Lecturer in Theoretical Plasma Physics and / or Space Science

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

South Kensington Campus

The Space-Plasma-Climate (SPC) section is a newly-formed unit within the Department of Physics and draws together 29 academic staff from the Plasma, Space and Atmospheric and Astrophysics research groups. It has a diverse range of research interests including: high density plasmas; inertial confinement fusion; exoplanets and planet formation; MHD plasma modelling; fundamental plasma processes such as reconnection, turbulence and shocks; planetary plasma physics; experimental laboratory astrophysics, space instrumentation; and magnetic confinement fusion. Some significant and relevant roles within the section include: the MAGPIE Z-pinch experiment; the Institute for Shock Physics; major collaborations with AWE and LLNL; PI of the magnetometer investigation on the Solar Orbiter mission (launch 2018); and PI of the magnetometer investigation of the JUICE mission (launch 2022).

A key goal of the formation of the SPC section is to enhance interactions between its research areas and we are now seeking a candidate whose research interests cover or complement one or more of those listed above. We particularly seek candidates who can work across several areas, for example covering similar processes in both laboratory and space plasmas. This could be theoretical, simulation-based, possibly supporting existing experimental programmes, or a combination of these. This post therefore represents an opportunity for an excellent candidate to harness the world-class expertise within the SPC section to develop an enduring research programme which supports and extends our existing scientific, mission and facility portfolio.

The successful candidate will have a good undergraduate degree and a PhD (or equivalent) in Physics, together with a portfolio of research published in highly rated international journals.  In addition, the successful candidate will have a proven record of working in one or more of the areas of interest of the SPC section and be able to demonstrate a good understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of these areas. The successful candidate must also have the potential to raise external research funding required from UK and other sources to maintain and enhance the College's leading research activities in space and plasma physics research.

The successful candidate will be expected to have a proven commitment to excellence in teaching at the university level, and previous experience of university teaching at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level, and of postgraduate student supervision.

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

Informal enquiries should be directed to Professors Roland Smith (Head of the Plasma Physics Group: email: r.a.smith@imperial.ac.uk ), Michele Dougherty (PI, Cassini and JUICE, email: m.dougherty@imperial.ac.uk) or Tim Horbury (PI, Solar Orbiter, email: t.horbury@imperial.ac.uk).

Applications should be made by submitting the completed Lecturer (Clinical and Non-Clinical) application and Recruitment monitoring form, along with your full CV, to be sent via email to Ms Angela Kehoe, Senior HR Manager, Telephone: 00 44 (0) 20 7594 5653, e-mail: a.kehoe@imperial.ac.uk, quoting reference number NS2016208KL

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Two Ticks Employer. The Department of Physics is also an IoP Juno Champion and Athena Silver Swan winner.

Closing Date: 5th December 2016 (midnight GMT)

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