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Lecturer in Physics or Astrophysics

Requisition ID:  20354

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  10-Jun-2022


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.

Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.



Lecturer Grade F: £31,406 to £40,927 per annum

Lecturer Grade G: £42,149 to £50,296 per annum


Closing Date: 26 June 2022


The Role


Applications are invited for a Lecturer within the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics.  You will provide high quality teaching to undergraduate students within the School.


We are looking for an enthusiastic academic with expertise in any area of Physics or Astrophysics. All staff are encouraged to use tested innovative teaching practices so there will be opportunities for peer observation in order to develop your own practice. We have undergraduate programmes in Physics, Theoretical Physics and Physics with Astrophysics.


We are committed to building a Physics environment with Equality and Diversity at its core. As such, the successful applicant will have a genuine interest and commitment to developing the role of under-represented groups in Physics. In addition, you will need to demonstrate the potential to be a strong role model for the values of equality, diversity and inclusion.


Application is via a CV and a document (max. 2 pages) outlining the following:

1)    What constitutes excellent teaching to you

2)    Your past contributions to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and what your contributions to EDI at Newcastle will be. (A covering letter is not required) 


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More information about the School can be found here.


For further details about Newcastle University please visit our information page here.


The post is offered as fixed-term for 12 months to commence September/October 2022.


For more information or informal enquiries, please contact Dr Angela Dyson 


Key Accountabilities

  • To take full responsibility as module leader for teaching specific courses as directed by the Head of School. This will include preparation of all materials, delivery of lectures and tutorials, and all assessment.  The modules to be taken will be discussed with the Director of Discipline in Physics and might involve laboratory or computing practicals using Python
  • To contribute to the teaching and assessment of other modules.  This might include running computer practicals, and marking assignments and examinations
  • To contribute to the School’s recruitment and outreach activities as directed by the Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching
  • As a full member of the School, to participate in relevant School Committees such as Board of Examiners

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Ability to teach and assess a range of physics courses autonomously
  • Broad knowledge of physics as taught in Stage 1 of the Newcastle programmes in Physics
  • Specialist knowledge of high-level material as taught at Stages 2-4 of the Newcastle BSc & MPhys degrees
  • Willingness to assist with the administration of the School
  • Evidence of analytical and problem-solving capability, with the relevant personal skills, initiative and drive
  • The knowledge, ability and expertise to teach the relevant subject at undergraduate level
  • Effective time management and prioritisation skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate students
  • Proficiency with teaching support tools, including virtual learning environments
  • High level of analytical and problem-solving capability, with the relevant personal skills, initiative and drive
  • The knowledge, ability and expertise to teach the relevant subject at undergraduate level, including large group and small group teaching and project supervision
  • Effective time management and prioritisation skills and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Good interpersonal skills


  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and to encourage the commitment of others
  • An interest in course development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • Evidence of good networking skills
  • Evidence of leadership of teaching teams
  • Experience of university-level teaching


  • PhD in Physics, Astrophysics or a related discipline


  • Relevant teaching qualification

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 20354