Professors (Full, Associate, Assistant) in Finance

Title: Professors (Full, Associate, Assistant) in Finance

  • Reference #: ICBS 2013 048
  • Employer: Imperial College London
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  • Salary: Competitive Salary
  • Working hours: 35
  • Location: South Kensington, London
  • Job Description:

    Imperial College

    Imperial College Business School is seeking qualified applicants for faculty positions in its Finance Group at the rank of Assistant Professor/Associate Professor/Full Professor. Some of the Initial screenings will be conducted at the ASSA meetings, January 3-5 2014.  Imperial College London consistently achieves one of the highest rankings nationally and internationally, being placed in the top 10 by the Times Higher QS World University Rankings 2012-2013. The President and Rector, Sir Keith O’Nions FRS, is the College’s academic head and chief executive officer. Academic affairs of Imperial College are managed by the Provost, James Stirling FRS. The Chair of the Court, which is the College’s executive body, and Council is Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller.

    Imperial College embodies and delivers world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, medicine, and business with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. We foster interdisciplinary working within the College, and collaborate widely externally.

    The academic structure of Imperial College is divided into four schools:
    • Engineering
    • Natural Sciences
    • Medicine
    • Business

    Strategic intent
    • To remain a world-leading institution for scientific research and education
    • To harness the quality, breadth and depth of our research capabilities to address the difficult challenges of today and the future
    • To develop the next generation of researchers, scientists and academics
    • To provide an education for students from around the world that equips them with the knowledge and skills they require to pursue their ambitions
    • To make a demonstrable economic and social impact through the translation of our work into practice worldwide
    • To engage with the world and communicate the importance and benefits of science to society

    Formation and history
    Imperial College was established in 1907 in London’s scientific and cultural heartland in South Kensington, as a merger of the Royal College of Science, the City and Guilds College and the Royal School of Mines. St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and the National Heart and Lung Institute merged with the College in 1988 and 1995 respectively.

    Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and the Royal Postgraduate Medical School merged with the College on 1 August 1997 to form, with the existing departments on the St Mary’s and Royal Brompton campuses, the Faculty of Medicine. In 2007, the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, was formed by merging Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals’ NHS Trusts with the College, forming the country’s largest NHS Trust. This also established the UK’s first Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) bringing together healthcare services, teaching and research for maximum synergistic benefits.

    Imperial College was an independent constituent part of the University of London until July 2007, when it was granted a new royal charter declaring it an independent university in its own right.

    Staff and students
    The academic and research staff of 3,397 includes 72 Fellows of the Royal Society, 83 Fellows of the Royal Academy of Engineering, 81 Fellows of the Academy of Medical Sciences, one Fellow of the British Academy, four Crafoord Prize winners and two Fields Medalists. Fourteen Nobel Laureates have been members of the College either as staff or students.

    The College has 14,414 students, of whom 39% are postgraduate. 31% of students come from outside the European Union. External assessment of the College’s teaching quality in many different subject areas has been judged to be of high standard. The proportion of women students is 37% of the total.

    The quality of the College’s research has been judged consistently to be of the highest international standard and the proportion of income from research grants and contracts is one of the highest of any UK university. The strength of research in science, engineering, medicine and business gives the College a unique and internationally distinctive research presence.

    Generous support for the College’s work comes from a wide variety of sources. From industry there are donations towards certain senior academic posts, advanced courses, bursaries and scholarships. The single largest contribution to the College from industrial concerns is in the form of contracts to carry out research. The College also gains considerable research support from research councils and charities.

    Teaching and learning
    The College’s overall educational aim is to ensure a stretching and exhilarating learning experience and, while maintaining its traditional emphasis on single honours degree courses, it also aims to give students the opportunity to broaden their experience through courses relevant to student and employer needs.

    In its MSc course provision, the College seeks to provide a wide range of specialist courses in areas in which it has particular expertise. In addition, the College’s wide range of PhD programmes reflect its aim of pursuing research at the frontiers of scientific, engineering, management and medical knowledge and the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of this research.

    The Centre for Educational Development raises and consolidates the profile of learning, teaching and educational development throughout the College. Newly-appointed non-clinical lecturers must enroll on the Certificate of Advanced Study for Learning and Teaching, and there are many learning and teaching activities for more experienced staff.

    The Graduate School is the focus of postgraduate education and research and maintains, enhances and monitors quality, disseminates best practice, while initiating and developing new programmes, particularly those with an interdisciplinary slant. The College’s teaching quality is audited regularly, both internally and externally. Recent external audit found teaching quality to be of a high standard.

    Imperial College Business School

    Imperial College Business School is one of four schools at the prestigious Imperial College London. The Business School delivers world class business education and research at one of the world’s leading universities. Imperial College Business School has over 70 academic staff, 40 research staff, and 120 professional support staff. It educates close to 1200 students in a variety of MBA, MSc, undergraduate and PhD programmes and has a thriving non degree Executive Education programme portfolio. Its MSc in Management is ranked number one in the UK by the Financial Times and all its programmes are in the top 10 nationally.

