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Cambridge Exoplanet Research Centre


Department of Earth Sciences, Institute of Astronomy

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The University of Cambridge invites applications for a lectureship in exoplanetary science to be appointed jointly by the Department of Earth Sciences and the Institute of Astronomy (IoA). This is a new post and is one of a number created under a major initiative by the School of the Physical Sciences to promote interdisciplinary activity in the Departments of the School. We are interested in candidates whose research is creative and innovative in the realm of Earth sciences, planetary sciences, and/or astronomy, and with high potential for interdisciplinary research in exoplanetary science. Candidates should have an outstanding record of research in a relevant subject area and will be expected to develop a vigorous research programme at an international level.

The Department of Earth Sciences has broad interests in the chemical evolution of the Earth and solar system, with major expertise across petrology, mineral physics, meteoritics, geochemistry, cosmochemistry, volcanology, and geophysics. The IoA conducts forefront research across the breadth of astrophysics and cosmology and has a strong programme in exoplanetary science spanning exoplanet detection, exoplanetary atmospheres and interiors, planetary system dynamics and minor bodies, debris disks, protoplanetary disks and planet formation. The IoA also has strong ties with exoplanet research at the Department of Physics as well as at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics.

The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the research activity of both Departments leading to interaction with academic staff across several areas, to supervise research students and to actively seek external funds to support their research. It is expected that the applicant's research programme will be firmly grounded in both Departments. The person appointed will also be expected to contribute to teaching in areas relevant to either Department at a teaching load comparable to that of colleagues in either Department. At introductory level they may be asked to teach outside their immediate field of specialisation. They will also contribute, as appropriate, to the academic administration of the Departments and the University, again at normal load. The Departments assist new academic staff as much as possible to establish their research in Cambridge.

It is expected that applicants will have a PhD in geosciences, planetary sciences, physics, astronomy, or an allied discipline relevant to exoplanetary science. The appointment will be made at an appropriate point on the scale for University Lecturers and will be for a probationary period of five years with appointment to the retiring age thereafter, subject to satisfactory performance. A University Lectureship is broadly equivalent to a tenure track Assistant Professorship in the US.

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The application should include (a) a cover letter, (b) a Curriculum Vitae, (c) a list of publications, (d) a research statement (which should be no more than three pages plus references), and (e) contact details for three referees. The research statement should include a statement showing how the candidate's research vision would be genuinely rooted in, and requires operations across, the two Departments.

Three references will be expected. Candidates are requested to ask their referees to send their letters directly to the Administrator ( by Saturday 7 January, 2017.

Interviews will be held in the week of 27 February 2017. The appointed candidate would generally be expected to start in October 2017.

Please quote reference LB10363 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Departments are committed to equality and diversity, and we would particularly welcome applications from women and minority candidates. Details of some of the family-friendly policies operated by the University are at: The University holds an institutional Athena-SWAN silver award.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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