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Director of York Plasma Institute & Chair

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Role Description

The York Plasma Institute (YPI) seeks an experienced international research leader in an area of plasma physics for appointment as a senior Professor. As well as leading an individual research programme in an area of plasma physics, you will be appointed to the role of Director YPI for an initial term of 4 years, with a remit to act as a strategic leader for plasma physics at the University of York, fostering a world-class research environment at YPI. 

The role
YPI research currently centres on magnetic confinement fusion, laser-plasmas/inertial fusion and low temperature plasmas, including links to space and astrophysical plasma phenomena. 

Key Requirements
You will have a PhD, experience of managing a complex research programme with international profile, and the ability to directly expand the research interests and capabilities of YPI, either in an existing research area or to develop a new, complementary research discipline. 

You will have vision, and an ability to define, lead, manage and attract funds for internationally excellent research, as well as the ability to manage and interact with staff and students at all levels and to contribute to broadening the strategic development of YPI and the Department of Physics – in both research and teaching. You are currently an international leader in a plasma research field with a substantial publication record in leading peer-reviewed journals and are able to demonstrate the ability to access multi-£M research grants and other external funding. 

To apply
Informal enquiries may be directed to the Head of Department, Professor Kieran Gibson ( , +44 (0)1904 322210). Candidates are encouraged to make contact with the department prior to application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to visit the department prior to formal interview.

Closing date: 6 May 2019
Interviews will be held in York on: 4 June 2019

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