Lecturer in Astrobiology (885)

Lecturer in Astrobiology

An exciting opportunity to contribute to expanding Birkbeck’s teaching and research in the field of astrobiology.

Salary range
38,584 rising to 53,342 per annum
Contract type
Open ended
Full time
Lecturer grade
Business Unit (dept)
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
Closing Date
Ref No

An exciting opportunity to contribute to expanding Birkbeck’s teaching and research in the field of astrobiology.

Based within the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, you will contribute to teaching and research in the field of astrobiology. You will have a strong commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and will teach astrobiology and planetary science modules within the framework of Birkbeck’s B.Sc. Degrees in ‘Planetary Science with Astronomy’ and ‘Planetary Science, Space Exploration and Astrobiology’. You will also play a major role in establishing a new M.Sc. programme in Astrobiology and contribute to the teaching of this programme. On the research side, you will have the opportunity to develop your own research programme in the area of astrobiology, and will have opportunities to apply for external funding through the Department’s STFC Planetary Science Consolidated Grant, the UK Space Agency, and other external funding bodies.

You will have a PhD in astrobiology, planetary science, or a related discipline, and will have demonstrated research experience in astrobiology as illustrated by appropriate peer-reviewed publications. Astrobiology is a highly interdisciplinary subject and applicants with research experience in any aspect of astrobiology (including, but not limited to, astrophysics, geomicrobiology, biomarkers, planetary and exo-planetary habitability, planetary exploration, etc) will be considered, but evidence of interdisciplinary research across two or more of these disciplines with a focus on searching for life in the universe will be an advantage. You will also be passionate about teaching astrobiology and related topics, and ideally will have experience of university teaching at undergraduate level.


Grade 8 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £38,584 rising to £53,342 per annum.

The salary quoted is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the London area.


If you would like to know more about the role please click on apply below or contact Professor Ian Crawford at i.crawford@bbk.ac.uk. 

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Birkbeck offers a competitive salary and pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, membership of WISE, operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.