Jessica Boland
I enjoy participating in outreach to encourage more girls into physics.

I started studying physics as an undergraduate at the University of Exeter, where I undertook an internship year in industry at Hewlett Packard Labs, working as an electro-optical engineer. After this, I embarked on a PhD in Condensed Matter Physics at the University of Oxford My thesis was titled ‘Terahertz Spectroscopy of Semiconductor Nanowires for Optoelectronic Device Applications’, where I developed a novel technique for extracting doping concentrations in semiconductor nanowires and demonstrated new nanowire-based THz detectors and modulators. After my PhD, I continued with this research at the University of Oxford as an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Research Fellow, developing investigations onto the optoelectronic properties of topological Dirac semi-metal nanowires.

During my career, I have also been active in outreach, in particular as a coordinator of the Early Academic Career Outreach Network in Oxford and as an organiser of the Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics 2017.

 

In 2017 I was also fortunate enough to be awarded IOP’s Jocelyn Bell Burnell medal and prize for the research carried out during my PhD and my contributions to promoting women in physics. This was a great honour and recognition for me, which has helped support me in my career.

I am excited to get involved with the Early Career Members Group – this will provide invaluable support to physicists at the start of their career.

I joined IOP during my undergraduate degree, to help me to build networks with other physicists in my field.  I am currently a member of several IOP groups, specifically, the Nanoscale Science and Technology and the Women in Physics Groups. In 2017, I attended the International Conference for Women in Physics organised by the Women in Physics Group. Such events have enabled me to connect with my peers and get involved with IOP initiatives. I am currently a member of the AKC Committee for Equal Opportunities for the German Physical Society and liaise with many IOP groups on this subject matter. I recently connected with other IOP members to share statistics on the status of women in physics and the initiatives they are implementing in Germany.

I am excited to get involved with the Early Career Members Group – this will provide invaluable support to physicists at the start of their career.