General Information

Order Lab Books Online

Lab books and copies of the HLT can now be ordered from the University Store.


Student Advice Service

The Student Advice Service (SAS) is an invaluable resource, exclusively for the use of Oxford University students. The SAS is independent of Colleges, Departments and the central University and can offer assistance in a number of matters. Visit the website to find out more.


Exam Wellbeing

Please visit this website to find help and support regarding Exam Wellbeing.


Follow us on Twitter @oxengsci

If you have any suggestions for items you would like to see on Twitter, please email the Communications team at comms@eng.ox.ac.uk.


Consultation on Environmental Sustainability Stategy

We want the University to be able to evidence a net gain in biodiversity and be net zero carbon across all our activities by 2050 with an aspiration to achieve this earlier if possible.

This consultation is asking for your views on how we get there. You are invited to complete the survey by 14 April 2020. Our aim is to publish a draft strategy by the end of Trinity term. Please find the survey and further information about this on https://sustainability.admin.ox.ac.uk/consultation.


Items for the Student Information Website

To advertise on this website please send a short outline with any links required to the Faculty Office at student.administration@eng.ox.ac.uk.


Careers

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

Internships and Job Opportunities

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.


London Teaching Opportunity


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

Listening Hard: New Tools for Monitoring Effort in Listening to Speech in Noise

Supervisor: Professor Simpson D.M.

In this project, we will be recording physiological signals (heart-rate, breathing patterns, EEG, pupil size, galvanic skin response …) and developing analysis methods to identify metrics that correlate with the effort required in listening to speech in difficult listening environments (poor acoustics, noise …). This work is relevant to hearing impairment, as well as normal hearing listeners in different settings. Prior knowledge of biomedical engineering is not required, but we are looking for a student with strong interest and commitment, willingness to learn and technical aptitude. Signal processing, statistics and programming will be the main technical challenges.

Closing date: applications should be received no later than 31 May 2020.

Funding: full tuition fees for EU/UK students plus for UK students, an enhanced stipend of £15,009 tax-free per annum for up to 3.5 years.

For further information, please see https://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/BYI273/phd-studentship-listening-hard-new-tools-for-monitoring-effort-in-listening-to-speech-in-noise, or contact David Simpson (ds@isvr.soton.ac.uk).


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

Be green, keep flying!


Bylor Career Showcase


Training Better Leaders

This new decade ahead will be crucial for human history. Using Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, Christina Figueres’ words, “It's a deliberate choice. Ten years from now, in 2030, we will either have written a very positive story, or we will really be condemned to an endless destruction. So for these 10 years we're holding the pen.”

We want you to hold the pen for real, and that’s why the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford brings you the 7th edition of the Training Better Leaders 3-day training course, on 20-22 April. Speakers who have confirmed their attendance include Anthropologist Jason Hickel; Director at London Heathrow Airport Matt Gorman; Oxford Extinction Rebellion activist Zuhura Plummer. Among the organisations represented we will see the Committee on Climate Change, Eco-Age, 2030 Manufacture, HSBC Bank, and the Global Climate Action Support Team at COP 26, to name a few.

Check out the latest Newsletter for all the information https://mailchi.mp/73b12356f46d/apply-1st-batch-of-sustainability-internships-openings-2117281 And submit your application today!

Please address any queries you may have to the TBL organiser, Dora Martínez Carbonell, dora.martinezcarbonell@ouce.ox.ac.uk.

We will welcome applications until 11pm GMT on the 5th April 2020.


SPARK Student Poster Zone

SPARK is a large scale B2B ticketed energy event focusing on the transition towards carbon neutrality in the sector and what that would entail. We are focusing on 10 streams including Business Models, Distribution, Digital Innovation, Electric Vehicles, Smart Meters, Storage, Renewables, Hydrogen, Markets Unblocked, Decarbonisation of Heat, Energy Management and Carbon Capture.

With 400 speakers, SPARK isn’t only focused on the biggest companies in the sector (EDP, EDF, National Grid, SSE, UKPN, Shell, BP, Enel, E.oN to name a few) but also we are going big on innovation, inviting 200 up and coming start-ups that are changing the energy industry.

Along with our start-ups we will also be showcasing PhD and masters students ideas and projects in our poster zone.

The point of our poster zone is to allow students to display their ideas and projects on an A0 poster . This gives such student a free attendee pass (worth £995 – non exchangeable) and the opportunity to meet representatives from some of the largest companies in the world, it can and should be treated as a chance to find potential careers and partners to work with. Students can submit posters from any of the topics covered at SPARK.

Posters must be submitted to the SPARK team by May 31st 2020, 9 am. However we may be full before the deadline so the sooner the better.

For further details please visit https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/spark/index.stm


We have a number of Advanced Courses available for sign up next term, with a few more in the pipeline. Please see below for course descriptions. Further details on dates/times etc and booking are available via the Researcher Training Tool here.

Advanced Topics in Python

Aimed at those who want to go from DTP core taught Python to their first working project, this two-day course will cover advanced practices for more sophisticated projects with a focus on using classes, test-driven development and code version control. Attendees are expected to have an entry-level working understanding of Python and will need to bring their laptops to both days.

