Lecturer in Particle Physics Experiment

University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom


1. Job Details

Job Title: Lecturer in Particle Physics Experiment 
School: School of Physics and Astronomy 
Line manager: Franz Muheim

2. Job Purpose

You will conduct research in the Institute of Particle and Nuclear Physics within the School of Physics and Astronomy and participate in teaching and administration in the School, contributing to the intellectual wealth and collegiate environment of the School.

3. Main Responsibilities

Responsibilities: Teaching (approx. 40% of time)

  1. Develop, deliver, manage and review undergraduate and postgraduate courses appropriate to your specific expertise
  2. Develop student research projects and supervise MSc, MPhys and BSc students on these projects
  3. Provide academic and pastoral support to taught postgraduate (MSc) and undergraduate students
  4. Supervision and Assessment of Doctoral Students
  5. Contribute generally to the development of teaching and enhancement of high quality teaching in Physics

Responsibilities: Research (approx. 50% of time)

  1. Initiate, perform, and deliver research of high quality within the area of Experimental Particle Physics. The University of Edinburgh aims to build upon its internationally excellent position in this domain
  2. Pursue independent research, develop research proposals and win support for them
  3. Disseminate and publish research findings
  4. Participate in collaborative research projects within the University of Edinburgh, in the UK and around the world, with academic researchers in the field
  5. Develop methods and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued and that add to the intellectual understanding of the field through new discoveries and insights
  6. Undertake knowledge exchange with Scottish and UK Government, regulators and statutory bodies. This will follow standard University approaches and meet expectations for advice and assistance
  7. Develop graduating physics professionals and early career researchers, by means of BSc, MPhys, MSc teaching and doctoral training
  8. Contribute to the School’s outreach activities.

Responsibilities: Leadership and Management (approx. 10% of time)

You will undertake and deliver appropriate leadership and management duties within the Institute/Discipline/School or the wider University environment. Examples include acting as the teaching laboratory co-ordinator for the specific teaching discipline. Take responsibility for the effective management of allocated resources.

4. Planning and Organising

• Develop a research strategy and plan for the research area, including funding for own research projects 
• Plan own workload over short-term (weekly) and long-term (annual) timescales, and balancing teaching, research and management/administration activities 
• Plan appropriate progression and content for own teaching programme and contribute to overall planning of curriculum 
• Plan and organise overall delivery of undergraduate or taught postgraduate courses and programmes as Course or Programme Organiser

5. Problem Solving

• Identify and analyse original research concepts and problems 
• Resolve problems for individual and class students’ learning 
• Prioritise and allocate work to research staff in own team 
• Decision-Making 
• Decide what research areas to pursue within overall framework of School research strategy 
• Decide on research project spend and timescales 
• Decide on teaching and assessment methodologies best suited to each course

6. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential requirements 
• PhD in experimental particle physics or relevant / related discipline 
• Experience and demonstrated success in delivering research project results, reflected in a growing research portfolio 
• Extensive experience of developing and applying theory, models, techniques and analytical methods as appropriate to the field 
• Ability to win research funding; understanding of contemporary funding opportunities appropriate to the field 
• Willingness to undertake teaching of undergraduate and post-graduate courses 
• Understanding of how to develop and offer research-led teaching 
• The ability to engage with a range of teaching mediums including online and distance learning. 
• Capacity of developing academic leadership 
• Familiarity with elementary financial planning, appropriate administrative behaviour etc. 
• Excellent communication (including written and spoken English), presentation and organisational skills

Desirable requirements 
• Clear evidence of leadership of research 
• University teaching experience 
• Evidence to win research funding 
• Experience in academic administration 
• Engagement in outreach activities

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

• Head of Institute, Head of School, Head of College 
• Academic staff within the Particle Physics Experiment Group 
• Support staff within the School and wider University 
• Research Students, Post-Doctoral colleagues etc. 
• Undergraduate and postgraduate students

8. Dimensions

• The job holder will pursue a high quality research programme. 
• The job holder has responsibilities for teaching and supervision of under- and postgraduate student

9. Job Context

The position will be on the Academic Staff scale. Initial appointment will be on Grade 8.

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

We anticipate interviews will be held within four weeks of the closing date. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.


Contact Person : Gill Maddy
Contact Email : Gill.Maddy@ed.ac.uk

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