University of Warwick - Department of Physics
Vacany type/Job category
£39,992 - £47,722 per annum
University of Warwick, Coventry
Permanent position (two posts available)
Warwick Physics seeks to make two academic appointments in the area of condensed matter physics (CMP). At Warwick, the broad CMP research agenda spans traditional and emerging interdisciplinary areas, including diamond, ferroelectrics, magnetic materials, multiferroics, semiconductors, superconductors, and other novel functional materials. We specifically invite applications from candidates who work in the following areas: crystal growth, spectroscopy/modern optics, functional materials. In addition, we encourage applicants who would collaborate with our well-equipped microscopy group and/or our team of theoretical and computational materials modellers. Applicants for these positions should have an excellent track record in publishing internationally leading research and a clear vision of how their work would complement our existing research strengths. Successful applicants will augment the Department’s current portfolio of CMP research activities, and will be committed to excellence in both research and teaching.
Crystal Growth: Warwick has world leading facilities and a strong track record for crystal growth that underpins research activities within the department and beyond. A new academic appointee would have a research focus on growing single crystals, with interesting superconducting, magnetic, or electrical properties, and/or their study at low temperatures, in high magnetic fields and pressures, both in the laboratory and at central facilities, using probes such as neutrons, x-rays, and muons.
Modern Optics/Spectroscopy: Warwick has state-of-the-art facilities for optical spectroscopy (ultrafast and frequency domain) and for microscopy. A new academic appointee would make use of these facilities to develop a significant research activity in a field such as ultrafast spectroscopy, THz spectroscopy, super-resolution imaging, optical and photonic materials, quantum information, quantum imaging, or another area of modern optics.
Functional Materials: A number of groups within Warwick Physics work on the creation and properties of Functional Materials. A new academic appointee would demonstrate synergy with our other research activities whilst also having an ability to exploit novel materials for practical applications. Cross-disciplinary expertise in micro/nanofabrication and an ability to work with industrial partners would be important for an applicant in this area.
Warwick encourages interdisciplinary research, across departments and schools, through a set of Global Research Priorities. Applicants will be expected to enhance these research activities, for instance in the Materials, Energy and/or Science & Technology for Health GRPs. The Department of Physics will provide an exciting and highly supportive environment in which academics can develop their careers. At Warwick, Assistant Professor is a tenure track position leading to appointment as an Associate Professor after successful completion of probation. The University of Warwick maintains a global outlook, has affiliates around the globe, and welcomes applicants of all nationality. We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and encourage application and enquiries from all suitably qualified candidates.
In addition to the above posts, we invite applications from outstanding scientists who either already hold an externally funded Research Fellowship, or are seeking a top-class institution with which to apply for such a Fellowship in a research area of interest to the department.
Candidates should submit their application via the online application system, although informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Leadley at the address below.
Tel: +44 24765 24114
To perform experimental research in Condensed Matter Physics
To teach physics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. To pursue internationally leading research in experimental condensed matter physics.
2. To develop and lead an independent research group within the University, which includes supervising post-doctoral researchers, postgraduate and masters students, technical and other support staff engaged in research.
3. To seek and secure, in collaboration with colleagues as appropriate, significant levels of external funding through research grants or contracts to support a developing research programme.
4. To publish research outcomes in peer reviewed journals of high international standing relevant to the field.
5. To attend and present research findings and papers at appropriate international academic and professional conferences.
6. To consider the value of research achievements within their potential commercial context and, where appropriate and with the assistance of the University’s research support services, take appropriate action to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected for the benefit of the University and the researcher.
7. To ensure the results of the research contribute to the research impact agenda, through for example, engagement with industry, the development of intellectual property, public outreach activities, or the contribution to science policy.
8. To contribute to the Department’s research plans. This includes providing such information as may be required by the Department to monitor the progress of each member of staff’s research programme and to support the Department and University fully in the preparation of material required for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) or similar activities.
9. To teach and supervise physics at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
10. To give lectures, seminars, tutorials, and other theoretical or practical classes as appropriate in support of the required teaching obligations and to supervise project work by postgraduate and undergraduate students.
11. To co-operate with colleagues in the continuous review and development of the curriculum.
12. To undertake academic duties (i.e. setting examinations, marking, invigilation and pastoral support of students) required to sustain the delivery of high quality teaching.
Administration and other Activities
13. To undertake such specific roles and management functions as may be reasonably required by the Head of Department.
14. To attend departmental meetings and to participate in other committees and working groups within the Department, Faculty of Science and the University.
15. To engage in continuous professional development.
The duties and responsibilities outlined are not intended to be an exhaustive list but provide guidance on the main aspects of the job. The post holder will be required to be flexible in their duties.
Due to the nature of the job, this role may require travel throughout the world.
|Person Specification||The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.|
|Essential Criteria 1||A PhD or equivalent in a relevant area of Physics (or relevant discipline) (a)|
|Essential Criteria 2||Outstanding research profile within the stated strategic area (a)|
|Essential Criteria 3||Outstanding record of internationally recognised publications (a)|
|Essential Criteria 4||The ability to collaborate with other researchers, within and external to the University (a, c)|
|Essential Criteria 5||Some teaching and research supervision experience at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level (a, c)|
|Essential Criteria 6||Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills (a, c, d)|
|Desirable Criteria 1||A track record of generating external funding (grants, contracts etc) to support research (a)|
|Desirable Criteria 2||Interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to participate in university wide research initiatives (a, c)|
|Desirable Criteria 3||
Ability to inspire and enthuse undergraduate and postgraduate students in research (c, d)
For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.
For further information about the Department of Physics, please visit the departmental website.
Both the Physics Department and the University of Warwick hold Athena SWAN Silver awards, a national initiative to promote gender equality for all staff and students. The Physics Department is also a Juno Champion, which is an award from the Institute of Physics to recognise our efforts to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men. Further information can be found here
The University supports flexible working and requests for job-share will be considered where possible.
Childcare can be provided for you at the University of Warwick Nursery in order for you to attend the interview. Childcare is subject to availability of places at the Nursery.
|Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Policy||As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants’ suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University’s Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.|
|Closing Date||20 Oct 2017.|