The Physics of Life network is committed to finding ways in which we can support and engage early career researchers (ECRs; that's anyone from undergraduate up to postdoc level). The network recognises that equipping the next generation of scientists with skills to work at the biology/physics interface is imperative to the sustainability of Physics of Life research within the UK. To support this, the network offers the following opportunities to ECRs:
Physics of Life Summer Schools - run annually and open to ECRs at all career stages.
Workshops designed and organised by ECRs, see examples here and here. The network encourages ECRs to apply to our funding schemes to run a workshop, sandpit or request pump priming funds.
Physics of Life are happy to advertise jobs relevant to the ECR community. If you would like to advertise a job, please send the information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will advertise any biological physics related jobs both within and outside of the UK.
This section lists freely available online content designed for researchers at early stage of working across biology and physics. The content has been selected to provide a variety of content suitable for this career stage.
EMBO podcasts This excellent podcast enables listeners to search and listen to a broad range of topics of interest to biological physicists.
Free online courses
Institute of Physics (IoP) Biological Physics resourcesThis link provides a valuable collection of resources developed and published by IOP to assist in undergraduate teaching of physics at its interfaces with biology. Please follow the above link and instructions to download course content (Zip 58MB) which includes: lectures, problems and solutions in six areas of biological physics.
MIT Open Courseware A variety of free online courses and materials at the undergraduate and graduate level, offered by MIT.
Khan Academy Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalised learning dashboard.