Lecturer (Associate Professor) in theoretical physics

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Institute: King’s College London
Closing date: 5 February 2023

The Department of Physics is seeking to appoint a lecturer in the Theory & Simulation of Condensed Matter (TSCM) research group.

The successful candidate will help in the delivery and development of high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes and undertake original research in Condensed Matter Physics. The TSCM Group has a broad remit of research, including significant expertise in correlated many-body systems. Research activities span from quantum chemistry and the atomistic modelling of molecules and materials, to dynamical phenomena in quantum many-body systems. We are looking to both enhance and diversify these research activities.

The successful candidate must have developed a creative, original and distinctive research vision, a high-quality publication record and should have the potential to secure external research funding.  We are looking for researchers with the qualities to build a team, to function within the group and with the ability to provide high-quality teaching. We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate creativity, enthusiasm for group, intergroup and interdepartmental collaboration and qualities which will help to maintain and enhance the culture of the Department of Physics.

The study of Physics at King’s dates back to the foundation of the College in 1829. The Department is currently undergoing significant growth with substantial investment in new appointments, research infrastructure and laboratory space refurbishment. We offer a range of UG courses in both three-year (BSc) and 4-year (MSci) versions as well as MSc and PhD programmes.

The Department of Physics at King’s College London is diverse, international and friendly with a positive atmosphere of collaboration and support between research groups. We currently hold a silver Athena Swan award and Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics (IOP). We offer a welcoming environment and welcome applications from applicants of all backgrounds.

Celebrating diversity and supporting staff is important to us and we offer a range of provision including flexible working, caring support (including a Parenting and Carers Fund and the Carer’s Career Development Fund), training, and a variety of diversity and inclusion networks. Staff can apply for flexible working to help them balance the demands of their professional and personal commitments and we offer comprehensive leave policies for parental, adoption, surrogacy, dependant, and shared leave.

The Faculty of Natural, Mathematical & Engineering Sciences (NMES) comprises Chemistry, Engineering, Informatics, Mathematics, and Physics – all departments are highly rated in research activities and have a wide-ranging portfolio of education programmes.  The university is making investment in NMES and both student and staff numbers are growing. Our staff come from over 45 countries and 56% of our students are from outside the UK. KCL staff are principally located on the Strand Campus in the heart of central London. Further details are available at https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nms  and    https://www.kcl.ac.uk/physics

This post will be offered on an indefinite contract

This is a full-time  post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

  • To contribute to the collaborative and positive ethos of the department, receiving support but also supporting others in our mutual development.
  • To contribute to developing and enhancing the research profile of the Department, Faculty and College, including establishing a track record of good quality publications and research funding.
  • To contribute to the development of the taught programmes in the Department, including leading on a module within the Departmental portfolio of programmes.
  • Identify and nurture the translation of research that will produce REF Impact statements for future REF exercises.
  • To devise and instigate novel, collaborative research programmes within King’s and beyond.
  • Obtain your professional qualification for university teaching (e.g. Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy).

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria

  • PhD and postdoctoral experience in an area of physics relevant to TSCM.
  • Evidence of an open and collaborative approach to research, with a creative and distinctive research vision that complements existing research in the TSCM group and will bolster its international reputation of excellence. To be proactive in creating and developing interactions and collaborations with colleagues.
  • Ability to teach relevant subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Department, and to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.
  • Good presentational, organisational and administrative skills, highly effective oral and written communication skills.  Potential to provide academic leadership, to function within a team and to plan and prioritise workload.

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • Experience in submitting successful research grants

Application Details

Candidates are requested to provide a Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications and a statement of their research interests with future plans.