Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics (Education and Research) University of Exeter, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences United Kingdom

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics (Education and Research)


Job reference P65475

Date posted 05/12/2018

Application closing date 31/01/2019

Location Exeter

Salary 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.

Package Generous holiday allowances, flexible working, pension scheme and relocation package (if applicable).

Job category/type Academic


Job description
College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences


This post is available immediately within the Astrophysics group 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 inter-disciplinary 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 Specification for full details of this role.


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

- A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon


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


Only applications 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 a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. We encourage proactive engagement with industry, business and community partners to enhance the impact of research and education and improve the employability of our students.


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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