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About this job

Company & location
University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Closing date
May 21, 2016
Last updated
Apr 26, 2016

Purpose: Lecturer in Theoretical Physics in the School of Physics.

Note: Lecturer is the first position on a tenure track that has the potential to reach full professorship at UCD.

The successful candidate will be expected to perform internationally-competitive research in theoretical physics in the broad area spanning Quantum Physics, ranging from Condensed Matter to Nanoscale and NanoBio Physics. They will be expected to publish high-quality, peer-reviewed papers, supervise graduate students, actively seek research funding to grow and develop their research and engage in collaboration with existing research groups in the School.

The successful candidate will also be expected to deliver and coordinate elements of the School’s BSc Programmes, including the Theoretical Physics programme, and taught MSc programmes, including the ‘Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics’ and “Computational Physics’ programmes. They will also be expected to participate in the service teaching elements of the School’s programme. S/he will be expected to play a full part in the academic life of the School, including administration, and to participate in the development of new undergraduate and graduate modules and programmes.

Organisational Environment

The University
University College Dublin is a large and diverse university whose origin dates back to 1854. There are over 26,000 students based in seven colleges, of whom over 6,000 are international students and 1500 are PhD students. The University strives to achieve the highest standards in the advancement of knowledge through research and scholarly publications. It communicates this knowledge to successive generations of students through excellence in teaching. The University also makes an active contribution to the interest and development of the wider community – regional, national and international.

The university is situated on a large modern campus about 4km south of the centre of Dublin. Further information on the University is available via the internet at www.ucd.ie.

The College of Science:
The College of Science comprises of the following Schools:

  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology and Environmental Science
  • Biomolecular and Biomedical Science

The School of Physics (www.ucd.ie/physics)

The mission of the School of Physics is to promote knowledge, cultural and economic advancement, through excellence in research and teaching in the field of physics (and related fields). The School has two over-arching research themes: Fundamental Physics and Physics in Health and Medicine. It is the only school on the island of Ireland that is in the top 200 physics schools in both the QS and The Times Higher Education university rankings. General objectives of the School include:

  • To conduct excellent research in the School through the establishment of critical mass top-quality research teams and through increased funding from external sources.
  • To strengthen existing collaborations and develop new research links with international centres of excellence in physics and science in general.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Provide lecturing and teaching support to students in Theoretical Physics and other areas, including, but not limited to: lecturing; leading and facilitating small group teaching; tutoring; giving seminars; supervising projects.
  • Carry out research in their field of expertise, including preparation of peer-reviewed publications and funding proposals. This should be in the broad area of Quantum Physics, from Condensed Matter to Nanoscale and NanoBio Physics, and should connect with at least one of the research areas currently active in the school. Details of research can be found on the school website.
  • Provide professional support and guidance to students.
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities where appropriate.
  • Provide day-today supervision, support and mentoring to MSc and PhD students.
  • Contribute to the activities and life of the School of Physics.
  • Participate in School Committees, Open Days, Publicity and Outreach Activities and other appropriate University events.
  • Perform other duties as requested by Head of School.

Selection Criteria

Candidates should provide evidence that that they meet the following criteria

  • A PhD in Theoretical Physics
  • A minimum of 3 years post-doctoral experience
  • An excellent research profile, complementary to the research interests in the School and within one of the School’s research themes of Fundamental Physics or Physics in Health & Medicine
  • Evidence of potential to supervise researchers
  • An ability to deliver classroom and computer-based teaching in Theoretical Physics
  • Exceptional organisational skills
  • A strong publication record for the career stage
  • A track record of success in external peer-reviewed support for their research commensurate with career stage
  • Fluent written & spoken English
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully within a team


  • Familiarity with online/blended education delivery.
  • Links with Industry

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