Director of Research (Fixed Term)

Updated: 15 days ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 04 Jun 2021

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

The Department of Physics invites applications for a Director of Research, in the area of Surfaces, Microstructure and Fracture (SMF), funded by our industrial partner AWE.

The preferred candidate will be an outstanding senior researcher, who can work collaboratively with colleagues from across the SMF community and with AWE management and researchers to secure ongoing grant funding which will enable the growth and development of an active and vibrant research group. This will deliver published scientific results of the highest quality and add breadth and value to AWE programmes.

The position will be based initially in the existing Cavendish Laboratory (Department of Physics), but will relocate to the Ray Dolby Centre upon its completion in early 2023. The appointment will strengthen the group's existing international reputation in both fundamental and applied studies of materials over a wide range of length and time scales, from the nanoscale to the macroscale and from picoseconds fluctuations to quasi-static processes. The group develops unique experimental techniques to carry out the research

The successful candidate will have a world-class record in research on fast dynamical processes in materials. They will be expected to proactively lead the group's activities on that theme, ranging across material physics, scientific computing & statistics and diagnostic detectors. The candidate is expected to demonstrate interest and capabilities to operate collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment, including researchers and management from AWE, and provide a vision for relevant research opportunities.

Applicants should have a PhD in physics (or a cognate discipline), an outstanding record of relevant research, strong team leadership skills and an evidenced ability to pro-actively raise funding from a variety of academic, governmental and industrial sources.

The Department is active in promoting policies to address historic under-representation of women and minority groups in its workforce. We are proud to hold an Athena-SWAN Gold Award for our work on equality and diversity. Candidates from under-represented groups, as well as candidates with a track-record in addressing barriers to equality and diversity in education, are particularly encouraged to apply.

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Please ensure that you upload the following documents:-

• Curriculum Vitae (CV)

• A list of twenty high impact papers where you have made the most significant personal contributions. We do not require a full list of your collaborative papers.

• A research proposal of no longer than 3 pages, including a description as to how your research plans fit with existing Cavendish activities and can connect to the AWE programme.

If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Short-listed candidates will be invited to visit the Department to give a research seminar and attend a formal interview. This interview process will take place during late June 2021.

Further details of the post can be found at http://www.phy.cam.ac.uk/vacancies/ .

Please quote reference KA26545 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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


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