Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Exeter

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Sunday, December 9, 2018
Archive Date: 
Sunday, February 3, 2019
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Exeter
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

The College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences wishes to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics at the University of Exeter. This post is available immediately within the Astrophysics group (http://emps.exeter.ac.uk/physics-astronomy/research/astrophysics/) at the University of Exeter, on a fixed term basis of up to 5 years. 

The group is particularly active in the fields of exoplanets, star formation and computational stellar astrophysics. It engages in cutting-edge instrumentation projects, through the Terra Hunting Experiment (a 1M pound Exeter strategic investment), which will allow the acquisition of unique data enabling the study of Earth-twins,and the MIRC-X project (1.65M Euro ERC funds) devoted to the inner regions of protoplanetary discs. Exeter is leading a JWST Early Release Science Program devoted to high contrast imaging of exoplanets and is considering establishing an instrumentation lab that will focus on developing high-contrast imaging instrumentation for exoplanet detection and characterization. The group’s activities are also at the forefront of complex numerical modelling devoted to star formation, stellar atmospheres/interior structures and to exoplanet atmospheres.

The role

Candidates in areas related or complementary to existing Exeter strengths will be considered. You will be expected to conduct an internationally excellent research programme and to contribute to relevant areas of teaching as appropriate. The post will be offered on a fixed term basis initially for up to 5 years. Should the successful candidate secure a substantial fellowship or research grant during their contract, then the College will normally consider that individual for a permanent academic position.

About you

For a Lecturer post you will have:

  • A PhD in Physics, Astrophysics or a related area and have an independent, internationally recognised research programme in a relevant active field of research
  • Enthusiasm for delivering high quality undergraduate programmes
  • A strong record in attracting funding for research or demonstrate potential to attract such funding
  • Involvement in projects which develop impact
  • An active approach to interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research

For Senior Lecturer, in addition to the above, you will have:

  • A strong potential for research leadership
  • A track record in refereed publications and success in significant grant capture

Please ensure you read our Job Description and Person Specificationfor full details of this role.

The starting salary will be from £35,211 to £43,267 on Grade F (Lecturer) or £44,559 to £58,089 on Grade G (Senior Lecturer) depending on qualifications and experience.

For an informal and confidential discussion about the post please contact Prof Isabelle Baraffe (+44 1392 725123 or i.baraffe@exeter.ac.uk)

The closing date for applications is January 31st 2019

Only application made via our website will be accepted. Please include a three-page research plan as part of your uploaded CV.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer and holds an institutional Athena SWAN Silver award. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$44817.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$73943.00 (USD)
Included Benefits: 

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave(up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Friday, February 22, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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University of Exeter
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