Postdoctoral position in CRST

The School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London has been awarded funding for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant position in the CRST.  Applicants with interests in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

Post-doctoral position in String Theory

Post-doctoral position in String Theory

There is an opening for a post-doctoral position in string theory, starting in September 2014, 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.

Maths/Physics Dialogue

Maths/Physics Dialogue

We have started a series of Maths/Physics seminars at the interfaces of theoretical physics with mathematics.

This was launched with a talk by Prof Shahn Majid hosted by the string  theory group titled "Gravity induced by quantum space-time.'' Dr Sanjaye Ramgoolam from string theory gave a talk on "Combinatorics of four-dimensional quiver gauge theories and two-dimensional topological field theories", in the quantum algebras seminar in Maths. The series will continue with talks from Maths in Physics and vice versa, as well as invited talks by external speakers hosted jointly by Maths and Physics. The next talk in the series is by Dr Behrang Noohi (see the CRST seminar page).  


Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs

The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 was awarded jointly to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs, "for the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles and which recently was confirmed through the discovery of the predicted fundamental particle, by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN's Large Hadron Collider". 


Two new academic staff members in CRST

We are very pleased to announce that CRST will welcome two new academic members of staff from October 2013: Dr Constantinos Papageorgakis (Rutgers), who will join the group as a Royal Society University Research Fellow, and Dr Donovan Young (NORDITA), who will take on a three-year Lectureship in CRST. 

Three new PhD students in CRST

We are very happy to announce that three new PhD students will join our group in the next academic year: Edward Hughes and Zachary Kenton, from Cambridge University, and Paolo Mattioli, from Bologna University.

Junk the Jargon

On Wednesday 27 February, ten PhD students from QM competed in the annual Junk the Jargon competition. Junk the Jargon challenges participants to communicate their research topic in an engaging and fun way to a broad audience - in just three minutes. The winner, Evelina Arushanova, a first-year PhD student from the Particle Physics Research Centre, taught us how the ‘neutrino’ particle is a lot like a spy. For the full story please see

Juno Practitioner Status

The School of Physics and Astronomy is pleased to announced that it has been awarded Juno Practitioner status by the Institute of Physics. The aim of Juno is to recognise and reward departments that can demonstrate they have taken action to address the under-representation of women in university physics and to encourage better practice for both women and men.  More information about the Juno programme can be found at