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Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Chair in Actuarial Science, Quantitative Financial Risk or a related field

Heriot-Watt University, The Times International University of the Year 2018, has established a reputation for world-class teaching and leading-edge, relevant research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry.

To celebrate our 2021 bicentenary of pioneering research we welcome applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor/Chair in the areas of actuarial science, quantitative financial risk management or a closely related field. Exceptional candidates possessing an extensive track record of internationally excellent research and leadership may be considered for appointment at Chair level; candidates interested in the position at Chair level should in the first instance contact Prof Beatrice Pelloni or Dr Anke Wiese directly. Joining the Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics in the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, you will lead, carry out and publish internationally excellent research in your field. This position has arisen as part of a strategic expansion of the Department that will see us add up to 4 new positions.

The Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics, where the post holder will be located, is internationally renowned in actuarial science, financial risk, applied probability and statistics. Areas of particular strength include longevity risk modelling and management, applications of data science in insurance, genetics and insurance, financial risk management in pensions, morbidity modelling, financial modelling, stochastic modelling and inference in epidemiology and the life sciences, and mathematical and computational imaging.

The Department has long-established, global links with the Actuarial Profession and has recently taken on the Directorship of the Actuarial Research Centre (ARC) – a ground breaking virtual network of actuarial researchers and partner organisations from around the world. Within Scotland we have excellent links to the financial services industry through the Scottish Financial Risk Academy (SFRA), a partnership between industry and Scottish academic institutions which has been led from Heriot-Watt since its establishment in 2010.

As the successful candidate, you will lead, carry out and publish internationally excellent research in your field. You will be established (a requirement to be considered at Associate Professor / Chair level), or have the potential to establish yourself as an international research leader, with strong postdoctoral research experience and the ambition to build a world-class academic group. You will have the relevant experience to be able to engage and innovate in our specialised actuarial, financial and statistical data science teaching programmes and the enthusiasm to contribute to the expansion of our successful postgraduate programmes.

The Department has a strong collaborative ethos, which supports our many partnerships and the School’s Athena Swan Bronze award and is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and to offering equality of opportunity to all.

For informal discussion about the position please contact Dr Anke Wiese (Head of Department), a.wiese@hw.ac.uk, Prof Andrew Cairns, a.j.g.cairns@hw.ac.uk, or Prof Beatrice Pelloni (Head of School), b.pelloni@hw.ac.uk.

For more information about the role and to apply, please visit our website.

Location: Based at Riccarton Campus in Edinburgh

Contract: Open-ended

Salary: Assistant Professor: £40,792 - £48,677

Associate Professor: £50,132 - £58,089

Professor: minimum of £59,828

Closing Date: Midnight on 23rd April 2019

Interview date: Monday 3rd to Monday 10th June 2019

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