Early Career Members Group

This is an IOP special interest group, which is a community of IOP members focused on a particular discipline, application or area of interest. 

Special interest groups allow members to connect and share knowledge and ideas. The IOP funds groups to deliver a range of activities including events, prizes and bursaries. All of our groups are driven by members.  


About the group

As a special interest, member-driven group, we facilitate peer support and knowledge exchange. We are a forum for discussion and represent the views of our members in the physics community to the IOP and external bodies.

We are open to all in the physics community and especially welcome those who have taken a career break, or are on an unconventional career path.

You may have:

  • finished your first degree
  • started your professional career
  • been studying for a PhD 
  • secured an apprenticeship 
  • moved to physics from another career, or transitioned between scientific disciplines

What the group does

We aim to:

  • build peer physics networks across disciplines and sectors, including industry, education, academia and business
  • put early physics career members in touch with those who can support them
  • support members to understand career options and think about opportunities in industry, academia, business teaching and other career paths
  • support members to develop skills like networking, writing funding applications, conducting effective outreach
  • serve as a gateway into the Institute and direct members from the physics community towards other special interest groups and activities of interest to them

Early Career Members Group launch

At our launch in 2018, we decided to provide:

  • a voice
  • opportunities
  • collaboration
  • mentoring

Institute Vice-President for Science and Innovation, Professor Sarah Thompson, said:

“It’s important that you don’t feel held back by the way that groups have done things before, as there’s no standard way of doing things”.

Our co-chairs said at the launch, “We want this group to span the entirety of the physics community”. He said plans include:

  • a newsletter
  • live-streaming events
  • sponsorship of a prize

Secretary, Dr Apostolos Evangelopoulos, said the group would bring together academia and industry, as well as research, and support mentoring of members.

Treasurer Maciej Matuszewski, finishing a PhD in theoretical physics at the University of Durham, said people can feel uncertain how to progress a physics  career and hoped the group would build a physics community beyond career boundaries.

Media Officer, Jennifer Radtke, encouraged tweeters to follow on @IOPECM and share thoughts using #IOPEarlyCareer. The ECM Group also has a LinkedIn group.

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Group events

Find group events on the IOP events site.

Committee and contacts

Chair Mr Richard Lynn, MInstP
Chair Dr Iddo Amit, MInstP
Secretary Mr Joseph Beaver, MInstP
Treasurer Mr Maciej Matuszewski, MInstP
Ordinary Member Miss Sheona Day, RSci MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Jonathan Foster, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Ravindranath (Robin Ravi) Gajria
Ordinary Member Mr Jacob Home, CPhys
Ordinary Member Miss Jennifer Pryde, MInstP
Ordinary Member Mr Darren Scrimgeour, MInstP
Ordinary Member Miss Christine Thorogood

Email: [email protected]

Early Career Researchers Fund

For researchers at the start of their careers to attend international meetings and facilities. 

Find out more about the fund