Research Associate/Research Fellow

Job summary

Are you completing, or have you recently completed your PhD and are seeking an exciting opportunity? Imperial College Business School's new Centre for Responsible Leadership, sponsored by Citi, seeks to help businesses and organisations identify practices that will improve their approach to leadership and boost overall performance, addressing the need for companies and leaders to behave ethically, creating social purpose that goes beyond profit.

Job listing information

  • Reference BUS00273
  • Date posted 29 July 2020
  • Closing date 27 August 2020

Job description

Job summary

Are you completing, or have you recently completed your PhD and are seeking an exciting opportunity? Imperial College Business School's new Centre for Responsible Leadership, sponsored by Citi, seeks to help businesses and organisations identify practices that will improve their approach to leadership and boost overall performance, addressing the need for companies and leaders to behave ethically, creating social purpose that goes beyond profit.

Duties and responsibilities

We are recruiting two Post-Doctoral Fellows to help build new knowledge on leadership. You will identify new insights, focusing on leadership behaviours and actions and their implementation across organisations. Focusing on one of the following projects:

  • Ethics and Leadership - the experience and resolution of moral distress
  • Future of Work and Leadership - robotics, artificial intelligence, and data science

There will also be opportunities to work on new projects as the Centre evolves.

Essential requirements


  • PhD in a social science discipline, e.g. organisational behaviour, sociology, psychology  (for Ethics and Leadership) or PhD  in area of economics, data science, management, business analytics, innovation (for Future of Work and Leadership)

  • Broad knowledge of leadership, management, organisations and strategy, innovation, the nature of work and new technology, organisational change, equality, diversity, inclusiveness and leadership

  • Expertise in quantitative research (Future of Work and Leadership)

  • Expertise in qualitative research (Ethics and Leadership)

  • Ability to develop and apply new concepts, formulate research questions and develop successful research proposals

  • Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people

  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication

  • Willingness to be based within the United Kingdom to conduct research and attend events

Further information

Posts are for one year, with the possibility of renewal.

Depending on level of skills and experience appointment will be made on either the Research Associate or Research Fellow scale.

Salary scale for Research Associate £40,215 - £47,579 per annum

Salary scale for Research Fellow £45,615 - £53,988 per annum

Please note, however, candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.  Progression to Research Associate will be made on the award of the PhD.

Candidates must complete an online application; CVs alone will not be accepted. For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk  

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Virginia Harris, v.harris@imperial.ac.uk.

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.