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Sir Bernard Lovell Chair in Astrophysics and Director of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Main University campus and Jodrell Bank

Job reference: E&PS-06709

Location: Main University campus and Jodrell Bank

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 02/11/2015

Salary: Professorial Scale

Employment type: Permanent

Faculty/Organisation: Science and Engineering

Division: Physics and Astronomy Research Office

Hours Per Week: Full time

Contract Duration: Not specified

School / Directorate: School of Physics & Astronomy

The School of Physics and Astronomy in the University is seeking to appoint an outstanding individual in two capacities: as the first holder of the newly created Sir Bernard Lovell Chair in Astrophysics, and as Director of Astronomy and Astrophysics leading the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics and the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

The School has 80 academic staff delivering education to undergraduate and postgraduate students in Physics and Astronomy. Research is based in four divisions: Condensed Matter, Atomic and Biological Physics; Accelerator, Nuclear and Particle Physics; Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics; Theoretical Physics. The 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Prof. Andre Geim and Prof. Konstantin Novoselov for their work on graphene. The School has extensive laboratories and computing facilities. The School operates the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. Academics work in collaboration with physicists and astronomers worldwide and participate in experiments at international laboratories.

The School of Physics & Astronomy is committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for promoting women’s careers in STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine) in higher education. The School received a Bronze Award in 2013 for their commitment to the representation of women in the workplace and we particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Professor Stephen Watts,


Tel: 0161 275 4690

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:


Tel: 01565 818 234

Date of external posting:     Wednesday 8 July 2015

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

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