BIOPOLIS - Appointment of Director


Porto, Portugal

BIOPOLIS is a highly ambitious and novel Centre of Excellence located in the north of Portugal with a genuine commitment to excellence in environmental biology, ecosystem and agrobiodiversity research with an innovative and dynamic community addressing the major challenges confronting the environment and society. BIOPOLIS was possible as a result of a successful Horizon 2020 teaming project involving Porto Business School, the University of Montpellier and CIBIO (Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources). As leading global institutions with strong values, a unique sense of community and strategic intent, they aim to spread, through BIOPOLIS, excellence towards innovation and contribute to the socioeconomic development at the regional and national levels. It counts on significant support and investment from the European Commission, national structural funds and private partners amounting to an overall budget of around €130 million for the next 10 years.

The main objective of BIOPOLIS will be to upgrade the existing CIBIO; a private and independent research institution hosting 31 multidisciplinary research groups, around 175 PhD level researchers and over 100 MSc students and PhD students from across the world, conducting world-class research in biodiversity and evolution, and elevate it to a Centre of Excellence by integrating new and innovative strands of research in the fields of environmental biology, ecosystem research and agrobiodiversity. The Centre has state of the art ecology and molecular laboratories, and it conducts research projects at a global scale. The working language of the institute is English, and it offers a vibrant, multicultural and enthusiastic working atmosphere.

The Installation Committee, made up of the representative partners, is now seeking to appoint the inaugural Director of BIOPOLIS, who will lead the implementation, integration and overall executive management of the organisation. This will include coordinating strategic planning, assuring the top-level and legal representation, promoting key initiatives, assuring compliance with the vision and mission that has been set up and overseeing self-sustainability targets. The successful candidate will be an internationally renowned scholar in a relevant area to BIOPOLIS as well as having experience of, and sustained performance in winning external research funding. They will demonstrate proven experience in management and leadership together with evidence of engaging successfully with a broad array of external – including public and private sector – organisations operating at the interface of research, innovation and entrepreneurship to foster collaborations.

For an informal conversation regarding the post please contact the appointed advisors, Perrett Laver, via Mazin Almaimani on or +61 2 8354 4026, or Daniel Felipe Mullen on or +44 207 340 6263.

For further details, including the job description, person specification and how to apply, please visit quoting reference 4536. A summary of the BIOPOLIS project is also available upon request.

The deadline for applications is noon CET on Sunday 23rd February 2020.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.