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Lecturer in Astronomy

Astronomy Group

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £39,152 to £49,553
Full Time Permanent
Closing Date:  Friday 14 February 2020
Reference:  1227920WF

Follow your research ambitions within one of the most highly-cited astronomy groups in the UK.

Do you have a passion for observational or theoretical research in cosmology, galactic or extragalactic astronomy? And can you share your knowledge with clarity and enthusiasm? Then regardless of whether you have teaching experience, we have a great opportunity for you. 

The University of Southampton is a unique place in which to explore what you are capable of: as one of the world’s top 1% of universities, we know what it takes to create an exceptional student experience.  Our School of Physics & Astronomy is one of the UK’s top 5 physics departments, delivering exceptional academic courses underpinned by a dynamic culture of innovation and research. We take particular pride in the School’s uniquely collaborative team spirit, in which our colleagues support one another in their endeavours. The Astronomy Group is one of three major research groups within the School and is world renowned in the study of accretion, compact objects and supernovae. We also have a strong interest in time-domain and data-intensive astronomy, with a significant and growing network of interdisciplinary links to computer science, data science, mathematics, industry and the third sector.

Join us, and you’ll be able to shape a role that is uniquely tailored to your interests and lifestyle, supported by our family-friendly policies. For example, a member of our team came to us in 2013 as an Assistant Professor. Within a year, she had been awarded a prestigious 5-year research fellowship; within 3 years, she was promoted to Associate Professor. As a Senior Tutor for undergraduate students, she has also been able to make a significant contribution to the undergraduate student experience in our School. She has supervised PhD students and developed her machine learning expertise by becoming a Fellow of the Alan-Turing Institute. She is also an active participant of our award-winning Women's Physics Network.  Throughout this period she was supported by Southampton's family-friendly maternity, parental, and flexible working policies.

To make the most of this incredible opportunity, you will need have a PhD in astronomy or a related field, or have an equivalent and relevant professional qualification. Your research track-record will be impressive, and you will be passionate about working in partnership with the team to share expertise. While some teaching experience would be useful, it is more important that you have great communication skills with the ability to engage students in their learning, be that through group sessions or on a one-to-one basis. As long as you can bring a real passion for the field to our department, we will help you develop your presentation skills. 

In turn, we are committed to all of our staff achieving a healthy work-life balance, with flexible working hours and onsite childcare facilities. Committed to tackling gender inequality, we are Athena SWAN silver award recognised. We are particularly determined to address the under-representation of women in Physics and Astronomy, so we are delighted to have been awarded Project Juno Champion status. With a generous benefits package that includes a contributory pension scheme, competitive holiday allowance, subsidised health and fitness facilities, a cycle-to-work scheme and a range of discounts, this is a place where you are sure to excel. 

To take this fascinating next step in your career, informal enquiries to our Head of the Astronomy Group, Professor Christian Knigge on c.knigge@soton.ac.uk are very welcome.

When applying please upload the following documents:

1) CV and publication list

2) A statement outlining your research interests and vision

3) A statement outlining your vision for teaching

As part of the online application process, you will asked to provide names and contact details for 2 referees, they should be available in February/March and when contacted be able to provide the reference within 2 weeks.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at https://jobs.soton.ac.uk. The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 1227920WF on all correspondence. 

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.


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