University Lecturer

University of Cambridge - Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, and Department of Earth Sciences

University Lectureship in Multi-Scale, Multi-Dimensional Imaging of Natural and Synthetic Materials 

To be held jointly in the Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy and the Department of Earth Sciences

Applications are invited for the post of University Lecturer in Multi-Scale, Multi-Dimensional Imaging of Natural and Synthetic Materials. 

There is a rapidly growing community of materials scientists and Earth scientists who are using multi-dimensional imaging techniques, such as x-ray and electron tomography and time-resolved microscopy, coupled with advanced computational analysis and novel visualisation methods. These techniques are set to transform our understanding of natural and synthetic materials across a range of length scales, from tens of microns to the atomic scale. We are seeking candidates who can lead a research effort in this area, interact strongly with research groups in both Departments, and define the University as a world leader in multi-dimensional imaging techniques. 

This is a new post and is one of a number created under a major initiative by the School of the Physical Sciences to promote inter-disciplinary activity in the Departments of the School.  

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Materials Science, Earth Sciences, Physics, Chemistry or a cognate subject, will have a track record of excellent research publications, and will be expected to lead and pursue a research programme of the highest standard. It is expected that their research programme will be firmly grounded in both Departments.  

They will be expected to contribute to the teaching programmes of both Departments at undergraduate and graduate level. They will contribute, as appropriate, to the academic administration of the Departments and the University. 

The Departments are committed to equality and diversity, and would particularly welcome applications from women and minority candidates. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at: The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award. 


(i) Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS.

(ii) Department of Earth Sciences, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ.   

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form. 

Please upload a letter of application which explains your interest in the position and how you will be able to engage with the work of both Departments, a CV, and a Publication List. Because this post is created under the School of the Physical Sciences' Inter-Disciplinary scheme, candidates are also required to upload a short (no more than 2 pages of A4) statement of their research vision which sets out how their research programme will require them to operate across, and contribute to, both Departments. Contact details of three referees are also required. 

Please quote reference LJ10424 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. 

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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