CREAF (www.creaf.cat) is a public research centre dedicated to terrestrial ecology and territorial analysis, producing knowledge and methodologies for conservation, management, and adaptation of the environment to global change. It belongs to the CERCA network (www.cerca.cat) of excellence research centres of Catalonia. Located at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (www.uab.cat/), the centre was founded in 1987 as a consortium between various public administration, research, and academic training entities. CREAF accounts for about 200 people (including scientists, technicians, fellows and administrative personnel), who work in collaboration with different national and international research teams, administrations, and institutions.
Its mission is to contribute to the understanding, conservation and management of the environment and the territory, and to adaptation to environmental change at local, regional, and global scales, playing a bridge role between academia, administrations, and society, and promoting awareness within its scope of activities.
Its main objectives are:
Research carried out by the center can be divided into four general areas (Biodiversity, Ecosystem Functioning, Global change, and Earth Observation) and a set of transversal topics (i.e. Forests, Mediterranean Basin, Ecosystem Services, Sustainability, Citizen Science, and Large Databases and Data Quality).
A. Main responsibilities
The Director responds to the CREAF’s Board of Trustees and to the Consortium itself. Around 80% of its annual budget is project‐based and as such both national and international activities and research fundraising is a significant part of the Director's agenda. The Trustees and other local administrations directly provide around 20% of annual budget in terms of soft money and specific contracts. Thus, constant relationship with these local administrations is also a Director’s relevant activity. Still, the Director must be involved in training and outreach tasks participated by the Centre.
Thus, the Director is responsible for providing research & development leadership:
He/she is also responsible for providing management & administrative leadership:
B. Candidate requirements
APPLICATIONApplicants should send a CV, cover letter (two pages maximum) with his/her personal vision for the development of CREAF, in English to the Director of CERCA at email@example.com. Contact persons (2-3) for references can also be provided.
CERCA is delegated to manage all steps in this selection process in behalf of CREAF. Suitable candidates will be identified in a ranked list by the SAB, drawing upon the input of any other expert that the SAB might require.
The Board of Trustees may create an ad hoc Commission involving some of its members to provide a short list of the pre-selected candidates. Candidates included in the short list may be invited to visit CREAF and meet the ad hoc Commission for a final interview. The results of these interviews would be presented to the Board of trustees for the final designation of the new Director.
Approximate calendar25th June: Call for applications published29th July: Application deadline15th September: List of prioritized candidates by SAB30th October: Short list of pre-selected candidates chosen by the Selection Commission30th November: Appointment announced
CREAF has developed an Equality Plan for Equal Opportunities. One of its objectives is to ensure equal conditions for workplace admission and permanence for everyone who works (or is willing to work) in the institution, irrespective of sex.
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