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Global Summer School Mentors


We’re on the lookout for academic mentors for Physics and Data Science&AI  to support students during the programme. Running in July and August , this is a paid role where they can inspire the next generation in STEM.


We would be very grateful if you can share the below link with students in the society and clubs or add this information into Union newsletters or briefings.


Find out more here:


Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA)

Singha Brochure

Take part in the ground-breaking study on the use of learning strategies and receive a £5 Amazon voucher as a thank you.

The College would like to help improve students' ability to use effective learning strategies during self-study. However, we first need to find out which learning strategies students are using.

To achieve this, Dr Luotong Hui, Research Associate in Higher Education, invites you (if you are aged 18 or over) to take part in a survey by answering questions which will take about 30 minutes to complete. 

Participating in this study will help you gain awareness of your own use of learning strategies and will contribute to the development of a university-wide training programme focused on improving self-regulated learning skills. If you would like to participate, please contact Dr Luotong Hui ( or click directly on this Qualtrics link to answer the questionnaire ( 

We are seeking a total of 300 participants for this study. If you are interested, please complete the questionnaire promptly. The survey will be closed once we have reached the 300-participant threshold.

You are under no obligation to participate. Your comments and participation in the study will be kept secure and anonymous by Dr Hui. If you decide to participate, you are still free to withdraw from the study without giving a reason up to one month after the submission of the questionnaire data, when the data will be anonymised. 

If you have any questions or would like more information about this study before deciding to participate, please email Dr Luotong Hui ( 

New theory of gravity solves accelerating universe - Article by Claudia de Rham

Professor Claudia de Rham's (Professor of Theoretical Physics) recently published article on 'New theory of gravity solves accelerating universe' can be found here : - Article by Professor Claudia de Rham.

Claudia is currently working on the interface of gravity, cosmology and particle physics at Imperial College London.

"The universe is expanding at an accelerating rate but Einstein’s theory of General Relativity and our knowledge of particle physics predict that this shouldn’t be happening. Most cosmologists pin their hopes on Dark Energy to solve the problem. But, as Claudia de Rham argues, Einstein’s theory of gravity is incorrect over cosmic scales, her new theory of Massive Gravity limits gravity’s force in this regime, explains why acceleration is happening, and eliminates the need for Dark Energy."

New 100 seat space opens at the Abdus Salam Library

Library Services are pleased to announce the opening of a new Group Study Space on level 4 of the Abdus Salam Library. The area features over 100 study spaces in an array of different types of furniture such as 2, 4 and 6-seater meeting pods, standing desks and moveable furniture.

Whilst the main study furniture is bespoke and brand-new, we were very happy to be able to re-use a number of reclaimed whiteboards, a printer and a table and benches in the ‘tea-point’.

The ‘tea-point’ also includes a hot water boiler and cold vending machines.

Later in the year we will be adding to this space by opening two bookable group study rooms on the same floor.

We look forward to welcoming you to the space soon and please send your feedback to

Soft Matter Research Internship (SMRI) Network

The DSOFT Soft Matter Research Internship (SMRI) Network is aimed at facilitating connection between undergraduate and master’s students seeking research experiences in soft matter with professors/PIs interested in supporting soft matter internships. The overarching goal of the SMRI Network is to build bridges between students and professors across the globe to broaden participation and provide more equal access to opportunities in soft matter research. PIs and students who submit their information via the forms below by Friday, May 24, 2024 will become part of the 2024-25 DSOFT SMRI Network.

Are you an undergraduate or master’s student looking for a research experience for summer 2024, fall 2024 or spring 2025? 

Complete this application to share your profile with PIs with open positions. Upon review of your application, you will receive a link to the list of PIs in the SMRI Network and their research projects.

More information can be found here:

Call for applications: 2024 Research Experience Placements (REPs) – paid undergraduate student opportunity

The Science and Solutions for a Changing Planet Doctoral Training Partnership (SSCP DTP) has now opened the call for student applications for REPs for Summer 2024.

