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AISB opportunities Bulletin Item

Academic Project Manager, FHI-Amlin Collaboration on Systemic Risk of Modelling, Oxford University, UK

Job title
Academic Project Manager, FHI-Amlin Collaboration on Systemic Risk of Modelling

Division: Humanities Division
Department: Faculty of Philosophy
Location: Future of Humanity Institute, Littlegate House, St Ebbes
Grade and salary Grade 7: 29,54136,298
Hours Full time (37.5 hours per week)
Contract type: Fixed term for two years from date of appointment
Reporting to Director, Future of Humanity Institute
Vacancy reference 108279

Applications are invited for the position of Academic Project Manager for the FHI-Amlin
Research Collaboration on Systemic Risk of Modelling at Oxford University. The Future of
Humanity Institute (FHI) is hosted by the Faculty of Philosophy, and incorporates the FHIAmlin
Research Collaboration on Systemic Risk of Modelling. This is a full-time post, fixedterm
for two years from the date of appointment, with the possibility of further renewal,
subject to the availability of funding.

The University
The University of Oxford is a complex and stimulating organisation, which enjoys an
international reputation as a world-class centre of excellence in research and teaching. It
employs over 10,000 staff and has a student population of over 21,000.
Most staff are directly appointed and managed by one of the Universitys 130 departments or
other units within a highly devolved operational structure - this includes 5,900 academicrelated
staff (postgraduate research, computing, senior library, and administrative staff) and
2,820 support staff (including clerical, library, technical, and manual staff). There are also
over 1,600 academic staff (professors, readers, lecturers), whose appointments are in the
main overseen by a combination of broader divisional and local faculty board/departmental
structures. Academics are generally all also employed by one of the 38 constituent colleges
of the University as well as by the central University itself.

Our annual income in 2010/11 was 919.6m. Oxford is one of Europe's most innovative and
entrepreneurial universities: income from external research contracts exceeds 376m p.a.,
and more than 70 spin-off companies have been created.
For more information please visit

Humanities Division
The Humanities Division is one of four academic divisions in the University of Oxford,
bringing together the faculties of Classics; English; History; Linguistics, Philology and
Phonetics; Medieval and Modern Languages; Music; Oriental Studies; Philosophy; and
Theology, as well as the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art. The division has
responsibility for over 500 members of academic staff, for over 4,000 undergraduates (more
than a third of the total undergraduate population of the University), and for about 1600
postgraduate students.

The Division offers world-class teaching and research, backed by the superb resources of
the Universitys libraries and museums, including the famous Bodleian Library, with its 11
million volumes and priceless early book and manuscript collections, and the Ashmolean
Museum of Art and Archaeology. Such historic resources are linked to cutting-edge agendas
in research and teaching, with an increasing emphasis on interdisciplinary study.
The Divisions faculties are among the largest in the world, enabling Oxford to offer an
education in Arts and Humanities unparalleled in its range of subjects, from music and fine
art to ancient and modern languages.

For more information please visit:

Faculty of Philosophy
The Oxford Philosophy Faculty has over 150 academic members, all of whom are
undertaking teaching and/or research in Philosophy at Oxford. Of these, around 60 hold
permanent posts within the Faculty; many distinguished philosophers hold posts elsewhere
in the University. Oxford thus contains the largest group of philosophers in the UK, and one
of the largest in the world. It has a vigorous research culture: the results of the 2008 RAE
show that in Philosophy Oxford had more than twice as much research activity at the highest
quality level (4*) as any other department in the UK. Each year, many distinguished
philosophers from around the world visit Oxford to give lectures and seminars. There are
over one thousand students studying Philosophy at undergraduate level, always in
combination with at least one other subject, and around 100 graduate students, about half of
whom are studying for the BPhil or the recently launched specialist MSt courses in Ancient
Philosophy and Philosophy of Physics, and the rest for the DPhil. A list of current Faculty
members and their research interests can be found on the Philosophy Faculty website at:

In August 2012, the Philosophy Faculty moved to the refurbished Radcliffe Infirmary building
on the Woodstock Road, now known as Radcliffe Humanities. As well as housing the
Philosophy Faculty, the Grade II* listed building also contains a combined Philosophy and
Theology Library and the administrative offices of the Humanities Division. The move 
which amongst other things enhances the quality and quantity of space available for the
Facultys graduate students  means that Philosophy has become the first academic unit to
be located within the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, the site on which the integrated
Humanities Centre (including new space for the Faculty) will be established in due course.
Further information about the Faculty can be found on its website at:

The Future of Humanity Institute, incorporating the FHI-Amlin Research
Collaboration on Systemic Risk of Modelling
The mission of the Future of Humanity Institute is to bring excellent scholarship to bear on
big picture questions for humanity. Despite the great theoretical and practical importance of
these issues, they have received scant academic attention. The Institute enables a few
outstanding and creative intellects to work on these pivotal problems in close collaboration.
Its goal is to pioneer research that demonstrates how such problems can be rigorously and
fruitfully investigated. The Institute's work centres on how anticipated technological
developments may affect the human condition in fundamental ways - and how we can better
understand, evaluate, and respond to radical change.

