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.

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

For queries on the application process, please contact: Maria Monteiro, Email: Telephone: +44 (0)207 594 5498.

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