Skills developed for particle physics are in demand outside academia.
Who says 13 is an unlucky number?
If you’ve always felt that the detector could do with a touch more colour, the choice is now yours!
Congratulations to Kara Lynch (ISOLDE and CERN), Michel Della Negra (ATLAS and Imperial) and Jim Virdee (CMS and Imperial)!
Get your application in now for the first S’Cool Lab Summer Camp.
Tim Head’s head
(Credit: T Head)
Skills developed for particle physics are in demand outside academia. This is the key message of a forthcoming careers and networking event jointly organised by the four LHC experiments. The collaborations acknowledge that not everyone who starts their career in particle physics either can or wants to remain in the field.
As a result, the 2016 Career Networking event will feature a variety of former physicists sharing their experiences of life away from the LHC. Whilst most are working for big names such as Accenture and McKinsey, Tim Head will be sharing his entrepreneurial experience.
Tim works with a variety of academics, NGOs, international organisations and businesses where he brings a scientific approach to problem solving, mostly, but not exclusively, focused around managing and exploiting large data sets.
“I try to find the simplest solution to my client’s business problem,” he explains. “It’s what happens every day at CERN. It’s considered to be nothing special at CERN, but it is outside.”
Until April 2016, Tim was part of the LHCb Collaboration, working as a Post Doc at EPFL, following a CERN Fellowship and his PhD at Manchester.
“During my PhD someone put a thought in my mind about the difference between earning money and making money – it made me think about being my own boss,” he says. And on 1 May 2016, Wild Tree Technologies was born.
Tim’s clients are in a range of sectors, but what they have in common is that they would like to take advantage of the increasingly large data sets that they have. With his background in data analysis, distributed data and machine learning, Tim helps them to see how they can use computing power and custom/tailored software based on open source to get the most from their data.
Tim freely acknowledges that self-employment isn’t for everyone. “It’s super-exciting to be your own boss – you learn a lot, but it’s mentally tough. I want to do what I believe in, but the big question is can I support myself?”
So far, he has no regrets.
You can read about one of Tim’s innovative projects, to develop a Better Body Bag for ICRC.
STFC’s Industry Liaison team are here to help
Who says 13 is an unlucky number? For the 13 UK companies who took part in a recent trade visit to CERN, the outlook is looking good.
A broad range of businesses took part in the visit, some for the first time, and others returning to build on existing relationships.
Glenn Conlon and Matthew Goulding from Cannon Technologies were at CERN for the first time to meet potential buyers. As CERN’s experiments generate increasing amounts of data, Cannon’s modular data centres could be the perfect futureproof alternative to a permanent building.
The industry visits are arranged by the Department of International Trade and STFC, and the secret of their success is the targeted meetings that are arranged with members of CERN staff and the experiments who are likely to be placing contracts in the forthcoming months.
It’s a recipe that has worked well for Torkington Engineers; Paul Hulse took part in the last trade visit in February and was hoping to increase the number and frequency of orders for high precision CNC, turning and milling, and especially the exotic materials that the company can supply. Following the visit, Torkington has received orders worth £60K.
But the benefits go even further, as Carlo de Stefanis of Scinator explains, “We’re keen to engage with leading research organisations. We think we can deliver cutting edge technology, but working with these types of organisation also stretches us and gives us new ideas for products.”
For Carlo, the industry visit to CERN was very positive, “It’s provided a great opportunity to access key decision makers, at minimal cost, and in a very time efficient way.”
If your company would like to do business with CERN, or any of the other large scale international projects in which the UK is a member, we have a dedicated industry liaison team who are keen to help you succeed.
The next DIT-STFC industry visit to CERN is likely to take place in 2017.
ATLAS Experiment Colouring Book
If you’ve always loved the ATLAS experiment, but felt that the detector could do with a touch more colour, the choice is now yours!
The ATLAS collaboration has just released a free-to-download colouring book. Officially aimed at children aged 5-9, it’s a great way to learn more about who works on ATLAS, what they do, and why.
And do try to stay within the lines, because in particle physics, precision matters
Congratulations to Kara Lynch (ISOLDE and CERN), Michel Della Negra (CMS and Imperial) and Jim Virdee (CMS and Imperial)!
Kara has recently been awarded the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP) Young Scientist Prize. The award is only made every three years and recognises her research using sensitive laser spectroscopy measurements.
“I’m delighted to have won this award for the work that I'm involved in at the CRIS experiment,” says Kara. “It would not have been possible without the support and encouragement of my PhD supervisor, Kieran Flanagan (Manchester), and the enthusiasm and dedication of the CRIS collaboration. ISOLDE provides an inspirational place to carry out your research, and I feel very lucky to work there.”
Michel and Jim, along with CERN colleague, Peter Jenni, have been awarded the American Physical Society’s prestigious Panofsky Prize for “distinguished leadership in the conception, design and construction of the ATLAS and CMS detectors, which were instrumental in the discovery of the Higgs boson."
Awarded annually, the Panofsky Prize recognises and encourages outstanding achievements in experimental particle physics.
Students working in CERN S'Cool LAB
If you’re aged 16 – 19 and would like to spend two weeks at CERN, get your application in now for the first S’Cool Lab Summer Camp.
One student from each of CERN’s Member States will be selected to join this exciting international summer camp. There will be lectures, tutorials, visits and research projects; it will be two weeks of wall-to-wall particle physics in the company of highly motivated students from around the world.
There will be stiff competition for the UK place, so make sure that your application is as strong as possible by following our tips.