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Weekly newsletter | vol 41 no 23 | 6–10 July 2015


Director RSPE Appointment

Prof Andrew Roberts, Dean CPMS, is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Senden has been appointed as the next Director of RSPE. Professor Stephen Buckman retires Friday 3 July, and Tim will start on Saturday, July 4, and will serve a 5-year term in the first instance. Tim is well known to you all and needs no further introduction.

Thank you for your patience as we worked through to this outcome. We had an outstanding field of candidates, the majority of whom were external to the School. Over the past several months, I have been involved in negotiations with 2 external candidates, but these proved unsuccessful due entirely to personal issues rather than professional circumstances or financial negotiations. Tim was among the outstanding candidates and we have full confidence that Tim is an excellent appointee.

Please join Prof Roberts in congratulating Tim and working with him to drive an excellent future for RSPE.



Distinguished Professor & ANFF Node Director Chennupati Jagadish to receive the IEEE Photonics Society Engineering Achievement Award


Distinguished Professor Chennupati Jagadish has won the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS) 2015 Engineering Achievement Award for pioneering and sustained contributions to compound semiconductor quantum well, quantum dot and nanowire optoelectronic devices and their integration.

The presentation will be made during the 2015 IEEE Photonics Conference (IPC) in the US in October.

RSPE would like to congratulate Professor Jagadish for all of his work that has led to such a significant accolade.

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Congratulations to Prof Christine Charles (SP3) on being awarded an Excellence in Engineering Women in Industry Award.

On behalf of all of RSPE we congratulate Christine, it is a great honour and well deserved award.



Nuclear Physics (NP)
Farewell to Alistair Muirhead, who will retire on 3rd July 2015 after 36 year excellent service to the RSPE and NP. You will go away but your morals, ethics and technical expertise will always stay with us. Thanks for being such an inspirational colleague. We will miss your professional expertise and your friendship and wish you success and happiness in your future adventures!



Plasma Research Laboratory (PRL) welcomes Prof Vladimir Moiseenko from the National Science Center “Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology (Ukraine) for the period of 24 June- 8 July 2015. Prof Moiseenko will work with Dr Boyd Blackwell and Prof John Howard on the application to H-1 of an innovative approach to radio frequency plasma heating which is well-suited to medium sized plasma devices.

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Welcomes Mr Inseok Yang a new PhD student from South Korea. Inseok will be working with Prof Chennupati Jagadish; and
Mr Valentin Ramez who is visiting with Professor Jagadish for 3 months from Engineering School PHELMA Grenoble INP.




RSPE Directorship

Prof Steve Buckman retires as the 8th Director of RSPE on Friday 3 July 2015.  Prof Tim Senden has been appointed as Director for an initial 5 year term.  The School congratulates Tim on his appointment and looks forward to working together under his leadership. Please ensure that all documentation reflects this change.  


Staff movements

Nuclear Physics (NP)
Prof Andrew Stuchbery
will be absent 28June - 27 July 2015.  Dr Tibor Kibedi will be Acting HoD 28 June - 6 July, and Prof David Hinde will be Acting HoD 7-27 July 2015.

Electronic Materials Engineering (EME)
Prof Hoe Tan
will be absent 20 June - 5 July and 9-10 July 2015.  A/Prof Jodie Bradby will be Acting HoD during these periods.

Department of Quantum Science (DQS)
Prof David McClelland
will be absent 6-27July 2015.  Prof Craig Savage will be Acting HoD during this period.

Plasma Research Laboratory (PRL)
A/Prof Matthew Hole
will be absent 20 June - 13 July 2015.  Matthew is presenting work at the 42nd EPS Conference on Plasma Physics (Lisbon), working at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (Greifswald), attending an IAEA International Fusion Research Council Meeting (Vienna), and lecturing at the 38th Harry Messel International Science School (Sydney).



The following OH&S training course:

* Ionizing Radiation Safety – Machines (OHSA19) 27 July

 Registration via HORUS


Departmental seminars

Professor Vladimir Moiseenko - 6 July
A Stellarator Hybrid Fusion-Fission Reactor
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Professor Q-Han Park - 8 July
Nonlinear Physics Center and OSA Student Chapter seminar Perfect anti-reflection - how to make things completely black
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2015 Physics Project Market Day

Tuesday18 August 2015 - Melville Hall
11.30am - 2pm

• 29th July (5pm) – Deadline for all projects to be updated on the RSPE website.

As part of Physics Project Market Day we request that all projects are updated on the website. If you want to keep current projects it is necessary to click "Bump 2014" which can be found through the "Edit you profile". If this is not performed then current projects will automatically be removed from the website.

• 7th August (5pm) – Deadline to RSVP to the Market Day team for attending Market Day.

• 14th August (4pm) – Deadline for Physics Project Market Day Poster Printing at the school computer unit

•18th August – Physics Project Market Day


Funding opportunities

Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2015 (closing date extended)
Nominations are being sought for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2015. This Award provides funding of up to $15,000 to assist postgraduate research students enrolled at the Research School of Physics and Engineering to undertake part of their research program overseas or make a collaborative visit to an overseas institution, for three to six months. Applications close 5pm 17 July 2015.
Further information is available at

ARC Future Fellowships 2015 – Now Open
The Funding Rules for Future Fellowships are now available and the scheme has opened. Please refer Funding Rules and FAQs. Please note that the strategic statement will be required to outline plans to retain the successful Future Fellow in a continuing position. This is explained further in the Changes to FT15 Funding Rules and at B3.3.1 in the Funding Rules.

SIEF John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellowships
A grant of $92,000 p.a. for three years targeting projects in natural or applied science with high potential for scientific achievement and benefits to Australia. Applications close 31 July. For internal review and submission please submit completed applications to the research office by 10 July.



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