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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics

Requisition ID:  20621

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  20-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: £36,382 to £40,927 per annum

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

Senior Lecturer Grade H: £51,799 to £60,022 per annum


Closing Date: 20 Sept 2022


The Role


As part of a strategy to rapidly expand our Physics programme, the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics (MSP) is looking to appoint an Astrophysicist. The post is required to commence September 2023 at the latest. 


We are looking for an enthusiastic academic with expertise in any area of observational or theoretical astrophysics. You will be expected to establish their own area of expertise but may find synergies with our existing areas of strength (galactic magnetism, stellar and planetary (magneto-) hydrodynamics, AGN and accretion physics, neutron stars, cosmology and relativity). Applications are particularly encouraged from those with an interest in Astrostatistics. Newcastle has recently secured an STFC CDT [Science and Technology Facilities Council - Centre for Doctoral Training] in data intensive science in partnership with Northumbria University.


Newcastle University expects to grow its Physics academic staff by employing ~20 Physicists over the next 5-7 years. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to help shape the research and teaching associated with this expansion. We are committed to build a Physics environment with Equality and Diversity at its core. As such, in addition to a strong research track record, the successful applicant will have a genuine interest and commitment to developing the role of under-represented groups in Physics, and an interest in establishing innovative, evidence-based  programmes that will target these groups at all levels. In addition, the successful candidate 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. 3 pages) outlining the following:
1)    your top 5 research outputs (accounting for career breaks) in which you have had a significant input.  This may include journal publications and other forms of output relating to impact.  For multi-author works, describe your contribution AND research funding applied for or received.

2)    what constitutes excellent teaching to you

3)    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.


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

For further details on School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics please visit our web page here.


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


Academic Job Summary 
The University has developed Academic Job Summary Guidance which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.  Academic staff are not expected to be discharging all of the activities all of the time and the actual duties and activities that academic staff are expected to carry out will be determined by the Head of Academic Unit.  The Job Summary Guidance document can be found here.
Academic Staff Development
Newcastle University accords parity of esteem to teaching and research; aims to deliver teaching and facilitate learning of the highest quality; and invests in excellent staff.  A popular course in academic practice is available for staff with responsibilities in teaching and research supervision and new appointees are required to gain the first module.  Full details of Newcastle University’s Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice can be found here.


Specific Responsibilities of Position

•    Undertake independent original research in any area of astrophysics
•    Publish refereed articles in journals of international standing
•    Collaborate with colleagues in the School on research with synergies to their own
•    Develop grant-funded research projects
•    Supervise PhD students and postdoctoral researchers
•    Undertake external professional activities that contribute to the development of physics and astrophysics
•    Undertake teaching in physics
•    Contribute to the life and work of the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Physics in general and to the physics section in particular
•    Carry out administrative duties as assigned by the Head of School and the School Executive Committee


Newcastle University expects to grow its Physics academic staff by employing ~30 Physicists over the next 5-7 years. The section has a strong record of activity in a wide range of areas including galactic magnetism, stellar and  planetary (magneto-)hydrodynamics, neutron stars, cosmology and relativity. We have frequent visitors and a wide network of collaborators.  


Research interests of the physics and applied mathematics sections include radio astronomy, astrophysical fluid dynamics (in particular dynamo action and magneto convection), galactic, solar and geophysical magneto-hydrodynamics, quantum field theory, cosmology and quantum gravity, vortex dynamics, superfluidity and Bose-Einstein condensation in quantum fluids and gases including dipolar gases, finite-temperature effects and related aspects of quantum optics, first principles modelling of materials, device simulation, 2D materials, spintronics, optoelectronics and photonics. 


We are members of the LOFAR radio-telescope project and host regular LOFAR meetings. Research in quantum fluids and gases is carried out as part of the JQC (Joint Quantum Centre) Durham-Newcastle, a formal collaboration between Newcastle University and the University of Durham. The JQC includes 50 staff and PhD students working in a key field of fundamental science with future potential for practical applications in quantum technologies. 


All our staff are entitled to regular sabbaticals on full pay and generous funding is available for travel and visitors.  Our main grant funding presently comes from EPSRC and STFC.


The Person

Knowledge (inc. Qualifications)
•    PhD in physics, astrophysics or a related discipline
•    Knowledge/expertise in astrophysics
•    Willingness to participate in research projects, including those with collaborators outside the School
•    Willingness to assist with the administration of the School

•    Relevant teaching qualification


Skills (professional, technical, managerial, practical)
•    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 to balance the potentially conflicting demands of teaching, research and administration; and the ability to meet deadlines
•    Excellent communication skills
•    Potential to achieve international standing in research within a few years through obtaining grant and research contract awards, leading journal publications and conference participation
•    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
•    Potential to provide leadership to research or teaching teams


Experience and Achievements (paid or unpaid)
•    Possess a track record of research in any area of astrophysics
•    Demonstrable ability to effectively teach, support and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students
•    A clear realistic vision for your research that represents a good fit with aims of the academic unit
•    Able to meet the University’s standard for submission to the Research Excellence Framework

•    A record of successful research income generation either in own name or as major contributor
•    Experience of presentation of work to the national/international research community (at conferences, seminars and similar high profile events)
•    Evidence of (or potential for) research leadership
•    An understanding of the grant/funding application process
•    Holding current or recent research funding
•    Experience of university-level teaching


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: 20621