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  • Paid opportunity to represent the IoP in the upcoming 2018/2019 academic year!

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Physics Ambassador Scheme

Are you interested in promoting physics to young people, helping out at our public events or supporting students in making decisions about university? Then why not join our new Physics Ambassador Scheme! To register your interest, please complete this short online form and I’ll be in touch: Sign-up form.

Dr Sian Tedaldi
Outreach Programmes Manager
T: 01865 (2) 82447 E:

Oxford University Careers Fairs

University of Oxford Alumni

  • Bursaries

Some of our groups offer bursaries to current students and information about them can be found on:


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  • A paid 4-week teaching internship, Wykham Park Academy in Banbury

Please see the advert for more details.

  • Finbourne Internships

See Engineering internship Opportunities 2019

Summer Schools/Summer Student Positions

  • Summer Student Projects 2019

Third year students
To apply for these projects, applicants will need to send their CV and a cover letter to justify their interest in the proposed topic to Applicants will also be required to arrange for a letter of support from their college tutor to be sent in support of their application.

  • The First ESO Summer Research Programme

summer positions


  • PhD Position at the University of Manchester

Entry requirements - First class bachelors/masters. IELTS must for candidates whose first language is not english Motivated and brilliant students who want to do cutting-edge science are welcome to apply.
About group research -

Research will primarily involve experimental work related to novel 2D materials, angstrom scale capillaries, electrical and ionic measurements, nanofabrication, and molecular transport, but not limited to above.

Interested candidates, please write to me, at
We particularly welcome applications, which clearly outline "why you would like to join our team".

  • DPhil studentship

More details The studentship is an EPSRC iCASE award intended for EEA applicants. This studentship will be jointly supervised by Dr. Krzysztof Szymaniec ( Prof. Christopher Foot ( Please contact us for more information.

See the Oxford Physics Department website:

  • PhD positions with the Genoa ATLAS group

For more info, candidates should email the following address:

  • PHD in Graphene technology - Cambridge

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Graphene Technology, based in the Cambridge Graphene Centre ( at the University of Cambridge invites applications for full-time 4-year PhD studentships starting in October 2019. The Centre's research and training activities focus on Cambridge's internationally recognised strength in graphene, carbon allotropes, layered crystals and hybrid nanomaterials. The centre has a strong collaboration with industrial and academic partners across various disciplines (Engineering, Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology) which will help shape and develop the Centre's vision and mission activities.

The structure of the programme is a one-year MRes course followed by a 3-year PhD study. The first year will form the scientific and technical expertise of the students in science and technology of graphene and related materials, ranging from basic physics, chemistry and nanotechnology to applications in the areas of electronics, photonics, communications, energy, bio-medicine and composites. This will be done by a combination of taught modules, laboratory sessions, short projects and workshops. Coupled with these, business and entrepreneurship skills, visits to large facilities, public outreach and tailored professional development will significantly extend the training. The students will develop clear view of various research areas and will be equipped with the necessary skills and experimental techniques in Graphene Technology before selecting their PhDs at the end of the MRes year, enabling them to use their next 3 years efficiently, rapidly achieving high impact research.

Full EPSRC funding is available for UK students and European students who have studied in the UK for 3 years. Students are normally expected to have a 2.1 or 1st class honours degree from a UK University or an equivalent standard from an overseas university. Eligible UK and EU students with these or equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply. A limited number of EU funded studentships are available for those who have not studied in the UK for 3 years. Non-EU applicants are not eligible to apply for funding from the Graphene Technology CDT, but can still join the programme if recipient of external scholarships (such as CSC or Commonwealth scholarships) covering the full costs.

Potential applicants must complete the on-line application form accessible through the Centre website ( Further information on the application process can be found at

For more information please visit the CDT website: Enquires should be addressed to

  • Fully-funded ICASE PhD scholarship available

See: webpage for further information.

  • EPSRC studentships and PhD studentship opening at Imperial College London

Studentships and PhD opportunities.

