STFC's Ernest Rutherford Fellowships

Lord Rutherford of Nelson

STFC's prestigious five-year fellowships are open to early career researchers of any nationality in the areas of Astronomy, Solar and Planetary Science, Cosmology, Particle Astrophysics and Particle Physics (including String Theory). As the number of applications from each institution is limited by STFC, the School of Physics and Astronomy will be supporting four applicants across the Astronomy, Particle Physics and String Theory research groups. Researchers in the area of astronomy who wish to be supported in their applications by the School should submit a draft case for support, CV and publication list by the end of Monday 15th August 2016. Decisions about which candidates will be supported will be made by the end of Wednesday 24th August 2016.

Juno Champion

Institute of Physics Juno Champion

QMUL’s School of Physics and Astronomy has been awarded Juno Champion Status by the Institute of Physics (IOP) in recognition of action they have taken to address the under-representation of women in university physics.

The ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider monitors proton-proton collisions at 13 TeV, the highest collision energy ever achieved

Members of the QMUL Particle Physics Research Center (PPRC), involved in the ATLAS experiment and the GridPP computing cluster, are ready for the new operational phase of the LHC as CERN announces the successful collisions of proton beams with a total energy of 13 TeV.

Last night, on May 20th 2015 at around 10:30pm the Beams Division operating CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) initiated the collision of pilot proton beams with a record collision energy of 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV) for the first time. The low-intensity beams are currently used to tune the accelerator parameters ahead of the beginning of the LHC Run 2.

The PPRC hails the return of circulating beams in the Large Hadron Collider

ATLAS event display of circulating beam splash, LHC Run 2

Members of the QMUL Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) involved in the ATLAS experiment and the GridPP computing network are ready for the new operational phase of the LHC, as CERN announces the first successful circulation of proton beams after a two years maintenance stop.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Particle Physics

The Particle Physics Research Centre (PPRC) in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London has a vacancy for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work within the Hyper-Kamiokande group on the Hyper-Kamiokande experiment. It is expected that the Postdoctoral Research Associate may also contribute to the current Super-Kamiokande experiment.
The Queen Mary group is involved in many aspects of the Hyper-Kamiokande experiment design from R&D to software/computing and physics.
The successful applicant will be expected to make significant personal contributions to the Hyper-Kamiokande design, including both working on the far detector and the design of the near detector. The successful applicant will be expected to take a leading role in the design of the experiment.

Quantum photonics with spins in semiconductor nanostructures

Electron and hole spins can be confined in a variety of semiconductor nanostructures, including quantum dots, nanowires or monolayers. These spins can have long coherence times and can be addressed using ultra-fast optical techniques. This makes them very suitable for quantum photonics, which promises advances in fields such as quantum communication, sensing and computation. We focus on electron spins confined in self-assembled InAs quantum dots, which are initialized, manipulated and read out using optical techniques. In recent years it has been established that the electron spin’s coherence time is limited by fluctuations in the nuclear spin bath, which couple to the electron spin via the hyperfine interaction. Hole spins are less affected, but they suffer from electric fluctuations due to the hole’s larger spin-orbit interaction.

Solar Eclipse LIVE from QM

Queen Mary Observatory's Solar Telescope

Catch the eclipse of the century from our Observatory

In case you hadn't heard, there'll be a solar eclipse this Friday 20th March between 08:25-10:40 the likes of which won't be seen in the UK again until 2090. We'll be taking advantage of the solar telescope in our observatory by streaming this monumental event live from London.

So if you're not able to get out your eclipse shades, pinhole cameras or colanders to view it yourself - do check out our stream below. This will of course be weather permitting.

Sino-British workshop on molecular magnetism

As part of the Queen Mary University of London and Peking University joint research project on Molecular Magnetism, we will be holding a 1-day workshop to disseminate key results of the project, and open up a wider debate in the UK and Chinese scientific communities on open problems in molecular magnetism. Presentations will be given by academics and researchers involved in the project, as well as those from external institutions. Presentations will be on a variety of topics, such as single molecular magnets, metal-organic framework materials and novel high frequency methods used to measure them. Key speakers include Profs Song Gao, Bingwu Wang and Zheming Wang from Peking University, Drs Alan Drew and Anthony Phillips from QMUL, Prof Rob Hicken from Exeter University, Dr Jorge Quintanilla from Kent University and Dr Francis Pratt from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.