Head of the Department of Physics

London (Greater) (GB)
Internationally Competitive
04 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
04 Oct 2023
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Imperial College London is one of the world’s leading universities with an enduring mission to achieve excellence in research and education in science, engineering, medicine, and business for the benefit of society, through our talented community of staff, students and alumni. 

It is in this context we are seeking to recruit our next Head of the Department of Physics. 

The Department of Physics is one of the largest in the UK and has been at the forefront of Physics since its foundation over 150 years ago. It aims to inspire world class science in fundamental theory and experimentation while providing high quality teaching and education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Department is an IoP Juno Practitioner and an Athena Silver SWAN Award winner reflecting our commitment to building a supportive, inclusive, and highly motivated community

Imperial provides globally leading education in STEM subjects for more than 19,000 students, over half of whom come from overseas, reflecting its status as the UK’s most international university. Its alumni and members also include 14 Nobel laureates and three Fields Medallists.

As Head of Department, you will have the opportunity to devise and deliver an ambitious strategy to develop the Department’s world class research output, teaching, and student experience. You will play a leading role in managing key stakeholder relationships internally and cultivating international networks and partners

The successful candidate will have a significant track record of internationally recognised research in their designated field, including publications in high quality journals, a successful track record of developing and securing external research funding and supervision of PhD students to completion. The appointee will also be passionate about academic leadership and evidence the ability to manage and develop effective working relationships with academic and professional staff, displaying a strong commitment to fostering an ambitious and inclusive environment.

To apply, or to download further information on the required qualifications, skills, and experience for the role, please visit quoting reference 6720. Applications will close at 12 noon BST on Monday 16th October 2023.

Salary: Internationally Competitive

Location: Primarily at Imperial College’s South Kensington, with some travel to other College campuses

As a leading institution in the heart of London, Imperial College proudly upholds a longstanding commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusion. Valuing the diversity of the Imperial community is one of the four cornerstones of the recent strategy and Imperial College London strongly encourages applications from those with a diverse range of backgrounds.

We will build a supportive, diverse, inclusive, and highly motivated staff community across all disciplines, functions, and activities. This will help us to attract and retain the talented and diverse staff we need to achieve our mission.

Please visit the following links in order to find more information about the use of personal information provided by candidates to Imperial College London and Perrett Laver:

Thank you for considering Imperial. It is an exciting time to join us, and we welcome your application. 

Richard Craster
Professor of Applied Mathematics, CMath, FIOA, FIMA, FCGI
Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences