Assistant Professor in Observational Astronomy

Durham (GB)
£33,199 - £48,676
16 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
03 Jan 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor in Observational Astronomy
The role

The Department of Physics at Durham University seeks to appoint a talented individual to the role of Assistant Professor in Observational Astronomy. The successful candidate will be a member of the Centre for Extragalactic Astronomy (CEA) and will have research experience that complements and strengthens the existing areas of research within the CEA and has the strong potential to exploit the next generation of astronomical telescopes and large extragalactic surveys. The successful applicant is expected to develop an original and independent research program, to publish world-class research with a focus on quality in high impact journals and have the potential to engage with industrial partners. They will also contribute to the development and delivery of high-quality research-led teaching that produces a world-class learning environment which enables undergraduate and postgraduate students to achieve their potential. The position will start around October 2019.

Durham University hosts one of Europe's largest and most active research groups working in the fields of observational and theoretical extragalactic astronomy, cosmology and instrumentation. Currently we have 25 permanent members of staff, 3 long-term research fellows, and around 100 postdocs, students, and support staff. Our observational research is undertaken in the CEA, while theoretical activities are focused in the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC), and our instrumentation work is carried out in the Centre for Advanced Instrumentation (CfAI). Our group benefits significantly from the deep-rooted synergies between the research programmes in the CEA, ICC, and CfAI. In November 2016 the CEA moved into a new building, the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics, along with the ICC and CfAI. Further information may be found at http://www.astro.dur.ac.uk/

Candidates should have a PhD in Physics or Astronomy and an established record of research at the highest international level. They should have also demonstrated potential for teaching and postgraduate student supervision.

Vacancy Reference: PHYS19-56

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