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PLANCKS UK and Ireland Preliminaries Liverpool 2023

The PLANCKS UK and Ireland Preliminaries for 2023 will be held in-person at the University of Liverpool from Friday 17th February until Sunday 19th February 2023. Every year we have seen the UK and Ireland preliminaries grow in size, popularity, and fierceness of the competition; this year we saw the largest ever PLANCKS event in the world.

We have carefully planned the three-day event to include, apart from the exam, talks by distinguished academics, workshops, socials, the infamous PLANCKS Friday Night Quiz, and the return of the fantastic panel show ‘Are You Smarter Than An Undergrad?’, which received two likes on YouTube and one copyright strike…

PLANCKS is a theoretical physics competition for teams of 3-4 Bachelor’s and Master’s students. The competition will consist of a series of physics problems, covering a wide variety of topics and requiring varying degrees of previous knowledge. The winners will be selected to participate in the international PLANCKS competition hosted by Italy in May 2023, which is an amazing event attended by fellow students from many different countries around the world.

PLANCKS is so much more than just a competition, it is one of the few chances you will have in your degree to meet your peers from all around the UK and Ireland. This is the ideal environment to share your love of physics, passion for problem-solving and actively engage in discussions that transcend borders.

Registration is now open and will close on Wednesday 11th January 2023. As we have returned to an in-person event, there will be limited spaces. Please register as soon as possible to secure your team's accommodation priority.

Participants are allowed to sign up in teams of 1 or 2 people, which will be joined with other teams to meet the IAPS required team sizes of 3 to 4 team members for PLANCKS. This is the perfect opportunity for you to meet your peers across the UK and Ireland and share your passion for physics and problem-solving.

Register via the PLANCKS website: PLANCKS.UK

Follow us on Instagram:@plancksliv2023, Facebook: plancksliv2023 and Twitter: @PLANCKS_UK_IRE

More information regarding the competition see our website:

Get in contact with us at if you have any questions.

(Date Posted 23rd November 2022)


Venture Catalyst Challenge 2023 - Applications Open Now

Applications for the Venture Catalyst Challenge 2023 are open!

The VCC is Imperial College’s flagship entrepreneurial competition for Imperial students, alumni and early career researchers to develop an innovative idea for commercialisation AND win big!

VCC 2023 is held from February to May 2023 and includes a £90,000 prize fund that gives Imperial teams the chance to develop their venture through:

  exclusive workshops on topics such as customer discovery, fundraising and building a successful team
  1 to 1 business coaching
  1 to 1 expert support on topics such as fundraising and intellectual property
  pitch training
  networking opportunities and more

Applications close on Sunday 4 December!

Visit the VCC webpage to make an application or sign up to an idea surgery to speak to a member of the team if you have any questions about the programme.  

(Date posted 16 November 2022)


Jess Wade makes The Washington Post - "She’s made 1,750 Wikipedia bios for female scientists who haven’t gotten their due".

Jess Wade is an Imperial College Research Fellow investigating spin selective charge transport through chiral systems in the Department of Materials. Outside of the lab, Jess is involved with several science communication and outreach initiatives. She is committed to improving diversity in science, both online and offline, and since the start of 2018 has written over 1,750 Wikipedia biographies of women and people of colour scientists. Jess's efforts, to ensure those underrepresented within the science community are celebrated, were recently published in The Washington Post. 

‘Not only do we not have enough women in science, but we aren’t doing enough to celebrate the ones we have,’ said physicist Jess Wade.

(Date posted: 20th October 2022)


Applications for WE Innovate and the Venture Catalyst Challenge are now open!

WE Innovate is Imperial's 6-month programme supporting women-led startups through masterclasses, business coaching, expert support and a network of like-minded women.

By the end of the programme, you will have learnt how to: secure your first customer, identify funding opportunities, protect your intellectual property and build a great team. Having honed your pitching skills and deck you will face off other teams for the opportunity to reach the pitch final with a prize fund of £30,000 up for grabs.  

Applications close at 11.59pm on Sunday 4th December. You can find out more about the programme, book an Idea Surgery to talk to the team about your idea and apply here.

(Date Posted: 12th October 2022)

Changing the Face of Science

Do you want access to Academic, Career, Social and Financial resources & opportunities? Would you like to connect with upper year students and get advice on how to excel in your studies and enjoy your degree? Are you of a Black, Mixed Heritage, or Minority background, or, are you the first in your family to go to university?

If you answered YES to any of the above, click here for more details and to register for the Changing the Face of Science programme. 