NERC recognises that there is a shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science. They also recognise that there are demographic and diversity-related challenges in the environmental sciences. The undergraduate research experience placements (REPs) will focus on these quantitative skills gaps and underrepresentation by offering funding to support paid summer placements for undergraduate students for 6 weeks up to 10 weeks, during which they will carry out research projects within the scope of the environmental sciences.

Full details of the projects, student eligibility and the application process can be found here.

Deadline for applications: Friday, 17 May

Europe Regional Terminal

Citadel and Correlation One are inviting students to compete in this Spring season’s Europe Terminal, where participants will virtually compete for $15,000USD in our competition for students across Europe!

Terminal Live is an online game where software engineers and computer scientists (or anyone else interested in coding!) build an algorithm to play a tower defense game in a team-based setting. Watch this video to see Terminal in action!

When: May 13 - 20 

Where: Virtual

Who: Undergraduate students

Prizes: $15,000USD + Exclusive recruiting opportunities with Citadel and Citadel Securities 


Advancing Physics Student Ambassadors


New MRes Computational Cell Biophysics Programme at UCL


MRes CCB Slide

Student facing newsletters and communications: Learning Analytics Student Consultations

The College is developing its use of data to support and enhance the student experience, referred to as Learning Analytics. As part of this a team of staff and students are running consultation sessions to capture students’ opinions on how they would like to be supported using data analytics and attitudes about data privacy through a project: “Shaping Learning Analytics”

As part of this student partners are running 90-minute consultation sessions with a short questionnaire and focus groups where we hope to discuss how you would like data about your learning experience to be used. Would you be interested in taking part in such a focus group? These will be held over lunchtime on a convenient date and pizza will be provided at the end.

If you are interested and would like to know more about the study please see attached participant information sheet and consent form, before replying to Dr Camille Kandiko Howson, Research lead, at or register you interest via this QR code/Microsoft form.



WE Innovate 2024 Grand Final

WE Innovate 2024 Grand Final

Wednesday 19 June, 5.30pm, Imperial College London

Join us at the WE Innovate Grand Final to see the five finalists pitching their ground-breaking ventures to win part of the £30k prize fund!

Following a six-month programme of coaching, mentoring and workshops, the final five teams have been decided and will be pitching to an audience of investors, accelerators and the Imperial community for a chance to win the grand prize. Followed by a networking reception with all 25 teams on this year’s cohort. 

Get your free ticket here.

Meet the finalists:

BIA - An at-home, non-invasive, smart, uterine contraction monitoring patch to facilitate decision making between pregnant women and healthcare providers

Hi-Fond - Unlocking the ability to preserve the value of fruits throughout the supply chain

Pera - The world's first digestive tracking wearable for continence care

Sealeo - Bio-degradable packaging for temperature-sensitive medicine, ensuring delivery of life saving drugs to underserved communities

Sensyre - Wearable sensing system for athlete injury prevention and load monitoring

Find out more about the finalists and the rest of this year’s cohort here.

Celebrating a decade of supporting women entrepreneurs

This year we have even more reason to celebrate as WE Innovate is marking 10 years of supporting women entrepreneurs at Imperial College London. During this time the programme has supported over 500 women who have gone on to start 36 companies that have raised over £37.5 million in external funding.

Join us as a sponsor

For the first time in five years, WE Innovate is opening the door to new programme sponsors. With plans to expand the programme to other UK universities and support women entrepreneurs on a national scale, there has never been a better time to join us. If you are interested in sponsoring the programme, contact Head of Imperial Enterprise Lab, Sarah Ranchev-Hale.

Get your free ticket to attend the grand final here

LGBTQ+ Pride Month Seminar with Dr. Joby Razzell Hollis


  • VENUE: Blackett LT3
  • TIME: 13:30 – 15:30
  • DATE: 11 June 2024

On Tuesday 11th June the Department of Physics LGBT+ Committee is holding a seminar to mark Pride month. We will be joined by Dr Joby Razzell Hollis, a graduate of the department and advocate for LGBTQ+ people in STEM. Following Joby’s talk we will have a panel discussion made up of LGBTQ+ people and allies from within the department. The goal of this seminar is to celebrate the progress made in recent years and to raise awareness of issues which are still faced by LGBTQ+ people here and in science more broadly. The panel will form part of an ongoing dialogue within the departmental community on what more can be done to tackle these issues.

