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Examination Schools have collaborated with the Counselling Service and the AAD Communications team to create the Exam Wellbeing campaign to advertise the supportive resources available to students preparing for exams. The Counselling Service has also produced an online guide for students available online at www.ox.ac.uk/examwellbeing.

Women in Physics

The Women in Physics mission is to create a supportive environment for everyone within physics and that means everyone has a role to play. We organise a series of events throughout the year to help promote networking and diversity in physics at Oxford.

Contact Anna Marchant to find out more.

Institute of Physics (IoP)

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 Kathryn Boast
Access Officer
T: 01865 (2)82336 E: kathryn.boast@physics.ox.ac.uk

Seminars/lectures/conferences/courses

Access and Diversity

Summer Student Positions/Summer Schools

Internships

University Careers Service

How to make the most of the Careers Service
This new, pocket guide to the Careers Service will be available at fairs, 1:1s and the Careers Service - and of course online

A list of services is now available on the Careers Facebook page and is a useful introduction to the Service for new users at the beginning of term.

Oxford Guide to Careers 2020, in association with Oxford SU
The 2020 edition of this key careers resource for Oxford students will be delivered to all penultimate and final year (both undergraduates and graduates) in your college.

Careers/DPhils

  • Open day in Atomic and Laser Physics: Tuesday 8th December

See poster for details.

  • Open day in Atomic and Laser physics: Tuesday 8th December

Atomic and Laser Physics (ALP) is holding an online Open Day for prospective DPhil applicants on Tuesday 8th December 2020. This will be an opportunity to meet supervisors and the teams of talented young scientists who are currently researching the interaction of light and matter.

The event will be held 11.30 am – 17.00 pm on Tuesday 8th December. We will start with a brief introduction from the ALP Director of Graduate Studies and talks from different research groups. Then an opportunity to meet with supervisors for further discussion and Q and A, followed by student talks.

To register please email: alpgradadmin@physics.ox.ac.uk

  • Accelerate Science Program at University of Cambridge and PhD Studentships

We are advertising PhD positions for this program starting October 2021. In particular, there is a possibility of working with me on developing new machine learning methodologies for problems in theoretical physics and particularly String theory. The deadline for applications is *December 3, 2020*.

Interested candidates can apply directly through the Cambridge University Application portal linked by https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/27517/.

Announcements for the program:
https://www.cst.cam.ac.uk/news/new-fellows-will-help-accelerate-discovery
https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/new-programme-to-accelerate-ai-resea...

PhD Studentship:
https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/27517/
Deadline: December 3, 2020

If there are any questions, I would be happy to answer them. Please do feel free to reach out: cm2099@cam.ac.uk

  • University of Chicago PhD program

Here at the University of Chicago we have created a unique program that blends physics chemistry and engineering in an exceptional PhD program. Our research program spans the full scope of quantum science and engineering. We are particularly excited about the highly successful cross-disciplinary collaborations that have led to new, innovative research directions. We have many new faculty members as well as new funding programs and world-class facilities available to our graduate students, including state-of-the-art laboratories, computational resources, and nanofabrication facilities, housed in a brand-new research building. Furthermore, UChicago’s proximity and close connections to Argonne National Laboratory and Fermilab amplify the resources and research opportunities available to our students.

To apply to our PhD program:
• Department of Physics: https://physics.uchicago.edu/academics/graduate-programs/
• Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering: https://pme.uchicago.edu/academics/phd-program

  • Armagh PhD Positions

Applications are now open for a STFC PhD position at the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium. This is an opportunity to work in one of the longest-running research institutions in the world where PhD students also have the chance to inspire the next generation of scientists and hone their communication skills. Research topics range from the study of the Solar system to that of external galaxies. Applications received before the 27th of February 2020 will receive full consideration. For more information and to apply go to https://armagh.space/education/phd-level/

  • Bristol PhD projects in climate science

Bristol NERC DTP PhD projects in climate science (and other physical geography topics) to start next year are now advertised online at http://www.bristol.ac.uk/geography/courses/postgraduate/physphd.html

  • PhD studentship: Detecting Ionising Radiation from Lightning Flashes on the Ground and in Space

See website for details.

