Sunday, October 01, 2006

Physics wins two RCUK Fellowships and they want to close it

Physics at Reading working with Chemistry scoops 2 of the 40 RCUK Fellowships awarded across in the UK in 2006 in the physical sciences.

The Research Councils UK Academic Fellowships scheme, launched in 2004 are "designed to reward institutions with innovative research strategies". Physics with Chemistry in open competition across the UK in the 2006 round won 2 RCUK Academic Fellowships in the field of bio-nanoscience.

The University of Reading has recently designated "Nanoscience and Materials" as one of its high-priority interdisciplinary research programmes. This involves Physics with Chemistry, Pharmacy and the Centre for Advanced Microscopy. The University says "Reading’s research strengths in a wide range of areas in centres of international excellence enables the University to develop a number of cross-discipline research themes. http://www.info.rdg.ac.uk/research/themes/nanoscience.htm

The advert (http://www.info.rdg.ac.uk/newjobs/details.asp?RefernceNumber=R0687) says
"We now wish to appoint two RCUK Academic Fellows within this interdisciplinary programme.The appointments will be made in the specific area of nanoscience of biomaterials and we particularly welcome applicants with strong research records in, for example, (i) the design, synthesis or activity of bio- and medically-functional nanostructured materials, (ii) computational modelling of such materials and their interactions with biological systems or (iii) the development of new techniques for nanoscale characterisation of biomaterials by scattering and diffraction techniques, potentially exploiting the nearby ISIS neutron facility and Diamond synchrotron."

Sounds like a great plan for the future - but the Senior Management Board propose closure!!??

Incidently, the advert appeared in the same week as the closure announcement!! I dont know about you but the closure plan seems like a last minute panic.

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