  • PhD opportunity in 7T MRI method development to image cerebral small vessel disease

Prof Hugh Markus and Dr Chris Rodgers are collaborating to develop novel 7T MRI methods that can help explain the causes of stroke, and may help guide treatment. In particular, we are developing methods that can use the power of Cambridge's new 7T MRI scanner (one of the most powerful systems in the UK) to allow us for the first time to:
1. Image the small "perforating arteries" within the brain
2. Measure cerebral blood flow within individual perforating arteries to detect small vessel obstructions that are suspected of causing strokes
3. Look at the effect of drugs on flow and function of the perforating arteries, in a clinical collaboration that might lead to new stroke treatments
If you are interested in this area of research, a good funding opportunity is coming up very soon. The Cambridge BHF Centre for Cardiovascular Research Excellence will be funding up to three non-clinical PhD studentships. This project would be eligible to apply for this scheme. If you are interested, please contact Dr Rodgers ( as soon as possible so we can prepare a preliminary application, which would be due by Friday 5th April 2019. That would be for an Oct 2019 start date.
There will also be opportunity to apply for funding to work with us on this project through the Dept of Clinical Neurosciences to begin in Oct 2020. Again, please contact Dr Rodgers ( if you would be interested.

Applicants should have obtained an honours degree (at least equivalent to a UK 2.1) or a Master’s degree in a scientific discipline that is relevant to the project. The Studentship provides a maintenance stipend, University tuition fees at the Home rate, and £10K per year towards other costs (e.g. consumables, animals, travel). Applicants must satisfy the University of Cambridge graduate student entrance requirements.
Applications should consist of:
• CV of the potential PhD applicant
• Maximum 2-page research plan (including Title, Background, Hypothesis, Aims, and Experimental plan) describing how the project aligns with the Centre scientific objectives and research aims with emphasis on interdisciplinary, collaborative efforts.
Please email your application to Dr Katja Kivinen ( by Friday 5th April 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be asked to register through the application portal ( and will be interviewed by a member of the Graduate Education Committee in the presence of the provisional supervisor to check the applicant’s suitability for a PhD.

  • PhD studentship opening at Imperial College London

Job Title: PhD Studentship in Wearable Biosensors
Department: Chemical Engineering
Salary: £16,553 tax-free bursary per annum for up to 3.5 years, plus tuition fees at the UK/EU or overseas rate for 3 years
Campus: South Kensington, London
The Yetisen Group in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London welcomes applications for a PhD studentship to conduct work in the area of wearable biosensors. The studentship is funded by the Department of Chemical Engineering to create a wearable detection platform with the overall objective of developing a continuous monitoring system. You will be based in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London (South Kensington Campus) under the supervision of Dr. Ali K. Yetisen.
Wearables as medical technologies are becoming an integral part of personal analytics, measuring individual’s physical status, recording physiological parameters, and informing schedule for medication. These new technology platforms promise to help people pursue a healthier life style, but also provide continuous medical data for actively tracking metabolic status, diagnosis, and treatment. Advances in the miniaturisation of flexible electronics, biosensors, microfluidics, and artificial intelligence algorithms have led to wearable devices that can provide real-time medical data.
The aim of this project is to develop wearable devices for continuous monitoring of metabolites in the body. Optical materials and methods including holography, laser ablation, and microfluidics will be used to create highly-sensitive and selective biosensors that can be reversibly detect biomarkers in real time. A smartphone camera interface will be developed to read the sensors quantitatively. As well as conducting your own research, you will work with a team of researchers, providing support to their projects; and be responsible for maintaining safe working practices.
Applicants are expected to have obtained (or be heading for) a first or upper-second degree at master’s level (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry or Physics and be highly motivated.
Applicants should also be able to demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, which will be essential in collaborating with industrial partners, and disseminating the results via journal publications.

Applications should be made through the College’s online application system:

Important information about the College’s PhD application process can be found on the following page:

  • DPhil projects at the National Physical Laboratory in experimental Atomic and Laser Physics

Applications are invited for three studentships are available for projects at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington that are jointly supervised by Professor Chris Foot in Oxford Physics, leading to an Oxford DPhil degree. The students will attend classes in Oxford on some days during the first year of the project but the experimental work will be carried out at the NPL. These are funded by Engineering & Physical Sciences Council (ICASE) awards, at a higher rate than a standard research council studentship, that should more than cover the additional expense of working in two places and travel. For further information, please see the Atomic and Laser Physics website:
1. Laser-cooled ion optical clocks for fundamental physics and redefinition of the second
This is an experimental project working with one of the UK’s best atomic clocks at the NPL based on measuring the frequency of an optical transition between two internal energy levels within ions confined in an rf trap. The aim is to develop optical clocks that achieve fractional frequency uncertainties as low as 1 part in 10^18 (two orders of magnitude better than the current caesium microwave primary standards) as a precursor to a redefinition of the second.
2. Mini-fountain cold atom clock
This project will build a small footprint cold-atom frequency standard (clock) with excellent short- and long-term stability. Once fully developed, the mini-fountain clock will have applications in telecommunication, research facilities and defence.
3. Next-generation cold-atom compact atomic clocks
NPL looks to develop novel atom cooling and interrogation schemes for cold-atom high-stability frequency references with a volume < 800 cm^3. Existing compact microwave atomic clocks employ thermal atoms confined in small glass vapour cells but although these systems are very compact (< 17 cm^3 volume), the frequency stability is limited by collision broadening. Laser cooling the atoms minimises the effect of collisions thus greatly enhancing the Q factor and giving much higher performance timekeeping.