R for Biologists (and others)

R for biologists” is a beginners guide to the fundamentals of the R programming language and is also of value to many who are not biologists. Starting from the very basics it will cover the tools that are an essential part of being an efficient biologist. Taught by two DTP students who have now graduated, there will be no such thing as silly questions and plenty of opportunity to ask for advice. The course runs over 8 2 hour sessions in weeks 1-4 with time split between lectures and practicals, and will cover the following:

• Introduction to RStudio and R notebooks (Knitr)

• Dealing with help files and errors

• Finding and using packages

• Data structures and types

• Best practice for data management using tidyr and dplyr

• Basic logic structures

• Avoiding repeating yourself: for-loops, creating and debugging functions

• Plotting with ggplot

• BYOP (bring your own problem) session

No prerequisite knowledge of R is required, and every effort has been made to ensure that the course is accessible to all.

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

Course Description: The circulation of atmospheres, oceans and many other geophysical flows are underpinned by fluid dynamics featuring an interplay between rotation, stratification, and buoyancy-driven flow. This course explores the theoretical and physical fundamentals which underpin many key phenomena in geophysical fluid flows.

Pre-requisite knowledge: the course assumes familiarity with introductory level fluid dynamics, and comfort with mathematical modelling techniques (including vector calculus, and methods for solving ordinary and partial differential equations).

Please contact andrew.wells@physics.ox.ac.uk for further information.

Running on Fridays in weeks 1-8, at 12-1pm and 4-5pm (the sessions cover different content and are not repetition).

Outdoor First Aid for Fieldworkers

A two-day practical course specifically designed for field researchers and other people whose work in science, engineering, geography or geology takes them into remote environments. This course also fulfills the requirements of the major outdoor National Governing Bodies for first aid training (e.g. MLTUK, BCU). The course is delivered by outdoor people for outdoor people, and will involve plenty of outdoor scenarios.

Data for Pipelines and Wrangling

An introductory two-day course for better handling of data. The course will cover how to spot problems in existing data flows, how to design to minimise risks in preparing data for analysis and how to manage data from multiple or complex sources. The course will also cover an introduction to new data technologies (Cloud, Big Data and IoT) and interacting with common online data sources using APIs.

Participants will need a basic familiarity with Python and Pandas and will need to bring a laptop with python 3.x installed, with the SciPy and SQLalchemy libraries installed. Participants should also bring an example of where they have used – or will need to use – data in their research. Experience with data science or data transformation is not necessary.

The course is intended as an introduction to the later AI course, providing participants with the relevant skills needed to prepare their data to be consumed by a machine learning model.

AI and the Environment

This course aims to provide an introduction to machine learning for environmental scientists. It will cover the key principles around the subject discussing it’s applicability to environmental science and then provide basic instruction on three major methods in machine learning: Linear Regression, Decision Trees and Artificial Neural Networks. There will be a mix of lectures and practicals.

Requirements: Some ability to code in Python, willingness to learn about mathematical principals (as an introduction this course will not go into the maths in great detail but will touch on subjects like linear algebra and differentiation).

AI and Climate Preparedness

This is a more advanced level course than AI and the Environment.

There are many good books and courses available on the statistical properties of different neural network methods and AI algorithms. Furthermore, AI has become readily available to many through standard python libraries and code for simple download. At the same time as this surge in AI usage, climate change has become a defining issue of our time. So can the two be more readily linked?

This one-day course will therefore explore:

(1) on-going open questions in climate research,

(2) characterise the drivers of AI algorithms in terms of the particular demands of climate data,

(3) assess existing peer-reviewed AI applications to climate research, and critically for the DTP,

(4) set out an agenda for novel AI implementation in exploring the CMIP6 climate model ensemble.

Atmospheric Physics

This course will introduce composition and structure of Earth’s atmosphere as well as the basic thermodynamics of dry and moist atmospheres. These concepts will be applied to understand the formation and basic dynamics of clouds from the initial droplet crystal formation, the growth of spherical and non-spherical hydrometers to the formation of precipitation. Clouds play a fundamental role in the climate system that will be discussed in terms of their radiative effects and potential responses to anthropogenic activities. We will also introduce the (difficult and uncertain) representation of clouds in climate models that is key to understand large differences in current climate predictions.

If you would like to sign up, please visit the RTT at this link https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/x/XSNaTK


The COINS Grand Challenge

Our construction innovation competition for 2020 is now open for entries

The COINS Grand Challenge is a global competition to uncover students, innovators and leaders with ideas that can improve the built environment.

With a simple essay or short video, your students have an opportunity to win cash, internships, or business investment, plus the chance to get in front of some of the construction industry’s biggest players.

Entries will be accepted up to 22 June 2020.

The final judging and Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will take place on Monday, 21 September 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. The finalists will travel for free to present their ideas to the judging panel in Philadelphia.

What are we looking for?

We want ideas about the innovative, new, and emerging technologies that will have the greatest impact on business in future years. How might those technologies be applied to the built environment, whether during construction or throughout the built life cycle?

Take a look at some of the 2019 Grand Challenge finalists and winning ideas and get inspired to submit and complete an application.

Please email the COINS Grand Challenge Team if you have any questions.


Interested in a AI Safety Reading group?

If you are interested in AI Safety research, Mrinank Sharma is setting up a more “beginner” AI Safety seminar group with Effective Altruism Oxford where we review and discuss the seminal papers in the field. We are expecting participants to have familiarity with machine learning and artificial intelligence, but less familiarity with technical AI Safety research.

Please register interest here: https://forms.gle/37nUN98tm8DgMLDS6. More information is also available on the form, include the format of the seminars and suggested reading.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Mrinank at mrinank@robots.ox.ac.uk.


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/