The Department of Physics has expanded significantly over recent years by a series of appointments ranging from early career appointments (including Chancellor’s Fellows) to internationally leading researchers at professorial level. Combined with a significant investment in research infrastructure (including new facilities in the John Anderson building and the Technology and Innovation Centre), this has been an important contributing factor in the Department’s strong performance in the 2014 assessment of UK research quality (REF2014), where it achieved the highest grade point average of any UK physics department.
The Department of Physics has strong national and international engagements both academically and with the aim of translating technology into applications. We are a founding partner of the Scottish Universities Physics Alliance (SUPA) and the International Max Planck Partnership in Measurement and Observation at the Quantum Limit. We partner in all four UK EPSRC Quantum Technology Hubs, are members of the large-scale pan-European ELI project and will soon join the Cockcroft Institute. Strathclyde is also the base for the establishment at the Technology and Innovation Centre of the first Fraunhofer Centre in the UK. We work closely with a range of the University’s strategic international partners, for instance, where we, with support from local academic and industrial partners, lead the engagement with the photonics community around Stanford University.
The Department of Physics is continually seeking to build on this success and expand its team of leading researchers to further enhance our national and international position in research and the societal impact of our work. In particular under the Strathclyde Global Talent Attraction Platform, we are actively seeking to attract leading and ambitious scientists to complement our existing activities.
Aligned with the University’s strategy of developing leading research, teaching and knowledge exchange in support of solving the challenges of today’s society, we have recently been given a leading role in guiding the future strategic direction of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL). This also presents a particular opportunity for an expansion of our existing research collaborations with NPL, for example, through joint appointments.
We are particularly seeking to expand the activities of the Department of Physics in the following areas:
- Quantum Condensed Matter Physics
- Quantum Optics, Information, and Metrology
- Laser-Plasma Interactions