University Lectureship in Exoplanetary Science

University of Cambridge - Department of Earth Sciences, Institute of Astronomy

This lectureship is a joint appointment by the Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Astronomy (IoA). This is one of a number of new posts created under a major initiative by the School of the Physical Sciences to promote interdisciplinary activity. We seek candidates whose research is creative and innovative in the realm of Earth sciences, planetary sciences, and/or astronomy, and with high potential for interdisciplinary research in exoplanetary science. Candidates should have an outstanding record of research in a relevant subject area and will be expected to develop a vigorous research programme at an international level.

The Department of Earth Sciences has broad interests in the chemical evolution of the Earth and solar system, with major expertise across petrology, mineral physics, meteoritics, geochemistry, cosmochemistry, volcanology, and geophysics. The IoA conducts forefront research across the breadth of astrophysics and cosmology and has a strong programme in exoplanetary science spanning exoplanet detection, exoplanetary atmospheres and interiors, planetary system dynamics and minor bodies, debris disks, protoplanetary disks and planet formation. The IoA also has strong ties with exoplanet research at the Department of Physics as well as at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

The successful applicant will contribute to the research activity of both Departments leading to interaction with staff across several areas, supervise research students and actively seek external funds to support their research. The applicant's research programme will be firmly grounded in both Departments. The person appointed will contribute to teaching, in areas relevant to either Department, and to the academic administration of the Departments and the University; the overall load will be no more than any other member of staff. At introductory level they may be asked to teach outside their immediate field of specialisation. Departments assist new academic staff as much as possible to establish their research in Cambridge.

Applicants should have a PhD in geosciences, planetary sciences, physics, astronomy, or an allied discipline relevant to exoplanetary science. The appointment will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. A University Lectureship is broadly equivalent to a tenure track Assistant Professorship in the US.

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.

The application should include (a) cover letter, (b) Curriculum Vitae, (c) list of publications, (d) research statement (which should be no more than three pages plus references), and (e) contact details for three referees. The research statement should show how the candidate's research vision would be genuinely rooted in, and requires operations across, the two Departments.

Candidates are requested to ask their referees to send their letters directly to the Administrator ( by Saturday 7 January, 2017.

Interviews will be held in the week of 27 February 2017. The appointed candidate would generally be expected to start in October 2017.

Please quote reference LB10363 in any correspondence about this vacancy. 

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