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Women in Physics

  • Oxford women in physics monthly lunch

Institute of Physics (IoP)

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

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University of Oxford Alumni

  • Bursaries

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



Summer Schools/Summer Student Positions


  • Harvard: Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship

Fellowships will be available for up to six graduate students, men or women from the United Kingdom, to study for up to two consecutive years in one of the Faculties of Harvard. The value of each Fellowship is at least 30,000 USD plus tuition and health service fees per annum.

Information about the fellowships can be found on

Full details of the competition and online application can be found on

The competition will be open to British citizens at the time of application normally resident in the UK who wish to attend the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business School, Graduate School of Design, Harvard Divinity School, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Law School and Harvard School of Public Health and:

-are studying for a first or higher degree & will graduate in the academic year 2018-19; OR
-are a UK-registered PhD student hoping for an additional year as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard; OR
-have completed a first or higher degree and graduated most recently no earlier than 2014.

Applications will open on 13th August & close at 23.59 UK-time on 24th October 2018. Enquiries regarding the Fellowships are welcome. Please ring Annie Thomas on 020 7222 1151.

  • Kennedy scholarships for postgraduate study at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Open to: British citizens ordinarily resident in the UK who will have graduated by the time of taking up an award and will have spent at least two of the seven academic years prior to 1st September 2019 studying as an undergraduate at a university in the UK.

Available for Graduate Programmes:
- Master’s
- PhD
- Special Student/non-degree

Award offers:
-Full tuition fees & health insurance
-Means-tested tax free stipend of at least 26,000 USD
-Generous contribution towards flights
-Additional vacation travel grant of 2,500 USD
-Opportunity to be part of a Scholarship
-Programme valued by the Kennedy family and with distinguished alumni in leading positions

Closing date: 24th October 2018


  • 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

  • Student Mentors required to help with ‘Preparing for the PAT’

Student mentors are required to help support a new course assisting UK students from state schools prepare for the Physics Aptitude Test (PAT). The course will help to develop student’s problem solving skills and apply these to challenging physics and past PAT questions. The students chosen for the course are from a diverse set of backgrounds and abilities and this course may be the only help they receive to help prepare for the PAT.

The course will consist of two face to face workshop days and will be a mixture of teacher led sessions and sessions where the student mentors will lead groups through some problems. The 100 participants will be split into groups of 10, so each student mentor will be responsible for a group of 10 students. Student mentors will also provide feedback on work which their students will be set over the summer vacation.

• You should be a second or third year undergraduate, or DPhil student who has some knowledge of the PAT (e.g. took if for your own UG degree or has helped to mark PAT test papers.)
• You must be available to assist with the two workshops on 23rd June and 6th October to be held in the Physics Department at Oxford. The days will run from 9am-4.30pm for mentors (slightly shorter for participants).
• Students will be set 3 pieces of work over the vacation via an online website. They will upload their answers and you must be available to view/mark these and provide feedback via the website. Student deadlines are: 23rd July, 27th August, 24th September and you should aim to provide feedback to your group of 10 students within 1 week of each deadline.
• You must attend a half day of training in the week starting 18th June.
• If you have not recently done outreach events for the department, you may be asked for an interview before confirming your acceptance as a student mentor.

You will be paid at the higher demonstrator rate (£13.80 per hour) for the workshop days plus up to 9 hours of marking time over the vacation. You will also be paid £30 to attend the training session. You must do a right to work check before any work can be carried out.

For further info and to apply please contact as soon as possible.

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  • Outreach helpers needed - £10 p/h plus travel.

Physics Outreach is looking for helpers to assist as well as deliver several workshops in the next few months, specifically 2/3/18, 16/3/18, 27/4/18, 11/5/18 and 25/5/18.

If you are available to lead or help out on any of the dates listed above, please contact Lena Shams. We pay £10.00 per hour, including travel time.

To sign up for more regular updates please join the outreach mailing list.

External job opportunities


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  • Teacher of Physics: Aldenham School

Are you about to graduate with a degree in Physics?

Are you unsure about your career plans, but might be considering a career in teaching?

Do you want to live in an idyllic rural location on a beautiful school estate which is only 10 minutes’ drive from Stanmore tube station?

Do you want to work in a vibrant, happy, productive workplace, and be supported to gain Qualified Teacher Status?

If you answered yes to the above then please read.

  • Chemistry, Physics or Biology Teaching Position - HARRIS-HILL recruitement

There are positions for specialist teachers of Chemistry, Biology or Physics (separate positions for each of the Sciences) in leading independent schools in London and the Home Counties from September, 2018. These are permanent positions which would entail teaching Chemistry, Biology or Physics up to A level. Many of the schools are able to provide accommodation, if needed.