This will then be followed by drinks. The seminar is free to attend, we just ask that you sign up using the ticket link so that we can cater for the correct number of people. Tickets:

All students and staff welcome! Please contact Charlie Henderson for more information:

Global Challenge Lab 2024

Wednesday 3 July - Tuesday 16 July, Online

Join hundreds of students from across the world for an online hackathon tackling the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and win a share of a £10,000 prize fund!

You can grow your international network, gain new skills and create new ideas around Sustainable Cities and Communities and Climate Action. Students from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to join – no technical skills are required!

Register here by Saturday 15 June to secure your place.


Career Opportunities

A little more about the D. E. Shaw group: 

  • We’re a global investment and technology development firm with over 2,500 people around the world. Since our founding in 1988, we’ve earned a worldwide reputation for innovation, rigorous risk management, cutting-edge technology, and the quality of our people. Visit our website to learn more about our culture and impact, research, and programs. 
  • Our internships are open to students from all academic backgrounds who want to build skills and relationships, work on high-impact initiatives, and learn about investing and technology development from experts inside and outside the firm. 
  • We solve complex challenges together and thrive on the diversity of our employees. We welcome students’ perspective, experience, and background. We want to be a place where students can reach their full potential.  




If students are interested in our firm, but they’re already interviewing elsewhere:  

They can fill out this form and we’ll do our best to work with their timeline. They can also update the form or email me if their recruiting timeline changes. (Please note: this form isn’t an application. If they’re interested in an open role, they should also apply on our website so we can review their application.) 


If they’ve already accepted an offer for summer 2025:  

Congratulations! We’d still like to learn more about their career goals. They’re welcome to fill out this form to tell us more about what roles they might be interested in or to hear about our future opportunities. 


If they’re second-year students: 

They can check out our three-day fellowship programs, which bring together talented students looking to learn more about investing and technology development. They’ll get a sense of what we do at the firm through case studies, seminars with visiting professors, and sessions with our analysts. Fellowships happen throughout the year, so interested students can fill out this form to get updates on our open applications. They can also watch this video for more information.  

Fantastic Engineering Programme at one of the UK’s largest transport companies Stagecoach!




Wales, West


Engineer Future Leader Graduate Programme

Apply here:

Fancy starting your graduate career – one of the UK’s largest transport companies (portfolio of transport and infrastructure assets managed by DWS Infrastructure) who are market-leaders in their field?

Who is Stagecoach?

  • Transport is at the heart of a strong economy, a strong society, a strong environment and a strong community – and they’re at the very heart of the transport industry.
  • Stagecoach has a privileged role in connecting individuals and communities across the UK to healthcare, to employment, to education, to leisure – and most importantly to each other.
  • They’re proud to be one of the UK’s biggest and best transport businesses, and their people are at the heart of delivering their exceptional service to our customers.
  • With around 23,500 colleagues they have operations throughout the UK, and every year they provide travel services to 1 billion customers across over 100 major towns and cities.
  • Their values are built around growth and sustainability because it is right for their business, their customers, our people and our planet.

What is the role?

The Engineering department ensures sufficient safe and reliable vehicles are available daily for operational use. As a department, they ensure 8,000 vehicles go out each day and deliver their customers safely and in comfort. In this Engineering Programme, there will be a mix of technical learning opportunities to ensure you fully understand the complexities of operating Public Service vehicles.

