Head of School of Physics and Astronomy

The University of Edinburgh - School of Physics and Astronomy

College of Science and Engineering

Applications are invited from academics of international standing for the position of Head of School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh.

The School’s research is structured into three institutes; Astronomy; Condensed Matter and Complex Systems; and Particle and Nuclear Physics. It hosts a number of multi-disciplinary research centres: Centre for Science at Extreme Conditions; Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics; Tait Institute for Mathematical Physics; UK Centre for Astrobiology; and Centre for Exoplanet Science.

The School is a community of over 400 academic staff, post-doctoral researchers and research students, around 50 professional services staff, and a taught student cohort of over 700. It is based in the James Clerk Maxwell Building in The University of Edinburgh’s King’s Buildings campus and the Royal Observatory of Edinburgh on Blackford Hill. The School is experiencing a period of significant growth in both staff and students. This growth is just one driver of change, both internal to the University and externally. The School requires a strong leader with a strategic vision and the management skills to ensure that the School continues to build on its existing success and to steer a course through the many opportunities available.

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an international research reputation, a commitment to teaching excellence and significant management experience. They will be of exceptional calibre, able to provide both academic and executive leadership and to act as the external advocate of the School to a range of stakeholders, nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will be appointed to an open-ended Professorial post within the School, and a five year term as Head of School.

For an informal discussion, potential candidates are invited to contact Professor Dave Robertson, Head of College of Science and Engineering, Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 2709; D.Robertson@ed.ac.uk.

Closing Date: Friday 5th January 2018 at 5pm (GMT)

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