Announcement of Opportunities

I mentioned this a while ago, but I thought it wouldn’t do any harm to repeat the official advertisement here. Cardiff is going large (or at least larger) in experimental physics, and the first deadline is approaching.. get cracking with your applications now!

Chair in Experimental Physics

Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Experimental Physics

School of Physics and Astronomy

As the first stage of a major initiative to broaden its research activity the School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University has some immediate vacancies for permanent faculty positions at either full Professor/Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer level in any area of Experimental Physics, other than Astrophysics.

Applications are welcome in fields new to the School as well as those complementary to the existing strengths. Candidates working in interdisciplinary areas with a firm Physics base are also welcomed. You will be expected to have demonstrated an established programme of research, and will also be expected to teach Physics at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Cardiff University has strong research groups in Photons & Matter (theory and experimental), Gravitational Physics and Nanophysics, as well as a large Astrophysics programme.

You should have a PhD in Physics, Mathematics or closely-related subject.

A point on the Cardiff Professorial Salary Scale (Chair)
£45155 – £55535 per annum (Reader)
£37839 – £43840 per annum (Senior Lecturer)
£29853 – £35646 per annum (Lecturer)

Further information about the School may be found at

Informal enquiries regarding these positions may be made to Professor Walter Gear, Head of School, email

To work for an employer that values and promotes equality of opportunity, visit telephone + 44 (0) 29 2087 4017 or email for an application form quoting vacancy number 186 for the Chair position and 188 for the Reader/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer position.

Closing date: Friday, 23 July 2010.

Please note vacancies are for one Chair and three Senior Lecturer/Lecturer positions.


7 Responses to “Announcement of Opportunities”

  1. How comfortable can one live on $55k in blighty these days?

  2. telescoper Says:

    You mean £55K, presumably. I think that’s a pretty good wage actually. Cost of living here in Cardiff is much lower than many places in the UK so you could buy a nice house and still have plenty of dosh left to indulge your vices.

  3. “How comfortable can one live on $55k in blighty these days?”

    Recently, in this forum it was established that the average annual UK income is 25k–30k. So, we are talking about twice that. If you define your comfort with respect to the average, then quite comfortably. 🙂 I suspect that in Wales (as opposed to London), this is more than enough to live the lifestyle a physicist in academia can reasonably expect.

    What would the (presumably gross) annual professorial pay be in pounds? Why is this salary not quoted in pounds?

  4. telescoper Says:

    Professorial salaries are negotiated individually and aren’t fixed on the national scales that apply to other grades, so it’s hard to say what the level would be. Based on personal experience, though, I’d say professorial salaries in Cardiff are very good!

  5. >>>professorial salaries in Cardiff are very good!

    Any chance of a ball-park estimate? Just for long-term thinking about returning to blighty.

    Here (@Sydney) professorial salaries are part of the union-university negotiations, but are pretty good (approaching $160k Aus – I think a squizz over 90k pounds) – but Sydney is a reasonably expensive city.

  6. telescoper Says:

    There’s a table of typical professorial salaries at different institutions at

    It’s preceded by a list of the obscene amounts of money paid to University Vice-chancellors.

    The information is a year or two old, but it will be fairly accurate I think.

  7. […] two extremely positive items came to light. One is that we will shortly be interviewing for the extra physics posts we advertised some time ago. Hopefully there will be a new Professor and three new lecturers joining the staff in the very near […]

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