(Date Posted: 12th October 2022)


British Biophysical Society

The British Biophysical Society would like to invite senior undergraduates and post graduate students to apply for the first UK student chapter of the British Biophysical Society. 

They would like to invite successful candidates to join the BBS Committee, for the duration of their involvement in the chapter. This offers interested students an opportunity to engage in the work of both the UK and US Biophysical Society. The next call for student chapters will open in October 2022 and if you are interested please contact the BBS. 

BPS Student Chapter

(Date Posted: 12th October 2022)




Change Makers Ideathon

As part of the newly forming Imperial Change Makers society, we are having our first event, the Change Makers Ideathon on the 23rd of November, 4-6pm! This is where you'll use creativity tools and the Innovative Model Canvas, and you’ll have a chance to make your ideas become reality.

At this event, you will:

  • meet with like-minded students who have a passion for improving their communities
  • share your ideas that contribute to sustainable development
  • start to draft your projects by using Change Makers Tools
  • present your projects to the group

Whether you already have a project in mind or don’t know where to start, come join us for a good time and free pizza!

To show that you are interested in joining the event, please sign up by either filling out the form below or scanning the QR code on the poster.


Location : Sherfield Building S303 A/B, in the Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication

Time : 4-6pm on Wednesday, 23rd November


(Date posted 17 November)


International ConferInternational Conference in Atomic Physics (ICAP) 

The Centre for Cold Matter needs your help to organise the prestigious International Conference in Atomic Physics (ICAP) which will be held at Imperial in the summer of 2024. ICAP is the premier conference in the field of atomic, molecular, and optical physics and attracts over 700 of the best scientists in the field, including many Nobel Laureates.

We are looking for: a motivated student who can help us with setting up a website, design a logo and a prospectus for sponsors and exhibitors. We also require general assistance with organising the conference.

Your profile: good organisation skills, experience in graphic design and setting up a dynamic homepage.  You should be able to work in a structured and independent way and be highly motivated to assist in organising the conference.

You will gain: valuable experience on how to organise a major scientific conference. You will also interact with the local organising committee, which is composed of senior researchers from Imperial College, UCL, King’s College, University of Sussex, Durham University, Oxford University, and Cambridge University, and you will be able to attend the conference and meet scientist from all over the world.

Compensation: depending on your skill and experience level.

Please send a short motivation letter and ideally a link to a website you have made to Dr Stefan Truppe,

(Date posted 17 November)


London Student Sustainability Conference Applications

Imperial College, along with 9 other London-based Universities, are running the London Student Sustainability Conference on Monday 20th February 2023.  

Now in its 5th year, the London Student Sustainability Conference 2023 is a student-led conference that brings together students from all the partnering universities to share their research, projects, and campaigns related to the UN Global Goals with attendees. You can see the agenda for last year’s conference here.  

There is no conference without student submissions! This is a great opportunity to exhibit your work through presentations, posters and performances, as well as an opportunity to: 

  • Practice your presentation skills 
  • Broaden your knowledge of the challenges and solutions to today's most critical issues 
  • Network with students, academics, and professionals from universities across London 
  • Gain inspiration for your own research or dissertation projects

The full details, including how to apply, can be found here. Applications close midnight Sunday 4th December.

Please direct any questions you might have about the conference to
(Date posted 1st November 2022)


Career Opportunities


Masters+PhD opportunities: LISS DTP Open competition Launch

The application window is open for academic year 2023-24 ESRC Open Competition studentships through the London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership, offering full funding for postgraduate study.  The Doctoral Training Partnership is led by King’s, partnered by Imperial College London and Queen Mary University of London.

Four year (1+3) studentships, involving a Masters’ degree leading to a PhD, are available, as well as three year (+3) doctoral studentships (PhD only) at one of three institutions. Part-time studentships are also available.  Current 1st year full-time PGR students or 1st/2nd year part-time PGR students are eligible to apply for the remainder of their PhD study.

We welcome applications in the following areas:  

  • any of LISS DTP’s 13 Thematic Pathways covering the range of social science disciplines and methodologies.  
  • Project proposals using advanced quantitative methods. 
  • Projects using interdisciplinary approaches and perspectives. 

Our goal is to recruit outstanding and diverse candidates across the full range of studentships.  We welcome applications from UK and International students (including EU). We particularly invite applications from UK students from a BAME background who are currently under-represented in our DTP. More information with regard to eligibility requirements is available on the LISS DTP website.