  • PhD opportunities - Topological Design, Centre of Doctoral Training

The University of Birmingham has been awarded a multi-million pound fund to establish a new Centre for Doctoral Training on Topological Design. This covers Theoretical and Experimental Physics, Material Science and Electrical Engineering in the broad areas of Condensed Matter, Optics and Photonics, Ultra-cold atoms and Mechanics of Materials. For more information, see the attached document and our website.

We are currently recruiting our 2019 cohort and encourage all talented individuals with exceptional skills on any of the aforementioned subjects to submit an application at:

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to email us on:

  • PhD in Quantum Engineering

Open Day and Recruitment Posters

  • DPhil CASE studentship in Inorganic/Physical Chemistry research area

Please see poster.

  • PhD: Improving our understanding of particle charging, Bristol

Frictional electrostatic charging of granular (powdery / particulate) materials (known as tribocharging) controls the generation of lightning in dust and volcanic plumes on Earth and on other planets. The same mechanisms yield dangerous hazards in industrial processing of powders and granular mixtures. Triboelectric nanogenerators, which work on the same basis, are also increasingly exploited in engineering applications, such as for energy harvesting. Despite this broad applicability of triboelectric charging, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood. This multidisciplinary project will investigate tribocharging both experimentally and theoretically.

Tribocharging occurs when particles move against each other, transferring electrons from one to the other. It can occur between dissimilar materials, in which case the charge transfer loosely follows the “triboelectric series” which ranks the materials’ work functions. It can also act between insulating particles of the same material. In this case tribocharging leads to negative charges on the smaller particles, from loss of spatially localised surface electrons from particles of larger surface area; this is often observed in natural and industrial systems. The theoretical part of this project will improve existing particle charging simulations to make them more realistic, for example by including particles of different materials and shapes.

Simple laboratory experiments using established apparatus and techniques will validate the model and investigate particle charging with, for example, mixtures of dissimilar materials or samples of a known size distribution, moving to well-characterised samples with more variability such as volcanic ash. The models can then be deployed in new situations, such as exploring the role of triboelectrification in clouds on Venus, which appear to host lightning, yet for which no efficient charging mechanism is known. The PhD will yield improved models of triboelectric charging for application to terrestrial and planetary situations. This could contribute to understanding of lightning generation as well as mitigating electrostatic hazards in industry.

Student specification
• Strong first degree (First or good 2:1) in Physics, Engineering or a related subject
• Enthusiasm to work in a strongly interdisciplinary area, from fundamental physics to practical applications
• Experience of and enthusiasm for both laboratory experiments and writing simulations

Funding from EPSRC (for UK/EU citizens who have been in the UK for the last 3 years) may be available for a strong candidate. The position will remain open until filled, please contact for more details.

  • PhD: 2D Materials and Diamond Quantum Nanophotonics - Munich

Magneto-optics on atomically thin materials

The field of van der Waals heterostructures, which are stacks on individual atomically thin crystal sheets, has
exploded in the last decade. Those van der Waals stacks can be assembled in such a way that yield electro-optical
nano-devices with essentially unlimited functionalities but clever stacking can also result in new fundamental

The tenor of this PhD thesis is to study the optical properties of actively tunable van der Waals heterostructures to examine topics such as exciton localization, manybody physics, exciton-exciton interactions or the impact of complex dielectric environments on exciton properties in high to ultrahigh magnetic fields. During the project you will work in close collaboration with a small team of Ph.D. students and postdocs, therefore individual effort is key to drive this
PhD project.

Some experience in the areas of van der Waals stacking, optics, electronics or cleanroom fabrication will be beneficial, but secondary to your personal motivation and commitment to this project.

