[second and final announcement] Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship in Space-related research and proleptic Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor (Northumbria University, UK)

[second and final announcement] Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship in Space-related research and proleptic Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) – deadline 8th January 2024

If you are interested in an academic career in space-related research, such as design and development of novel payloads for satellites, Space Technology, Satellite Communications, Space-based Power, or Astronomical Instrumentation – then read on!

Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) is advertising its “Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship” scheme. This is a permanent/tenured/proleptic Professor or Associate Professor or Assistant Professor appointment, that starts with a three-year Fellowship period during which you will have a research-focussed workload which will ensure no formal scheduled teaching in Year 1; 50% of typical teaching workload in one semester in Year 2; and 50% of typical teaching workload across full year in Year 3.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship aims to appoint exceptional academics to permanent appointments within the University’s areas of research excellence, which includes all areas of Space-related research, such as Space Technology, Satellite Communications and Astronomical Instrumentation. These appointments are being made at every level and so we welcome applications for Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor in any of the areas listed under the vacancy https://work4.northumbria.ac.uk/#en/sites/CX_1001/job/1997 There are multiple appointments available. You can read more about the space-related research areas at www.northumbria.ac.uk/space

In addition, Northumbria is creating a world-leading £50 million space skills research and technology centre in the North East of England after major funding awards were confirmed from the UK Space Agency and global aerospace giant, Lockheed Martin. This £50 million project is leading to the development of the North East Space Skills and Technology Centre, to be known as NESST. Located in the heart of Northumbria University’s Newcastle city campus, NESST will be a new national space asset that brings together industry and academia to collaborate on internationally significant space research and technological developments. NESST will put the UK at the forefront of research and innovation in areas including optical satellite communications, space weather and space-based energy. In other words, NESST is set to fundamentally transform the UK space industry https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/news/north-east-space-skills-and-technology-centre/

You will join the Solar and Space Physics research group – a successful group pursuing high-international-priority research across the broad remit of Solar and Space Physics, based in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering. Evidence of the group’s success includes funding from UK Space Agency, STFC, NERC, the US Air Force, and four UKRI Senior Fellows. Further information on the research group can be found here https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/academic-departments/mathematics-physics-and-electrical-engineering/research/solar-and-space-physics/

Working with colleagues in the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering, you will lead, collaborate on, and contribute to a range of activities that enhance research, teaching and entrepreneurial activities. This will include: undertaking individual and joint research; producing high-quality academic outputs; designing, developing and delivering high-quality teaching activities; and participating in external activity to generate income and promote your research area. We value applicants that display good academic citizenship including mentoring and supporting colleagues, promoting good practice across many aspects of academic life. The Department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.

Our research group and Department is committed to a sustainable work-life balance. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs. There is an awareness within the working culture of the Department that is conducive towards those with caring responsibilities and supporting flexible working conditions.

We particularly welcome hearing from applicants from historically under-represented groups.

You must have relevant subject expertise with specialist knowledge gained through research activity, professional practice or consultancy. You are expected to have a strong publication record that is commensurate with your career stage and research field. At Assistant Professor level, we are seeking a commitment to, and passion for, delivering innovative education at all levels. If you are not already experienced at lecturing, you will be supported by the University to become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) either by portfolio or by Post-Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP). At Professor/Associate Professor level, you will assist the Faculty Pro Vice-Chancellor to maintain and enhance the University’s national and international reputation in your academic field. You must demonstrate continuing academic achievement, and provide academic leadership (of your subject and associated colleagues) through active contribution to your discipline and to the life and work of the Faculty and the wider University. This will include contributing to significant change within practice, the discipline, profession and/or community at regional, national and international level.

We offer all applicants full guidance on the application process. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Professor James McLaughlin, Head of Group, via james.a.mclaughlin@northumbria.ac.uk or Professor Robert Wicks, Head of Space Technology, via robert.wicks@northumbria.ac.uk

To apply for this vacancy please visit https://work4.northumbria.ac.uk/#en/sites/CX_1001/job/1997

Please state within your covering letter which role (Professor, Associate Professor, or Assistant Professor) you would be interested in.

Deadline = Monday 8th January 2024

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. We value the diverse routes that our colleagues take to get here, and we recognise that this diversity of experience leads to stronger research, teaching and entrepreneurship. The Department is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers. Northumbria University has been recognised as a Disability Confident Employer, offering support and a proactive approach to employing disabled people.