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University seeking to appoint two new Chairs

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Publié le mercredi, 10 mai 2017

The University of Luxembourg is currently seeking to appoint two new Chairs. The first one is a new Chair in Digital Financial Services. The second one in Machine Learning will be located at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT).

PayPal-FNR PEARL Chair in Digital Financial Services

The University of Luxembourg is a research-intensive university with an international reputation in ICT and European Law, and is currently ranked 11th among universities younger than 50 years by Times Higher Education. Luxembourg is the world’s second largest investment fund center, a hub for private banking, and has a strong legal framework, providing a dynamic environment to be at the forefront of research and innovation in the cutting edge field of digital financial technologies, particularly FinTech and RegTech. The University is now seeking to appoint a new Chair in Digital Financial Services. The goal of this Chair is to demystify digital technology and rethink connections across regulators, industries and users.

The successful candidate will be an outstanding internationally recognised researcher in the field of data (computer science/engineering), risk, innovation and/or financial services. In addition to scientific standing, s/he will be motivated by the inter-disciplinary approach of this Chair and have the ability to engage credibly and creatively with both academic and non-academic stakeholders, and to create socio-economic impact from research findings. Research should focus on the development and use of innovative digital technologies which can impact financial market regulation and policy. Research activities should also be technical in nature building on the characteristics of FinTech and addressing RegTech or compliance through IT solutions thereby advancing the technological transformation of financial services regulation.

This Chair will be supported by PayPal and by the PEARL programme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR) which aims at recruiting outstanding scientists in strategically important areas to develop and strengthen Luxembourg’s national research priorities. The Chair will enjoy a start-up package for five years with a financial contribution of approximately €5 million excluding overheads. Research should focus on the development and use of innovative digital technologies which can impact financial market regulation and policy. The Chair will play a pivotal role in linking technical research and developments with legal and regulatory innovations and their financial aspects, whilst also reaching out to key stakeholders in government (ministries, regulators, government-run start-up incubators) and to companies in the financial service sector.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on Esther.Mennen@perrettlaver.com or +31202404379. Applications can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/, quoting reference 2984. The closing date for applications is 09:00am CEST on Wednesday 24th May 2017.

Chair in Machine Learning

The University of Luxembourg is a research-intensive university with an international reputation in ICT, Bio-medicine, and European Law, and is currently ranked 11th among universities younger than 50 years by Times Higher Education. Building on the strengths of Luxembourg’s dynamic economy, enjoying expanding public spending in research, and leveraging its extensive international network, the University aims to become a leading European research institution in its priority areas

Launched in 2009 by the University of Luxembourg, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT) conducts world-leading research and innovations in information and communication technology. The SnT priority areas are aligned with objectives in the government’s Digital Lëtzebuerg strategy. Specifically, SnT’s actions address the diversification of the economy, bring research actors closer to areas of important economic activity, strengthen Public–Private Partnerships (PPP), and increase Luxembourg’s international focus, especially through a greater participation in European programs. 

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust is now seeking to appoint a new Chair in Machine Learning to strengthen its scientific base in this area and to complement several SnT research teams who currently conduct projects where machine learning technology is used. The successful appointee will have a world-leading research profile demonstrated by highly cited top publications in top peer-reviewed journals and conferences, and a successful track record in securing external research funds. S/he will also have the leadership experience and vision to further develop and strengthen the Centre’s leading reputation in the field of machine learning. Upon approval by the university, the candidate and his/her research program will be evaluated by the PEARL programme of the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR). In case of a successful PEARL application, the Chair will be appointed and enjoy a start-up package for five years to the order of €4 million.

An executive search exercise is being undertaken by Perrett Laver to assist the Selection Committee. Perrett Laver may be contacted for informal enquiries and questions on jack.bircher@perrettlaver.com or +31202404378. Applications can be uploaded at https://candidates.perrettlaver.com/vacancies/, quoting reference 2983. The closing date for applications is 09:00am CEST on Wednesday 24th May 2017.