European Space Agency

Are you in your MPhys year? If so, then you can apply to ESA as a ‘Young Graduate Trainee’ (YGT). This high-calibre programme lasts for one year and gives successful applicants an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the development and operation of space missions.

There is still time to apply to ESA for their Young Graduate Trainee posts (closing date mid-December 2019)

Stella, an astrophysicist from Estonia, shares her experience as a YGT at ESA working with data provided by the Gaia mission’s team to model the movements of stars.

http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA/ESA_Young_Graduate_Trainees_share_their_experience_in_videos

Learning R through modelling sports – free workshop

In 2020, ATASS Sports will be hosting another two-day introductory training workshop designed for penultimate / final-year undergraduates and Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science, with a special focus on learning the R language through sports modelling.

The workshop, which they’ll be running once in April 2020 and once in June 2020, will be free to attend and ATASS Sports will cover travel and accommodation expenses. The event will offer attendees a rare insight into the work of a commercial mathematical research organisation.

Here’s what they say:

Learning R through modelling sports: An interactive introduction to the R language

An introductory workshop designed for penultimate / final-year undergraduates or Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science

Workshop venue: ATASS Sports, Oxygen House, Exeter

Date options: Thu 16 – Fri 17 April 2020 or Wed 24 – Thu 25 June 2020

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

At ATASS Sports, we apply cutting-edge statistical and mathematical techniques to forecast the results of sporting events, and in 2020 we’ll be running a special introductory training workshop on the statistical language R, and how it can be used to solve problems in the field of sports modelling.

During the two-day workshop (which we’ll be running twice – once in April, and once in June), you’ll learn the essentials of R from the ground up, and will have the opportunity to work hands-on with real sports data under the guidance of our expert statisticians. And of course, you’ll also get to sample the very best of West Country hospitality.

Full travel expenses and two nights of hotel accommodation (for Wed 15 & Thu 16 April, or Tue 23 & Wed 24 June) will be provided, along with entertainment at the end of day one.

Applications are welcomed from penultimate / final-year undergraduates or Masters / PhD students in mathematics, statistics, physics or computer science. Places will be allocated on a competitive basis. To apply, please visit www.atass-sports.co.uk/workshop and submit your CV, along with a paragraph explaining why you’d like to attend (200 words maximum).

The closing date for applications is Friday 31 January 2020.

Success after School industry placement

Chris Acheson (MPhys MInstP) is a recent graduate who wanted to share some advice.

I graduated with an MPhys from Edinburgh in 2018. During my degree I was fortunate enough to undertake a summer industry placement at Bright Ascension, the cubesat software company at CodeBase. (This was offered through the School’s Career Scholarship Programme as one of their industry placements)

I have just started a job at the Robinson Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand where I have joined the space team – the aim of the group is to find new applications for superconductors in space technologies.

Without a doubt, the reason I got the job was the internship at Bright Ascension, who have a really good reputation even here in New Zealand.

The art in physics

Nicolas Angelides didn’t intend to be a physicist. It was art that first captured his attention. These days, however, he sees very little distinction between the two disciplines.

One of the reasons I chose London for my Ph.D. is because I am in the center of it all. In a collaboration with students from the Royal College of Art in London, an exhibition was put together, highlighting the beauty of topics in physics. I worked on a piece in that collection that was called Instance. I’ve also given loads of talks. It’s really where we allow physics to be the inspiration for other things that I’ve had the most fun, like the exhibition or outreach events.

Find out more about his values and motivations here

Make a difference with your tech skills

The Financial Conduct Authority works to make sure financial markets are honest, fair and effective so that consumers get a fair deal. They do this by regulating more than 59,000 businesses.

Next summer you could be developing your skills in an environment that makes a real difference to society. They have three summer internship programmes and closing date is 5 January 2020

Data Science Summer Internship Programme:
Technology and Change Summer Internship Programme:
Cyber and Information Resilience Summer Internship Programme

Find out more and apply here

NHS Information Analyst

The NHS are currently recruiting an Information Analyst role. It’s a great opportunity to use your skills and experience to make a difference to people’s lives.

The Information Services Division (ISD) of NHS National Services Scotland has over 40 years’ experience of supporting NHS Scotland to deliver better health outcomes: better data means better lives. We are the largest employer of information staff in Scotland. We work with clinicians, health and social care practitioners, managers, researchers and others across the wider public service and beyond.

ISD is an authoritative source of Scottish national healthcare statistics. As an experienced healthcare, and more recently social care, partner; ISD is uniquely positioned to provide support in information design, development and application to enhance decisions about healthcare and ultimately improve Scotland’s health.

We offer a wide range of high quality, high value consultancy services and products tailored specifically to Scottish health needs. These range from provision of interpretation, advice, training and support on new and existing data collections and their application, through to direct access for authorised information analysts and researchers to our key national datasets.

For details of job and an information pack, visit the website

Closing date: Monday 11th November 2019

Using your degree: physics jobs on Gradcracker

I juts had a look at some of the jobs on Gradcracker.com and there are some really interesting ones for physics & astronomy graduates/finalists. These include:

  • Chief Electro Optics Technologist with Thales
  • Physical Security Graduate Scheme and Intelligent Mobility and Smart Technologies Graduate Scheme with Atkins
  • Graduate Project Management (Typhoon) in Edinburgh with Leonardo
  • Sustainability Graduate with Mace
  • Finance and Commercial Programme with Siemens
  • Water Resources with United Utilities
  • IOP Teacher Training Scholarships
  • Research & Development (Health) Programme with RB
  • Analytics Graduate with Jaguar LandRover
  • Graduate Specialist and Scientist Programme with Arcadis
  • Grad programmes in Physics, Health Physics and Analytics with Babcock

These are just a few – start exploring for yourself at Gradcracker

Explore – risk analytics & data science

Deloitte are coming to Kings Buildings on 29th October 2pm to talk about the type of work they do in this area (using data and other methods to help assess and mitigate risks for clients) as well as the job opportunities that they have available.

Curious? Come along to find out more.

Sign up through EventBrite at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deloitte-risk-analytics-and-data-science-presentation-tickets-77265492167