Chair / Reader in Experimental Solid State Physics

Imperial College London - Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural Sciences

Chair Salary: Minimum of £73,270 per annum

Reader Salary: Minimum of £57,710 per annum

South Kensington Campus

Applications are invited for the post of Chair/Reader in Experimental Solid State Physics. Applicants with a strong background in the area of experimental solid state physics are invited to apply.

The appointee will be affiliated to the Condensed Matter Physics Sections of the Department and be part of the Experimental Solid State Group. The Condensed Matter Physics Section comprises 25 academic staff with expertise in the following areas: classical and quantum nanotechnology and nanophotonics; materials for energy applications, with particular strength in photovoltaics; plasmonics and metamaterials; the physics of organic and hybrid semiconductors and their applications; materials theory and simulation; superconductivity; complexity; magnetism; and strongly-correlated systems.

For this senior post, candidates will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant area and will be able to attract and supervise high-quality PhD students, supervise postdoctoral research staff, publish papers in leading peer-reviewed journals, disseminate research findings at international conferences, obtain research funding and contribute enthusiastically to the Department’s outstanding undergraduate and Master’s teaching programme. They will also be expected to interact with colleagues from other departments at Imperial, as well as develop collaborations nationally and internationally.

For Reader appointments, the appointee will have developed an international reputation in their field of Experimental Solid State Physics based on a track record of research shown to influence their area of research, and be able to consistently demonstrate the ability to attract research income.

For Professor/Chair appointments, the appointee will be able to demonstrate a sustained international reputation in their field of Experimental Solid State Physics based on an extensive track record of research with a major influence on their field of research and a significant impact shown, for example through consistent influence on research income.

In line with the Department’s Athena SWAN programme, we particularly welcome female applicants.

Informal enquiries may be made to: Professor Stefan Maier, Head of the Experimental Solid State Group, by phone (+44) 020 7594 6063 or by email to

Our preferred method of application is online via the Imperial College website Further particulars of the post are available on the website, searching with the reference number NS2016207NT. 

If you are unable to apply online, or have queries about the application process, please contact Mrs Maria Monteiro, Senior Appointments Coordinator, Human Resources Division, Level 3 Faculty Building, Imperial College London, London SW7 2AZ, (

Please note that CVs should only be submitted for Academic posts and must be accompanied by an application form. For all other posts, including Research and Administrative and Support posts, please submit an application form only, unless requested otherwise.

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Closing Date: 3 January 2017 (Midnight GMT)

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