You should:
(1) Be highly motivated and self-driven, (2) be practically minded, (3) enjoy working across a wide breadth of tasks
(processing, optics, electronics) and (4) be willing to work in a very small team on challenging things very long
hours …

You will get:
(1) the chance to work on current hot-topic issues in the area of 2D van der Waals physics (2) exposure to
experiments in large scale magnetic field facilities (3) a sound understanding of the physics in atomically thin
materials and hopefully (4) a few nice papers.

Interested? Please email and

  • PhD Studentships at the Institute of Cancer Research

See Poster

  • Airbus - UK Graduate Programme

Our 2019 UK Graduate Programme is now open and we are ready to receive your application!
Click here to search and apply:

We’re looking for graduates with commitment and enthusiasm who want to be part of high-tech, innovative, global organisation. Our Graduate Programme will prepare you with the skills you need to progress and develop your talents.

With Airbus, you will be taking the first small steps towards a big career. Our two year Airbus Graduate Programme (three years for Finance) offers roles within Commercial Aircraft and Defence and Space, and allows you to play a pivotal role in current and future projects. Airbus graduates have a fantastic chance to learn invaluable skills whilst developing personal and technical abilities. Over the two-three year scheme, you will build a comprehensive understanding of what we do and how we do it; the focused training and structured placements ensure you are fully equipped for your future career in Airbus and can master the type of managerial, leadership and technical skills required by Airbus.

And it’s not only engineers we are looking for!

The world is changing fast and we are also looking for graduates to help us to develop our Cyber and Digital capabilities. Additionally, we need graduates to join us in Finance, HR, ICT, Marketing, Sales, Project Management and Procurement roles. Our opportunities are located across the UK including the sites in Filton (Bristol) and Broughton (near Chester) for Commercial Aircraft, and Portsmouth, Stevenage and Hawthorn for Defence and Space, the location and business area will be made clear in the job description.

While the programme is structured, it is not rigid, allowing you the chance to tailor your first two years with Airbus, combining a number of rotational placements with specialist training in the UK, as well countries such as France and Germany.

We are looking for high-achieving, motivated graduates who are fluent in written and spoken English. If you meet the required performance level, share our passion for what Airbus does and show a drive for excellence; then this is your chance to be part of the next chapter of our unique and exciting story.

Training & Development

From day one, you will be assigned to a particular department and will be guided through the various placement opportunities that exist within your function and within the wider business. The programme includes core technical and behavioural training elements that will form an integral part of your learning and help you become familiar with the company and its culture.

Placements in Defence and Space allow you to be involved in one of our graduate projects which means you can either work on a short technical project or work with various universities to develop key relationships with future graduates.

Within Commercial Aircraft, graduates are encouraged to study towards professional accreditation and will often be supported financially to do this. It means you could work towards chartered status from the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the IET or the Royal Aeronautical Engineering Society if you’re an engineer. For non-engineers, chartered status can be achieved from bodies such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).

You will also have considerable support during the scheme to ensure that your overall learning experience will complement your future career, giving you the opportunity to work with stakeholders such as:

• Line/Placement Manager, who will help you with your development journey through recommending training courses, placements opportunities and will work with you to set tasks and objectives
• Graduate Programme Manager, who will ensure you are fully supported through the programme
• Senior Level Career Mentors, to offer guidance and support during your career progression.
• Chartership Mentor (Commercial Aircraft) to help you gain appropriate professional accreditation to aid career progression.
• Graduate Programme Buddy: a past graduate who will provide guidance throughout the programme, as well as being a point of contact 3 months before the start of your new role.

Salary & Benefits
• £27,000 (plus welcome payment £2000)
• Membership of the company pension scheme
• 25 days holiday per year, plus bank holidays
• Flexible working
• Extensive support, guidance and training through the programme
• Financial support to achieve Chartership status and professional membership of an appropriate institution (Commercial Aircraft)

  • Funded D.Phil. position available in sustainable PV

Due to additional funding being found the department has a fully funded place available on the sustainable photovoltaics Centre for Doctoral Training program associated with a project for using carbon nanotubes in the production of novel perovskite solar cells, described in more detail in the attachment. Anyone interested in this position is asked to contact:
Prof. Robin Nicholas ( or Prof. Moritz Riede ( )

More details.

  • DPhil studentship in Quantum and Atomic Physics - National Physical Lab/Oxford

Details. Further information is available from Dr Rachel Godun (

  • A 4-year fully-funded PhD project on the theory of molecular information processors

Research will be performed as part of Dr Ouldridge's "Principles of Biomolecular Systems" group ( in the Department of Bioengineering, Imperial College London

The project will involve the development and analysis of stochastic models for biomolecular processes, both analytically and through simulation, and interpreting the results in terms of thermodynamics, computation and information theory (expertise in these particular disciplines is not expected, but an interest is important). Further details, and instructions on how to apply, can be found on the group website.