  • Airbus Graduate Programme

We will soon be opening Applications for our UK Graduate Programme.

www.jobs.airbus.com

In a nutshell
We are looking for graduates with commitment and enthusiasm who want to be part of a high-tech, innovative and 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 an exciting career. Our two-year Graduate Programme (three years for finance positions) allows you to play a pivotal role in current and future projects within either our commercial aircraft or defence & space divisions.

Airbus graduates have a fantastic chance to learn invaluable skills while developing personal and technical abilities. During the programme, 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 at Airbus.
It’s not only engineers we are looking for! The world is changing fast and we are also seeking 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 sites in Filton (Bristol) and Broughton (near Chester) for Commercial Aircraft, and Portsmouth, Stevenage & Newport for Defence & Space.
We offer a flexible programme, allowing you the chance to tailor your experience to combine a number of rotational placements with specialist training in the UK, as well as opportunities for European and international placements.
We are looking for high-achieving, motivated graduates who are fluent in written and spoken English. If you 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 and 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 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 & 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. Chartership can also 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.

  • FULLY FUNDED PHD STUDENTSHIP IN QUANTITATIVE THEORIES IN BIOLOGY

We are seeking a talented, creative and friendly individual to join our interdisciplinary team. We use physics-style mathematical models to understand the remarkable processes that allow single-cell embryos to develop into complex animal forms.

Supervisor: Dr Tom Hiscock
Contact: thomas.hiscock@abdn.ac.uk
Lab website: https://twhiscock.github.io/
More information: https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/mathematical-theories-of-symmetry-...

PROJECT
The overall aim of the lab is to understand the developmental mechanisms by which organisms and organs self-organize – i.e. build themselves – forming complex structures of a certain shape, size and pattern. By combining physics-style mathematical modelling, quantitative data analysis and close collaborations with experimentalists, we formulate mathematical theories of development that explain how tissues break symmetry, generate patterns and undergo morphogenesis. We draw on ideas from many disciplines, including physics and mathematics, as well as developing our own theories and approaches. As a theorist, developmental biology is a particularly exciting field of research, with many unanswered questions and opportunities to discover new fundamental theories.

A major aim of this project is to build more realistic models of biological signalling pathways to understand one of the earliest events in embryonic development: anterior-posterior (i.e. head-tail) patterning. This addresses a fundamental question in developmental biology that remains unanswered: why/how do animals develop only one head (why not 2, or 3)? During the PhD, students will also be encouraged to define and explore their own research questions.

PERSON SPECIFICATIONS
The successful candidate must have an interest and curiosity in understanding how embryos develop, although no formal training in developmental biology is required. As the project will be entirely computational, candidates should have strong quantitative skills and proficiency in coding (e.g. in MATLAB/R/Python) and theory (e.g. differential equations, linear algebra, Fourier analysis). Undergraduates from quantitative disciplines (e.g. physics, maths, engineering, computational biology) will be particularly well-suited, although applications will be considered from talented and motivated individuals regardless of undergraduate training.

DETAILS
The studentship is open to UK/EU nationals, and is fully funded for 4 years (including stipend). The successful candidate will be embedded within the strong developmental biology hub at the Institute for Medical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, and will benefit from its supportive, stimulating and collaborative academic environment. As a place to live, Aberdeen is one of the few places in the UK where you can live in the heart of a multicultural and cosmopolitan city, but at the same time be less than an hour away from the wild and beautiful outdoors, be it mountain, river valley, forest or sea. Applications are made online here (deadline: 27th November). Please also get in touch with me directly; please send your CV and a brief description of why you would be a good fit for the studentship to thomas.hiscock@abdn.ac.uk.

