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Early Career Prize: Nuclear Industry Group

This prize is for physicists in the early stages of a career in the nuclear industry.


It is awarded to the nominee who, while addressing a project or problem in their work, has:

  • participated in outreach
  • shown innovative thinking
  • attained recognition in their area of work
  • a positive impact resulting from their area of their work
  • a wide breadth of activity

The solution must have required the application of skills and understanding expected of a professional physicist working in an industrial environment.

Nominations

Nominees for the early career prize must:

  • be a member or associate member of the Institute of Physics
  • have worked in the nuclear industry for no more than 10 years (allowance is made for career breaks)

Nominations can be made by anyone, including the nominee.

Submit nominations to groups@iop.org.

What to include in the submission

  • Description of the challenge and how it was addressed by the nominee. If this is sensitive information, please notify the group chair before submission. We can put measures in place to allow your submission to be considered. This description is no more than 500 words. It can include diagrams or photographs.
  • Statement from the nominee’s line manager and/or a client describing the individual’s innovative approach to problems, and their demonstration of enthusiasm and determination in their work. This is no more than 500 words.
  • Brief CV outlining the nominee’s experience in the industry and their background. This is no more than two sides of A4.
  • Nominations are considered by a panel of group committee members and co-opted specialist panel members as required. Their decision is final.

Winners

2020

Allan Simpson

For the technical leadership demonstrated in his co-ordination of the Nuclear Data arm of the UK's Advanced Nuclear Fuel Cycle Programme, and his work on innovate projects within the field of Nuclear Data including research into blockchain technologies.

2019

Jacob Home

For important first steps in his career by engaging with outreach, by innovating in a broad scope of work, and thereby having an impact on the world around him.

2016 

Rebecca Houghton

For her excellent work for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the future strategic direction for management of radioactive material stockpiles in the UK, proposed to the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

2015 

David Hughes

For his leadership of a team to develop a suitable decay heat methodology with associated validation and uncertainties associated with the proposed Sizewell B Dry Fuel Store.

2014 

Chris Holland

For his work on the Lower Ports Nuclear Analysis project for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor fusion reactor.

2013

Rhodri Morgan

For his leadership of the development of Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy as a tool for the monitoring of nuclear waste packets.

2012

Craig Shearer

For his work to develop a practical system using cosmic-ray muons to analyse the contents of Intermediate Level Waste containers.

2011

Lindsay Cox

For her innovative approach and leadership in establishing and promoting the practical application of Muon Scattering Tomography detection techniques capability.