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Student Advice Service

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Careers

Check out current vacancies on Career Connect at the Careers Service Website.

Internships and Job Opportunities

Secondment to BEISTechnical Energy Specialist Team for PhD students

This is a paid secondment position within the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) central energy engineering specialist team. Based in London, the team uses a wide variety of science and engineering analysis to influence Government policy in energy and decarbonisation. In this role, you will be expected to become a vital part of our centre of technical excellence focussing on, for example, renewables, CCS, low-carbon heat, smart energy, industrial decarbonisation and low-carbon transport. You will also be expected to apply your science and engineering expertise across a wide range of BEIS’s other activities in the formulation of scientifically evidenced strategies and policies and in the setting of levies and tariffs.

The cross-cutting nature of the role means that you will work on BEIS’s highest priority issues providing expert support for policy teams and Ministers and building networks across the department. You will also develop departmental modelling best practice and capability, continuing BEIS's leadership within this field.

Please find more information here. For more information and to apply, please contact Ian Llewellyn, Head of Technical Energy Specialists at BEIS on 0300 068 6944 or at ian.llewellyn@beis.gov.uk


Fellowship Abroad for PhD Graduates — Science Corps

Are you a recent or soon-to-be PhD graduate? Would you like to spend up to six months making a difference by developing and teaching science curriculum abroad?

Science Corps offers fully paid internships to upcoming and recent PhD graduates (up to four years after graduation) to help build science capacity at one of our two host locations – a small city on the island of Bohol in the Philippines and a village up in the Indian Himalayas. We are also currently developing new sites in partnership with Pueblo Science.

Fellows travel to partner institutions to develop science curriculum, teach in secondary school classrooms, train teachers, and build community-based research projects. In addition to building science capacity at these host locations, we also aim to offer fellows a life-changing experience. They are given the opportunity to spend time in beautiful locations, immerse themselves in different cultures, and learn from their host educators, all while making positive contributions to these communities.

We are presently interested in recruiting immediately for fellowships starting within the next year. The deadline for this application round is July 31st, but we still encourage you to contact us if you would like to be considered for a later appointment.

To find out more about us and apply, please go to https://science-corps.org


Active Learning

Interested in earning whilst studying for your Masters or PhD?

Activate Learning is a fast-growing Educational Trust covering seven colleges throughout the South East. We are dedicated to our learning philosophy “transforming lives through learning” and we are always ready to welcome subject experts to assist us in educating the next generation.

As Engineering is one of the main subjects we teach here, we are reaching out to you directly as we believe you may be able to assist us in inspiring the young people we welcome here every day.

If you are studying for a PhD or Masters and would like to supplement your income and gain new experiences with some part-time teaching we would love to hear from you! We welcome enquiries from individuals of all backgrounds and can have part-time work and variable hours which you can fit around your studies

If you would like more details on this please contact matthew.payne@activatelearning.ac.uk for more details, and if teaching is a career that might be of long-term interest please visit our website to see more details of our career pathways program.


Renault F1 Career Opportunities

New exciting roles and opportunities to join Renault F1 added reguarly on our Careers Page.

Current roles include Graduate Aerodynamicist, Graduate Suspension Design Engineer, and Graduate Simulator Test Engineer.

For further information, please visit https://www.renaultsport.com/-Emplois-.html.


Multiple Postdoc jobs at MIT in 2D, Nanoelectronics, Spintronics & Wireless

Multiple postdoc jobs are available in the new Nano-Cybernetic Biotrek (NCB) research lab at MIT.

NCB aims to fuse nanoelectronics, applied physics, and biology to develop novel devices.

  1. Postdoc job in 2D materials and/or nanoelectronics

The postdoc will design and develop new nanoelectronic devices for diverse applications such as transistors, sensors, biomedical devices etc.

  1. Postdoc job in magnetics and spintronics

The postdoc will design and develop new magnetic and spintronics devices for diverse applications such as energy harvesters, sensors, actuators, resonators, antenna, memory, transistors etc.

  1. Postdoc job in wireless sensing

NCB has an opening for a postdoc in wireless sensing of chemical and biological signals. The postdoc will conduct research to design and develop wireless sensing technologies, transmitter/receiver systems, RF circuit, implantable and wearable antennae for diverse applications in wireless energy harvesting, sensing, magnetic resonance imaging and biomedical applications. A strong background in electromagnetism, antenna design and RF engineering is required.

More details about the openings and application steps can be found here.


Funded PhD Opportunities

MReS + PhD position at Imperial College London.

The PhD project is closely associated with Project Silica. In this project we are developing technology to use tablets of glass to store data robustly for thousands of years. Data is written into glass using femtosecond lasers and polarisation microscopy is used to read the data back. The PhD project focuses on the readout aspect, in particular how to isolate the signal from 2D layers within a 3D volume. The work will also have applications in biological imaging and where polarisation microscopy is frequently used but where the 3D nature of the sample is often ignored.

The PhD project will be a healthy mix of experimental and theoretical work, and will involve a significant amount of optical instrument design and construction. Optical microscopy is a wonderful and varied field and I strongly recommend it!

The academic supervisors are Professor Mark Neil and Dr Matthew Foreman (both at Imperial College). Mark is an expert in 3D optical microscopy and the digital control of light. Matthew is a theoretician specialising in polarisation and propagation of light through inhomogeneous media.

All optics PhD students at Imperial go through the MRes + PhD programme. The first year is the MRes and starts with graduate-level courses in lasers, optical devices and imaging (October to Christmas). After Christmas you start an extended research project, writing up at the end of the first year. This is normally very closely related to the PhD topic. The PhD (3 years) then continues after this.

