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Weekly newsletter | vol 47 no 33 | 22–26 August 2022


Director's Message

Dear Colleagues,

Last week saw two excellent interviews with researchers from RSPhys. Above, Ash Pascale, a PhD student in Materials Physics discussed her inspiring path into science in a piece for National Science Week. Next,  Dr Zuzana Slavkovska (NPAA) was interviewed for her exciting role in the ARC Centre for Dark Matter and the launch of the Stawell Underground Physics Laboratory (SUPL) last Friday. Both are really excellent interviews. I was lucky enough to visit the lab, 1km underground and hold 14kg of freshly poured gold, straight from the mine (see below). 

From all accounts Market Day was another huge success. My thanks to all those who stood by their posters and met prospective students. Thanks also to the Market Day Master Mind, A/Prof Cormac Corr (DMP). Below are some great photos of the day.

Have a good week,



Supervisor Training Workshop - “Clarifying Expectations”

Supervisors are invited to attend a supervisor training workshop “Clarifying Expectations” hosted by the RSPhys HDR team on Friday 2 September, from 2pm to 3.30pm.

The workshop will be held in person in Leonard Huxley Teaching Room H4.20 Building 56, ANU campus. If you would like to attend this workshop remotely via Zoom, please contact Prof Vince Craig in advance.

Please register your attendance via Eventbright.

This workshop can be used to satisfy the criteria for annual supervisor registration. Please 'read more' for a brief synopsis of the workshop and here for the supervisor registration guide.

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Meta-optics Gains Forces

The team from Nonlinear Physics Center (Department of Fundamental and Theoretical Physics), with collaborators from China, unlocked the power of optical forces empowered by metamaterials, and published an article on optical manipulation with metamaterial structures. The project is being driven by PhD student Mr. Ivan Toftul, and the paper has been published in Applied Physics Reviews (Impact Factor=19.527)

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NOIs for the ARC Industry Fellowships Program

The College of Science Research Office is seeking NOIs for the ARC Industry Fellowships Program. Please complete the NOI form if you are considering applying under this scheme.

More information can be found here.

Details of the schemes are not yet available, but it is likely that each application will have a Key Industry Partner who will contribute to the application and project, and demonstrate commitment to the project, by embedding the Industry Fellow in their organisation. Scheme guidelines are in final stages of development and are expected to become available in September/October.

Please contact the Research Office at if you have any questions.


Department of Education Internship and Researcher Program Stakeholder Info

The Research Division of the Department of Education is creating new opportunities for PhD students and graduates through a PhD Internship and Researcher Program.

The PhD Internship and Researcher Program is an exciting opportunity for PhD students and graduates to work for the Department of Education on the implementation of Australia’s Economic Accelerator.

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John Carver Seminar Series 2022

The John Carver Seminar Series 2022 will be held on Monday 26 September starting at 10am in the new Auditorium (building 160).

You will need to present a 15-minute talk on your research to an audience of your fellow students and RSPhys colleagues. The talks are not followed by questions.

The talks are judged by a panel of three judges (two academics and a student).

Seminar presenters will be considered for one of the three prizes:

  1. The John Carver Prize ($750)
  2. The Dean’s Prize ($500)
  3. The Director’s Prize ($500)

There will also be a vote for the People’s Choice award ($200).

Please email by 12 September 2022 to register your interest in participating in this wonderful event!

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ARC Linkage Projects 2022 (LP22)

Applications for Assessment Round 2 of ARC Linkage Projects 2022 (LP22) are now open in RMS and will close on 13 December 2022.

If you are planning to submit an LP22 application and haven’t notified the College Research Office yet, please submit your Notice of Intent (NoI) by filling this form here.

Those who express interest in applying will be provided with further information on application resources and the College of Science internal timeline. 


CERN Postdoctoral Fellowship Programes

The CERN Theory Department will have openings for postdoctoral positions (Senior Research Fellowships) in all areas of relevance to particle physics, including QCD, collider physics, Standard Model and beyond, astroparticle physics and cosmology, heavy-ion physics, lattice gauge theory, quantum field theory, quantum gravity and string theory, mathematical physics.

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Office Work Risk Assessment and Safe Work Procedure

The Risk Assessment and Safe Work Procedure for Office work in the School has recently been reviewed.

These documents have been published on the school WHS intranet and the School WHS SharePoint.

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Returning to Campus

Updated Process and Mask Protocols

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College HR & Finance Hot Desking In Physics

Mornings - HR Team
Afternoons - Finance Team

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submitting reimbursement forms.

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2022 Wall Planners

2022 wall planners are available now at the Oliphant Reception.




Departmental seminars

Ms Shiyu Wei - 23 August
InP Nanowire Array for Gas Sensor Applications
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Mr David Stevens - 24 August
Applications of beta particles In Medicine
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Mr Ka Po Tee - 25 August
Development of MAGPIE2: A High Power Helicon Plasma Discharge
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Know your administrators...

L-R: Belinda Barbour, Sonia Padrun, Petra Rickman, Nikki Azzopardi, & Julie Arnold

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Know your School team...

Uyen Nguyen -
Finance Team Leader

Sue Berkeley -
Stores/Purchasing Team Leader

Goran Radovanovic -
Stores Services  

Patrick Romero - Stores/Purchasing Services


Know your student admin...

Liudmila (Luda) Mangos -
Higher Degree Research admin
C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Thurs 9:30-5pm)

Siobhan Ryman -
Physics Education Centre admin and HDR
1.05, Bldg 38A (Tues 8.30-4pm) ; C3.02C, Cockcroft bldg (Mon,Thurs-Fri 8.30-4pm)


Tweet Series

The Researcher Development team are starting a new tweet series for @ANUresearcher! This tweet series is intended to be fun AND rewarding – a collaborative storytelling about the highs and lows of HDR student life – Hannah Carle, a RD casual is creating graphic mosaics based on different themes each week. 


ANU Community Connect

ANU Community Connect provides a safe and welcoming space for all ANU students. We offer no-cost essential items through our food pantry, Share the Dignity vending machine, access to our friendly and knowledgeable team to support students build connections, navigate university services and actively engage with programs and events to improve student experience at ANU.

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What To Do If You Test Positive For COVID-19

If you test positive to COVID-19, please:

1. Register your positive result with ACT Health using this online form, or with the state/territory health authority where you are located.

2. Alert the University through this online form.

3. Apply for personal leave.

4. Isolate for at least seven days after the day you test positive.


From Previous Weeks...

COVID-19 Extension Scholarship

Mandatory Training Courses for School Induction and Building Access - All Persons


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