  • PhD position in experimental integrated quantum photonics in silicon nitride - University of Twente NL

See poster for details.

  • Post-doctoral and PhD fellowship opportunity in Atomic Physics at Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Please see poster and link for more details about the specific fellowship - https://azrielifoundation.org/fellows/internationalpostdoctoral/

  • DPhil projects available in Atomic and Laser Physics

There are DPhil projects available for experimental work in Atomic and Laser Physics, under the supervision of Prof. Chris Foot from whom further information is available.

1. Quantum Technology for Fundamental Physics
Development of cold-atom sources and laser systems for large-scale atom interferometry. This is part of the AION project developing a new type of dark-matter and gravity wave detector. See https://indico.cern.ch/event/802946/

2. Quantum simulation of non-equilibrium physics using ultracold atoms and Bose-Einstein condensates.

3. Collaborative work with the National Physical Laboratory on laser cooled atoms for precision measurements (in particular atomic strontium).

See:-

https://www2.physics.ox.ac.uk/study-here/postgraduates/atomic-and-laser-...

christopher.foot@physics.ox.ac.uk

  • PhD position in practical Quantum Computing - UCL

Applicants are saught for an EPSRC CASE studentship sponsored by UCL spin-out company Rahko Ltd. The PhD will focus on exploring complexity and scalability of near-term quantum computer algorithms for quantum chemistry and will involving algorithm development, programming and performing calculations on both actual quantum computers and so-called quantum imulators.

Candidates should have one or more of the following:
A background in either Quantum Information/Computation;
A background in Quantum Chemistry;
Strong coding skills with a knowledge of python.

This is a 3-year EPSRC CASE studentship associated with UCL spin-out company Rahko Ltd (www.Rahko.ai). It available for students who are UK nationals or EU nationals who have worked or studied in the UK for 3 years.

For more information please contact:
Prof Jonathan Tennyson
web-page: www.ucl.ac.uk/phys/amopp/people/jonathan_tennyson/
e-mail: j.tennyson@ucl.ac.uk

Applications should be made to the AMOPP group in UCL Physics and Astronomy, specify Jonathan Tennyson as the proposed supervisor and tell him when you submit an application.

  • Opportunity for a PhD student to work as Clinical Scientist - Newcastle upon Tyne

We are seeking expressions of interest from PhD students who have completed or are nearing completion of their research to work for 3 years as a pre-registrant radiotherapy physicist in the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in Newcastle upon Tyne.

The successful candidate will work towards professional registration as a Clinical Scientist and allow the individual to work as a radiotherapy physicist in a hospital.

A radiotherapy physicist is a physicist who works in a hospital primarily to ensure accuracy and safety when radiation is used for therapeutic purposes. The role is wide ranging and requires application of the physics of radiation interactions in tissue and other materials, as well as general scientific principles, to all aspects of the clinical use of radiation. It is a mix of practical, theoretical, management, teaching, research & development work. The work is part service delivery (for example quality control or patient dose measurement) and part research and development (for example development of processes to analyse 3D Compton scattered MV images or writing software to predict capability of equipment meeting accuracy requirements). The links below give some insight into the role. The most common route into the profession is by formal training through an accredited scheme but this alternative route of direct training in a clinic is more suited to physicists who already have research experience as well as strong physics knowledge.

Anyone who thinks they might be interested might find the links below useful and they should contact Judith Mott (Judith.Mott@nuth.nhs.uk) to find out more about the role. There is of course other information on the internet that they could equally look at: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/physical-sciences-and-bio... and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RrKPa4TRs8

  • Multiple Postdoc jobs at MIT in 2D, Nanoelectronics, Spintronics & Wireless

Multiple postdoc jobs are available in the new Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek (NCB) (http://www.mit.edu/~profsarkar/) research lab at MIT. NCB aims to fuse nanoelectronics, applied physics, and biology to develop novel devices.

