Lancaster University is a medium-sized, research-intensive institution in North-West England, founded in 1964. The University has over 13,000 students from over 100 countries. It has risen to being consistently among the top 10 UK universities in all three major national league tables and was named as UK “International University of the Year 2020”.
The Lancaster Physics department was ranked second for world-leading research outputs in the UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, after coming overall top in physics in the 2001 and 2008 UK national Research Assessment Exercises. The Department has a strong reputation for high-quality teaching driven by outstanding research. There are robust development training programmes available to all researchers, which provide tailored support for those early in their careers covering everything from how to be a responsible PI to interacting with business and other stakeholders. It was awarded Juno Champion status by the UK Institute of Physics and it holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, demonstrating its commitment to equality and diversity in the workplace. Lancaster University fully embraces the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. Lancaster Physics comprises more than 50 academic staff, >60 postdoctoral researchers and in excess of 100 PhD students. The ESRs will be hosted within Quantum Nanotechnology, which is the largest group in Physics (11 academics, ~15 research staff and ~22 PhD students).
Professor Manus Hayne (ESR4 and ESR5 main supervisor, Supervisory Board Head)