Assistant Professor in Advanced Physical Instrumentation and Data Analysis

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Durham
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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Assistant Professor in Advanced Physical Instrumentation and Data Analysis


The Department of Physics at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented scientist to the role of Assistant Professor in Advanced Physical Instrumentation and Data Analysis.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI).  CfAI develops state-of-the-art instruments for application across a wide range of disciplines including astronomical instrumentation, biophysics, remote sensing, gamma ray astronomy (including specifically working with the CTA instrument), fusion diagnostics and with an interest in exploring opportunities for precision measurements for understanding fundamental physics. We are interested in applicants who have a strong potential to develop instrumentation to advance scientific understanding in one of these fields and the subsequent processing and analysis of the recorded data. The successful applicant will be able to build upon the world-leading expertise present within CfAI to develop advanced precision instruments for a wide range of applications.  The appointed applicant is expected to publish world-class research with a focus on quality in high impact journals and have the potential to engage with industrial partners. They will also be expected to collaborate in the development and delivery of high-quality research-led teaching in an inclusive and supportive learning environment which enables undergraduate and postgraduate students to achieve their potential.  The position will start around October 2020.


Durham University hosts one of Europe's largest and most vibrant research groups working in the fields of space science and instrumentation. Currently we have 25 permanent members of staff, 3 long-term research fellows, and around 100 postdocs, students, and support staff. Our instrumentation research is undertaken in CfAI, while theoretical activities are focused in the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC), and our observational work is carried out in the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy (CEA). Our group benefits significantly from the deep-rooted synergies between the research programmes in the CfAI, CEA and ICC. In November 2016 CfAI moved into a new building, the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, along with the ICC and CEA. CfAI also has dedicated instrumentation laboratories for integration and test located at the NETPark technology park about 7 miles from Durham. Further information may be found at


Candidates should have a PhD in Physics or a related subject and an established record of research at the highest international level. They should have also demonstrated potential for teaching and postgraduate student supervision and a clear commitment to developing an inclusive and welcoming working environment.


The Department is committed to advancing equality and we aim to ensure that our culture is inclusive, and that our systems support flexible and family-friendly working, As recognized by our Juno Champion and Athena SWAN Silver awards, we recognise and value the benefits of diversity throughout our staff and students.


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Job Reference: PHYS20-4

Application Deadline: 
Friday, December 13, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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