Cambridge Impact Accelerator Director (Internal Applicants only)

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Join the Department of Engineering's Whittle Laboratory to help build the Cambridge Impact Accelerator to drive forward the transition of critical sectors to net zero. The Cambridge Impact Accelerator (CamIA) is a leading research and knowledge exchange initiative. CamIA's mission is to provide decision makers in government and industry with the whole system tools and insight necessary to map, understand, and embark on the pathways to net zero. The CamIA is the overarching initiative under which a number of whole system analysis programmes sit, including the Aviation Impact Accelerator (AIA).

CamIA is based in the Engineering Department's Whittle Laboratory. The Whittle Laboratory which was opened in 1973 by Sir Frank Whittle and is a Research Group within the Energy Division of the Department of Engineering. The Whittle lab Is focused on accelerating zero-carbon flight and land-based power.

To deliver CamIA's ambitious mission we are looking for a highly motivated, experienced, and collaborative individual to lead the CamIA team as the Director. Under this remit, the CamIA Director is responsible for creating and delivering the initiative's strategy and delivering the services that fulfil CamIA's mission, predominantly through research; first order modelling, development of interactive tools, strategic multi-stakeholder convening and stakeholder engagement.

The Director will routinely work with high-level executives including international CEOs, international policymakers, Government Ministers, Board members and senior executives, and senior functional specialists to deliver CamIA's work. CamIA's headline project, the Aviation Impact Accelerator, currently has international academic partners including MIT, Imperial College London, UCL, University of Melbourne, TU Delft, and University of Technology Sydney. The AIA is currently running collaborations with industry and government players including Boeing, IATA, Rolls-Royce, Sustainable Markets Initiative, World Economic Forum, Royal Air Force, UK Government Department for Energy Security and Net Zero and Department for Transport. The AIA has already influenced UK policy in terms of the UK Sustainable Aviation Fuel Mandates and is currently working with the EU and US on helping to develop international policy. This is indicative of the level of engagement that will be the hallmark of CamIA, and the role of the Director in building and maintaining these high-level networks, and in leading the teams that deliver the work.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate an ability to produce high-impact, practical strategic and operational plans, ideally with some experience of doing so in public, private or university settings through a collaborative approach. Excellent interpersonal, networking and communication skills are an essential requirement for this role to engage and build strong working relationships with senior decision-makers to develop work programmes and build stakeholder communities around a common vision. You will have the ability to understand the needs for improved knowledge exchange data, whole-system modelling, evidence and metrics to key stakeholders, and deliver complex work programmes to schedule. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to driving evidence-led decision making and practice.

If you think you are the right candidate for this role, then we would be delighted to hear from you. Informal enquiries about the role are welcomed and should be directed to Beth Barker (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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The closing date for applications is Thursday 14 December 2023. Informal enquiries about the post can be made to Beth Barker ( If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the HR Office at the Department of Engineering (, +44 (0)1223 332615).

Please quote reference NM39601 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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