Some responsibilities of the role may include the following:

  • Learning about the functionality of a PSV, vehicle design principles, Transport law and regulation, Health, Safety & Environment practices within a commercial workshop, alternative fuels such as electric drive and Hydrogen fuel cells.
  • Spending time at their partner suppliers working as part of the production facility to understand how a PSV is constructed.
  • You will gain an insight into how Stagecoach standards are implemented to ensure operational excellence.
  • Meeting with suppliers to procure vehicle components and services.
  • Analysing data to benchmark vehicle types, route effectiveness and extend vehicle life.
  • You will learn the importance of vehicle presentation to deliver excellent customer service, scheduling shift patterns to ensure planned and reactive maintenance is achieved.
  • Once technically competent, their graduate will have the opportunity to manage engineering or central technical operations using their state-of-the-art asset management system to drive efficiency, improve vehicle reliability and reduce overall total cost of ownership.

Of course, they won’t throw you in at the deep end without support – a buddy, a mentor and great managers…you can count on them to give you everything you’ll need.

About you

  • You must have a passion for engineering and demonstrate a commitment to innovation and sustainability.
  • Those with any engineering/scientific background will be considered for this opportunity, and ideally you will have previous experience within a vehicle related industry or heavy commercial engineering.
  • We are looking for graduates who thrive from continuous development and are not afraid to get stuck in with the team and get their hands dirty!
  • The ideal candidate will need to learn all the role responsibilities and competencies of the varied engineering workforce before being able to progress their career into managerial responsibilities. This will take patience, commitment and hard work – but will be absolutely rewarding, entertaining and lead to endless opportunities.


PhD Opportunities

Fully funded PhD studentship: Developing a digital twin of 3D vascular systems to study haemorrhagic viral diseases. (Start Oct. 2024) Department of Mathematics, UCL

Applications are invited for a fully funded 4-year PhD studentship funded by NC3Rs on computational models of organoids for the study of haemorrhagic viral diseases such as dengue fever. The project will develop a digital twin of an experimental 3D microvascular organoid culture system working in collaboration with Dr Paola Campagnolo (School of Biosciences, University of Surrey). Specifically, individual-based computational simulations will be used to investigate the role of mechanical interactions between cells in haemorrhagic disease. The digital twin will be an accurate biological mimic that is user-friendly within an experimental context; optimised for co-culture microvascular organoids. The combined digital twin and experimental organoid system will constitute a powerful tool for investigating new treatments for these severe diseases without the use of animal models.

The studentship will suit someone with a degree in Mathematics, Physics or Computer Science or with a similar physical sciences/bioengineering background. An essential criterion is a willingness to engage with biological detail. The project will involve computational simulations and mathematical modelling. The student will spend time in the lab of the experimental collaborator (Campagnolo lab), learning wet-lab techniques and performing experiments that will contribute to data collection for the simulations.

Interested applicants should contact Dr Carina Dunlop in the first instance, current email (Dr Dunlop is moving to UCL, Sept 2024).

5 fully funded PhD quantum tech studentships

We have 5 fully funded (1 international) Quantum Technology PhD scholarships to start this year, in the Quantum Engineering Technology Labs at the University of Bristol, UK. Apply by June 3rd.
For more information, follow the link below or scan the QR code in the attached flyer. Available potential PhD projects include:

- Novel entanglement distribution methods
- Manufacturing a scalable quantum photonics architecture
- Engineering dynamic control of GHz acoustic waves for microwave to optical quantum transducers
- Organic molecular heterostructures for quantum technologies
- QD Squeezed Light for fibre-based invisible range-finding
- Advancing quantum machine learning experiments using high-efficiency molecular photon sources
- Advanced photon-pairs sources for portable quantum networks
- Efficient interfaces for quantum light detection in large quantum information processors

Funded PhD studentship for Home students in Light Community in Advanced Light-Sheet Fluorescence Microscopy

Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) is a high-speed 3D fluorescence imaging method capable of imaging at up to 1000s of frames per second and 10s of volumes per second. However, conventional LSFM requires two microscope objectives placed at 90 degrees to one another to provide orthogonal illumination and detection, which restricts how the sample can be mounted. Oblique plane microscopy (OPM) is a (patented and commercialised) technique developed in the Light Community at Imperial that uses a single high numerical aperture microscope objective to provide both the illumination light sheet and collection of fluorescence from the sample and can image in a wide range of standard sample mounting methods including multi-well-plate arrays.

