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Deadline: 2017-03-31
Location: Portsmouth, UK

Professor/Reader in Gravitational Wave Science at Portsmouth, UK

We seek an established leader in gravitational wave (GW) science to create a new research group in the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation (ICG). This new GW initiative would complement existing research at the ICG, and there is the possibility of making multiple hires in support of this new initiative (see forthcoming advert for senior lecturer in GW science).

The ICG is a world-leading research institute in cosmology and astrophysics. In REF2014 96% of our research outputs were judged internationally excellent or world leading. We are now looking to expand into gravitational wave research, supported by external research funding and recently-opened undergraduate courses in Physics. We encourage applications from scientists with a strong background of:

high impact publications related to gravitational waves;
grant funding;
innovation and impact.

Applications can be either for a Readership (equivalent to associate professor) or Professorship (full professor) in GW science, dependent on track record to date. We particularly encourage applications from traditionally under-represented groups in science. The ICG and the University of Portsmouth hold Athena SWAN bronze awards and we are an Institute of Physics Project Juno Supporter. These projects show a commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality in science and create a better working environment for men and women.

The ICG consists of 12 academic staff, 19 postdoctoral researchers, and over 20 PhD students, and has an active international visitors programme. ICG has major involvement in:

Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-IV);
Dark Energy Survey (DES);
Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST);
Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI);
ESA’s Euclid satellite mission;
Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

The University of Portsmouth is a member of the South-East Physics Network (SEPnet) and hosts the 3704-core SCIAMA supercomputer. More information can be found at

You may wish to contact the ICG co-Directors, Profs Bob Nichol (bob.nichol[AT] and David Wands (david.wands[AT] to discuss this exciting opportunity and your application. Your application (application form, CV) should be submitted via the online application system by the closing date. Your application will be processed and conducted in compliance with UK legislation relevant at that time.

For detailed information please go to and select ZZ602850 – Professor/Reader in Gravitational Wave Science