PhD Student, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Birmingham
EPSRC-Funded CSaP Policy Intern (September 2017 - December 2017)
Erik is an EPSRC-funded policy intern with the Centre for Science and Policy for three months in Autumn 2017. Erik is in his fourth year of his PhD in the Quantum Matter Research Group in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Birmingham. His PhD research focuses on studying the unconventional superconducting behaviour in 122-heavy fermion structures with I4/mmm space-group symmetry. This research specifically uses small-angle neutron scattering techniques for magnetic field and temperature studies in low-temperature and high-field environments. This work intends to find evidence for unconventional electron pairing behaviours within these materials in order to better understand other novel superconducting materials and corelated electron systems.
Erik completed a four-year intercollated MSci with honours in Physics at the University of Birmingham in 2014 with a 1:1 class.
Erik demonstrates in year-two undergraduate labs, enhancing and guiding the understanding of undergraduate students in experimental physics and analytical techniques. Erik has also tutored for Realising Opportunities, a nationwide scheme aimed at students from backgrounds least likely to enter research areas with the intention of providing one-to-one tutoring towards a short Physics report on a research topic to contribute towards their application ot a University. Similarly Erik has tutored for A2B, Access 2 Birmingham, a scheme similar to Realising Opportunites but with the aim of encouraging locally disadvantaged students in the Birmingham area to write a short research essay in Physics in order to improve their application to the University of Birmingham.