Putting the fizz into physics


My job of the week definitely goes to Gerard Liger-Belair at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne where he studies the physical chemistry of bubbles in carbonated drinks and consults for several champagne houses.

In a recent issue of Physics World he revealed his six top champagne secrets including how many bubbles there are in a typical glass of fizz, why a fog appears when you open a bottle and the optimum angle you should pour wine into a glass.

Didn’t know you could apply physics in the food and drink sector?  It’s a growing sector too. Find out where else you can apply physics here.

Careers in IT -your guide to the range of events

Good post from my colleague, Lizzie!

UoE Informatics Careers Blog

With over 40 different exhibitors in one venue, plus panel sessions, workshops and presentations; you can’t afford to miss this event.

Light bulb with colorful application iconPrepare for the Fair: 28th January,  5:15 – 5:45, Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 3

  • Organisations come to this event because they want to hire students and graduates. This short but essential session will give you the advice you need to make the most of the Fair. No booking required.

Careers in IT Fair: 3rd February, 1:00 – 4:00, Informatics Forum

  • Meet over 40 exhibitors from start-ups to large multi-nationals. No booking required.

Promoting your PhD to IT sector employers,  3rd February, 9:15 – 12:00, The Screening Room, 50 George Square.

  • This event is open to any PhD student with an interest in technology careers. It starts with an informal networking workshop. Followed by a panel session with a range of employers and the opportunity to get your questions answered…

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Don’t miss Careers in Computing Games, Wed 3 Feb!

How and why you should apply for TARGETJobs Undergraduate of the Year

Great feedback from an Edinburgh student on her experience of getting to the finals of TargetJobs Undergraduate of the Year Award. She did it, you could too!

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Third year student, Zoe McCleery applied last year and was selected to be a national finalist. Here she shares her advice on how and why other students should apply.

Why did you apply?

I had heard about the Undergraduate of The Year Award through the careers service at Edinburgh and via emails that were sent out. At first like any typical student I ignored it and didn’t think much of it, until I spent an afternoon in the careers service using the resources there and chatting to some of the Consultants, it was them who encouraged me to apply for the award. I was still unsure of what all it entailed, so after a little research into the award and the sponsors of the award I decided to apply… the night before applications closed. ** Note to self, if applying the night before be aware of what the application involves…

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Wondering about Careers in Business/Finance?

Our work impacts at the highest level of global business and builds confidence in economies worldwide, and has a positive effect on the societies in which we all live.

Join EY for a short presentation open to all years about what it takes to become part of a global leading professional services organisation. They advise some of the world’s most important companies on the issues of today that are shaping tomorrow.Come for a session aimed at King’s Buildings students and learn about:

  • what they do
  • programs they offer  students & graduates
  • and meet their people with various backgrounds like Physics, Engineering, Maths…

When: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Where: Lecture Theatre A – JCMB, King’s Buildings.

Sign up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/introduction-to-ey-tickets-20756237465




KP Technology: research & development summer internships

KP Technology are now recruiting for summer interns with a background in Physics or Materials Science  to work with their research and development team. They have previously had very successful student summer internships in 2014 and 2015.

KP Technology specialise in work function measurement, designing and manufacturing instrumentation and undertake research in this area. The research topics covered include: organic photovoltaics, graphene, nanowire devices, metal oxides, perovskite solar cells, forensics, thin films, biological materials and semiconductors. They have over 400 customers, in over 40 countries worldwide including NASA, European Space Agency, CERN, Harvard University… and over 50+ client publications involving their equipment in 2015. Company director Prof. Iain Baikie won the IOP Swan Gold Medal 2015 for his contribution to the development of Kelvin Probe method instrumentation and IOP stated that ‘the world-wide impact of this relatively small British company is astonishing’.

Closing date 31st January. More information on MyCareerHub

Technology career opportunities

Careers in IT fair2016

Want to explore summer placements & graduate jobs available to you in the Technology sector? Then come to Careers in IT, where you can meet around 40 companies looking to recruit UG and PG physics students. Sponsored by    sponsored by craneware

There are a range of companies attending, including SMEs such as KAL, AviIT and Edge Testing and larger organisations such as Microsoft, Amazon and FanDuel, so don’t miss out on the chance to meet these organisations face-to-face (for the full list of exhibitors, visit MyCareerHub)

Other organisations recruiting physicists include: Avaloq Innovation Ltd, AlphaSights, TMVSE (Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems Europe, Ltd), Codeplay Software Ltd, Imagination Technologies, think-cell Software GmbH, Standard Life Plc,   The MathWorks Ltd, Version 1,    Bloomberg, UL Transaction Security – UL TS BV

No sign up is necessary for the fair – just bring your student card to the Informatics Forum between 1pm – 4pm on Wednesday 3rd Feb.

Attend our Prepare for the Fair session on 28th Jan to give you that extra confidence boost and help you develop your networking skills in advance of Careers in IT. Or if you can’t attend the session, get some hints and tips from our Prepare for the Fair video.

We’re also running a Careers in Computer Games Panel and Networking event later that same evening which you can sign up for now via MyCareerHub.

We look forward to seeing you on 3rd Feb!

Need a confidence boost? #Confident16


Transition from student life to the professional workplace can be tough…so…we have developed a whole week of good stuff for you to try to help you feel more confident about the future, about trying new things, about presenting yourself.

CareerConfident is a week-long series of events hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s award-winning Careers Service, giving you a head-start on your career journey and helping you develop the skills you need to succeed in the workplace.

The programme will cover everything from professionalism and workplace culture to developing your online presence for the job market:

  • Hear from employers, including the BBC, Ernst & Young, Frontline and Decathlon, about what skills they’re looking for in graduate employees
  • Talk to our careers consultants about how to pitch your career story to employers and how to effectively build your professional network
  • Discuss workplace Dos and Don’ts in our speaker session with recent graduates
  • Visit local employers in Edinburgh to gain an insight into different working environments
  • Learn how to use LinkedIn to enhance your professional online presence and get a free professional headshot to use on your profile

CareerConfident 16 starts week commencing 18th January and is supported by EUSA.

Find the full programme  here



A Day in School: Teaching Experience day 2016

This day has been arranged for students who are considering a career in teaching in the UK and are interested in applying for a PGDE (Professional Graduate Diploma in Education) or PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). During the day you will have the chance to meet teachers and observe lessons in your chosen subject. The range of subjects to observe has increased from last year’s offering and includes physics, maths and computing.

‘A Day in School’ will be taking place on Wednesday 10th February, again at Balerno High School.

The Careers Service will be running a pre-event session covering practical issues and how to make the most of the day .

Find out more information on MyCareerHub