020

As an equal opportunities employer we welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and transgender status.  All engagements are made on merit.

>> Back to news