Lecturer in physics

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

The Department of Physics is seeking to recruit a new lecturer to help develop forward-looking academic programmes using innovative Physics across traditional disciplinary boundaries. We are searching for a diverse pool of qualified applicants who will show dedication to both research and teaching, and make significant contributions to improving the Department’s diversity, equality and inclusion.   

We are looking for researchers fitting within the current departmental footprint, who have a PhD and postdoctoral experience in an area complementing or enhancing the departmental expertise. You should have an open and collaborative research outlook, with a creative, original, and distinctive research vision. You should also have a high-quality publication record, and the potential to secure external research funding.  

You must have some experience of teaching, with highly effective oral and written communication skills, and have the potential to provide academic leadership, to function within a team and to plan and prioritize workload. 

This is an exciting time to join us in a unique opportunity to shape the future of our Department of Physics at one of the most prestigious Universities in the UK. Our vision is to firmly establish a contemporary department, where key part of King’s Physics ethos is equality, with a fulfilling academic culture for all, and an emphasis on tackling the under-representation of women in science and active involvement in the University’s commitment to the Race Equality Charter. We currently hold a silver Athena Swan award and Juno Champion status from the Institute of Physics (IOP).  

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 available at   https://www.kcl.ac.uk/nmes  and    https://www.kcl.ac.uk/physics

This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract.

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

1.       PhD and postdoctoral experience in an area of physics relevant to the Department.

2.       Evidence of an open and collaborative approach to research, with a creative and distinctive vision fitting within the current departmental footprint, and in an area complementing /enhancing the departmental expertise.

3.       Evidence of teaching experience (including small group teaching).

4.       Ability to teach relevant subjects at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Department, and to convey conceptual and complex ideas and information.

5.       Good presentational, organisational and administrative skills, highly effective oral and written communication skills.

6.       Potential to provide academic leadership, to function within a team and to plan and prioritise workload.

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience with outreach/impact.

2.       Experience in submitting successful research grants.

Further information

Candidates are requested to provide a Curriculum Vitae, Research and Teaching Statements, and a Personal Statement indicating how they can contribute to the NMES vision.

Candidates should contact Heads of Group (see   https://www.kcl.ac.uk/physics) or the Head of Department for further information.