For Undergraduate Physicists and Chemists
Do you want to...
  • Be involved with cutting-edge scientific research
  • Help create scientific knowledge
  • Work with a space mission
  • Gaining teaching, leadership and management experience
  • Get paid
  • Become co-author on an academic paper?

The Opportunity

In ORBYTS, researchers work with sixth form students to produce new publication quality scientific research; our first paper has just been accepted to the Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series.
The research will be related to the Twinkle Space Mission to characterise exoplanetary atmospheres through spectroscopy. See for more details.

What We Are Looking For

  • Good knowledge of atomic and molecular physics/ spectroscopy is essential.
  • Previous teaching experience a bonus but not essential.
Detailed Job Description for Tutors in Diatomic Constant Project
  • Meet with 12 students, as required by the program (usually two hours fortnightly for term-time projects, and one week over summer)
  • Assist students in performing original scientific research in collating recent experimental and theoretical data on molecular constants. This will incorporate literature review skills, maintaining an up-to-date bibtex file, analysing papers etc.
  • Assist in database creation from research results as part of these sessions
  • Assist students in preparing written reports and oral presentation about the topic
  • Assist in the preparation of a scientific paper on the research by the students, and in the preparation of a science education pedagogy paper about the overall ORBYTS program. You will be a co-author on these papers.
Please email for more information and to send applications.

For applications, please include a brief cover letter highlighting why you want to be involved in the program and a CV including your recent exam results and a brief description of your experience with atomic and molecular physics and/or spectroscopy (e.g. undergraduate courses) and any previous teaching experience.

Positions are expected to arise periodically as the ORBYTS program expands, in a variety of geographical locations around the UK with different time commitments.

Current Vacancies
  • Assistant tutor in ORBYTS DC project at Highgate School, North London. Fortnightly Wednesdays 4:15-6:15 during school term. You will be paid for three hours per session, with travel expenses also paid.
  • Six positions available for UCL undergraduates at the ORBYTS Summer School, 7-11 August 2017.