Imperial College London

Advanced Research Fellow - Data Scientist

Job description

A unique opportunity for an experienced computational social scientist to join a growing and dynamic research centre where they will develop and lead a research agenda that focuses on understanding what corporations do to align their policies and practises with the ‘People’ and ‘Prosperity’ UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Leonardo Centre on Business for Society at Imperial College Business School is a new research centre with a mission to contribute to the development of a more integrative, just, and sustainable model of economic and social development by discovering, testing and diffusing innovative logics business.

The Centre’s activities are centred on principles of collaborative design across the social, natural, engineering, data, medical and neuropsychological sciences, and the deployment of knowledge development processes with companies and key stakeholders. The Centre provides a collaborative platform for researchers to work with executives, entrepreneurs, investors, value chain partners, unions, government institutions, local communities, and NGOs. The platform includes a unique dataset of published corporate sustainability initiatives to design and test the impact of innovative change interventions in core business functions.

Duties and responsibilities

As senior member of the research team, you will lead on data collection, model development, coding, model calibration, numerical analysis, data visualisation, data curation, and statistical analysis to better understand what corporations do to realise the ‘People’ and ‘Prosperity’ Sustainable Development Goals

You will undertake a research programme that investigates the societal impact of corporations in collaboration with senior scholars affiliated with the Centre, in particular, colleagues in the Data Science Institute. In addition, you will be expected to nurture a productive personal research agenda.

Research responsibilities:

  • Research design and grant writing.
  • Develop a research agenda to study corporate sustainability behaviour with a particular emphasis on societal issues.
  • Report results in various formats and for different interested audiences.
  • Project development in collaboration with business and other institutions.
  • Produce research papers for publication in leading academic journals.


  • Manage and monitor the resources allocated to the role’s funding appropriately.
  • Contribute to Centre management as required.
  • Attend relevant meetings.

Essential requirements

You should have significant capability to produce high quality research in a relevant discipline, consistent with the objectives of the Centre. We are seeking a candidate with expertise in computational social science for sustainable development and with a proven track record of research at the interface between finance, business, and corporate social responsibility.

Please see the attached JD for a full list of the essential requirements for the role.

Further information

The successful candidate will be employed full-time on a fixed-term 2-year contract which may eventually be renewable for an additional two years.

Full list of essential and desirable criteria is set out in the Job Description.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Simone Cenci –

Should you have any questions regarding the recruitment process please contact Charlotte Kincaid –


  • Advanced Research Fellow - JD.pdf

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