Job in Theoretical Physics at Maynooth!

Just a short post passing on the information that we have a fixed-term job available in the Department of Theoretical Physics at Maynooth University. You can find the details here.

The position is for one calendar year starting in September 2021. I know it is a short appointment, but it seems to me that it would provide a good opportunity for an early-career academic to gain some teaching experience while carrying on their research in a lively and collegiate Department.

The deadline for applications is 23.30 on Tuesday 8th June 2021 and you should apply through the Maynooth jobs portal here.

If you’d like to know any more please feel free to contact me privately.

Oh, and please pass this on to anyone you think might be interested!

7 Responses to “Job in Theoretical Physics at Maynooth!”

  1. Francis Says:

    Agree. Supervision of PhD students seems a bit much for someone only in post for a year, and same for building a strong research profile. Given that they will likely have to spend a lot of time ‘getting up to speed’ with the lectures they have to give, expecting a lot in research and research supervision seems a big ask.

    • telescoper Says:

      Obviously one can’t supervise an entire PhD in one year but it’s reasonable to expect a lecturer to play a role in PhD supervision and carry out research. The point being that it’s not a teaching-only contract.

      • telescoper Says:

        In case anyone is interested this one-year position is an interim arrangement put in place to tide us
        through a period of reorganisation (including the arrival of a new President at Maynooth) and in due course we expect a permanent position to be available. We do need someone in post from September though.

    • telescoper Says:

      That depends on the students (and how they are funded). What if a supervisor retires part-way through the PhD of a student?

  2. Chris_C Says:

    My son’s PhD supervisor left the country partway through and that department failed miserably to find an adequate replacement. No-one should take on the supervisor role without a very strong intention to see it through, so in my view anyone on a 1-year appointment should be prohibited from supervising PhD students.

    • telescoper Says:

      A person on a one-year contract obviously can’t be the official supervisor of a PhD student, but there’s no reason why he/she should not play a role in a student’s supervision on a temporary basis. It’s not at all unusual for students to have joint supervisory arrangements, and to have a particular member of staff to help on certain parts of the project and not on others.

  3. telescoper Says:

    To answer your question, this is a fixed-term contract. If and when we get a permanent position it will be advertised.

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