Españoles en Stanford explican el éxito del mejor campus de EEUU

El profesor de Stanford Eric A. Hanushek, pionero de la economía de la educación y especialista en evaluar la calidad educativa de los distintos países, explica a EL MUNDO que, «en un contexto donde todas las universidades estadounidenses compiten muy activamente por ser las mejores», la suya «se ha dado cuenta de que, si no se centra todo el rato en la calidad, se quedará atrás».

«Stanford tiene un modelo muy sencillo: contrata a buenos profesores y recompensa a los que hacen bien su trabajo. Esta calidad del profesorado atrae a muchos estudiantes, lo que permite seleccionar a los mejores. Como hay tan alto nivel en la docencia y en el alumnado, puede atraer muchos fondos para investigar y promover el talento, proporcionando todo tipo de recursos para mantener y mejorar la calidad».

More: http://www.elmundo.es/sociedad/2016/07/31/57928884ca4741122e8b4639.html

How to Teach Scientific Imagination

Treating important concepts playfully, from Einstein to Richard Feynman to ‘Sim City’

In one of the most famous of his authentic quotes, Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

This raises the interesting question of whether imagination—specifically, scientific imagination—can be taught. I can’t answer that definitively, but I can imagine some promising possibilities.

One way is to provide models. There are many books that convey accurate scientific knowledge, and many more for which scientific knowledge isn’t the point. The sweet spot between them is the place where important concepts are treated playfully…

More: http://www.wsj.com/articles/how-to-teach-scientific-imagination-1464881401

Postdoctoral Fellowship available in Theoretical Quantum Physics

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Quantum Physics in the group of the Director, David Hutchinson. The position will be based in the Department of Physics, University of Otago, Dunedin. The group’s theoretical research covers areas from ultracold atomic gases, especially two-dimensional systems, through to using techniques for open quantum systems to model exciton transport in photosynthetic complexes.

More: http://cerncourier.com/cws/job/J000009633

Professorship (W3) of Experimental Particle Physics

The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) combines its three core tasks: research, higher education, and innovation within one mission. With about 9,400 employees and 25,000 students, KIT is one of the big institutions of research and higher education in natural sciences and engineering in Europe.

In Division V – Physics and Mathematics – the KIT Department of Physics invites applications for a
Professorship (W3) of Experimental Particle Physics

at the Institute of Experimental Nuclear Physics (IEKP). We are looking for outstanding candidates with a research focus on precision measurements at electron-positron colliders, especially on B physics, and on the development of software algorithms and detectors. The successful candidate is expected to strengthen and expand the existing and planned collaborative research efforts in the Belle II experiment in Tsukuba Japan, and for a future linear collider detector.

More: http://cerncourier.com/cws/job/J000009654

Winter College on Optics 2017

The College will address fundamental and experimental aspects of advanced Microscopy, Spectroscopy and related techniques. The scope of the course is to promote new theoretical and experimental methods, concepts, instruments, measurement techniques and data analysis routines for both Laboratory and industrial applications to train students and scientists, as well as to coordinate international activities and collaborations in this area. By focusing on both theory and applications, the College will also provide an interesting intersection of emerging techniques and experimental methods with theoretical advances in the field. The lectures will focus on a variety of topics related to biological applications, environmental research and material characterization. Hands-on sessions will be organized every day of the college in the ICTP laboratories accompanied by library documentation finalized with round-table discussion.

 

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Científicos Españoles ante el reto de las relaciones entre Reino Unido y España

La Sociedad de Científicos Españoles en Reino Unido, SRUK/CERU (Spanish Researchers in the United Kingdom/ Científicos Españoles en Reino Unido) han celebrado su IV Simposio Internacional para presentar las nuevas contribuciones de sus miembros a la ciencia y tecnología en unas jornadas interdisciplinares que han tenido lugar en Londres, en la University College of London. Además, también han aprovechado para debatir sobre el estado actual de la ciencia española en el Reino Unido tras el Brexit y en el contexto actual internacional.

Más:

http://www.madrimasd.org/informacionidi/noticias/noticia.asp?id=66985&origen=notiweb&dia_suplemento=lunes

Engineer and Scientist opportunities: The Advanced Light Source (ALS)

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) is a world leader in fundamental science research in the public interest. The Advanced Light Source (ALS) is a Berkeley Lab user facility that is the nation’s premier soft x-ray synchrotron light source.

We are seeking top-notch engineers and scientists to join Berkeley Lab to fill engineering positions in accelerator projects, including a major upgrade to the ALS.

More info:

http://cerncourier.com/cws/job/J000009609

Senior and Junior Researchers, Postdoctoral research assistants, PhD students, Engineers, Physicists and Technicians

Extreme Light Infrastructure – Nuclear Physics (ELI-NP) will be a new Center for Scientific Research to be built by the National Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (IFIN-HH) in Bucharest-Magurele, Romania.

ELI-NP is a complex facility which will host two state-of-the-art machines of high performances:

A very high intensity laser with two 10 PW lasers;
A very intense, brilliant ã beam, very low bandwidth, with E ã until 19MeV, which is obtained by incoherent Compton back scattering of a laser light off an intense electron beam (Ee> 700 MeV) produced by a warm LINAC.

IFIN-HH – ELI-NP is organizing competitions for filling the folowing positions: Senior and Junior Researchers, Postdoctoral research assistants, PhD students, Engineers/Physicists (particle accelerators, mechanics, optics), Engineers (physics, laser, electronic, electrical, electrotechnical, instrumentation and control) and Technicians.

More info:

http://cerncourier.com/cws/job/J000009098

Assistant Fixed Income Trader / Junior Quant Researcher

At ARFIMA, we believe that our main asset is our people. We are dedicated to create an exciting and challenging workplace to attract talented and motivated individuals. Everyone in our workplace is strongly encouraged to move forward every day, to learn and to innovate using our in-house training program.

We are offering opportunity to both experienced trader and talented individual with high motivation.

More info:

http://www.arfimaspain.com/careers.php

Senior Laboratory Officer Nanofabrication Laboratory

The Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2) seeks a talented, enthusiastic individual to work within the nanofabrication Laboratory as a senior laboratory officer, assisting operations of a diverse range of state-of-the-art nanofabrication equipment, while helping develop novel nanofabrication protocols to enable substantial advances in the research work of ICN2 groups. The successful candidate is expected to participate in the design and implementation of the ICN2 Nanofabrication Laboratory. Once this is successfully achieved, the candidate will service the activity of the Laboratory.

More info:

http://www.b-value.com/info.php?jobid=1255