Essential: An excellent academic background including an undergraduate degree in the relevant Science discipline i.e., Chemistry, Biology or Physics.

Desired: A postgraduate degree or in the midst of completing one, as well as a background tutoring or any experience working with children would be a bonus, however, this is certainly not essential.

The successful candidate will be able to convey his/her own enthusiasm, commitment to students of all ages, and a genuine love of learning and enquiry to the students in the department. Academic rigour balanced with an excellent pastoral care and co-curricular programme forms the underpinning for each of the schools. Support to gain a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) would be provided.

If you are enthusiastic about Science and would like the opportunity to teach in a vibrant independent school, please forward your CV asap to or please ask for Devra on: 020 7587 5153 or Mob: 07795 221266 for further details.

  • Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) working towards a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics

The Technical University of Munich (TUM) invites applications for a research position aimed at Early-Stage Researchers (ESR) working towards a Ph.D. in theoretical particle physics. The research will be conducted in Munich in the context of the AMVA4NewPhysics innovative training network (H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015, proposal 675440).

AMVA4NewPhysics stands for a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Action Innovative Training Network (MSCA ITN) titled "Advanced Multivariate Analysis for New Physics Searches at the Large Hadron Collider". Within this network, we are hiring one ESR to work on searches for New Physics and their implications for physics beyond the SM (BSM). The main goal for the ESR will be the application of machine learning tools to searches for new physics manifesting itself in new particles (e.g. supersymmetric partners of the SM) or in Higgs signals. A particular emphasis will be given to the reinterpretation of advanced searches within a public recasting framework.

AMVA4NewPhysics foresees a very rich training program including participation in several international doctoral schools, workshops, and conferences. The TUM ESR the position also foresees a secondment at a partner with expertise in applications of Machine Learning tools.

The positions are open to candidates of any nationality fulfilling the EU mobility criteria: applicants should not have resided or performed their main activity (work, studies, etc) in Germany for more than 12 months in the three years prior to the hiring date. Applicants should be in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers and not yet have Ph.D. This four-year period is measured from the date of obtaining the degree which would formally entitle to embark on a doctorate (master 120 or equivalent). Applications from female researchers are encouraged as AMVA4NewPhysics applies affirmative action measures to guarantee gender neutrality in the selection process. The position is funded for 16 months through the network and continued funding for the remainder of the PhD will be provided by TUM.

During the time funded by the network the gross scholarship amounts to euro 3072.68/month; in addition to it, a gross mobility allowance of euro 600/month is provided for (which is added to the scholarship). Selected candidates who have a family at the time of recruitment qualify for an additional family allowance of gross 500 per month.

The cost of enrolment in the Ph. D. school and of the doctoral courses, as well as all expenses related to travel to schools, workshops, and network-organized events and internships will be sustained by the network.

Although the positions will remain open until suitable candidates are found, interested persons are encouraged to apply before 31st March 2018. The position can start as early as May 2018. Applications, including curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and at least one letter of recommendation must be send to (

For more information, please, contact Andreas Weiler (

  • Physics teaching job at Merchant Taylor's School

Please see the attachment for details.

  • Service Engineer at Oxford Instruments

To install, service and repair Oxford Instruments NanoScience products in line with current safe working practices achieving customer satisfaction against ordered specification
• Able to record and present technical data on system performances.
• Able to diagnose complex system failures and propose effective solutions
• Compliance with all Health and Safety policies and procedures and will actively seek to ensure safe working environment.
• English speaking essential and other European language skills desirable
• Valid driver’s licence required

Suitable candidates must have experience in cryogenics and ideally be working with OI products currently. They will be engaging and able to communicate well with clients face to face. 75% of time will be spent in the field at client site across the UK and EMEA with the remaining time spent at the Tubney Woods site.

If you are interested to hear more about this role, please contact Angela Ashwell:

Student societies

  • Physics Society
  • Oxford University Scientific Society

Other opportunities

  • Volunteer Coaches Needed! - Universify Education

Universify Education is a local Oxford based charity that supports a diverse range of students who are currently in Year 10 at secondary school and who live in some of the most disadvantaged postcodes across the UK. Traditionally under represented at highly selective universities we are looking to address educational equality by supporting these students to raise attainment and aspiration. If you would like to know more take a look at the video on volunteering and please do share with suitable candidates.

We require student coaches to participate in 1 week residential in August
Support their three GCSE students 1:1 by skype/phone once a month
Residential 3 day course at Easter

Through the residential courses we offer Caoches free food, coaching, safeguarding and first aid training are provided free too. Find out more and APPLY:

If you would like to place an advert on this page or if you spot a mistake, please contact Hannah Glanville.