The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is on the hunt for a new chief constable.
Police Scotland is currently the second largest force in the UK.
The present incumbent, Sir Iain Livingstone QPM, is retiring in the summer.
The SPA has advertised for an “exceptional” leader who can build on the effectiveness, operational competence and achievements of Scotland’s police service.
The new chief will have to ensure Police Scotland adapts to meet growing and increasingly complex challenges.
Martyn Evans, chair of the SPA, said: “The chief constable of Police Scotland is one of the most significant policing roles in the UK.
“Ten years on from police reform we can look back on the last decade with conviction, knowing that efforts and challenges have delivered a service that is better than anything that preceded it. A solid foundation exists for that reform and improvement to continue.
“Police Scotland has a dedicated workforce and commands strong public support. The next chief constable must build on that support as the service continues to adapt to meet the needs of Scotland’s communities.”
The deadline for applications is Friday April 28 and the job, which a maximum tenure of five years, comes with a salary of £232,452.
A selection panel, chaired by Mr Evans, will include: SPA member Fiona McQueen CBE: Joe Griffin , Director-General of the Scottish government; Angela Scott, chief executive of Aberdeen City Council; and Martin Hewitt QPM, outgoing chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council .