1> POSTDOC JOB IN 2D MATERIALS AND/OR NANOELECTRONICS
The postdoc will design and develop new nanoelectronic devices for diverse applications such as transistors, sensors, biomedical devices etc.

2> POSTDOC JOB IN MAGNETICS and SPINTRONICS
The postdoc will design and develop new magnetic and spintronics devices for diverse applications such as energy harvesters, sensors, actuators, resonators, antenna, memory, transistors etc

3> POSTDOC JOB IN WIRELESS SENSING
NCB has opening for postdoc in wireless sensing of chemical and biological signals. The postdoc will conduct research to design and develop wireless sensing technologies, transmitter/receiver systems, RF circuit, implantable and wearable antennae for diverse applications in wireless energy harvesting, sensing, magnetic resonance imaging and biomedical applications. Strong background in electromagnetism, antenna design and RF engineering is required.

More details about the openings and application steps can be found at http://www.mit.edu/~profsarkar/positionsavailable.html

  • EPSRC studentships and PhD studentship opening at Imperial College London

Studentships and PhD opportunities.

  • 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 mscradbiol.med@tum.de

Paid opportunities

External job opportunities

Student societies

  • Quantum Information Society

Oxford's new Quantum Information Society has launched! From foundational physics to quantum technologies and learning to code on real quantum computers, we have exciting talks, discussions, tours and workshops planned for Michaelmas and beyond.

Check out our term card and like our Facebook page for details at fb.me/quantuminfosoc. Undergraduates and graduates from any department are welcome.

  • Physics Society
  • Oxford University Scientific Society

Established in 1882, OUSS is the oldest student-run science society in the world. For those who are not familiar with what we do, ordinarily, at this point in term we would be busy hosting speakers from a variety of backgrounds and organising social events. Due to the coronavirus outbreak, this term we have moved online, and virtual events are well underway.

In the past few years, the OUSS have hosted hundreds of speakers, 18 of which were Nobel Prize winners. In addition, the committee hosts social and careers events to foster an interdisciplinary scientific community within the university.

If you are one of our old friends (i.e. already subscribed to our mailing list), you would have received an email last week about us moving our mailing list. The new mailing list will allow us to target different events at different audiences, connect like-minded people together, and much more. We are planning to reach out to as many people as possible, whether you are a student, a researcher, an experienced academic staff, as long as you are interested in science, it would be wonderful to have you on board!

Sign-up by filling out this Google Form: https://forms.gle/VWdTnaqGoUb3y9TF8, it should only take 2 minutes of your time!

Thank you for your attention, keep well, and we hope to meet you again in the future. For any queries, please contact us at:
Email: scientific.society@studentclubs.ox.ac.uk
Website: https://ouscisoc.org/
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OUSciSoc/

  • Oxford University Aeronautical Society - AerOx

Other opportunities

  • Nightline

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. 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.

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

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. It is not a large time commitment – you can do as much or as little as you have time for – and there are lots of opportunities to learn valuable skills and play a leading role in informing our publicity strategy. If you've got a flair for publicity or an interest in charity PR, please get in touch at publicity@oxfordnightline.org – we'd love to hear from you!

  • Graduate Opportunity with Teach First

Teach First is a charity whose aim is to end educational inequality in the UK. They offer a two-year salaried teacher Training Programme by the end of which you will have earned a (fully-funded) Post Graduate Diploma in Education and Leadership (PGDE). Their graduates are placed in areas of the country where they are needed most and are supported and trained while they teach.
Over 50% of places on the programme have been filled for the next academic year. To give yourself the best chance of being assigned to teach the subject you want in the area you want, it is best to start an application sooner rather than later.
Do reach out to the Physics Teach First Campus Rep, Alex (alexander.tometzki@magd.ox.ac.uk), if you would like to hear more and he would be happy to take you for a coffee.

  • 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:
https://forms.gle/FqFAqUrqM5Wysmq88

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