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Professor (Two faculty positions in experimental physics)

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  • Professor salary: by negotiation
  • University of St Andrews, School of Physics and Astronomy
  • Closes 10th August 2017
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University of St Andrews

School of Physics and Astronomy

Lecturer/Reader/Professor (Two faculty positions in experimental physics)

Ref: AC2118ML

Professor salary: by negotiation

The School of Physics & Astronomy is seeking to appoint two faculty positions in experimental physics. The successful applicants will augment the School’s current portfolio of world class research activities, and will be strongly committed to excellence in both research and teaching. Following substantial recent investment in the School’s research infrastructure, we are seeking to appoint one position in the field of nanophotonics, and the other at the interface between photonics and condensed matter physics. The positions are available at any level i.e. Lecturer, Reader, or Professor. Applicants for Lecturer positions should have a strong track record in publishing internationally leading research, and a clear vision of how their work would complement our existing research strengths. Applicants for Reader/Chair positions should have, in addition, strong records of scientific leadership and a proven ability to secure major research-funding awards and to establish and sustain national and international collaborations.

Within these fields of research, the scope for potential research area is very broad, with the essential criterion being scientific excellence. Examples of nanophotonics activities include the nanofabrication of innovative optical structures or devices; studies of how such nanostructures interact with light; optical applications of nanophotonic materials or devices. Examples of activities at the interface of photonics and condensed matter include the study or application of light-matter interactions; the development of novel optoelectronic materials; quantum properties of systems that couple light and matter; energy-related activities such as solar power.

Applications should include a covering letter stating the level of appointment being sought, a one-page summary of research achievements to date, a one-page statement of the applicant’s vision for his/her research at St Andrews, and a one-page statement of the applicant’s teaching philosophy. They should also include a full curriculum vitae including a list of refereed publications, with the four most significant recent publications highlighted, and contact details for three referees.

Applications are particularly welcome from those with a willingness to commit to the spirit of the School and University's aspirations towards equality, diversity and inclusivity. The School has Juno Champion status, which recognises physics departments who take action to address the under-representation of women in UK and Irish universities and to embed better working practices for all staff. For more information, including case studies, please see www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/ and


Informal enquiries are welcome, and should be addressed to Professor Graham Turnbull (hospanda@st-and.ac.uk), Professor Ifor Samuel (physicsdor@st-and.ac.uk), or Dr Vivienne Wild, (vw8@st-andrews.ac.uk)


The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter; http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/hr/edi/diversityawards/.

Closing Date: 10 August 2017

We encourage applicants to apply online at www.vacancies.st-andrews.ac.uk/welcome.aspx, however if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for an application pack.

Please quote ref: AC2118ML

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