Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astronomical Instrumentation

Durham University - Department of Physics

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint an outstanding candidate at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) level. We welcome applications from exceptional scholars with research and teaching interests in the broad field of astronomical instrumentation. Preference will be given to applicants with a strong background in optical-infrared astronomy, however well-qualified candidates in other areas of astronomical instrumentation are also encouraged to apply.

This post offers an exciting opportunity to make a major contribution to the development of the Department of Physics research and teaching, and the successful candidate will be expected to lead the development and exploitation of innovative new instruments and contribute to our portfolio of research-led teaching activities.

The Department of Physics at Durham University is one of the very best UK Physics departments with an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching, research and employability of our students. Ranked in the top 10 in REF2014 in terms of grade point average, 96% of Durham Physics research was considered either to be of "internationally excellent quality" or "world leading”. The Department hosts an internationally recognised Centre for Advanced Instrumentation which develops state-of-the-art instruments for application across a wide range of disciplines including astronomical instrumentation, biophysics, remote sensing and fusion diagnostics. Current activities of the group in astronomical instrumentation involve a number of international partners and include instruments for both ground-based and space-based platforms.

The successful candidate will join a team of 8 academic staff in the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation with interests across a broad range of physical sciences. The advanced instrumentation research group has very close links with the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy and the Institute for Computational Cosmology, as well as links to colleagues in the Atomic & Molecular Physics and Condensed Matter Physics groups, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to develop these further as opportunities arise.

Successful applicants will, ideally, be in post by 1st September 2017

We embrace excellence in all its forms and invite all qualified candidates to apply. We particularly welcome applications from women, candidates with disabilities and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in the University.

For further details of this position and to make an application, please visit: www.durham.ac.uk/academictalent

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