Research Culture and Seminars
The School of Mathematics and Physics produces high quality research through encouraging innovation and excellence while maximising impact through global collaborations in an inclusive and supportive environment.
Our research brings together staff and students from a range of disciplines, helping to foster the university’s community of scholars. We support and nurture the development of colleagues at the beginning of their research careers and provide continuous support to our researchers as they progress in their chosen fields.
The School of Mathematics and Physics will host applications for the STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship scheme. The School has an allocation of 2 applications from STFC. Potential applicants should first contact a member of academic staff to discuss their interest and submit a brief pre-application to the selection committee that will review requests.
The deadline for submission of these pre-applications is 4pm Friday 29th July 2022. Candidates should submit a draft application (1 page of text plus up to 1 page of figures), a supporting CV and a full publication record. To submit applications, send PDFs to the ARC Director of Research, Prof. Mihalis Mathioudakis (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Candidates will be informed (by the School) by 4pm on Wednesday 10th August 2022 if they have been selected for support. (STFC have published the guidelines for departmental selection. Note that all institutes in the UK will not put pressure on candidates to accept an offer of a host before Tuesday 16th August 2022, and we will also abide by this.) The deadline for the full submission of proposals from the selected applicants to STFC will be 4pm on Tuesday 13th September 2022. However, completed applications will be needed about 1 week in advance in order for financial costings etc to be checked.
Since 2014, the School of Mathematics and Physics has been awarded more than £51 million of research funding.
More information about our recent research projects
Some of our external collaborators include:
Oxford Instruments (Andor) Ltd
Causeway Sensors Ltd
Innovate UK (IUK)
Scottish Funding Council (SFC)
Our Centre for Doctoral Training has interaction with numerous industrial partners
We have an expanding group of postdoctoral researchers from a variety of scientific backgrounds who contribute to a diversity of multidisciplinary research across our School. Meet our Postdoctoral Research Fellows.
They have an initial reduced teaching load, and access to university training courses to help develop their research, leadership and teaching skills (e.g., complete PGCHET and ‘Supervising Research Students’ courses).
Early career researchers also enjoy priority access to ring-fenced PhD (DfE) studentships and an informal peer review system to support them in the preparation of grant applications. All incoming academic staff are supported through start-up packages for networking and research activities.
Skills development - seven principles of the Concordat to support the Career Development of Researchers, as evidenced by our recruitment strategies, staff retention, rewards and recognition procedures, training and commitment to ongoing staff development, reflective review of staff progress; and our Equality and Diversity strategy.
We have an energetic PhD culture and are committed to making doctoral students part of the life of the School and the wider university. We encourage and support the PhD student community to attend national and international conferences, to run their own seminars whilst also providing specialist in-School training sessions for PhD students.
As part of our strategy to encourage the best Physics undergraduate students to gain some experience of working on a research project, we offer a research Summer Studentship in Astrophysics which provides students with the opportunity to work on research projects. Read more about the scheme
The School is committed to the promotion of equality of opportunity and to creating and sustaining an environment that values and celebrates the diversity of its staff and student body. In particular, the school is committed to supporting the career progression of women in science, engineering and technology in line with the beliefs of the Athena SWAN Charter
This includes providing guidance on ethics and governance, funding projects, working with partners, and commercial developments. Research is a key function of the University, so Queen’s provides a range of high quality learning and development opportunities to assist with your work and support your career development. New researchers will be invited to attend a central induction event, which is an opportunity to meet with colleagues from across the University.