Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Newcastle University
Department Name: 
School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Tyne and Wear
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics

Lecturer Grade F: £36,382 to £40,927 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £42,149 to £50,296 per annum

Senior Lecturer Grade H: £51,799 to £60,022 per annum


The Role


As part of a strategy to rapidly expand our Physics programme, the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics (MSP) is looking to appoint an Astrophysicist. The post is required to commence September 2023 at the latest. 


We are looking for an enthusiastic academic with expertise in any area of observational or theoretical astrophysics. You will be expected to establish their own area of expertise but may find synergies with our existing areas of strength (galactic magnetism, stellar and planetary (magneto-) hydrodynamics, AGN and accretion physics, neutron stars, cosmology and relativity). Applications are particularly encouraged from those with an interest in Astrostatistics. Newcastle has recently secured an STFC CDT [Science and Technology Facilities Council - Centre for Doctoral Training] in data intensive science in partnership with Northumbria University.


Newcastle University expects to grow its Physics academic staff by employing ~20 Physicists over the next 5-7 years. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help shape the research and teaching associated with this expansion. We are committed to build a Physics environment with Equality and Diversity at its core. As such, in addition to a strong research track record, the successful applicant will have a genuine interest and commitment to developing the role of under-represented groups in Physics, and an interest in establishing innovative, evidence-based  programmes that will target these groups at all levels. In addition, the successful candidate will need to demonstrate the potential to be a strong role model for the values of equality, diversity and inclusion.


Application is via a CV and a document (max. 3 pages) outlining the following:
1)    your top 5 research outputs (accounting for career breaks) in which you have had a significant input.  This may include journal publications and other forms of output relating to impact.  For multi-author works, describe your contribution AND research funding applied for or received.

2)    what constitutes excellent teaching to you

3)    your past contributions to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and what your contributions to EDI at Newcastle will be


A covering letter is not required.


For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Angela Dyson [email protected] or  Prof Tamara Rogers, [email protected].

To apply visit our careers page at jobs.ncl.ac.uk and search for the vacancy ID 20621


Specific Responsibilities of Position

•    Undertake independent original research in any area of astrophysics
•    Publish refereed articles in journals of international standing
•    Collaborate with colleagues in the School on research with synergies to their own
•    Develop grant-funded research projects
•    Supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers
•    Undertake external professional activities that contribute to the development of physics and astrophysics
•    Undertake teaching in physics
•    Contribute to the life and work of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics in general and to the physics section in particular
•    Carry out administrative duties as assigned by the Head of School and the School Executive Committee


Newcastle University expects to grow its Physics academic staff by employing ~30 Physicists over the next 5-7 years. The section has a strong record of activity in a wide range of areas including galactic magnetism, stellar and  planetary (magneto-)hydrodynamics, neutron stars, cosmology and relativity. We have frequent visitors and a wide network of collaborators.  


Research interests of the physics and applied mathematics sections include radio astronomy, astrophysical fluid dynamics (in particular dynamo action and magneto convection), galactic, solar and geophysical magneto-hydrodynamics, quantum field theory, cosmology and quantum gravity, vortex dynamics, superfluidity and Bose-Einstein condensation in quantum fluids and gases including dipolar gases, finite-temperature effects and related aspects of quantum optics, first principles modelling of materials, device simulation, 2D materials, spintronics, optoelectronics and photonics. 


We are members of the LOFAR radio-telescope project and host regular LOFAR meetings. Research in quantum fluids and gases is carried out as part of the JQC (Joint Quantum Centre) Durham-Newcastle, a formal collaboration between Newcastle University and the University of Durham. The JQC includes 50 staff and PhD students working in a key field of fundamental science with future potential for practical applications in quantum technologies. 


All our staff are entitled to regular sabbaticals on full pay and generous funding is available for travel and visitors.  Our main grant funding presently comes from EPSRC and STFC.


The Person

Knowledge (inc. Qualifications)
•    PhD in physics, astrophysics or a related discipline
•    Knowledge/expertise in astrophysics
•    Willingness to participate in research projects, including those with collaborators outside the School
•    Willingness to assist with the administration of the School

•    Relevant teaching qualification


Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical)
•    Evidence of analytical and problem-solving capability, with the relevant personal skills, initiative and drive
•    The knowledge, ability and expertise to teach the relevant subject at undergraduate level
•    Effective time management and prioritisation skills to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching, research and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines
•    Excellent communication skills
•    Potential to achieve international standing in research within a few years through obtaining grant and research contract awards, leading journal publications and conference participation
•    Good interpersonal skills

•    Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and to encourage the commitment of others
•    An interest in course development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
•    Evidence of good networking skills
•    Potential to provide leadership to research or teaching teams


Experience and Achievements (paid or unpaid)
•    Possess a track record of research in any area of astrophysics
•    Demonstrable ability to effectively teach, support and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students
•    A clear realistic vision for your research that represents a good fit with aims of the academic unit
•    Able to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework

•    A record of successful research income generation either in own name or as major contributor
•    Experience of presentation of work to the national/international research community (at conferences, seminars and similar high profile events)
•    Evidence of (or potential for) research leadership
•    An understanding of the grant/funding application process
•    Holding current or recent research funding
•    Experience of university-level teaching

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 20621

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
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