Lectureship in Theoretical and/or Observational Astrophysics

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Publish Date: 
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Job Summary
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Faculty Positions (tenure and tenure-track)
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University College London
Department Name: 
Physics and Astronomy
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Dept Physics and Astronomy
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University College London
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Job Announcement Text: 

UCL invites applications for a lectureship in Theoretical and/or Observational Astrophysics. We particularly encourage applications from those with research interests in the area of Multi-messenger/Transient Astronomy.  The lecturer will be part of the Astrophysics group and is expected to have an excellent record of academic research.  They will be expected to be undertaking world-class research at the forefront of contemporary Astrophysics.  They will be expected to enhance the Group’s consolidated grant portfolio, as well as raise funds from other external sources to provide support for their research, postdoctoral research staff and PhD students.  Proven ability to raise funds for one's own research (e.g. through a personal fellowship) would be an advantage.  The post-holder would be expected to undertake normal undergraduate teaching duties within the Department, supervise postgraduate students, and contribute to the general life of the Department and University.

Essential requirements: a PhD in Physics or Astrophysics (or a closely related discipline) and a high profile in a contemporary astrophysical research area such as Multi-messenger/Transient Astronomy.

The Astrophysics Group is one of the largest in the UK, comprising about 90 members of academic, research and support staff, of which 22 are academic staff members. Our research areas cover massive stars, star formation, interstellar and circumstellar processes, astrochemistry, cosmology, galaxy formation and evolution, planetary science, extra-solar planets, atmospheric physics and instrumentation.  The department has a strong track record of investment and scientific leadership in survey facilities such as DES, DESI, 4MOST, LSST and PFS.  We have recently joined the LISA consortium in a joint venture with UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory. Furthermore, our group has contributed major instrumentation which directly enables scientific breakthroughs in this field – examples include the DES scientific exploitation of the first multimessenger discovery of a binary neutron star merger; DESI which recently achieved first light; and 4MOST which will transform survey spectroscopy in the time-domain.  Queries regarding the application process, or informal enquiries regarding the vacancy, can be made via Mrs Kay Nakum, [email protected]. Informal enquiries may also be directed to the Head of the Astrophysics Group, Professor Serena Viti ([email protected]).

Applications should be made online: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/ Please select "Permanent, temporary, fixed-term and apprenticeships", then "Search for permanent and fixed term job", and enter the job reference number 1857703 into "Ref No". Please complete the application procedure as directed, also providing a CV with a list of publications, a statement of research interests and plans (3-page limit) and the names of three referees who should be asked to email letters of reference by the February 29th 2020 deadline to [email protected]. Salary: UK Pounds £44,674 - £52,701  per annum (including London Allowance).

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Conditions of Service and benefits are outlined at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/salary_scales/academic_tcs.php

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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