Associate Professor (Nuclear Physics) - Physics and Astronomy - 100699 - Grade 9

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


£53,353 - £80,613

15 Nov 2022
31 Dec 2022

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-300000707880905

Position Details

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Physics and Astronomy

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK 

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £53,353 to £61,823, with potential progression once in post to £80,613  

Grade 9

Full Time / Permanent 

Closing date: 10th February, 2023

 In addition to completing the application form, you should make sure to attach / upload the following: a CV, including full publication list; a statement of future research plans and objectives (max 3 pages); a statement on your teaching experience (max 2 pages)

Role Summary

The School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham seeks to appoint an Associate Professor with strong expertise and a demonstrated scientific track record in nuclear science, to coordinate and lead the science programme of its new High Flux Accelerator-Driven Neutron Facility. The successful applicant is also expected to make use of the new Facility, and potentially also the School’s MC40 Cyclotron facility, for their own research.

Based in the School of Physics and Astronomy, the High Flux Accelerator-Driven Neutron Facility is a new national facility that will support the study of neutron interactions in materials for the nuclear sector, ranging from fission to fusion, and is part of Birmingham initiatives in the Energy sector led by the Birmingham Energy Institute. The Facility also offers a broader programme relating to the understanding of neutron interactions with materials, with applications extending to nuclear medicine (including a programme of radiobiology research), the space sector, and fundamental physics. The successful applicant will engage with external users of the Facility to develop new research programmes;  support and develop new internal, University of Birmingham research programmes linked to the Facility; have their own strong programme of research using the Facility;  collaborate effectively with the existing Facility team and nuclear research programme; and, as part of the Facility management team, represent the Facility within the University of Birmingham and externally at national and international meetings.

The successful applicant will sit within the Nuclear Physics Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy, as part of a dynamic team utilizing the unique combination of nuclear facilities based in the School. They will have the necessary background and expertise to contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate education programmes in the School, in particular in nuclear technologies and nuclear physics.

Main Duties


To pursue sustained research activity through original research and scholarship, including other research-related contributions through conference papers and presentations and/or consultancy projects and advice, including (as appropriate):

  • contributing to the management of research activities and/or supervising other research staff;
  • leading successful funding bids;
  • consistently publishing internationally excellent research, with some research regarded as world leading, that results in a sustained, highly respected reputation of international quality;
  • supervising and examining PhD students, both within the institution and externally;
  • providing expert advice internally and externally;
  • peer reviewing articles for peer reviewed academic journals and grant applications by research councils and/or other major funding bodies;
  • leading sustained impact activity including public engagement and makes a significant contribution to policy development at a national and international level;.
  • supervising and examine PhD students, both within the institution and externally;
  • as appropriate, managing research activities and/or supervising other research staff;
  • developing novel methodologies and techniques appropriate to the type of research being pursued.


You will contribute across the range of teaching and learning activities:

  • making a significant contribution to the pedagogical knowledge base of the subject that advances teaching through the enhancement of practice, the development of teaching resources and/or through practice-based research;
  • leading on the management and the development of approaches to teaching and learning, including designing innovative approaches to digital resources/environments and supporting colleagues to use them that are innovative to the subject area or institution;
  • leading on curriculum design at module and programme level to ensure it is contemporary, inclusive, engaging and academically challenging;
  • actively engaging students in curriculum design and sharing evidence of “what works”;
  • making an impactful, high quality contribution to debates about education policy, methods and practices through internal and external publications, subject societies and conference activity;
  • developing an external profile evidenced through engaging in external quality assurance activities related to teaching, e.g. external examining and engaging with/supporting education in other institutions;
  • playing an important and sustained role in the recruitment and admission of students;
  • co-supervising doctoral students to completion;
  • leading the development of teaching, learning and assessment policies and strategies;
  • acting as an education mentor to colleagues in the School/Department/College or more widely;
  • leading the development of new and appropriate approaches to learning and teaching.  This may be underpinned by research and evaluation of teaching methods and systems
  • leading sustained high value impact in knowledge transfer and enterprise (including business engagement, public engagement) that enhances the student experience and/or employability, and is of manifest benefit to learning and teaching in the College and the University
  • undertaking own teaching, which will include teaching and examining courses at a range of levels, planning and reviewing own teaching approaches, developing programme proposals, supervision, marking and examining. You will ensure that your teaching practice is informed by discipline-based research, through participating in the research culture of the School.