The FHI-Amlin Research Collaboration on Systemic Risk of Modelling aims to pursue better
understanding and management of systemic risks associated with modelling in the insurance
industry through strategic collaboration between the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford
University and Amlin. Systemic risks concern the unexpected collapse of an entire market,
method of doing business or method of modelling, and are of great importance to managing
risk on the large scale. The collaboration enables research into how systemic risks emerge
from the usage of models and can be managed, and aims to develop a self-sustaining
culture of accurate thinking about risk in the insurance industry.

Further information can be found on the project website:

Job description
Overview of the role
The Project Manager is responsible for the management of the FHI-Amlin Research
Collaboration. The postholder will co-ordinate and help to develop this new enterprise, and
will also act as a central point of contact for researchers as well as external audiences. The
Project Manager will be expected to work with a wide variety of staff across Oxford and
elsewhere, and will liaise with industry experts within and outside Amlin Insurance.

This is a high-level academic project management role which includes a range of
administrative responsibilities. The postholder will work most closely with the Director
(Professor Nick Bostrom, the postholders line manager) and the Academic Manager (Dr.
Sen  higeartaigh) of the Future of Humanity Institute. He or she will also be expected to
work closely with the project management team of Amlin Insurance, the Steering Committee
of the FHI-Amlin Collaborative Project, and senior administrators within the Faculty of
Philosophy. The postholder will be expected to contribute to the activities and management
of the Future of Humanity Institutes other projects.

The main responsibilities of the postholder will be to:
a) Plan and develop the long-term future activities of the FHI-Amlin Research
Collaboration (e.g. in research and networking), in partnership with the Steering
Committee. Design a strategy to develop the Collaboration into a world-leading
body for expertise on systemic risk management.
b) Publicize the work of the Collaboration though the University Press Office and
other means. Provide content for and oversight of the Collaborations website, and
act as first port of call for all enquiries about the Collaborations research.
c) Monitor the achievements of the Collaboration. Research and write reports for the
Collaboration (such as strategy documents and reports to stakeholders).
d) Coordinate and manage the workloads and activities of the research and
administrative staff of the FHI-Amlin Research Collaboration.
e) Identify and catalogue expertise relevant to Systemic Risk, and engage with
researchers in the field within and outside the University.
f) In conjunction with the relevant staff in the Philosophy Faculty, manage the
finances of the Collaboration.
g) Actively seek additional funding for the activities of the Collaboration from external
sources including research councils, charitable funding bodies, philanthropic
sources, and industry.
h) Write and co-write funding proposals.
i) Organise conferences, workshops and special seminars.
j) Assist in the management of other Future of Humanity Institute projects, and
undertake other appropriate duties for the Future of Humanity Institute as required
from time-to-time.
Selection criteria

This post represents a unique opportunity for a candidate with initiative and drive to build a
world-class research programme. Evidence of ambitious and creative thinking is therefore
expected. In addition to developing the FHI-Amlin Research Collaboration, there will be
scope for the successful candidate to contribute to the overall activities and direction of the
Future of Humanity Institute. To be successful, he or she will demonstrate the abilities below:

Essential Criteria
a) Outstanding project management skills: the ability to supervise staff, set and meet
deadlines, work rapidly under pressure, and manage multiple priorities
b) The ability to monitor the progress of the Collaboration, identifying opportunities for
further expansion, and taking course-correcting action if necessary.
c) Excellent ability to represent the Collaboration to various stakeholders.
d) Financial and strategic planning ability.
e) Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
f) The ability to coordinate a team, and to work well as part of a team.
g) A Bachelors degree
Desirable Criteria
h) A high level of education, preferably but not necessarily to PhD or postdoctoral
level. The subject of education is not as important as the ability to work in or across
different disciplines.
i) A background in finance, the insurance industry, modelling or risk may be
advantageous but is not required.
j) Experience of liaising successfully with industry, sponsors and philanthropic
k) Experience in websites, media and communications, including writing press
l) Experience of line-managing staff.
m) Experience of organising major events.
n) Experience in researching challenging material to prepare reports and documents
while under time pressure.