Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in Responsible Business

United Kingdom
May 10, 2017
May 31, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time

Job Purpose

This is a new post that is part of an exciting and generously (externally) funded new Centre for Responsible Business. It forms part of the Birmingham Business School’s continuing strategic commitment to the expansion of the School with the aim of developing its distinctive research profile. The successful candidates will have a strong research track record in business ethics, corporate governance, or a closely related field. In addition, the Senior Research Fellow will be expected to have a track record in research leadership.

The vision for the Centre for Responsible Business is to transform responsible business practice in the Banking sector and beyond through engaged research, agenda-setting thought leadership, and innovative and accessible responsible business education. The Centre provides a unique opportunity to work closely with a key industry leader to shape the future of the banking sector, as well as to inform the development of responsible business policy and practice more broadly, and to help steer the intellectual development of the field of responsible business research and education. Through engaged responsible business research and teaching, the Centre will lead academic, public, and business debate and innovation in responsible business practice.

The establishment of the Centre and the recruitment of the Chair are strongly aligned with existing activities and strategies at the levels of the University, College, and Business School. The establishment of the Centre for Responsible business is timely and strategically resonant because it echoes the civic mission of the University and aligns with its goal to positively influence society and make an impact on people’s lives. There are a number of existing centres and groupings across the university whose work touches upon what it means for businesses to behave responsibly, and with which the centre would establish strong collaborations (e.g. Centre for the Study of Global Ethics, Birmingham Energy Institute; Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues; Centre on Household Asset and Savings Management; CREME (Centre for Research in Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship); and City REDI (Regional Economic Development Institute).

The Centre’s initial funding encompassed this Chair, two Research Fellows (one Senior), a Centre Manager, a Communications and Engagement Manager and clerical support. Professor Andy Mullineux (Head of the Department of Finance) is the inaugural Director. However, he will step down from this role once this Chair has been appointed. The Chair is then expected to take over the direction of the centre, with Professor Mullineux staying on in the capacity as the Centre’s deputy.

The Birmingham Business School is a dynamic and internationally-focused Business School offering programmes across the full range of Business School disciplines. The School has been a major player in business education for more than a century and it continues to invest in its academic staff and facilities as it works towards its ambition of becoming a Top Ten UK and internationally recognised Business School. The School has recently opened a state-of-the-art Postgraduate Teaching Centre in 2016 and is currently in the planning stages of developing a £25m extension and refurbishment to University House, home to BBS. The School currently comprises nine departments (under review) and employs over 200 academic staff, around 80 professional services staff and teaches around 5,000 students. The School has an ambitious growth agenda and expects student numbers to grow considerably over the next five years.

Person Specification

Research Fellow

• A higher degree relevant to the research area (normally PhD) or equivalent qualifications
• Extensive research experience and scholarship within subject specialism
• Experience and achievement reflected in a growing reputation
• Extensive experience and demonstrated success in planning, undertaking and project managing research to deliver high quality results
• Extensive experience of applying and/or developing and devising successful models, techniques and methods
• Extensive experience and achievement in knowledge transfer, enterprise and similar activity
• Some teaching experience at higher education level

Senior Research Fellow

An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through original research work and a clear record of impact. Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:
• High level peer esteem as evidenced by
- Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition.
- An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications.
• Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion.
• Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding.
• Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University.

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