PLATO Associate Professor in Exoplanets position open at MSSL – UCL

PLATO Associate Professor in Exoplanets position open at the Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) at UCL

The University College London – UCL (United Kingdom) opens an international call to hire an Associate Professor in the field of Exoplanets. This is a permanent position within the Astrophysics Group at the Department of Space and Climate Physics (Mullard Space Science Laboratory – MSSL). The department is part of the Faculty of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at UCL.

Duration of the contract: permanent position
Grade: 9 (Associate Professor), full-time
Salary:  from £54,131 to £59,135 per annum.
Location: UCL’s Mullard Space Science Laboratory, located in Holmbury St Mary, near Dorking in Surrey.
Job starting date: 1 April 2020 or as soon as possible after that.

Job Tasks

Candidate’s main duties will be in the field of:

  • Research
  • Teaching
  • Management

In addition to these duties the post holder will be expected to play a full part in the day-to-day activities of the Astrophysics Group and the Department as a whole and to be flexible in helping his/her support staff colleagues with other aspects of the work of the department when required to do so.
More information about duties can be found here.

Profile’s requirements 

The post holder should hold a PhD in a relevant field and have a command of the scientific field of exoplanets which shows both breadth and depth. A record of securing research funds to support their research programme and an international research profile with commensurate, sustained research or other outcomes appropriate to the discipline are also essential requirements. The postholder should have the ability to supervise PhD students and be able to work collaboratively.

The successful applicant will be expected to pursue a vigorous research programme to boost the fast-growing exoplanet research environment at MSSL. This already includes a strong involvement in ESA’s PLATO satellite mission and a new exoplanet research group led by Dr Vincent Van Eylen, as well as a strong Solar System research component. In addition, ESA’s Ariel mission is led from our sister Physics & Astronomy department at UCL. Applicants should have internationally leading research records, and we are particularly interested in candidates who can maximise the scientific return from our substantial involvements in PLATO. The candidate will also fulfill a teaching responsibility at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

How to apply

To apply online for this job, please use this URL.
Uploaded materials should include a CV, a letter to the Head of Department and any other materials you consider appropriate. Informal enquiries may be made to Prof Mark Cropper ( or, for admin matters, to Suzanne Winter (

Applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis will be taken into account wherever possible.

Application Deadline:December 2019
Selection Deadline: 20 January 2020

Full details can be found in this webpage.