The studentship will cover UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Home fees for a Masters’ and/or PhD programme, and an annual stipend valued at approximately £19,668 (the 2022/23 rate, as a guide). The ESRC will only fund the UKRI Home fee, but LISS DTP institutions will fund the fee difference for a limited number of International students. As part of your award, you will be able to access additional funding to help cover some of the costs of training, fieldwork, travel and more.

A link to the online application form, along with further guidance, can be found on the LISS DTP website at

The deadline for applications to be received for 2023-24 ESRC/LISS DTP funding is 27 January 2023, 17:00 GMT. The LISS team is on hand at to advise any time ahead of the application deadline, should you have any questions. 
(Date Posted 1st November 2022)


Interested in teaching? Paid Internship opportunity with Xavier

Xavier are offering a summer internship programme, specifically designed for undergraduates interested in gaining teaching experience. Government funding of £300 per week (£900 total) is available for those interested in teaching secondary Maths, Physics, Chemistry, MFL and Computing. The programme is based across multiple schools in Surrey, Berkshire and Sussex and will run for 3 weeks in June and/or July 2023). Please see the flyer below for further information. 

Xavier TSE Summer Internship 2023

(Date Posted: 12th October 2022)


Apply for the D. E. Shaw group's internships and full-time roles

Applications for the 2023 internships and full-time roles are now open! To learn more and apply, visit their website.

They offer a range of roles across our business, including in systematic and discretionary investing, strategy and business development, systems and technology, and generalist roles. You can apply to as many as you’d like, and applications are open and reviewed on a rolling basis.

They also encourage sophomores to check out our three-day fellowship programs, which bring together talented students to learn more about our work and people from experts both inside and outside the D. E. Shaw group. Applications are currently closed but feel free to express interest and they will be in touch when they open.

(Date Posted: 12th October 2022)


Physics Teaching Positions

We have several Physics teaching positions with leading independent schools in London and the South East of England from January, 2023.  These are permanent positions which would entail teaching Physics up to A level.

Essential: An excellent academic background including an undergraduate degree in Physics or related discipline.
Desired: A postgraduate degree in Physics or related discipline (or in the midst of completing one), 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, encourage self-motivation, and a genuine love of learning and enquiry to students of all ages. The schools in question would offer full support to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), and some of the roles also include assistance with accommodation. 

If you are enthusiastic about Physics and would like the opportunity to teach in a top independent school, please forward your CV asap to or please ask for Devra for an informal chat on: 020 7820 7308 or Mob: 07795 221266

(Date Posted: 12th October 2022)


PhD Opportunities

University of Chicago Opportunities for PhD research in planetary science

The Solar System and Exoplanet Habitability research group at the University of Chicago ( is mentored by Associate Professor Edwin Kite ( We study solar system and exoplanet habitability. Applications are encouraged from prospective graduate students who would like to pursue research in one or more of the following areas:

• Paleoclimate modeling for Mars (e.g. global circulation models, hydrologic models).
• Mars rover operations and science (Kite is a Participating Scientist on the Curiosity rover).
• Mars data analysis (both orbiters and rovers).
• Early Mars - geologic proxies for paleoclimate (e.g. paleohydrology).
• Theoretical modeling for small-radius exoplanets, e.g. abiotic false positives for biosignatures, and James Webb Space Telescope data analysis for hot rocky exoplanets.
• Terraforming.

For more information about possible projects, please email Edwin Kite (PI):

Graduate students receive full financial support including tuition, health insurance, and a salary. Prospective graduate students should apply through the Department of Geophysical Sciences:
The deadline for applications is 19 December, 2022.
Planetary science research at the University of Chicago has approximately doubled in scope over the past 6 years (, and covers the full gamut of planetary science and exoplanet research:

Abbot group (climate theory)
Bean group (exoplanet observations)
Campbell group (planetary interiors)
Ciesla group (formation and early evolution of planetary systems)
Dauphas group (origins/cosmochemistry)
Davis group (stardust)
Fabrycky group (orbital dynamics, planet formation and dynamical evolution)
Heck group (meteorites)
Kite group (planetary geoscience & planetary habitability)
Powell group (starts 2023) (exoplanet formation / atmospheres)
Rogers group (interior structure and evolution of small-radius exoplanets)

(Date Posted 21st November 2022)


University of Birmingham Particle Physics Open Day

Wednesday 30 November 2022

The event is aimed at students interested in a PhD in Particle Physics starting in September 2023.
During the day you will learn about our research activities, meet our PhD students over lunch, and tour our clean room and irradiation facilities.

