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Lecturer in Astrophysics x 2

Salary:   £37,474 to £51,805
Closing Date:   Saturday 31 December 2022
Interview Date:   Friday 03 February 2023
Reference:  1197-22

The Department of Physics seeks to appoint two Lecturers (UK equivalent of USA Assistant Professors) to enhance and complement our activities in observational astrophysics. We are looking for candidates with an outstanding research profile in areas such as high-redshift galaxies, reionisation, galaxy evolution, observational cosmology, gravitational wave / multi-messenger astronomy or related subjects. We particularly welcome candidates whose research interests relate to major facilities such as JWST, Rubin Observatory/LSST, LIGO, Euclid, SKA and ESO facilities including ALMA and ELT. We expect to make one appointment related to gravitational wave astronomy and one related to the exploitation of JWST.

You must have a strong track record of conducting internationally-leading original and innovative research, have a portfolio of high-quality research publications, and demonstrate potential for excellent teaching abilities, including the potential to supervise postgraduate students. You should also demonstrate the ability to attract external grant income to support your research from a range of sources, and are expected to be able to participate in group and institutional grant applications.

Lancaster University is a leading UK University and the Physics Department is one of the top in the UK for research. REF2021 rated 98% of our research outputs as world-leading or internationally excellent. The Department is ranked 5th in the UK for Physics in the Guardian University League Tables 2023.

The Department is committed to family-friendly and flexible working policies on an individual basis. Learn more about equality, diversity and inclusivity at Lancaster. More information about living and working at Lancaster, can be found online. Further information about the Department, including its activities in Astrophysics, is available at

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be addressed to Prof. Isobel Hook (Head of the Astrophysics major Research Group, or Prof. Roger Jones (Head of Department,

Applications should be accompanied by a cover letter, a full CV including ORCID, and a brief outline (no more than 2 pages of A4) of your research achievements and future plans.

Lancaster University Physics Department is strongly committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We hold an Athena SWAN Silver award and Institute of Physics Juno Champion status. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our department.

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