Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP)

The Rudolf Peierls Centre for Theoretical Physics will host a Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) in 2020. We anticipate appointing 4 to 5 students. Students (from any University) currently in their second year and above are welcome to apply. Candidates who are set to start on a PhD programme in the autumn of 2020 will normally not be offered a place. Due to UK visa regulations, all candidates must have existing right to work in the UK.

Students will work with a supervisor in the Department, usually a research fellow or a faculty member (a list of those who may offer summer projects in 2020 is below), on a self-contained research project. Students are encouraged to take part in the Department’s life, joining researchers for coffee breaks, discussions and seminars.

The projects will typically run for 8-10 weeks, beginning on or around 1st July. The duration may be adjusted to be shorter or longer, or to accommodate summer travel. We are offering a 30 hour working week paid at the living-wage rate (approximately £300 per week).

Application Process

You should email a one-page-only application, in pdf format, to TP Admin ( by Monday 2 March 2020, with “UROP” in the subject line. It should tell us why you are interested in the programme and which supervisor(s) interest(s) you most (you will not be considered for projects in which you state no interest; since the list below is tentative and some projects may disappear, it will be easier for us to accommodate you if you indicate multiple preferences). The application must also include your contact details, your year and course, any undergraduate exam results so far, and contact details (including email) of one academic referee. Please mention any computer programming experience and any previous research experience. Each application must be accompanied by one reference --- applicants must ensure that their academic referee submits a short letter of support via email to TP Admin ( by the closing date. We anticipate offers to be made by the end of March.

For any administrative queries, contact Michelle Bosher (

Faculty members & Research Fellows offering summer research projects in 2020

Prof Michael Barnes* --- plasma physics/astrophysics
Prof James Binney FRS --- galactic dynamics
Dr Douglas Boubert --- galactic dynamics
Prof Fabrizio Caola* --- particle physics
Prof Paul Fendley* --- quantum condensed matter
Dr Felix Flicker --- quantum condensed matter
Prof Ramin Golestanian --- nonequilibrium statistical physics applied to biology/active matter [this internship will be partially based at Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation in Göttingen]
Dr Lucian Harland-Lang --- particle physics
Prof Ard Louis --- soft condensed matter/biophysics
Prof John Magorrian* --- galactic dynamics
Dr Adam Nahum* --- quantum condensed matter
Prof Sid Parameswaran* --- quantum condensed matter
Prof Felix Parra Diaz* --- plasma physics
Prof Gavin Salam FRS* --- particle physics
Prof Alex Schekochihin* --- plasma physics/astrophysics
Dr Lorenzo Tancredi --- particle physics
Prof John Wheater* --- particle physics
Prof Julia Yeomans FRS* --- soft condensed matter/biophysics

*TBC [project may or may not be offered, but please do signal interest]

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