Where: Vinen Room, Physics West (room 125, 1st floor), School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham, B15 2TT.
When: 11 am to 4 pm
To register, please contact

More information on our PhD programme at

(Date Posted 16 November 2022)


Particle Physics Oxford Open Day

Tuesday 6 December 2022
An in-person event to provide information to students interested in a DPhil in Particle Phyiscs starting in October 2023.

There will be a lunch at 12 noon in the First Floor Foyer of the Martin Wood Lecture Theatre. Talks will begin at 1.00 pm in the Lindemann Lecture Theatre, Calrendon LAboratory, this will be followed by a closed Q&A session with prospective and current students only. A zoom link can be arranged if you are unable to attend in person. Email to reserve your place.

For more information about Particle Physics please see:

(Date Posted 14 November 2022)


Department of Physics Open Days

Information about the Imperial College London Department of Physics PG Open Days can be found on their webpage:

(Date Posted 8th November 2022)

CMP Oxford Open Day

The Condensed Matter Physics (CMP) sub-department at the University of Oxford is happy to announce that the first On-line Graduate Admission Open Day will take place on 24 November 2022. Prospective applicants will discover our DPhil (PhD) programme and research projects and will meet supervisors and current students. Prospective students interested to attend can sign up here:

To view the Graduate Prospectus please access

(Date Posted 1st November 2022)

Atomic & Laser Physics, University of Oxford, Open Day - Friday 25 November

The Atomic and Laser Physics (ALP) sub-department, Oxford University is holding an Open Day for prospective DPhil applicants on Friday 25th November 2022.

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 10.00 - 4.00 pm on Friday 25 November.

There will be an introduction from the ALP Director of Graduate Studies and talks from different research groups.  As well as an opportunity to meet with supervisors for further discussion, a Q and A, followed by student talks.

We may offer a limited number of in-person lab tours, please express interest in this when registering for the Open Day.

To register please email

(Date Posted: 27th October 2022)


Postgraduate Opportunities at the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training, University of Bristol

Postgraduate opportunities at the Quantum Engineering Centre for Doctoral Training  

Bristol's Quantum Engineering CDT offers a unique training and development experience for those wishing to pursue a career in the emerging quantum technologies industry, and we are now recruiting to our PhD programme for entry in September 2023. 

Our Supporting Quantum Inclusion & Diversity (SQuID) event is scheduled for Wednesday 7 December 2022. Aimed at encouraging all students from underrepresented groups to consider continuing their quantum technology studies at the PhD level.  This will include talks from Quantum Scientists and Engineers and the opportunity to put your questions to current CDT students. Register through our website here

Our Quantum Engineering CDT Open Day is scheduled for Thursday 8 December 2022. This will include talks from Quantum Scientists and Engineers and the opportunity to put your questions to current CDT students. Register through our website here

PhD in Quantum Engineering  

Quantum engineering is a revolutionary approach to quantum technology. It encompasses both fundamental physics and the broad engineering skill-set necessary to meet the practical challenges of the future. Our PhD programme supports the understanding of sound fundamental scientific principles and much more, and our students are given the opportunity to put their burgeoning knowledge of science and engineering into practice from the outset.

Our ‘cohort’ approach to learning – through peer-to-peer teaching, group lab projects and research challenges – creates an environment that is both stimulating and empowering. It supports students in the development of leadership skills and in the creation of personal support networks and offers a first-class foundation for developing and completing a PhD project. 

The PhD application deadline for UK applicants for entry in September 2023 is midnight Tuesday 21 February 2023. 

If you’d like to know more, visit or contact  

(Date Posted: 26th October 2022)


PhD & MSc Fusion Open Day - 7th December 2022

The Fusion CDT and the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be hosting the annual PhD and MSc Fusion Open Day, at Culham Science Centre, on Wednesday 7 December 2022.  If you are interested in post graduate opportunities in fusion research and technology, come along to meet with academics and students at a range of universities, tour fusion facilities at Culham and attend talks about key fusion research areas.  For more information and to register, see If you have any questions about the event, please contact Chris Warrick (UKAEA Outreach and Student Placement Manager).

Date posted: 20th October 2022


Optical Nanomaterial Group at ETH Zurich PhD Position

Focussing on integrated quantum photonics in the emerging lithium niobate-on-insulator platform. Click here for application details. Applications are being accepted until November 30th 2022. The starting date for the PhD will be January 2023.

(Date Posted: 12th October 2022)