Lead activities in the Department/ School and represent the School on College/ University committees or working groups.  Where appropriate to the discipline, this is likely to include some but not all of the responsibilities listed below:

  • making an important contribution to the development and running of the Department or School, for example, leading activity on research and/or teaching assessment
  • leading a successful international engagement at School or College level;
  • developing and managing staff and resources in support of major research and/or teaching activities
  • making important contributions to the development of the Department’s research and/or learning and teaching strategy
  • contributing significantly to the development and delivery of knowledge transfer, enterprise, business engagement and public engagement activities with sustained high value impact of manifest benefit to the College and the University;
  • promoting a culture (including policies and procedures) that embeds equality and values diversity and inclusion
  • leading, serving on and assisting the work of committees and task and finish groups beyond School/ Research Institute, e.g., Senate, Council, University Education or Research Committee etc.;
  • leading external committees, e.g., those associated with public/professional bodies or delivery of activities for an external body at an appropriate level, e.g., chairing sub committees associated with large elements of work;
  • leading/project managing a team to devise and implement a new and/or revised process (e.g. a new research initiative, or a recruitment drive);
  • making a sustained contribution to widening participation, schools outreach and/or public understanding of the discipline;.
  • contributing to administrative activities within the University (e.g. appeals panels, working groups).


  • identifying well-being issues within the School/College/University and developing appropriate solutions to address these;
  • taking collective ownership of challenges faced by the School or College and working with colleagues to develop solutions;
  • mentoring and coaching of colleagues, particularly those in the early stages of their career.

Person Specification

  • PhD in Nuclear physics, nuclear engineering, nuclear applications, or similar
  • Strong background in nuclear science
  • Background in accelerator-based measurements and instrumentation applicable to neutron studies
  • An understanding of nuclear interactions and experience of nuclear reaction/isotope production cross-section calculations, including the energy loss of ions in matter.
  • Evidence of effectively engaging with academic and wider user communities
  • Demonstrated publication and scientific track record in a field relevant to the Accelerator Driven Neutron Facility

Learning and teaching requirements

An excellent teaching profile and performance in terms of both impact and quality.  The teaching quality demonstrated to be informed by an appropriate level of scholarship. 

Where appropriate, evidence of success under the following headings:

  • High national reputation for the development of teaching and learning excellence within the discipline
  • Successful and sustained use of a range of appropriate teaching methods, and assessment strategies that promote high quality learning, including learning that is flexible, distinctive and current and stimulates learners’ natural curiosity
  • Significant and sustained contribution to one or more of the following: strategic development of new programmes; approaches to learning; the development of learning resources
  • High quality and sustained contributions to fostering excellence in teaching activities more widely, i.e. in the Department/School or College and/or externally
  • Track record of substantial and sustained high value impact on the enhancement of the student experience, and/or employability
  • Mentoring and expert advice which develops the skills of colleagues in teaching and in fostering learning

Research requirements

An excellent national reputation and a developing international profile through significant original research work and a clear record of impact.  Evidence of success under the following headings, as appropriate to the discipline:

  • High level peer esteem as evidenced by
  • Excellent reputation in the UK and often internationally, reflected in sustained high quality output, level of innovation, impact on subject and recognition
  • An excellent and sustained record of peer reviewed research publications
  • Successful and sustained supervision of doctoral students to completion
  • Substantial and sustained research income generation, e.g. through research grants, contracts, research consultancy or other external funding
  • Sustained high value impact knowledge transfer and enterprise that is of manifest benefit to the College and University

Management and administration-related requirements

Demonstrated significant achievement in management and administration-related activities, which may include leadership of activities/initiatives.  Evidence of success under the following headings

  • Successful and sustained performance in significant administrative/managerial role (s) (e.g. exams officer)
  • Significant and sustained high quality innovative contributions to the management/administration of the Department/School/College or University
  • Successful and sustained contribution to the corporate life of the School/College/University, displaying willingness to contribute actively to committees, collaborative teaching and administrative tasks
  • Actively promotes equality and diversity to internal and external stakeholders
  • Able to use data to identify equality and diversity issues
  • Experience of developing interventions to address equality and diversity issues

For further information about this post, please contact: Dr Carl Wheldon ( and/or Professor Martin Freer ( 

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