Associate Professor / Professor – School of Risk and Actuarial Studies – Australia Visa sponsorship and relocation allowance

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  • Employment Type: Full time – 35 hour per week
  • Remuneration: Level D from $179,630 and Level E from $229,743, plus 17% superannuation and leave loading
  • Location: Kensington NSW Australia (Hybrid Flexible Working)

Why Your Role Matters

The globally leading School of Risk & Actuarial Studies is seeking to appoint a senior academic Associate Professor (Level D) / Professor (Level E).

As an Associate Professor (Level D) you will play a key role in leading and advancing outstanding research at both national and international levels.

As a Professor (Level E) you will provide academic leadership and foster excellence in research, innovative teaching, and engagement activities in your area of expertise, and contribute to providing academic leadership in the School, Faculty, and/or University as needed. The Professorial appointment includes the expectation of being appointed to school leadership roles such as the Director of Research (School of Risk and Actuarial Studies), or similar.

This position is being offered as either an Associate Professor (Level D) as a 5-year Convertible Tenure Track, or a Professor (Level E) as a continuing appointment. The appointment level will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

The role will report to the Head of School and has no direct reports.

Visa sponsorship and relocation allowance will be considered and may be offered to the preferred candidate.


As an Associate Professor (Level D) you will:

  • Carry out original/innovative research, actively contributing to the advancement of knowledge in relevant subject area/s, including making contributions to the discipline which are recognised at a national level with emerging international impact.
  • Establish a distinguished program of research at UNSW and build research groups in area of specialist expertise.
  • Demonstrate an established record of substantial research income, primarily as a grant application leader, consistent with that of a national leader in their field of research in leading universities.
  • Mentor and guide students and colleagues and develop the next generation of academics through involvement in supervision of HDRs (as per the norms of the discipline).
  • Undertake knowledge exchange activities and contribute to commercialisation of research outcomes
  • Make a significant positive contribution to School and Faculty including in terms of academic roles and committees.
  • Engage with academic, professional, and international organisations relevant to the objects of the School and Faculty.
  • Apply a well-defined teaching philosophy and a critically reflective teaching practice that inspires student learning and cultivates a positive attitude towards teaching.
  • Conduct classes, assess student learning achievements, and support students in both postgraduate and undergraduate courses in line with UNSW policy as an exemplar for others.

In addition to the above, as a Professor (Level E) you will:

  • Make independent contributions to research that have a significant impact in your field of expertise and create a nationally recognised research track record.
  • Undertake independent research in your discipline or related areas (as per the norms of the discipline), making an independent contribution through professional practice and expertise.
  • Develop research groups in area of specialist expertise and research methods that are appropriate to the discipline.
  • Attract peer recognition and establish research network/s (based on the norms of the discipline) at a national level.
  • Obtain research income from nationally competitive research grants (and/or research fellowships) and research end-users as a member or leader, at or above the level that is relevant to the discipline in leading universities.
  • Engage, lead and foster a culture of excellence in research and deliver outstanding research of international significance including attainment of significant competitive government and industry research funding and publication of outcomes in high quality research outlets.
  • Chair and contribute to School, Faculty, University and sector-wide committees, working groups and projects as well as other administrative functions as required. This includes for example leadership roles such as the Director of Research (School of Risk and Actuarial Studies) or similar.

As a Director of Research (School of Risk and Actuarial Studies) you will:

  • Develop a research strategy and implementation plan that builds the research capabilities and outputs of the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies
  • Enhance and develop the high quality, collegial research culture of the school.
  • Chair the School of Risk and Actuarial Studies Research Committee, including oversight of grant peer review processes, HDR students, seminars, and research knowledge exchange activities.
  • Collaborate across Schools amongst Directors of Research to assist in the coordinated and consistent delivery of School/Faculty/University strategy.

About you

You will possess the following skills and experience required as a Level D:

  • A PhD in a related discipline, and/or relevant work experience.
  • Significant track record in research leadership with outcomes of high quality and high international impact with clear evidence of the desire and ability to continually achieve research excellence and deliver research leadership.
  • Excellent record of recruiting and supervising high calibre students.
  • Proven commitment to proactively keeping up to date with discipline knowledge and developments.
  • Demonstrated experience in teaching and learning design using a range of pedagogical approaches, development and delivery of courses and programs, at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.
  • Experience of implementing educational technologies and online delivery methods.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and passion for educational excellence and fostering this in others.

In addition to the above, as a Professor (Level E) you will have:

  • Proven leadership of research projects and leadership of research teams, including high quality supervision of honours and postgraduate research projects.
  • Proven academic people and strategic leadership experience in education, research, and/or social engagement.
  • Evidence of highly developed interpersonal and collaboration skills with demonstrated ability to work and influence across disciplines, faculties, institutions, industry and professional accreditation bodies.
  • Proven leadership in developing significant productive relationships and engagement with industry and the community.

About UNSW  

At UNSW, we pride ourselves on being a workplace where the best people come to do their best work.

UNSW isn’t like other places you’ve worked. We’re a large organisation with a diverse and talented community; a community doing extraordinary things. Together, we are driven to be thoughtful, practical, and purposeful in all we do. Taking this combined approach is what makes our work matter. It’s the reason we’re one of the top 20 universities in the world (QS World Universities Ranking: 2024, 2025), and a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight. If you want a career where you can thrive, be challenged, and do meaningful work, you’re in the right place.

UNSW Business School is a leader in business education and research in the Asian region and one of the largest Business Schools in Australia with more than 15,000 students, 500 academic and professional staff and more than 80,000 alumni and partners. The Business School offers a full suite of business degree programs at undergraduate, postgraduate, coursework and research levels, including the AGSM MBA programs and a range of Executive Programs. Its direction is guided by a business advisory council of leading CEOs, chairpersons and other business leaders.

The School of Risk & Actuarial Studies has an established international reputation for excellence in its undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Actuarial Studies, its courses in risk management, data analytics, and superannuation and pensions, as well as its supervision of Honours and PhD students. The school also houses the GARP-affiliated risk management program in the Master of Commerce. The School’s reputation is built on outstanding staff, students and alumni, a strong international research profile and well developed local and international linkages with academics, industry, and government. The school hosts one of the largest actuarial programs globally (>1500 actuarial students enrolled, with more than 480 new entrants into our flagship Bachelor of Actuarial Studies alone in 2024) and is the globally #1 ranked business school in risk & insurance and actuarial science research. Academic staff in the school are also founding chief investigators of large multidisciplinary research groups such as the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research, the UNSW Climate Risk and Response Institute, the Innovations in Risk, Insurance, and Superannuation (IRIS) Knowledge Hub, and the Business AI Lab.

Benefits and Culture:  

  • Flexible Working Options (work from home, flexible hours etc.)
  • Career development opportunities
  • 17% Superannuation contributions and additional leave loading payments
  • Additional 3 days of leave over Christmas period
  • Discounts and entitlements (retail, education, fitness)

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How to Apply

Make each day matter with a meaningful career at UNSW. To be considered please upload your CV and a document outlining how your experience meets the skills and experience criteria (document up to 10 pages) and submit your application online before Friday 16th August 2024 at 11:30pm Sydney Australia time.

UNSW is committed to equity diversity and inclusion. Applications from women, people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those living with disabilities, members of the LGBTIQ community; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged. UNSW provides workplace adjustments for people with disability, and access to flexible work options for eligible staff. The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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