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Physics Helpdesk - MSc, CDT and PhD students

If you have any questions about anything ranging from academic issues to career advice please contact Arnaud Czaja a.czaja@imperial.ac.uk, PG Tutor and Jess Popplewell j.popplewell@imperial.ac.uk, Careers Advisor.  If they can't answer your queries, they'll put you in touch with Postdoc students that should be able to help.  It's open to all MSc, CDT and PhDs. 

Women in Physics

The department has a women in physics group which aims to empower and support all women through their career by creating a dynamic community. It is open to anyone identifying as female and consists of regular weekly lunches and events. If you are interested then please sign up here

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.  https://www.stemwomen.co.uk/.  You can also contact them by emailing info@stemwomen.co.uk or calling 0151 236 8000.

Webinar: Professor Robert Boyd on Epsilon-Near-Zero Materials - 28th July 2020

Imperial College Optical Society are super excited to announce our webinar with Professor Robert Boyd on July 28th. As the man who quite literally wrote the book on nonlinear optics, we can promise this will be an amazing opportunity to see Boyd present some of his latest work and answer your questions. 

·  Seminar by Professor Boyd: 17:00 - 18:00 (BST)

·  Q&A session with Professor Boyd: 18:00 - 18:30 (BST)

Register by clicking on the image above or going to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/113864160770 - we'll be adding the video conferencing link soon! The webinar is open to all institutions and members of the public, so please spread the word. 

Abstract: We describe recent studies of the linear and nonlinear optical properties of materials that possess a near-vanishing dielectric permittivity and refractive index. Such materials provide very large nonlinear responses with important implications for photonics. 

StudentShapers

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 can be found at: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/students/studentshapers/scheme-overview---what-is-studentshapers/ 

The specific project stream for PhD students, including a proposal submission portal and assessment criteria are at: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/students/studentshapers/how-to-get-involved/studentshapers-translation-of-research-in-to-teaching-projects/. Any questions about the StudentShapers scheme can be directed to studentshapers@imperial.ac.uk

FoNS students' experience videos

Naveeta Bhatia from the College’s Student Recruitment team is on the look-out for both UG and PG students (especially female, BAME) from FoNS departments to share their Imperial experience for our social media channels.

From a student recruitment perspective, it would be good for prospective students to see current students talking about their course, student life at Imperial, living in London.  I’ve done a few videos and hoping to continue building a bank of case studies. These are some examples:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFizTJVrxzw&t=12s and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW8ryrIe-yA&t=116s.

If you have any queries or would like to take part, do contact Claudia Cannon c.cannon@imperial.ac.uk. 

International Student Support upcoming events

There are many events for ALL Imperial Students, regardless of nationality including virtual trips to the theatre, help with applications for visas to other countries, options for work after your studies.  For information on how to book, please check https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/international-student-experience/ and https://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/international-students/international-student-experience/day-trips/.  

Friends of Imperial College

Friends contributes to the public understanding of science, technology and medicine through talks and visits exploring the latest discoveries and developments. Visit us at https://www.friendsofimperial.org.uk/. Our aim is to entertain and inform non-specialists and experts alike.  Everyone who is curious about science is very welcome to come and socialise with our speakers and guests.
Register to  receive updates and book public events or you may wish to  join as a Member.

Enterprise Lab

Great minds don’t think alike. Imperial Enterprise Lab. Want to launch the next Google, build the next Tesla, tackle a pressing social or environmental challenge, or simply meet new people and develop skills to get you ahead? The Enterprise Lab have got you covered.  From Launch Weekend to How To Talks, vibrant co-working space, competitions and mentoring we offer all the support you need, free of charge and open to all. Don’t believe us? Watch our video here. www.imperialenterpriselab.com

How To Talks

The Imperial Enterprise Lab’s How To Talks are back for the summer term! Join Imperial’s community of innovators and entrepreneurs online to hear the best speakers from the startup world and beyond cover topics ranging from Failing Better to Making an Impact on Camera, Creating a Brand and Innovation.  How To Talks are open to everyone. See the full series and sign up at Bit.ly/howtotalks 

Communicating Science Successfully - Centre for Academic English

You may wish to attend these sessions if you are interested in making your written academic texts more reader-friendly; expand and refine your academic vocabulary, make presentations more engaging and effective and in general to enhance your academic literacy. 

To register, visit https://www.imperial.ac.uk/academic-english/communicating-science-successfully/ 

We have an extensive suite of academic STEMM communication courses and workshops for undergraduate, Master's and doctoral students. These improve both the competence of students and the quality of their output.

In addition, as part of our contribution to the College's Learning and Teaching Strategy, we've been embedding tailored provision in undergraduate and postgraduate taught courses in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Biochemistry, Life Sciences, Materials, and Applied Computational Science and Engineering. 

Study Efficiency Sessions by the Dissability Advisory Service (DAS)

If any student requires study efficiency sessions please contact Emma Morrison e.morrison@imperial.ac.uk to book an appointment. 

