Vacancy ID:
5813
Location:
Leicester
Department:
Physics and Astronomy
Vacancy terms:
Full-time (job share considered) permanent
Salary details:
Grade 8 £42,155 to £51,805 per annum pro rata
Hours per week:
37.5
12 Oct 2022
About the role

The School of Physics and Astronomy is seeking to make an academic appointment at Lecturer (Grade 8) level with a focus on Planetary Science and/or Planetary Science-related Space Instrumentation and/or technology research. As a Lecturer on a teaching and research contract, the post holder will become a leading member of the Planetary Science research group of the School of Physics and Astronomy and will make significant contributions to the delivery of our high-quality undergraduate and post-graduate teaching programmes. 

The Planetary Science group is at the forefront of international research into planetary environments, spanning from their magnetospheres, ionospheres, and atmospheres to the conditions on their surfaces. Our research requires the development of instrumentation for planetary missions and space telescopes, planetary astronomy using world-leading observatories (for example the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST), analysis of data from orbiting spacecraft (examples of mission involvement include BepiColombo, Mars Express, Cluster, Tracers, Juno, JUICE, Cassini) and ground-based facilities (for example ESO’s VLT, NASA IRTF, SuperDARN) and theoretical modelling of the processes shaping conditions throughout our Solar System. Our planetary materials research involves analysing data from Mars lander missions (for example Mars Science Laboratory) and via studies of meteorites and early solar system materials.

The Space Research Centre (SRC) is an integral part of the School of Physics and Astronomy and is situated at the new Space Park Leicester (SPL), a world-leading cluster for innovative research, enterprise and education in Space and Earth Observation Science. SPL will provide a collaborative environment of industry, academics and students working together to drive growth in space and space-enabled sectors.  The SRC and SPL programme includes: the development of space engineering systems and space technologies; novel sensors and optics for high energy astrophysics, planetary missions and interdisciplinary research in the Life Sciences and Medicine; providing end-to-end engineering capability in space; and planetary science including concepts for the next generation of instrumentation, tools and techniques and planetary materials and their analysis.

About you

The post holder should have a strong and internationally recognized research profile with a clear research vision, be able to demonstrate leadership potential, and have produced quality scholarly output. The research of the successful candidate may complement and create synergies to the thriving research activities of the Planetary Science research group, or might bring involvement through science roles in new missions or facilities.  We particularly encourage applications from candidates with interest and experience in the design and development of planetary science instrumentation and technologies. Equally, we are looking for applicants with the potential to become future leaders of facilities and projects as part of the wider Planetary Science group’s portfolio.

The School of Physics and Astronomy is proudly committed to issues of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), and strives to ensure that everyone feels welcome and valued so that they can thrive and develop in the School environment and in their careers. As such the post holder will be strongly encouraged to engage with EDI activities and expected to promote EDI values particularly within their various teaching and research responsibilities.

Additional information

Informal enquiries are welcome and should be made to Professor Emma Bunce ([email protected]) and Professor Tim Yeoman ([email protected])

Interviews are anticipated to take place in early December 2022.
 
Applications for job share will be considered.
 
As part of your application, please upload a two page teaching and research statement. 
 
The University of Leicester has been changing the world, and changing people’s lives, for 100 years. When you join us, you’ll become part of a community of Citizens of Change, which includes not only our staff and our current students but also thousands of Leicester graduates around the world.
 

As a diverse and forward-thinking employer, we embed the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion into everything we do. That includes not just our core missions of teaching and research, but also our support for staff, students and our local community.

We’re committed to the wellbeing of all our staff and to the sustainability of our environment, on our campus and beyond. We offer a competitive salary package, excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance, along with opportunities to develop your career in a supportive and collaborative environment.

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