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Leverhulme Centre for Life in the Universe


The Institute of Astronomy and Queens' College, at the University of Cambridge, are seeking to appoint a University Assistant Professor. The successful applicant will lead research in the area of planetary and exoplanet science, support teaching of the MPhil in "Planetary Science and Life in the Universe" and deliver small group physics teaching and mentorship in the College.

This position is associated with the Planetary Science and Life in the Universe MPhil course, an exciting new course being offered at the University of Cambridge and hosted at the Institute of Astronomy. The course reflects the cross-disciplinary research community that is active in the University searching for life in the Universe and an understanding of the conditions that allow it to emerge. This taught MPhil takes students on a journey from the origins of the universe through to planet formation and the emergence of habitable climates and biospheres. As a University Assistant Professor associated with this course, the successful applicant would be involved in delivering teaching, project supervision, and course administration - all supported by a dedicated course administrator and team of academic course organisers.

The successful applicant will join Queens' College as a Fellow in the physical sciences. This will offer the opportunity to deliver small group teaching to undergraduates in physics and to take on a director of studies role, guiding a diverse cohort of physical scientists over the course of their undergraduate degrees.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics or a related field of the physical sciences, have a record of excellence in research, a commitment to teaching astronomy and astrophysics at advanced undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a willingness to contribute to future development of the Institute and the College. Experience in encouraging and supporting applicants and students from groups underrepresented in STEM subjects, including women, will also be an advantage.

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