    Imperial College Business School offers the following programmes.

    • A suite of MBA programmes:
    – Full-time MBA
    – Executive MBA
    – Global MBA
    • Specialist Masters programmes:
    – MSc Management
    – MSc Finance
    – MSc Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management
    – MSc Economics and Strategy for Business
    – MSc Strategic Marketing
    – MSc International Health Management
    – MSc Risk Management and Financial Engineering
    – MSc Actuarial Finance
    • Doctoral Programmes in Finance and Management
    • The Business School offers undergraduate programmes to students of the other schools at Imperial College:
    – Joint Honours programme with selected science departments
    – BSc in Management for the Medical School
    – Service teaching for undergraduate engineers and scientists.
    • Executive Education programmes that are customised to the leading clients in the UK and the world, and open programmes on the expertise of Imperial College Business School.

    Research and faculty composition
    Since 2003, Imperial College Business School has grown substantially, with major investment by Imperial College. Reflecting Imperial strengths in science, technology, and medicine, the Business School is currently organised into four groups – Finance, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Health Management, and Organisation & Management.

    Finance Group
    The Group is very active in finance research and has particular strengths in derivative pricing, capital markets research, credit risk modelling, risk management and financial econometrics.
    The Group aims to build highly active research groups in:
    • Asset Pricing
    • Risk Management and Financial Engineering
    • Corporate Finance
    • Banking and Financial Policy
    Innovation and Entrepreneurship Group
    This Group provides the focus for our work on innovation and entrepreneurship. The core research of the Centre focuses on technological innovation with a particular emphasis on engineering, design, science-based industries, health-care technology and on the built environment.
    Much of the research is organized around centers of excellence including:
    • Enterprise Research Centre
    • UK Innovation Research Centre
    • Rajiv Gandhi Centre on UK-India Business
    • Entrepreneurial Family Research Centre
    • Digital City Exchange
    • Digital Economy Lab
    Organisation and Management Group
    This Group is diverse and consists of:
    • Strategy
    • Applied Economics
    • Organizational Behaviour
    • Marketing
    • Operations Management
    • Managerial Accounting
    The Group’s research covers a number of areas, including radical innovation in hi-tech contexts such as e-commerce, banking, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology, and the strategic ramifications of technology evolution in digital consumer goods. Other researchers focus on more eclectic topics such as the management of professional service firms and developing computationally efficient algorithms to enable the use of optimisation based decision support systems in operational planning and scheduling of resources.

    Health Management Group
    The Group works closely with Imperial’s facilities of medicine and engineering. Its research is principally in four areas – health economics and policy, public health, healthcare informatics, and healthcare infrastructure.
    The group currently enjoys support from major grants in public health and healthcare infrastructure (where it leads a £7 million multi-university project on innovation and healthcare infrastructure).

    The Posts

    Persons appointed to academic posts will be expected to:

    • Enhance research in the Business School by publishing in top journals, attracting external research funding, and supervising PhD students
    • Support and develop the teaching of the School
    • Contribute to administration of the School
    • Participate in the School’s internal life, enhance its external reputation.

    The post holder is expected to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations, for example, Health and Safety, financial regulations, data protection, etc.

    Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, equal treatment and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to adhere to the principles set out in the Equal Opportunities in Employment Policy, Promoting Race Equality Policy, Disability Policy, Gender Equality Policy, and all other relevant guidance and good practice frameworks.

    Academic job titles

    The Assistant Professor grade at Imperial College Business School is equivalent to Lecturer and Senior Lecturer at the rest of Imperial College and in most UK academic institutions; Associate Professor is equivalent to Reader; and Professor is the same in either nomenclature.

    Applicants will be assessed against the following Person Specifications:

    Assistant Professor (entry level)
    • PhD or equivalent
    • One paper of good journal standard (whether accepted or not)
    • Evidence of some teaching experience
    Assistant Professor (after a few years)
    As above, plus
    • Several publications in academic journals of high international standing
    • Record of successful PhD supervision
    • Good teaching record
    Associate Professor
    As above, plus
    • A proven, independent research agenda
    • A record of income generation, through research grants or executive education
    • Successful contribution to administration
    • Evidence of a growing international esteem
    As above plus
    • A continuing stream of world class publications confirming international reputation
    • Evidence of research leadership internationally
    • A track record of income generation
    • A significant role in external relations of the Business School and/or Imperial College

    Imperial Expectations

    These are the 7 principles that Imperial leaders, managers and supervisors are expected to follow:

    1) Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
    2) Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
    3) Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
    4) Deliver positive outcomes
    5) Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
    6) Support and develop staff to optimise talent
    7) Work in a planned and managed way

  • Application Deadline: 29 January 2014
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