This project will focus on the development and application of a dual-view OPM system optimised for 3D imaging of arrays of optically cleared fixed tissue specimens. The project will include detailed optical design, alignment, testing and characterisation of systems built around Nikon and/or openFrame microscope frames. The system will be applied to image arrays of optically cleared biological samples with collabodsey Lab. – NHLI, Imperial), liver cancer needle biopsies (Goldin Lab.  Dept. of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction, Imperial).

Imaging arrays of cleared specimens will result in multi-TB datasets, and the associated challenge of data processing and analysis will require the application and development of automated image segmentation approaches, including the application and development of machine-learning based approaches.

This project combines the development of cutting-edge microscopy technology, close collaboration with colleagues in biomedicine and the interrogation of large multidimensional datasets.

Please see this weblink for some background information on OPM:

Please contact if you are interested and want to know more.

PhD alert 3rd/4th year students? !

Want to build cutting edge mid-infrared lasers for precision tissue diagnostics via advanced mass spectrometry techniques? Then come on work on single cell metabolomics with us! I’m looking for a talented, enthusiastic, and hard-working individual to join our team as a PhD student across the Physics Department and the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College. You will work within a multidisciplinary team at the interface of physics,  analytical chemistry, and systems medicine. Fully funded start Oct 24 - home fees status required.

Contact Dr Robbie Murray - - for more info on the project.

Beam-controlled phased array fibre lasers with machine learning

Novel multi-functional coherently combined fibre laser amplifiers

We are offering multiple PhD projects that combine state of the art optical fibre laser amplifiers with machine learning control to produce next-generation lasers. These programmable phased-array lasers promise to revolutionise materials processing and other important near-term and futuristic laser applications. In these projects you will design, construct, operate, and characterise these laser systems, including optimising them for control systems designed by machine-learning experts. These projects are based at the Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) at the University of Southampton, and are related to the large (£6m) research programme Smart Fibre-Optic High Power Photonics (HiPPo), which has strong research and industrial interests. The ORC offers enhanced PhD stipends (at least additional £2k per year) above standard rates for eligible candidates.

Mid-infrared laser amplifiers for tomographic imaging of chemical species in gas turbine combustion and green aviation

We are also offering a PhD project developing mid-infrared fibre laser sources for imaging combustion products, based at the ORC. This real-time analysis of engine performance will enable low-emission engine designs for aviation, amongst other applications, as part of the £7 million LITECS grant. You will develop the laser sources suitable for this chemical species tomography.

If you are interested in these areas please see our specific adverts, and you can contact the supervisors Prof. Johan Nilsson ( or Dr. William Kerridge-Johns ( for further information.

RAL PhD studentships

In partnership with several universities, the STFC Rutherford-Appleton Lab. (RAL) is now recruiting for 6 funded PhD studentships in Experimental Particle Physics, which will start in Autumn 2024.

We would be grateful if you could advertise these to any final-year undergraduates who may be interested. A detailed description of our PhD studentships & instructions for applying are in .

A poster advertising the studentships can be found in  .

Northumbria University Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Reconstructing and analysing space plasma data using machine learning

This project is being offered as part of the STFC Centre for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, called NUdata, which is a collaboration between Northumbria and Newcastle Universities, STFC, and a portfolio of over 40 industrial partners, including SMEs, large/multinational companies, Government and not-for profit organisations, and international humanitarian organisations. Please visit for full information.



Health and Safety

Fire evacuation assembly points for Blackett & Huxley


Dear all,

Thank you for the feedback provided following the triggering of the fire alarm in the Blackett Building last Tuesday. Please see below for the assembly points that should be used when evacuating from Blackett (points A or B) and Huxley (points A or C). You must use the nearest escape route which may not be the same route you normally use. For example, in Blackett there are the east and west stairwells which connect floors 0-7, in addition to the main stairwell which connects all floors. Always use the break glass to release exit doors and keep roads clear in case emergency vehicles need access.

Further information on fire safety can be found here: