Year 2 PhD Cohort Day – 18 June 2018

Please note that the Year 2 PhD Cohort Day is scheduled for 18 June 2018.

The event is for second year PhD students from all faculties, ie anybody who enrolled during the 2016/17 academic year is welcome to attend.

The theme of the day is “Understanding the impact of your research”:

The successful contemporary researcher must be able to identify the various ways that their research is disseminated within academia and also how their research can inform public policy, practitioners, behaviours and organizations etc.

Before the event, participants should prepare a 3 minute explanation of their research project to present to a small group of other PhD students from different disciplines.

By the end of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the word “impact” and what it means to researchers, the college and the Research Councils
  • Have considered and discussed different types of impact resulting from research in different disciplines
  • Participants will appreciate the impact or potential impact of their own research and how this can be communicated to others

The cohort day will take place 1-6pm in the Queens’ Building, Octagon, Mile End.

Refreshments will be provided and there will be a drinks’ reception from 5pm to allow additional time for networking.

To register for this course please to go to and search for course code DC200


Spring 2018 PhD Induction

A warm welcome to all new PhD students. The Doctoral College invites you to join us for the PhD Induction on 17 April 2018.

This event is for all newly enrolled PGR students from all faculties who have not attended an induction previously.

This day will give a brief overview of a research degree at Queen Mary and allow students to meet other students who have enrolled at a similar time across faculties. This is a cross faculty event and suitable for any PGR student in their first year who has not already attended a college wide induction.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The training will take place 9.30am to 5pm in the Rotblat Building, Charterhouse Square.

To register for this course please go to and search for course code DC100.

Students can register for an account before they are fully enrolled at the same URL.

Job opportunities for researchers

Looking for a job? Exploring roles outside of academia? The QM Careers & Enterprise Jobs Board has opportunities available across a range of different job sectors, with some roles seeking candidates with a PhD or other higher degree. Please see a selection of current opportunities below. Please visit the website for more vacancies.
[Please note: you will need to log in with your QMUL details to access the Jobs Board].

Senior researcher at the Centre for London: deadline = 03 April 2018
Are you a creative and thoughtful researcher, with a passion for cities, and superlative skill at developing and communicating ideas with impact?

Centre for London is a think tank and charity focused on London’s critical challenges. As a senior researcher, you will develop and deliver research projects that make a difference to policy and practice – tackling issues such as employment and skills, transport and public realm, neighbourhood resilience, and London’s place in the UK and the world.

Working within a six-person research team, you will help to come up with new ideas, to deliver existing projects, and to support events and fundraising. Reporting to a research manager, you will be responsible for developing, delivering and managing research projects, from data analysis and literature reviews, to interviews with practitioners and stakeholders.  The role will include preparing proposals and fundraising, undertaking research and writing reports for publication, raising the profile of the Centre’s work through writing and public appearances, and contributing to the organisation’s strategy.  The successful candidate will join a growing team at the Centre’s offices in central London.

Postgraduate qualification desirable. See full details at:

Imaging Scientist/Geophysicist at CCG: rolling applications
CGG ( is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to its broad base of customers primarily from the global oil and gas industry. Through its complementary business lines of Equipment, Acquisition and Geology, Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR), CGG brings value across all aspects of natural resource exploration and exploitation. CGG employs over 6,500 people around the world, all with a passion for Geoscience and working together to deliver the best solutions to its customers.

Job Profile:
CGG is the recognized leader in subsurface seismic imaging, particularly in the areas of 3D depth imaging, 4D imaging and reservoir characterization. We have a worldwide network of seismic data imaging centres and dedicated facilities, which allow us to offer unrivalled subsurface capabilities to our global client base.

Description of role:
Initially reporting to a Team Leader the Imaging Scientist will be responsible for constructing three-dimensional subsurface images from reflection seismic soundings using proprietary data processing modules on arrays of CPU and/or GPU computer systems. They will learn to develop and apply the latest data imaging techniques to optimize the quality of the subsurface image, whilst removing noise from the reflection seismic soundings, including identification and suppression of previously unseen types of noise in new exploration areas, all with the aim of creating state-of-the-art subsurface images for our customers.

The successful candidate will be expected to learn the technical application details of CGG’s array of processing modules and how to run a complete seismic project whilst working within a team environment. In creating final images the role will also involve detailed testing of various algorithms as well as the flexibility to conceive & propose new ideas. They will learn and master processing of 3D and 4D imaging projects from a variety of regions acquired with a variety of acquisition types (land, marine, ocean-bottom, wide-azimuth, full-azimuth, multi-sensor & those yet to be developed) all of which containing complicated & unique depth-imaging requirements taking into account the relationship between the seismic soundings and rock properties of the subsurface layers.

They will have an unquestionable interest in science and extensive knowledge of physics and mathematics, be receptive to feedback and have a good attitude and intuition. They will question things and seek to gain a deep understanding of the underlying science in an attempt to help us continuously improve our technology.

Required Education and Experience:

  • Higher degree in Physics and/or Mathematics. Engineering and Geophysics also acceptable. PhD level preferred but Masters level also considered
  • Proven ability to critically analyse difficult scientific problems and reach useful solutions and conclusions, along with demonstrable experience in applied mathematics are essential for this role. Experience of programming would also be desired.

Analyst/Medical Writer at Costello Consulting: deadline = 31 March 2018
At Costello Medical, Analysts and Medical Writers work on projects involving the detailed analysis of data from clinical trials and the assimilation and creative presentation of this analysis in different formats including posters, slide sets, value dossiers, reports and peer-reviewed publications. These deliverables are used directly by our clients in communication with external stakeholders instrumental to the successful uptake of novel therapies. The work is structured on a project-by-project basis and you will usually be working on several projects in different disease areas at any one time.

You will work in project teams alongside experienced colleagues, who provide one-to-one training in the technical aspects of the role, including project management and effective client communication. Delivering project work requires close collaboration with clients, and following a successful induction period you will increasingly participate in teleconferences and face-to-face meetings with external stakeholders.

Costello Medical is structured into divisional teams focusing on distinct medical communications and health economics services or serving a specific sector within the healthcare industry. All Analysts and Medical Writers can work cross-divisionally to develop a broad understanding of the company’s services and clients, or if you have an interest in joining a specialised division you can do so from the start.

We are currently recruiting for Analysts and Medical Writers to join us in our Cross-Divisional, HTA and Health Economics, Medical Affairs, Evidence Development, Publications and Medical Devices teams. For further information about the vacancies, please visit (

What Background Should You Have?
We are looking for individuals who are collaborative, self-motivated and enthusiastic with a genuine interest in healthcare and an eagerness to learn about new areas of science.

Essential requirements for the role are:

  • A degree level or higher qualification in a scientific discipline (minimum 2.1). We welcome applications from candidates with a diverse range of specialisms, including but not limited to; biology, chemistry, pharmacy and medicine
  • Fluency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Excellent written English
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Organisational skills and the ability to work across multiple projects at the same time
  • Aptitude for and experience of planning and writing scientific documents which could include lab reports, dissertations, poster or oral presentations and articles for websites or student magazines, poster or oral presentations, peer-reviewed scientific publications, book chapters, grant applications, regulatory documents

Part-time Researcher Developer Coordinator vacancy at The Institute of Cancer Research (Uni of London)

Type of Contract: Fixed Term
Length of Contract: Up to 12 months
Hours per Week: 14

The Institute of Cancer Research, London, is one of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes with an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We provided the first convincing evidence that DNA damage is the basic cause of cancer, laying the foundation for the now universally accepted idea that cancer is a genetic disease. Today, we lead the world at isolating cancer-related genes and discovering new targeted drugs for personalised cancer treatment. Together with our partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top four cancer centres globally.

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) is committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best minds in the world to join us in our mission – to make the discoveries that defeat cancer.

You will be responsible for supporting the training and career development of research staff and students across the ICR, with a particular emphasis on supporting Informaticians, including the organisation of their annual conference and other training events. You will also support the preparation and presentation of data for Athena SWAN reaccreditation. You will assist in ensuring that the ICR continues to meet the best practice standards for researcher training and career development – focusing on the Researcher Concordat and the Researcher Development Framework.

You will require experience of working as a researcher in academia or industry or of working closely with scientific researchers. Proven ability to manage and deliver projects is essential as well as excellent communication and interpersonal skills to be able to network effectively across the ICR and beyond. Strong IT skills (particularly Excel and Powerpoint) and experience of presenting to groups are also required.

This position is available on a fixed-term contract for up to 12 months dependent on when the postholder returns from maternity leave.

We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff.

The application deadline is 30 March 2018. To apply please visit the website.

Applications open for Pivigo’s Science to Data Science summer programme

Applications for our Summer 2018 programme in London are now open and close 02 April 2018. Apply via the website.

Just as an academic career allows us to pursue interesting questions and contribute to our fields, data science is a chance to tackle the biggest problems across all industries. Even better, you can see the impact of your work to you company and it could make a real difference to society; for example using deep learning to monitor, predict, and reduce pollution in London, which could save up to 10,000 premature deaths every year.

Your blend of programming, mathematics, statistics and curiosity are a great foundation for a career in data science, and your ability to communicate complex concepts to technical and non-technical audiences alike is a powerful skill. The only missing piece of the puzzle is commercial experience, and this is where Pivigo can help.

We facilitate and support postgraduates’ transition from academia into data science through our Science to Data Science (S2DS) bootcamp. By empowering participants with the commercial experience needed to get a job in data science, we give our alumni the edge on the competition.

During the five week programme you will work on a real data science project for a company, network with 100 other programme participants and industry professionals, and master key business topics taught by experts in their field. At the end of the programme you will join our growing network of over 400 alumni, from whom you can seek advice and help throughout your career. Our graduates have gone on to work for household names and the hottest start-ups alike, including KPMG, Google, Facebook, IRIS.AI and many more. As long as you are in the final year of your PhD or have a PhD you are eligible to apply.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Deepak Mahtani, from the Community and Marketing team at Pivigo at

Please note that there is a fee associated with this programme and that other routes into data science careers are available.

Life Sciences Image awards competition now open

The Life Sciences Image awards competition is open and seeks outstanding and engaging images produced by Queen Mary staff and students. Now in its second year, it focuses on three themes: health and wellbeing; health and technology; and, beauty in medicine. Shortlisted submissions will be shown at 3 public exhibitions and the overall winner will receive an iPad. Images can be digital or hard copy and created using any media, including photography, illustrations (hand-drawn or digital), paintings, cartoons, medical imagery such as MRI scans, microscopy, or any other artistic or scientific technique.

Full details are on the Life Sciences Initiative website, including entry form, terms and conditions and last year’s winners and shortlisted images.

The deadline for submitting your entry 5pm on Thursday 29 March 2018. Enter now!