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Assistant, Associate Professor in Actuarial Mathematics (T&S)

Employer
Heriot-Watt University
Location
City of Edinburgh
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
26 Jun 2022

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Sector
General insurance
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
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Job Details

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

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia.  The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.  Heriot-Watt University is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

About our Team   

The Department of Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics is a vibrant and welcoming place.  It is internationally renowned in actuarial science, with several high-quality degree programmes in actuarial science and actuarial management.

The Department has long-established, global links with the actuarial profession. As well as our links with the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries in the UK, we are the only Center of Actuarial Excellence in Europe, of the US-based Society of Actuaries.   The Department is internationally renowned for its research in actuarial science, financial risk, applied probability, statistics and statistical data science. 

Within Scotland, we have excellent links to the financial services industry through the Scottish Financial Risk Academy, a partnership between industry and Scottish academic institutions which has been led by Heriot-Watt University since its establishment in 2010.

The Department sits within the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences, along with the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science. The School is a partner in the Maxwell Institute for Mathematical Sciences, an institute that brings together research activities at Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), amongst mathematical sciences groups, the Maxwell Institute was ranked 5th in the UK and 1st in Scotland according to the power measure which takes account of volume and quality of research activity.

The School has an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and is committed to its equality charter, which includes having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and to offering equality of opportunity to all.  We encourage applications from under-represented groups.  We welcome requests for flexible working arrangements and normally accommodate them.

Detailed Description

Are you an actuary looking for a change in direction and a different environment? Have you thought about sharing your actuarial knowledge and skills with the next generation of actuaries?  In this role you will have the opportunity to use your industry experience and actuarial knowledge to help develop the actuaries of tomorrow.

Would you like to become part of a friendly, supportive environment?  We have a strong community with many actuaries on our staff.  We would support you to develop your teaching skills, whether you have teaching experience or not, to help you be confident in your teaching ability.  With several of our staff on part-time contracts, we welcome applications for both full-time and part-time working.

The Department wishes to appoint at the level of an assistant professor or associate professor for teaching and related activities in actuarial mathematics.  You will teach a range of actuarial courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level. We particularly welcome applicants with experience in the field of life insurance.

You will play an important role in the development of the Department, including supporting its delivery of the syllabus of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and associated programme accreditation.  With campuses in Malaysia and Dubai, you will have the opportunity to work with global teaching teams from Edinburgh, to coordinate delivery and assessment of courses across campuses.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Deliver high-quality teaching in actuarial mathematics at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  •  Work successfully in global teaching teams while remaining physically located in Edinburgh, UK
  •  Carry out such administrative and recruitment activities as may be required to achieve these aims
  •  Provide pastoral support to students
  • Be responsible to the Head of Department for performing the activities listed above at a standard that will maintain and enhance the School’s reputation for excellence

Education, Qualifications and Experience

You must be a Fellow or Associate of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), or hold an equivalent professional designation from another actuarial professional body. 

You must have a number of years of professional actuarial experience and an interest in teaching and teaching innovation. We particularly welcome applicants with experience of actuarial work in a life insurance company, actuarial consulting for such a company or similar experience in the life insurance sector, or alternatively with experience of teaching life insurance at SP2 level, either in a university or for ActEd or similar organisations.

Essential Criteria

  • E1. Fellow or Associate of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, or a similar designation from another actuarial professional body;
  • E2. Industry experience of actuarial work in a life insurance office, actuarial consulting for life insurance companies or comparable experience in the life insurance sector, or experience of teaching life insurance at the SP2 level in a university, ActEd or similar organisation.
  • E3. Be able to communicate effectively with students;
  • E4. Be able to develop familiarity and confidence with various strategies to promote and assess learning.
  • E5. Excellent interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Desirable Criteria

D1. Potential to provide leadership in the planning, organisation and development of learning and teaching activities in the Department.

Company

The School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences of HeriotWatt University is internationally renowned in actuarial science and financial risk through the world-leading research activities of its Department ofActuarial Mathematics and Statistics. The School is a partner of the Scottish Financial Risk Academy, founded in 2010 by a consortium led by Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh and comprising several member companies. The School is also a constituent part of the Maxwell Institute, an international centre of excellence, based in Edinburgh, covering the whole range of the mathematical sciences.

The Longevity, Mortality and Morbidity research team, led by Professor Andrew Cairns and Professor Angus Macdonald has an established worldwide reputation in the development of statistical methods and models for the analysis and management of longevity, mortality and morbidity risks.

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