If you would like to hear more details then please send an email to james.clegg@microsoft.com. More information about the project: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/project/project-silica/, https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/11/microsofts-project-silica-offers-robust-thousand-year-storage/.


Professional Institutions

Institution of Mechanical Engineers – Support for Students and Graduates

An IMechE–accredited degree offers a path to membership of the Institution, opens up more job opportunities and shows employers that your graduates are employable and serious about their careers.

For undergraduates we offer:

  • free Affiliate membership. An essential first step into the professional community
  • financial assistance awards and scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • resources and events, designed especially for students and graduates, such as networking events, young member groups and volunteering opportunities
  • use of our exclusive members–only online engineering library and research tools and services
  • guidance in choosing the right engineering sector for future employment, and career support as they work towards a rewarding career becoming professionally registered engineers

We can support your students while they are studying and in their careers after University, helping them become the best engineers they can be. For more information on an Affiliate membership please click here.



Courses and Workshops

Bodleian iSkills

Bodleian iSkills is a series of free information skills workshops designed to help postgraduates and researchers find and make effective use of scholarly publications and other materials. Click here to view the workshops timetable.


3D Printing Lab – Thursday Evenings

The 3D Printing Lab is open on Thursday evenings for third and fourth year students to learn about 3D printing and to get help and advice on practical projects. The Thursday evening sessions are available on a sign-up basis via WebLearn.

The lab is also open at other times during the week. Students can contact Peter Walters, 3D Printing Engineer, to find out more information: peter.walters@eng.ox.ac.uk


Events

Sustainable Aviation Competition

We know that the Aerospace industry has been hit hard by many challenges recently and that we now need to develop the most relevant skills of the workforce of the future in the sector. Whatever the future holds, digital skills – in design, engineering, simulation and collaboration – will remain essential for a future in the Aerospace industry. To encourage students and apprentices to leverage their skills, Dassault Systèmes is holding their first ‘Sustainable Aviation’ Competition in October where teams will compete to find solutions on THE FUTURE OF PROPULSION (e.g. electrification of flight, alternative fuels, efficient fuels)!

This competition is open to students attending university in the UK and Ireland, with registrations open until the 11th of September. Prizes for the winning team will include: £100 amazon vouchers (per team member); Certification to recognise skills gained; mentoring sessions with Dassault Systèmes’ experts; Media coverage (via FINN, the aviation industry hub).

Although we are expecting the teams to mostly come from Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering students, we encourage the participants to also include fellow colleagues from other science and humanities degrees, to give a more ample perspective to the solutions they can bring to the table.

All information is available here: https://events.3ds.com/sustainable-aviation-competition


Panacea Stars Develop

Panacea Stars Develop application deadline is Sunday, 4 October, 11:59pm GMT and urge all those who are eligible to apply before it’s too late. (Apply here: https://panacea-stars.com/develop/)

Panacea Stars Develop aims to equip young innovators in the life science and healthcare domains with tailored scientific and business development, legal/IP and fundraising support, and connect them to industry experts for mentorship and feedback. We welcome ideas at all stages of development that have the potential to impact human health – anything from a therapeutic/diagnostic to a medical device, software application or research platform. We have previously selected finalists with ideas ranging from the very early-stage to the patent-protected, university start-ups to potential spin-outs. We are also able to endorse Startup Visa for any eligible applicants, as we believe that innovation has no border!

We will be awarding a prize worth £100k, free lab space and ongoing business and legal support to the team with the most exceptional idea. However, we want to stress that the real prize is not the cash, it is the mentoring, networking and skills our founders acquire over the course of the programme through interacting with our partners and mentors network, including senior executives from McKinsey and Co, AstraZeneca, J A Kemp, IBM, Biorad, and others. Since its inception in 2016, Panacea Stars have helped 140+ startups; the top 9 performers were collectively valued at c. £100M. 18% of our alumni has attracted £500k follow-on funding after graduating from Panacea Stars. Examples include Cambridge Cancer Genomics and Enterobiotix.

We are currently looking for the next bright minds to join us in our AW2020 cohort! Our next application deadline is Sunday, 4 October, 11:59pm GMT (Apply here: https://panacea-stars.com/develop/). Don’t miss it!


Young Stress Analyst Competition (YSA20)

The Young Stress Analyst Competition (YSA20) will take place as an independent event, online via Zoom on Wednesday 16th September 2020.

Although we had to cancel this year's conference, we are opening the Young Stress Analyst of the year 2020 competition (YSA20) and will run this as a purely online event this year.

We want to give a forum for early career researchers to share their work in this annual competition, despite the ongoing and understandable restrictions on face-to-face conferences.

We know many of you were hoping to compete this year and so have decided to run an online event in September for the finalists of YSA20.

For your chance to enter please submit applications by 10th August, ready for peer review. A shortlist of 4 finalists will be invited to present their work during an online event held in September.

For more information and to enter click here.


Important Notices

CYCLE SAFETY AND SECURITY

Cycle Safety – For the safety of cyclists and pedestrians alike, all staff and students are reminded that the area to the front of the Thom Building is a pedestrian area only. Cyclists should dismount from their bicycle when entering or exiting this area. The relevant signage is located throughout the area. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Cycle Security – In the unlikely event that your bicycle is stolen from any of the Engineering Science bicycle parking areas please follow the following process:

  1. Report your bicycle stolen to the police by using the following link: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
  2. Once you receive your crime reference number from the police you should report the matter by email to phil.king@eng.ox.ac.uk giving as much detail as possible. This information will then be passed to the University Security Services.
  3. Your crime reference number will also be required should you decide to make an insurance claim.

Further information regarding cycle safety and security including the Security Services Bike Register can be found by clicking on the following link:

https://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/ouss/cra/cyclesecurity/