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31st Schrödinger lecture | Michele Dougherty FRS CBE | Tuesday 19 February 2019

The Cassini Spacecraft Mission at Saturn Presented by Michele Dougherty

17.30 Lecture: Great Hall, Sherfield Building. 18.30 Reception: Queen’s Tower Rooms, Sherfield Building

The lecture is free to attend and open to all, but registration is required in advance - book your seat via  Eventbrite. 

Women in Physics:

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STEM Women Events:

STEM Women run community events for students who are studying a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics degree and who identify as female.  


StudentShapers is run from the Education office, and supports staff-student partnership in Learning and Teaching. In particular one project stream has been developed with the support of the Graduate School to enable PhD students to work with staff to develop and enhance an area of our taught curricula, in an area of their disciplinary expertise. For PhD students aspiring towards an academic career path, this also provides an opportunity for them to become more deeply involved in educational development activities and to offer them a valuable professional development opportunity.  

PhD students would typically have some prior experience of teaching through GTA opportunities, and would undertake an educational development project in partnership with staff in place of any other GTA commitments. Proposals must be submitted by students, but must be followed up with a supporting statement from their supervisor. Bursaries are paid to support this activity and are commensurate with GTA rates.

A more detailed general overview of the scheme is at: 

The specific project stream for PhD students, including a proposal submission portal and assessment criteria are at: 

Any questions about the StudentShapers scheme can be directed to

Merck Innovation Cup

From June 23 - 29, 2019, Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany will be hosting the Merck Innovation Cup (,

The Innovation Cup is an initiative for graduate students in natural sciences, computer sciences, and business administration to attend a training program near Frankfurt, Germany.

The Innovation Cup is designed to support the professional development of graduate students interested in the pharmaceutical industry. Participants learn how R&D in the industry works by lectures from Merck managers and scientists. The students will also advance an idea to a full project plan with their teams. The event brings together a promising new generation of talent with senior Merck managers and researchers and accomplished Merck retirees in a meeting of the generations. It also provides a unique chance to network with the brightest students from all around the world. Teams will work on innovative projects in the areas of: Oncology, Immuno-Oncology, Autoimmunity, Small Molecule Drug Discovery, Protein Engineering and Screening, Digitalization. 

Postdocs and graduate students on their way towards a PhD in biology, chemistry, physics, medicine, biotechnology, bioinformatics, computer sciences, data sciences, informatics, biochemistry, pharmacy, engineering or related fields are invited to apply. In addition, advanced MBA students or recent MBA graduates with an interest in the pharmaceutical business and a background in natural sciences are also eligible. 

The participating teams have the chance to win the Innovation Cup award endowed with EUR 20,000 for the most convincing project plan. 

At the last day of the Innovation Cup a scientific conference with alumni from previous editions will be organized. 

Applications are now possible at: (For U.S. and Canada)

Deadline: January 31st, 2019

UV Photochromic Transfer Tattoo Start-Up - Deadline 31/01/2019

A colleague and I have been working on a UV awareness start-up over the last year, in which we have developed UV photochromic transfer tattoos that alert a user to their UV exposure as sunscreen wears off. These transfer tattoos are designed to be animated (i.e. different parts of the image appear as UV exposure increases) to feed-back exposure information to the user in an aesthetically pleasing and relatively informal manner, with the end goal of reducing the risk of sunburn and the subsequent health problems associated with UV exposure. 

We already have interest from a well-known sunscreen company about licensing and commercializing this product, and are now at a stage of developing the final prototype and sourcing a manufacturer to produce these photochromic transfer tattoos. 

The team currently consists of myself, an organic chemist and material scientist by trade (a graduate of the MSci Chemistry degree and a Ph.D. in ‘The Development of Plastic Electronic Materials’ at Imperial) and Lena Sami a graduate of the MA/MSc in Innovation Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art and Imperial. We are now looking for a physicist to join us to further develop our initial prototype and bring this idea through to a final product. 

Please get in contact with me on if you are interested in joining us and I'd be more than happy to meet up and have a chat!

Physics Helpdesk:

Every Monday and Thursday from 12:00 - 13:00 in Level 3 Foyer

Come along and get all your questions answered by friendly physics students.  It's open to all students, undergraduates, MSc, CDT, PhDs.


Career information:

The Physics Department has a dedicated Departmental Careers Advisor, Professor Lesley Cohen.  She can be contacted at  Also, Jane Pooler, Careers Consultant from Central College  She is a very important part of the department.  More information on Careers and what the department and College offers can be seen at and or

Scientist in Residence - Deadline 15/01/19

Graveney School in Tooting is a large successful comprehensive school in South London. We have well over 200 students including a large, diverse sixth form of 800 students-  over 400 of these study STEM subjects and many go on to study STEM subjects at university, several to Imperial College, every year
We are looking for ‘scientist in residence’ to support our STEM programme.  If you are interested, or would like to know more, contact Trevor Grant, STEM 

Winter Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

    • New York City
    • San Francisco Bay Area
    • Boston
    • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2019-01-07 to 2019-03-01.

