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Next generation of research leaders given funding boost

Potential future leaders in science and innovation have been awarded a funding boost by STFC to help them realise their research ambitions.

STFC has awarded its latest round of Ernest Rutherford Fellowships to early career researchers who do not hold an academic position, to allow them to establish an independent research programme.

There are nine confirmed fellows for 2019 so far, with each fellowship lasting for five years.

STFC Executive Chair of Programmes Grahame Blair said:

“Our aim with these fellowships, as it is every year, is to attract the most talented and innovative young scientists, from the UK and abroad, to advance STFC science at the highest levels.

“We intend this to give them the boost they need to perform excellent research and advance their career by further developing their independence and leadership.”

All fellows who have completed their fellowship since 2009 are employed and 92% hold permanent jobs.

Ernest Rutherford Fellows 2019

Theoretical particle physicist Dr Jacob Bourjaily of the University of Edinburgh: Exposing and Exploiting the Simplicity of Scattering Amplitudes.

Nuclear and particle physicist Dr Xianguo Lu of the University of Oxford: Neutrino interactions in the GeV regime

Astrophysicist Dr Renske Smit of Liverpool John Moores University: Dissecting galaxies at the cosmic dawn

Nuclear physicist Dr Rachel Montgomery of the University of Glasgow: Spectator Tagging Experiments to Understand the Structure of Matter

Astrophysicist Dr Ilse De Looze of the University College London: The origin of cosmic dust in galaxies

Astrophysicist Dr Freeke van de Voort of Cardiff University: Cosmic gas flows: the key to understanding galaxy formation

Theoretical physicist Dr Johannes Noller of the University of Cambridge: Constraining gravity with cosmology

Theoretical physicist Dr Eric Perlmutter of King’s College London: A Conformal Window into Quantum Gravity

Nicola Amorisco of Durham University: Revealing dark matter with small-scales dynamics


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