Research Assistant (Fin Tech)

Location
Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
Salary
£27,830 – £31,302
Posted
05 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Research Assistant (Fin Tech)

Department    Accounting and Finance (www.strath.ac.uk/accfin/)
Faculty         Strathclyde Business School (www.strath.ac.uk/business/
Staff Category    Research
Reference No    158551
Reports To    Head of Department
Grade:    6
Salary Range:    £27,830 – £31,302
Contract Type:    Open Contract
FTE:    1 (35 hours/week)
Closing Date    Friday, 30 November 2018

We are looking to appoint a Research Assistant (RA) to support the Department’s research into Financial Technology (FinTech). The RA will report directly to the Director for the Centre for Regulation and Innovation (CeFRI) within which FinTech research is strategically placed. FinTech is a strategic cluster priority for the University, SBS and Department. CeFRI has become a focal point of the University’s finance research in Fintech. The RA will contribute centrally to development of University wide FinTech research projects and is strategically aligned to capacity building on the University’s commitment to FinTech.  The RA will be expected to contribute to cross-disciplinary research projects in FinTech led by Accounting and Finance.

Our research on FinTech is moving ahead at great pace and an RA is needed to support this growth. In particular, there is now a need for an RA to assist with, overseeing our textual analysis, financial programming, Distributed Test Bed Ledger, and provide Big Data Analytical support for proposed peer reviewed publications. For example, CeFRI participated in a major high frequency distributed ledger trial with the National Physical Laboratory, the Toronto Stock Exchange and ZYen.  The Department of Accounting and Finance has its own cryptocurrency and is experimenting in this with the Department of Computing and the Department of Mathematics. An RA to support work on mining data and designing and developing projects is critical.

As 'the place of useful learning' the University of Strathclyde is committed to the advancement of society through the pursuit of excellence in research, education and knowledge exchange, and through creative engagement with partner organisations at local, national and international levels. Our FinTech initiatives have also resulted in the launch of the first MSc in Fintech in the United Kingdom, jointly taught by of Departments of Accounting and Finance, Management Science and Computing Science and a Massive Open Online Course in FinTech is under development. 

Strathclyde Business School has excellent people, as evidenced by its Research Excellence Framework (REF) performance, considerable links to business and industry, and synergies between learning innovations and research. Based on the REF 2014 GPA scores, the Times Higher Education ranked us 1st in Scotland and in the top 10 business schools in the UK for its research and 3rd in the UK for impact of our business research. The Business School also did exceptionally well in terms of the REF's assessment of our research environment, rating us as in the top tier for environment amongst UK business schools, with a 100% 4* rating.

The Department of Accounting and Finance is one of the UK’s major centres of research in both fields, with particular expertise in social and environmental accounting; management accounting; small business accounting and finance, corporate finance; treasury management; portfolio performance and international banking. 

Application Procedure
Applicants are required to complete an application form including the name of three referees who will be contacted before interview without further permission, unless you indicate that you would prefer otherwise. Applicants should also submit a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter detailing the knowledge, skills and experience you think make you the right candidate for the job. Applicants should also complete the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form.

Other Information
Further information on the application process and working at Strathclyde can be found on our website (http://www.strath.ac.uk/hr/workforus).
Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Andrea Coulson, Head of Department ((a.b.coulson@strath.ac.uk). 

Interviews 
Formal interviews for this post will be held on Friday, 9 November 2018.

Equality and Diversity
We value diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

The University currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women's careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia. 

University Values 
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