The Climate Entrepreneurs Club

The new student club will be on entrepreneurship and climate change. This club is for ALL postgraduate students across the entire College and operated by a postgraduate team across College as well aiming to connect postgraduates who care about climate change and want to have a positive impact through entrepreneurship.  If you want to join as a participant in the activities, please drop your email here: https://forms.gle/wmGbe2uZhS6kusRJ7

If you would like to join the organizing committee, please send an email with your CV and a short statement to the following email addresses (please both of them): j.cremer16@imperial.ac.uk and jonathan.zheng12@imperial.ac.uk  

Career information

The Physics Department has a dedicated Departmental Careers Advisor, Professor Lesley Cohen.  She can be contacted at ph.careers@imperial.ac.uk

You can also contact Jess Popplewell, Careers Consultant from Central College j.popplewell@imperial.ac.uk.  She is a very important part of the department.  More information on Careers and what the department and College offers can be seen at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/physics/students/current-students/careers-information/ and www.imperial.ac.uk/careers/jobslive or www.imperial.ac.uk/careers.    

Experimental Postdoctoral Posts at OIST in Japan - levitated quantum systems

Quantum Magneto-Mechanical Systems [Experiment]

Magnetic levitation of quantum systems has the potential to exhibit extremely low noise. Optical trapping requires intense laser powers while magnetic trapping can be achieved using static DC magnetic fields. We have developed theory and performed experimental demonstrations of magnetic trapping and cooling of quantum systems. When trapped in ultra-high-vacuums the trapped particle has a motional Quality factor similar to that of the best optical cavities. Cooling the motion of such a magnetically levitated system to microKelvin and below is a route towards generating macroscopic quantum superpositions, but care is required to isolate the motion against decoherence and noise. This project will work towards exploring the new opportunities made available in the quantum engineering of magnetically levitated quantum systems. 

Applicants are sought with suitable expertise. Desirable expertise includes: experimental cryogenics, vacuum physics, electronics, signal processing, fabrication and related. 

The posts are initially for two years.  The advert with a lot more detail can be found here https://groups.oist.jp/qmech/post/2020/04/06/postdoc-positions-available

Outreach

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, r.holloway@imperial.ac.uk or visit http://www.imperial.ac.uk/be-inspired/student-recruitment-and-outreach/

English courses for PhD students

Join our lively classes to upgrade your English and widen your social and professional network.  More information can be found at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/academic-english/academic-staff/

English Language Support - For MSc students and PhD candidates

In addition to the English language entry requirement for YOUR degree, all PhD students have to meet the Imperial College London Doctoral Academic Communication Requirement 

Those who are not exempt must take the Centre's diagnostic assessment (DACR A1), which then means we can give feedback on their starting level of academic STEMM communication and recommend appropriate support throughout their PhD. 

While the centre doe not currently assess postgraduate taught students e.g. MSc students, if they join one of the evening writing courses, they will get feedback on their level of STEMM writing. 

You can read about the programme for doctoral students here and also sign up for our newsletter.

EPSRC Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare Joint PhD studentship opportunity (Analysis and Prediction of Carbapenem-Resistance in Healthcare-Associated Infections)

An exciting opportunity to develop next-generation machine learning methods for controlling antibiotic resistance, the most pressing challenge in global health. The project is part of a thriving collaboration between the EPSRC Centre for Mathematics of Precision Healthcare (CMPH, Dept. Mathematics) and the Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare-associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance (HPRU, Dept. Medicine) at Imperial College London. 

Applicants should send a full CV (including the names and email addresses of at least two academic referees), and personal statement (detailing why they are interested in the research project) to Dr Andrea Weisse (andrea.weisse@imperial.ac.uk). Suitable candidates will be then asked to complete an electronic application form at Imperial College London in order for their qualifications and eligibility to be assessed by College Registry. 

Thesis Submission Costs for PGR final thesis

With effect from 1 August 2019, we are pleased to inform you that postgraduate research students will no longer be required to pay thesis submission costs; all print and delivery costs associated with thesis submission will now be paid by the College. The thesis submission process (via eThesis) remains unchanged, and students are reminded that they should submit via the Imperial College London section of the eThesis website, to avoid any unnecessary charges. 

Exercises that all PG Research student should focus on:

  • Any student that started in October 2019 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 2019, please make sure that you complete your Plagiarism Awareness course which is available to self enrol at http://www.imperial.ac.uk/study/pg/graduate-school/professional-skills/doctoral/online-courses/.  You’ll need to send Loli the email confirmation.
  • All students that started in 2019, please make sure that you complete your Risk Assessment Foundation Training (RAFT) course which is available to self enrol at https://www.imperial.ac.uk/safety/raft/frameset/frameset.htm. You’ll need to send Loli the email confirmation.
  • Any student that started in October 2018 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 2017 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 2016 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 towards the beginning of September.  You should get an email prompting you to do so.  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 https://www.imperial.ac.uk/physics/students/current-students/postgraduate-research/phd-schedule-guidance-and-forms/phd-schedule-of-study/