  • New Master Program: Radiation Biology at Technical University of Munich

The program concentrates on the effect of radiation on the human body, especially on cancer progression and control.

For more information, please see flyer.

For questions, please contact

Paid opportunities

  • Research assistant in UAVs

Please see the following link for full details:

External job opportunities

  • Teacher of Physics at Copethorpe School


  • Graduate Assistant at Tonbridge School


Student societies

  • Physics Society
  • Oxford University Scientific Society
  • Oxford University Aeronautical Society - AerOx

Other opportunities

  • Participate in LSE GROUPS survey

We are a group of LSE students taking LSE GROUPS and we are conducting research into women’s participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) fields at the university level and their continuation into STEM-related careers after university. Specifically, we are looking to understand the factors for female students deciding to continue into STEM-related careers or change their choice of industry.
The respondents we are looking for are mainly (1) female students doing both undergraduate and graduate STEM degrees; and (2) female faculty members who graduated from STEM degrees. Participants will have the chance to win 10 pounds Amazon voucher.
Below is the link to the surveys:
(1) for students:

  • Oxford Nightline Recruitment

Nightline is an independent listening, support, and information service run for students, by students. We aim to provide every student in Oxford with the opportunity to talk to someone in confidence – students can ring us on 01865 270270, Skype us at 'oxfordnightline', or visit our office at 16 Wellington Square. We don’t pretend to have all the answers, or try to solve people's problems, but we care about whatever is on your mind and we will listen to whatever you want to talk about without judging or telling you what to do.

Every term we run a training course for people who wish to join our team of volunteers. This teaches the listening and support skills you will need to work for us. Training requires commitment, but is a rewarding and worthwhile experience. It consists of three one-day sessions, either on the Saturdays of 11th May, 18th May, and 25th May (Oxford University 2nd-4th week) or the Sundays of 12th May, 19th May, and 26th May (Oxford University 3rd-5th week).

If you would like to train to become a Nightline volunteer, please fill out a training form here:
If you would like more information about the training process, or have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with us at

We are also always looking for new volunteers to join our Publicity, Fundraising and Outreach team (PFO). PFO volunteers act as ambassadors for Nightline by talking to students and organising events in their colleges and departments. If you've got a flair for publicity or an interest in charity PR, please get in touch at - we'd love to hear from you!

  • Oxford University Racing (OUR)

Do you want to shape Oxford’s latest big initiative? Wait no longer: Oxford University Racing (OUR) is currently recruiting!

We are a team of mostly undergraduates who are building a single-seat electric race-car from scratch in order to compete in the prestigious international Formula Student competitions. Every single aspect of the team is run by us, students: from recruiting corporate sponsors and pitching a business scenario, to designing the powertrain and optimising the vehicle’s aerodynamics.

Formula Student usually forms part of a degree-level project and is viewed by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, transitioning them from academic study to the workplace. It is a recognised confirmation of practical engineering experience.

Apply to get the exciting benefits of joining the group, including a great team environment, invaluable practical experience and the opportunity to be involved in a thrilling project. Please see the attached image for more details and we hope to see you soon.

  • Laidlaw Scholars 2019

The scheme is open to all matriculated undergrads, from all years and in all subjects. It would be fantastic to see even bigger numbers of students applying for this great opportunity to undertake research and gain practical leadership training!

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me –

  • Perimeter Scholars International: applications now being accepted

Applications are now being accepted for Perimeter Scholars International (PSI), the unique 10-month master’s program at Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
Features of the program include:
• No application fee
• All student costs (tuition, living) are covered, removing financial and/or geographical barriers to entry
• This program exposes students to the full breadth of theoretical physics in courses taught by world-leading theoretical physicists - Perimeter researchers and visiting scientists.
• Students learn within the inspiring environment of Perimeter Institute while earning a Master of Science from the University of Waterloo
• Collaboration is valued over competition; deep understanding and creativity are valued over rote learning and examination
• PSI recruits worldwide: 85 percent of students come from outside of Canada
• PSI takes calculated risks, seeking extraordinary talent who may have non-traditional academic backgrounds but have demonstrated exceptional scientific aptitude.

Apply online at

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