Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme and proleptic Professor / Associate Professor / Assistant Professor of Solar and Space Physics (Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) – second announcement

Northumbria University (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) is advertising a “Vice-Chancellor’s Fellowship Scheme”. This is 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 Scheme aims to appoint exceptional academics to permanent appointments within the University’s areas of research excellence, which includes Solar and Space Physics. These appointments are being made at every level and so we welcome applications for Professor, Associate Professor, and Assistant Professor in the broad area of Solar and Space Physics. There is the possibility of multiple appointments.

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 STFC, NERC, Leverhulme Trust, Royal Astronomical Society, the US Air Force, UKSA, and four UKRI Senior Fellows. The group also plays multiple roles in the UKRI SWIMMR (Space Weather Instrumentation, Measurement, Modelling and Risk) programme in support of the UK Met Office. The group demonstrates international leadership across theory, numerical modelling, observations of solar and space plasma, data intensive science, and a growing reputation for space-related hardware. The Group leads a STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science. Our long-term research programme involves understanding all aspects of the solar-terrestrial connection and we are also interested in broadening our expertise to the study of plasma in all astrophysical systems. Further information on the research group can be found here.

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

To apply for this vacancy please visit our website.

Please state within your covering letter the research area (Solar and Space Physics) and role (Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor) you would be interested in.

Deadline = 8am on Monday 6th February 2023

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.