Provost’s Visiting Professor

Job summary

Imperial College London, one of the world’s leading institutions for research and teaching in the natural and physical sciences, medicine, engineering, and business, seeks outstanding and enthusiastic researchers and educators to join the College as visiting academics by appointment through the Provost’s Visiting Professor Programme (PVP). This is a superb opportunity for academics from other institutions interested in spending a...

Job listing information

  • Reference PRO00653
  • Date posted 9 December 2021
  • Closing date 31 January 2022

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College London, one of the world’s leading institutions for research and teaching in the natural and physical sciences, medicine, engineering, and business, seeks outstanding and enthusiastic researchers and educators to join the College as visiting academics by appointment through the Provost’s Visiting Professor Programme (PVP). This is a superb opportunity for academics from other institutions interested in spending a sabbatical leave from their current institution at Imperial. 

The Programme has been established to broaden the College’s reach, by developing new relationships with exceptional individuals and their organisations. It is designed to improve the diversity of our community by bringing to Imperial leading academics who will contribute to the community through scholarship, teaching and programming aligned with their research.

We are specifically looking for candidates from underrepresented groups such as Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) and female scholars. The PVP programme is one component of Imperial’s broader plan to facilitate engagement with under-represented groups at pre-college, undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty levels, with the longer term aim of increasing the number of academics from under-represented groups. 

Building a diverse community of staff and students is one of the cornerstones of Imperial’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. The College is committed to improving gender diversity and racial equality. It has developed a plan to do this as part of its Race Equality Charter (REC), endorsed by the UK’s national scheme aimed at improving the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. 

Applications are invited for the visiting professorships from scholars with international reputations in their fields. The rolling programme will host up to four new visitors per year with appointments lasting between 6 and 12 months. Salary costs within Imperial College London appointment rates will be covered, along with a contribution towards travel costs. 

Visiting Professors will participate in the College by appointment in a host department on the basis of both of their proposed research programme and their plans for engagement with the wider College community through, for example, lectures and seminars in academic courses, well-publicised general-audience or public lectures, conducting workshops, or meeting with students and staff across the campuses.

Essential requirements

We are looking for candidates with established links to the UK who have an international reputation and expertise in their field of research. They will have made distinctive and impactful contributions and established a sustained track record in attracting high levels of research funding.

Applicants will need to demonstrate evidence of contribution to the development and performance of colleagues through coaching and mentoring. Additionally, the post-holder must have the experience and capability to act as a role model in areas of research, teaching and management as appropriate. 

We expect the post-holder to participate fully in College life, and support its objectives in equality, diversity, and inclusion. The PVP Professors will be visible to the community through lectures and seminars and will actively engage students and staff across the College.

A full list of responsibilities and essential requirements can be seen in the attached Job Description.

Please refer to further particulars for more information about the College.

Further information

Salary: The post will be commensurate at the Professor level of the Academic Job Family. 

Duration: between 6 and 12 months

Total Remuneration Package

Our Total Remuneration Package (TRP) for staff is a key component of realising the College’s strategic aim. The TRP is the overall package of pay, recognition, pensions and other benefits by which we compensate staff for their contributions to Imperial’s mission. The College supports many initiatives to support staff in their personal life (flexible working, private health insurance, staff networks, support for staff, childcare and carers).

Benefits to support an active lifestyle and health initiatives, such as free health checks for over 50s and cycle to work scheme, whereby you apply for an interest free loan for the purchase of a bicycle to encourage cycling to work for fitness.

Childcare 

Our staff have access to the Early Years Education Centre which is the College’s ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated nursery, located at the South Kensington Campus. We also have other affiliated nurseries located at other campuses. All staff working directly with children have specialist training, and children benefit from continuity of care.

How to apply: 

In addition to completing the online application, candidates should attach the following supporting documents:

  • A full CV including a publication list;
  • A statement that describes your previous teaching and research contributions and future teaching and research plans; including your vision for this role.

Applicants should contact three referees before applying to ensure their willingness, if required, to provide a reference for your application. 

Should you wish to discuss the post informally, please contact provost@imperial.ac.uk

For queries on the application process, please contact: Maria Monteiro, Email: m.monteiro@imperial.ac.uk Telephone: +44 (0)207 594 5498. 

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where animal research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level.

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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.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are: 

  • Respect              
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence          
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

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

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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