Professor / Associate Professor in Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Leicester
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

Professor / Associate Professor in Astrophysics

Professor Salary Grade 10 – Competitive

Associate Professor Salary Grade 9 - £50,618 to £56,950

Permanent full-time contract

Together our staff and students are discovering innovative ways to change the world for the better and there has never been a more exciting time for you to join us. We are one of the top universities worldwide and have an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are led by discovery and innovation, with the synergy between research and learning at the core of our activity.

About the role: As part of its Centenary Investment Programme, the University is seeking to appoint a highly motivated academic to the post of either Professor or Associate Professor in Astrophysics. .  In both roles, you will build upon the Department’s research profile by attracting research funding and publishing 4 star quality research, ahead of the Research Excellence Framework of 2021 and beyond. You will also make a key contribution to the Department’s teaching and administration.  

The Department of Physics and Astronomy has an international reputation for award-winning and ground-breaking research in observational and theoretical astrophysics. For example, it has active research programmes in astrophysical transients such as Gamma-Ray Bursts, exoplanets, stellar physics, planetary science and accretion physics. The Department has participated in virtually every major high-energy astrophysics satellite, has been heavily involved in the design of space instrumentation and is also preparing for a number of future projects.   Current project involvement includes the NASA Swift mission (gamma and X-ray), the NGTS exoplanet finder, the ESA GAIA mission, the wide-angle optical survey facility GOTO, the Cherenkov Telescope Array, and the JUNO mission to Jupiter. Future projects include JWST, the SVOM mission for transients, the ESA BepiColumbo mission to Mercury and the ESA Athena X-ray observatory. The Department hosts a DiRAC supercomputer node and has access to powerful University High Performance Computing facilities.

About you:  In the Professorial role, you will make a significant contribution to the Department’s international reputation, building on existing strengths and raising levels of research activity, research income, teaching excellence and the visibility of the Department of Physics and Astronomy. You will also provide academic and strategic direction within the Department.

In the Associate Professor role, you will take a leadership role in developing an area of teaching and research that will develop and enhance the Department’s reputation, both nationally and internationally. You will help develop a new area or significantly enhance an area already covered by the Department.

For both positions, we particularly encourage applications in the areas of either astrophysical transients, exoplanets or planetary science.

Please click here for more information about these positions and to apply.

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Paul O’Brien on or 0116 252 5203.

We anticipate that assessments will take place on 27 March 2018.

Closing Date: 6 March 2018 Ref: SEN00955





Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$71036.45 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$79921.82 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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