The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham (UoB) seeks to appoint an Assistant Professor in stellar and/or exoplanetary astrophysics to work as part of the Sun, Stars & Exoplanets Research Group. We welcome applications from theoretical and observational researchers. The ideal candidate should conduct research that diversifies, but also complements, the current expertise of the Group. We welcome applications from all backgrounds to enrich the Group’s internal culture and to create an environment representative of the wider public.
The Group currently comprises Prof. Amaury Triaud (Head of Group), who focuses on exoplanet observations; Prof. Bill Chaplin (now Head of the School of Physics & Astronomy at Birmingham), an expert in asteroseismology and helioseismology; Dr Guy Davies, who applies machine learning and advanced statistical methods to asteroseismic and exoplanetary datasets; and Dr Annelies Mortier, an expert in solar/stellar activity and high-precision radial-velocity observations. In addition, the Group includes honorary Prof. Yvonne Elsworth (RAS gold medal in 2020), our BiSON Network Manager, one secretary, six postdoctoral researchers, and eight PhD students. Birmingham's School of Physics & Astronomy also has another research group focussing on Gravitational Wave Astronomy and extragalactic astrophysics, which has nine academics. Both groups interact closely.The successful candidate will be expected to contribute teaching in our undergraduate degree programmes, and contribute towards the School's administrative activities. Applicants are expected to demonstrate academic citizenship, develop and maintain mutually respectful and supportive working relationships with staff and students, and ensure their role impacts positively on others.
Role specifications include the following:
- A PhD (or equivalent) in Astronomy & Astrophysics.
- Extensive research experience and exceptional scholarship in stellar and exoplanetary astrophysics (theoretical and/or observational).
- Excellent written and oral communication in English, with ability to communicate effectively with staff and students in formal and informal settings
- Proven ability to independently secure funding to support research and collaborations
- Proven ability to devise, advise on and manage research
- Skills in successfully leading, managing, motivating and mentoring others at all levels.
You should make sure to attach the following to your application:
- An academic CV, along with a full publication list.
- A statement of future research plans and objectives (max 2 pages). You should devote at least half a page to describing how your research activities and your skills will complement and expand the Sun, Stars & Exoplanets Research Group (in respect of research and wider Group aspects).
- A statement on your teaching approach and experience (max 2 pages); and
- Contact details for three referees.
Full details and application link here
We expect interviews to be held in person in Birmingham on 18 & 19 October.
For further information about this post, please contact: Professor Amaury Triaud ([email protected]), Dr Guy Davies ([email protected]) and Dr Annelies Mortier ([email protected]).