Lecturer in Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 31, 2023
Archive Date: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
Queen Mary University of London
Department Name: 
School of Physical and Chemical Sciences - Department of Physics and Astronomy
Street Line 1: 
Mile End Road
Street Line 3: 
E1 4NS
E1 4NS
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

About the Role

The Astronomy Unit at Queen Mary University of London seeks to appoint a lecturer with research expertise in one or more of the areas of exoplanets, planet formation and star formation. This is a teaching and research position, with time split between lecturing, project supervision and research

About You

The research expertise of the successful candidate would ideally align with and extend the research of the planet formation/exoplanets group. We are equally interested in observational or theoretical expertise.

Broad areas that the group works on include planet formation, planet-disc interaction, circumbinary discs and planets, the star formation/planet formation connection (particularly external photoevaporation) young exoplanet systems and their host stars. We are involved in theoretical research utilising high performance computing facilities, as well as observational projects using facilities including JWST, ALMA, TESS, NGTS, HST and the VLT.

The successful candidate should have a strong track record in research and a clear plan for research in the future.

Lecturing and supervision experience will strengthen an application but are not essential.

About the School/Department

The Astronomy Unit is part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences based at Mile End Campus in London.

We have substantial on-site dedicated computing facilities for data reduction and developing numerical models.

We are also engaged with other groups in the London area, undertaking regular exoplanet/planet formation meetings with Imperial, UCL and MSSL.

In addition, the Astronomy Unit has a strong group in solar/plasma physics, including involvement in the Parker Solar Probe, as well as a strong group in cosmology and gravitational waves, with involvement in Euclid and LISA.


We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for part-time/fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work life balance and family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus.

The post is based at the Mile End Campus in London. It is full time (35 hours per week), permanent appointment, with an expected start date of late 2023/ early 2024. The starting salary will be Grade 5 through 6, in the range of £47,178 - £58,595 per annum (pro-rata), inclusive of London Allowance.

Queen Mary’s commitment to our diverse and inclusive community is embedded in our appointments processes. Reasonable adjustments will be made at each stage of the recruitment process for any candidate with a disability. We are open to considering applications from candidates wishing to work flexibly.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Thomas Haworth at [email protected].

To apply for the role, please click the APPLY.

The closing date for applications is 13 September 2023.

Interviews are expected to be held in September 2023 or shortly thereafter.

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Sri Kulandaivelu
Executive Assistant
Queen Mary University of London
Department Name: 
School of Physical and Chemical Sciences
Street Line 1: 
Mile End Road
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Dr Thomas Haworth