Senior Research Fellow in Business Transformation
City Site

Job reference: 010834

Location: City Site

Closing date: 11/07/2022

Salary : Grade I (£41,130 - £52,056 p.a.)

Employment type: Permanent

Team: Management

School / Directorate : Nottingham Business School

We are deeply proud of our academic community. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a diverse and dynamic learning environment, defined by a shared sense of respect for all its people. Our mission is to be bold, to do the right things and to change lives, and our academics are key to realising those goals. Their work continues to reinforce our credentials as an award-winning university, and a research centre of excellence.

Our continued success — underpinned by the number of prestigious national awards we’ve won — has hinged on two commitments: forging excellent partnerships around the world and harnessing the talents of all our people. We secured a ‘Gold’ rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework; received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our pioneering research; and in 2018, we were the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, further demonstrating our commitment to ensuring ‘success for all’. NTU is a university at the peak of its powers, but we know we can still go even further. That’s why we’re now looking for new, passionate, ambitious people to join our community.

The Senior Research Fellow role is equivalent to a typical Assistant Professor role you may find in other business schools.

Nottingham Business School (NBS) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is internationally recognised as one of the world’s leading business schools, providing education and research that combines academic excellence with impact on business and society.  NBS is quadruple crown+ school by (EQUIS, AACSB, SBC, and EFMD Accreditation) as well as being a UN’s PRME Champion.

NBS is a place for well-rounded academics who care deeply about making a positive difference, are provided with the support to develop their ideas, work with colleagues from diverse backgrounds and excel in brining innovations that keep NBS as a leading force in business, management and economics research and education.

One of the most vibrant research environments in the UK, we have nine world-leading research centres: Responsible and Sustainable Business Lab; Centre for People, Work and Organisational Practice; Centre for Economics, Policy and Public Management; Centre for Behavioural Sciences; Centre for International Business Strategy and Decisions; Work, Informalisation, and Place Research Centre; Marketing and Consumer Studies Research Centre; Fintech Research Centre and Centre for Business and Industry Transformation (CBIT).

Centre for Business and Industry Transformation (CBIT).

This is a fantastic opportunity to join the newly established and highly dynamic and exciting Centre for Business and Industry Transformation (CBIT, CBIT is established by the team who has created the top ranked entrepreneurship education programme in the UK (by Eduniversal), with a legacy of accelerating over 100+ innovative businesses.

Leveraging its £6.5m+ research funding portfolio, CBIT is a unique initiative that integrates Business Transformation research rigor into transformative Venture Building practice and disruptive leader education.

What you’ll do

You will be a founding member of the CBIT, acting as a research lead. You will be contributing to the entire academic excellence of the centre, but especially own the research agenda for corporate entrepreneurship and business (digital) transformation. You will be embedding academic methodology and rigour in business transformation practice.

You will be expected to lead and deliver high-quality publications, secure research funding, knowledge transfer partnership grants or third-stream income as appropriate, and contribute to the department’s research and external engagement strategy.

You will provide mentorship to others working within the programs, as well as supervise research students.

Who you are

You are passionate about transforming business and industry through academic–industry collaboration. You will have contributed to a range of inter/multidisciplinary research activities in the fields related to business and industry transformation from one of the tracks

  • Information Science / Tech Management Track: including but not limited to Data Science; Machine Learning; Artificial Intelligence; Computational Ontology; Knowledge representation; Personal Data; PrivTech; and other business / industry enabling / transformative technologies
  • Entrepreneurship / Innovation / Strategy track: including but not limited to business and economic models; transformation methodologies and management; (Corporate) Entrepreneurship, innovation, service science etc.

You will have demonstrated early authority for the quality and impact of research and education activities, as well as a developed international profile in your fields of expertise.

You have a positive attitude, and wish to be part of a forward-looking Centre, a great business school community, and a caring University that prides itself on being an inclusive employer that has a strong reputation for supporting developing colleagues and their potential. 

​​​​​​​Interview Date: To be confirmed

For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Centre Director Professor Xiao Ma (, or Associate Dean of Research Professor Alistair Bruce (​​​​​​​

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.

This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.

We’re proud of how far we’ve come. With a shared vision, we are a community of more than 4,000 colleagues, all committed to our goal of becoming ‘the university of the future’. Do you have the passion to help us to go even further?

Please note that this role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and successful applicants will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions. ​​​​​​​


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