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Lecturer or Reader in Nuclear Physics

The University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, UK
Grade UE08 (Lecturer): £48,350 to £59,421 or Grade 9 (Reader) £61,198 to £75,498
Posting live until
31 May 2024

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Edinburgh - Kings Buildings, Midlothian, United Kingdom (Hybrid working)



  • Job Identification: 10076;
  • Locations: James Clerk Maxwell Building, Edinburgh, EH9 3FD, GB (Hybrid working);
  • Apply Before: 05/31/2024, 11:59 PM;
  • Health and Safety Requirements: Key hazards identified (plan is in place);
  • Criminal Record Check: No criminal record check required;
  • Contract Type: Open Ended;
  • Number of Openings: 1;
  • Grade: UE08;
  • Organization: Edinburgh University Group;
  • Department: Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics;
  • Job Function: Lectureships;
  • Job Schedule: Full time.


Grade UE08 (Lecturer): £48,350 to £59,421 or Grade 9 (Reader) £61,198 to £75,498

College of Science & Engineering / School of Physics and Astronomy / Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics

Open-ended Contract

Full-time: 35 hours per week

The School of Physics and Astronomy is seeking to appoint an excellent candidate to a full-time, open-ended academic position within the Edinburgh Nuclear Physics Group. The ideal candidate will have a strong academic track record and proven leadership potential in any area of nuclear physics research.

The Opportunity:

The Edinburgh Nuclear Physics Group has an outstanding reputation for scientific leadership and innovative instrumentation in diverse areas of nuclear physics including nuclear astrophysics and properties of exotic nuclei. Our research is performed at world-leading laboratories, using a variety of experimental techniques and state-of-the-art instrumentation developed by the Group.

We wish to recruit strong applicants from across the broad range of exciting new areas in nuclear physics which could link to, and enhance, existing strengths in the Group. We equally welcome nuclear physicists from a theoretical, computational, or applied background offering the potential for strong synergies with the Group’s activities.

You will be able to play an internationally leading role in Nuclear Physics and to attract external research funding. In addition, you will be expected to contribute to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching and supervision.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating discrimination. The school strives to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace for all and we are looking to actively diversify our staff. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates and in particular encourage applications from people of colour, women, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ people and other minority and under-represented groups. We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working, as evidenced by our Juno Champion and Athena SWAN Silver awards.

The level of appointment for the Lecturer/Reader post will be determined by the selection panel depending on the experience of the successful candidate.

This post is full-time (35 hours per week), however, we are open to considering flexible working patterns or requests for hybrid working (on a non-contractual basis) that combines a mix of remote and regular on-campus working.

This is an open-ended position, which is available from September 2024.

Your application should include a motivation letter, a CV, a two-page research statement, a one-page teaching statement, and details of two referees.

For informal enquiries contact Prof. Marialuisa Aliotta (

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • PhD in relevant subject area;
  • Strong research background and experience in nuclear physics or related areas;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality research and to attract external research funding;
  • Previous supervisory and/or teaching experience at either undergraduate or postgraduate level (welcome but not necessary);
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work independently and as a team member.

Click here to view the Lecturer (Grade 8) Job Description

Click here to view the Reader (Grade 9) Job Description

As a valued member of our team you can expect:

  • A competitive salary of £48,350 to £59,421 for Grade 8 (Lecturer) or £61,198 to £75,498 for Grade 9 (Reader);
  • An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work;
  • To be part of a diverse and vibrant international community;
  • Comprehensive Staff Benefits, such as a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family-friendly initiatives, and flexible work options. Check out the full list on our staff benefits page (opens in a new tab) and use our reward calculator to discover the total value of your pay and benefits.

Championing equality, diversity, and inclusion

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter, and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Prior to any employment commencing with the University, you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work webpages (opens new browser tab).

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Skilled Worker Visa.

Key dates to note

The closing date for applications is 31 May 2024

Unless stated otherwise the closing time for applications is 11:59pm GMT. If you are applying outside the UK the closing time on our adverts automatically adjusts to your browsers local time zone.

We anticipate that interviews will be held in the second week of July.

About us

As a world-leading research-intensive University, we are here to address tomorrow’s greatest challenges. Between now and 2030 we will do that with a values-led approach to teaching, research and innovation, and through the strength of our relationships, both locally and globally.

About the team

The School of Physics and Astronomy is in the College of Science and Engineering and comprises the Institute for Particle and Nuclear Physics (IPNP), the Institute for Condensed Matter and Complex Systems (ICMCS) and the Institute for Astronomy (IfA). We have around 100 academic staff, over 120 research staff and around 65 professional services staff.

The School of Physics and Astronomy was ranked 4th in the UK and 1st in Scotland in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 listing for the quality, scale and breadth of its research by Times Higher Education. Consistently ranked within the top 20 physics departments worldwide, these results confirm the exceptional performance of our staff, our excellent facilities, and our world-leading research.

The school runs undergraduate programmes at BSc and MPhys level in Physics, Mathematical Physics, Theoretical Physics, Computational Physics, Astrophysics and (jointly with the School of Chemistry) Chemical Physics.  The undergraduate programme has flexible entry and exit points, creating courses of variable duration and level. The school accepts around 230 new undergraduates into its programmes each year and has current student populations of over 800 undergraduates, 50 taught postgraduates and 220 research postgraduates.

We aim to ensure that our culture and systems support flexible and family-friendly working and recognise and value diversity across all our staff and students. The School has an active programme offering support and professional development for all staff; providing mentoring, training, and networking opportunities.

The School of Physics and Astronomy holds Athena SWAN Silver and IoP Juno Champion awards, in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality.


The University of Edinburgh is a public research university in Edinburgh, Scotland. Granted a royal charter by King James VI in 1582 and officially opened in 1583, it is one of Scotland's four ancient universities and the sixth-oldest university in continuous operation in the English-speaking world.

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