Joint QMUL/WITS postdoctoral position

New 2-year postdoctoral position (jointly with Witwatersrand University, S. Africa) on the interfaces between representation theory and gauge/string combinatorics. Further information about the position may be found here. Closing date for applications is December 15th 2017.

Postdoctoral position in Amplitudes

One postdoctoral position in scattering amplitudes will be available in CRST, funded by the STFC. Details on how to apply can be found here. Closing date for applications is December 3. For informal enquiries contact Prof Andreas Brandhuber or Prof Gabriele Travaglini. The Amplitudes group at QMUL has recently been strengthened by several new appointments and provides a vibrant environment for research. Current members are Andreas Brandhuber, Ricardo Monteiro, Bill Spence, Gabriele Travaglini, Chris White, and Congkao Wen will join in April 2018. Applications have to be made via this website. In addition three letters of recommendations should be sent by the deadline to Ms.

New Earth-like planet found around nearest star

Clear evidence of a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Solar System, has been found by an international team of scientists led by astronomers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

Using facilities operated by ESO (the European Southern Observatory) and other telescopes, the research, which is published in the journal Nature, reveals a world with a similar mass to Earth orbiting around Proxima Centauri.

The planet, called Proxima b, orbits its parent star every 11 days and has a temperature suitable for liquid water to exist on its surface. This rocky world is a little more massive than the Earth, and is the closest planet outside our Solar System. Planets around other stars are commonly referred to as exoplanets.

Gabriele Travaglini receives Bessel Award

Professor Gabriele Travaglini at a whiteboard

Professor Gabriele Travaglini has been awarded one of the 2016 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. The Bessel Award is given each year to researchers from all disciplines in recognition of their outstanding research record and exceptional future promise. The prize will also allow him to spend a period of one year at Humboldt University Berlin, where he will work in the group of Professor Jan Plefka on Scattering Amplitudes - the fundamental quantities at the heart of quantum theory, which are central to our understanding of the fundamental interactions of Nature.

National Student Survey Results 2015

Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary University of London is ranked first in London for student satisfaction for the second year in a row, according to the results of a nationwide poll of final-year undergraduates.

The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) questioned UK undergraduates on various aspects of their student experience, including their overall satisfaction.  Physics and Astronomy students at Queen Mary had a 95% satisfaction rate, amongst some of the highest in the country.   Our students are also amongst the most satisfied in the Russell Group with satisfaction rates in the top quartile for all physics programmes. 

The School of Physics and Astronomy strives to provide a friendly supportive environment and is committed to the highest levels of teaching and student support.  

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.

2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The School of Physics and Astronomy has strongly contributed to the excellent results obtained in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) by QMUL, which has been ranked 9th among multi-faculty institutions in the UK. The School's Grade Point Average (GPA) of Physics research outputs (publications) are ranked joint first (with Imperial College) in London, 10th in the Russell Group and 14th in the UK (out of 41) hence cementing ourselves as among the very best Physics Departments in the UK.

These results are based on the research performed by the Astronomy Unit, Centre for Research in String Theory and the Particle Physics Research Centre. Research from the Centre for Condensed Matter and Materials Physics was submitted as Materials where QMUL was ranked 12th (out of 37) in the UK. This confirms the strength of physics research across all our fields.

Joint QMUL/WITS Postdoc Position

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There is an opening for a postdoctoral position in string theory, starting in September 2015, shared between the string theory group of QMUL, London and the high energy theory group at WITS university, Johannesburg. For full details see inSPIRE and AcademicJobsOnline

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