Application Link:

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.


Do you want to use your subject knowledge to make a difference? Are you looking for a secure job with great career prospects? Considering a career in teaching?  

You can train to become a secondary school teacher in ten months through the INSPIRE PGCE programme. INSPIRE is based at Imperial and at London Schools.  Generous funding is available for UK/EU students.  

INSPIRE is open to applicants with a postgraduate degree (Master’s or PhD) and trains secondary science (chemistry and physics) and maths teachers.  Applications are open now for September 2019 entry.  To find out more visit

If you would like to arrange an informal chat about INSPIRE or teaching as a career please email Jenny Cooke.

Scholarships for further study:

Crick Student Opportunities - Information on the three year programme can be found at 


Would you like to enhance your public engagement skills? Are you enthusiastic about working with young people? Can you help make science fun? Would you like to use your teaching experience for a Fellowship of the HEA application?

We are looking for motivated Early Career Researchers (MRes/ PhD students and Post Docs) who are eager to translate their research into a fun outreach activity for schools.

Through you, school students will be exposed to science that is fresh, relevant and cutting edge.

For more information contact: Dr Rebecca Holloway, or visit

JSPS Summer Programme 2019 - Application Deadline 15/01/2019

Application Deadline: 15 January 2019, 23:59 GMT Fellowship to take place during fixed period: 11 June to 21 August 2019 

The JSPS Summer Programme provides the opportunity for current MPhil or PhD students to receive a one week orientation on Japanese culture and research systems on arrival and then move to a host institution in Japan of their choice and approved by JSPS, to conduct collaborative research activities for 2 months during the summer. 

For the 2019 Programme, 18 fellowship places are available for UK nationals.  

Value of award: Return international airfare, maintenance allowance (534,000, JPY), research support allowance (158,500 JPY) and overseas travel and accident insurance policy are provided. 

Eligibility: Applicants must be a UK national and a current MPhil or PhD student based at a UK university or research institution at the time of application. Eligible research fields are not limited. 

Applications should be sent to the British Council Tokyo. A link to application guidelines and form are available on the JSPS London website here: 

Also reports written by former UK JSPS Summer Programme Fellows about their experiences of this programme can be found on the JSPS London website at the following link:  For any Enquiries please e-mail:

David Crighton Fellowship Competition 2019 - Deadline 31/01/2019

The David Crighton Fund was set up in memory of the late Professor David Crighton FRS, to provide support for young scholars in his research field, i.e. the subfield of applied mathematics concerned with fluid mechanics, acoustics, waves and vibration.  The Managers of the Fund are accordingly offering up to four David Crighton Fellowships for research students and postdoctoral fellows in these areas.  Applications are welcome from candidates based in Departments of Mathematics, Engineering or Physics in Cambridge and elsewhere. 

The David Crighton Fellowship award is to be used to cover actual travel and subsistence expenses, up to a maximum amount of £3,800, to facilitate two to three months’ study and research.  Under normal circumstances we would expect fellowships to be taken up within 12 months of the successful candidates being notified of the outcome of the competition.  Candidates based outside of Cambridge will have the opportunity to undertake study and research in Cambridge, whereas award winners currently based in Cambridge can utilise funds to travel elsewhere. Applicants should normally be in the second half of their PhD research, or have no more than three years’ postdoctoral experience. 

If interested, please see the information at and send the Applications and references to the Head of Department’s Secretary by: 31 January 2019

Exercises that all PG Research student should focus on:

  • Any student that started in October 2017 and still hasn’t completed their Research Proposal Confirmation (RP) and Early Stage Research Proposal (ESA), should do so by return and upload them to Blackboard.
  • All students that started in 2017, please make sure that you complete your Plagiarism Awareness course which is available to self enrol at  You’ll need to send Loli the email confirmation.
  • All students that started in 2017, please make sure that you complete your Risk Assessment Foundation Training (RAFT) course which is available to self enrol at You’ll need to send Loli the email confirmation.
  • Any student that started in October 2016 and still hasn’t completed their 18M Late Stage Assessment Review (LSR), should do so by return and upload them to Blackboard..
  • Any student that started in October 2015 and still hasn’t completed their 18M Late Stage Assessment Review (LSR) and their Thesis Progress Review, should do so by return and upload them to Blackboard..  The Thesis Progress Review should be emailed to Loli with all the signatures and relevant Research Plan.
  • Any student that started in October 2014 and still hasn’t completed exercises and the Exam Entry forms should do so by return as your 48M deadline is coming up. The supervisor can email Loli the EEF. The registration will be ending at the end of September unless your supervisor has requested an extension to me.
  • Please remember to re-register on Studente-service by return - it has to be done every year in September.  If you are in receipt of a bursary, it can't be paid unless you have registered online.

All the forms can be found online at