Archive for October 19, 2012

A Particle Physics Job at Sussex

Posted in The Universe and Stuff with tags , on October 19, 2012 by telescoper

Following hard on the heels of Tuesday’s news, and the subsequent advert for astronomy jobshere is an announcement of a permanent job in theoretical particle physics at the University of Sussex. I quote from the advertisement:

Candidates are expected to hold a doctorate in theoretical physics and have a strong track record of internationally recognised research in the areas of collider phenomenology, physics beyond the Standard Model, flavour physics, and/or precision tests. The successful applicant will be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Sussex has in recent years invested in SM and BSM phenomenology through faculty appointments both in theoretical and experimental physics. We seek an individual suited and committed to further strengthening and developing this effort.

The group’s wider research interests include model-building, quantum field theory, quantum gravity, and early universe cosmology. It benefits from a close relationship with the Sussex Experimental Particle Physics group, currently expanding its ATLAS effort, an STFC-funded research consortium with Royal Holloway, University of London, and membership of the NExT Institute. The University of Sussex is part of the South East Physics Network (SEPnet).

I’ll be interested to see how many people apply as a result of seeing this here announcement, so if you do fill in an application form  be sure to answer the question “Where did you see this post advertised” with “In the Dark”!

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Elemensus

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on October 19, 2012 by telescoper

And now, with Christmas only several months away, it’s time for a commercial break to advertise the new board game Elemensus, which is a bit like Scrabble, but involves making words out of the symbols for the chemical elements.

I recently played the adults-only version of the game – which was fairly hilarious but not for publication on a family blog (you’d be surprised what sort of words you can make out of chemical symbols) – so here’s a video of how it’s meant to be played by sensible people.

You can purchase Elemensus for yourself or your loved ones here.

I don’t get paid for this, you know..