Job ID: 168768


University College, Cork

  • Oct. 4, 2021
  • Department of Physics
  • University College, Cork
  • Open until filled
  • Available immediately
  • Professor
  • Physics - General
    Astronomy and Astrophysics


Department of Physics

College of Science, Engineering & Food Science

Permanent Whole Time Post

The Department of Physics, University College Cork (UCC) invites applications for a Professor/Professor (Scale 2) with specialisation in astrophysics, gravitational physics or cosmology.

UCC is one of Ireland’s foremost research universities, with 18,000 students and 3,000 staff. The Department of Physics has a long established reputation for excellence in teaching and research, and has close ties with UCC’s Tyndall Institute, Ireland’s largest research centre. Current strengths include optics and photonics, condensed matter theory, experimental quantum topological matter, quantum information technology, laser spectroscopy and astrophysics. Cork is a dynamic and engaging city of ~200,000, recently rated by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten cities to visit in the world. Ireland has a thriving astronomy community and is a member of ESA, the LOFAR radio network, and ESO.

Applicants must hold a doctoral qualification in Physics or a closely related area, and a portfolio of significant research accomplishments and publications. The appointee will be required to contribute teaching to the range of BSc degrees offered by the Department of Physics, as well as at postgraduate level. Demonstrated teaching ability is essential, as is ability to generate research funding. Applicants should have research interests and accomplishments specific to astrophysics, gravitational physics or cosmology. It is anticipated that an additional position, with an emphasis on theoretical astrophysics, will be advertised shortly.

For informal enquiries about the post, please contact Professor John McInerney, Head of the Department of Physics, UCC. Tel: +353 21 490 2468, Fax +353 21 427 6949, Email: For further information on the Department of Physics, see
UCC is committed to creating and fully embracing an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated.  As a University we strive to create a workplace that reflects the diversity of our student population where people from a wide variety of backgrounds learn from one another, share ideas, and work collaboratively. UCC is committed to being an employer that recognises the value of diversity amongst its staff.  We encourage applicants to consult our policies at and initiatives at and we welcome applications from everyone, including those who are underrepresented in the protected characteristics set out in our Equal Opportunities & Diversity Policy.

Depending on the level of experience, appointment may be made on the following scales:
Professor Salary Scale: €123,449 – €154,507 (Scale B) / €117,276 – €150,712(Scale A) or Professor Scale 2 Salary Scale: €104,313 – €122,510 (Scale B) / €99,097- €116,386 (Scale A)
Salary placement on appointment will be in accordance with public sector pay policy.

Applications must be submitted online via the University College Cork vacancy portal ( Queries relating to the online application process should be referred to, quoting the job-title.

Candidates should apply, in confidence, before 12 noon (Irish Local Time) on Thursday, 16th December 2021.

No late applications will be accepted.


Please note that an appointment to posts advertised will be dependent on University approval, together with the terms of the employment control framework for the higher education sector

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