Royal Society announces University Research Fellowships for 2014

19 September 2014

The Royal Society has announced the appointment of 43 new University Research Fellows (URFs) for 2014. The Research Fellows take up their new posts at institutions across the UK from October.

The University Research Fellowship scheme aims to provide outstanding scientists, who have the potential to become leaders in their chosen fields, with the opportunity to build an independent research career. The scheme is extremely competitive and URFs are expected to be strong candidates for permanent posts in universities at the end of their fellowships.

The newly appointed URFs are working on a wide variety of projects including discovering the origin of fermion masses at the LHC, exploring new science and technology in novel layered materials, and detecting electrostatic fields in bees.

The full list of appointments is as follows:

Dr Artem Bakulin – University of Cambridge

Optical control of conductivity in organic- and bio-electronic devices

Dr Francesco Benini – Imperial College London

Quantum field theories at strong coupling: exact computations and applications

Dr Lapo Bogani – University of Oxford

Optical Control of Interacting Magnetic Systems

Dr George Booth – King's College London

Bringing wavefunction-based computational methods to the solid state

Dr Jens Chluba – University of Cambridge

CMB spectral distortions as a new probe of early-Universe physics

Dr Gareth Conduit – University of Cambridge

Concurrent materials design 

Dr Robert Crain – Liverpool John Moores University

The gaseous Universe in realistic cosmological simulations

Dr Daniel Credgington – University of Cambridge

Spin-control and spin-dependent recombination in organic electronics

Dr Alexander Eggeman – University of Cambridge

Nanoscale electron diffraction - 3-D structure and dynamics          

Dr Aires Ferreira – University of York

Spintronics in adatom decorated graphene

Dr James Andrew Gillis – University of Cambridge

Gill arch serial homology and the origin of the jawed vertebrate body plan

Dr Roman Gorbachev – University of Manchester

Materials and devices assembled on demand from isolated atomic planes

Dr Ian Griffiths ­– University of Oxford

21st century fluid dynamical challenges in water purification

Dr Benjamin Hall ­– University of Cambridge

The cell as a cell phone: modelling biology as a cyber-physical system

Dr Sergio Ioppolo – The Open University

ALMA in a lab: gas-solid pathways to molecular complexity in space

Dr Krzysztof Latuszynski – University of Warwick

From the Bernoulli factory to a Kolmogorov factory

Dr Johannes Lischner – Imperial College London

Advancing the theory of electronic excitations in materials  

Dr James Locke – University of Cambridge

The generality, mechanism, and function of stochastic gene regulation

Dr Benjamin Morgan –University of Bath

Modelling collective lithium-ion dynamics in battery materials          

Dr Michael Morrissey – ­ University of St Andrews

A developmental evolutionary quantitative genetic theory

Dr Adam Moss– University of Nottingham

Cosmology in the early and late Universe

Dr David Mulryne – Queen Mary, University of London

Inflationary cosmology after Planck and the LHC

Dr Peter Munro – University College London

Next generation, quantitative, pre-clinical imaging    

Dr Patrik Nosil – University of Sheffield

Genome evolution: moving from pattern to underlying process

Dr Andreas Nunnenkamp University of Cambridge

Quantum science and technology with opto-mechanical systems

Dr Thomas Ott – John Innes Centre

Molecular dynamics and function of membrane micro-domains

Dr Mark Owen – University of Glasgow

Discovering the origin of fermion masses at the LHC

Dr Robert Pal – University of Durham

Development and chemical application of phase modulation nanoscopy    

Dr Robert Phipps – University of Cambridge

Exploiting hydrogen bonds for control in chemical catalysis

Dr Rahul Raveendran Nair – University of Manchester

Exploration of new science and technology in novel layered materials

Dr Thomas Richards – University of Exeter

Dissecting a nascent phototrophic endosymbiotic interaction

Dr Tim Rogers – University of Bath

Uncertainty in sparse systems

Dr Jacqueline Rosette – Swansea University

Inventory of the vegetated land surface using remote sensing technologies

Dr Marco Sacchi – University of Reading

Rationalizing the driving-forces and dynamics of supramolecular self-assembly

Dr Alberto Sesana – University of Birmingham

Gravitational wave detection with pulsar timing arrays

Dr Jie Song – Imperial College London

Reprogramming of epigenetic memory during plant regeneration

Dr Julian Sonner – University of Oxford

From holographic space time to condensed matter and back

Dr Samuel Staton – University of Cambridge

Principled foundations for programming languages

Dr Kartic Subr – Heriot-Watt University

Interactive-View Imaging of Dynamic Events (IVIDE)

Dr Gregory Sutton – University of Bristol

Detection and measurement of electrostatic fields in bees

Dr Stephen Thomas – University of Edinburgh

Simplifying iron catalysis; novel activation and reactivity     

Dr Ventsislav Valev – University of Bath

Nonlinear meta-chiroptical effects

Dr Sam Vinko – University of Oxford

From stars to proteins: unveiling material response in intense X-ray fields